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Distinctive Pools 16 Form unifies land and water STORY BY ANNE STRAUB

Backyard Habitats


Create-your-own sanctuary for visiting wildlife STORY BY BETSY S. FRANZ

Colonial Revival 38 Historic riverside home updated for modern-living STORY BY ROLANDA H. GALLOP

Aiming High 50 Artist captures local wildlife and space technology with his lens STORY BY MARIA SONNENBERG


Mixing it Up 58 A spirited cocktail revival includes fresh, quality ingredients STORY BY JIMI GONZALEZ

3 Chic Boutiques 76 Update your wardrobe at one of these local shopping spots



departments Color Trends 12 Turquoise

Design Solutions 68 Medieval Makeover STORY BY MARIA SONNENBERG

Just-in-Time Design 72

Stuff We Love! 14 Summer by the pool


in every issue 6 yourspace 90 Editor’s Note

Events calendar 84 5


editor’s note

Summer by the pool, color trends ummer will be here soon, and the longer, lazy days filled with swimming and trips to the beach seem so inviting now that the sun has warmed our skies. Many of us will take time for a vacation to relax and slow down – at least temporarily! In this May-June issue of Spaces, we’ll inspire you with color, and share some Before and After spaces that just might prompt a project in your own home. We’ll identify some must-have essentials for enjoying your time by the pool, including all-important sun protection. We’re also offering you an opportunity to “Get the Look,” in the latest SPF hats and sunscreen, so be sure to turn to page 13 for directions to participate in our first reader giveaway! Thinking about adding a pool to your home? Don’t miss these fresh designs beginning on page 16 that will surely offer visual stimulation for your project. And, all these pool designers are here in our own community. Our new color page, Color Trends, will be a fixture in every issue. We found the gradient blue hues of the color turquoise exhilarating, so we selected this color to debut our new page. Turquoise can be both reminiscent of tranquil waters and provide a vibrant tropical splash of color. Turn to page 12 to start the color conversation. Recently, Spaces magazine received two silver Addy awards for cover and editorial design. The award-winning cover was from our September 2009 issue, which featured a local contemporary home built by custom-builder Charlie Boyd. It was photographed by Rob Downey. A story on two Native-American art collectors that ran in our July 2009 issue, titled “Moved by the Spirit,” received a silver Addy as well. Great job to writer Anne Straub, who wrote that story, and photographer Brian Abrahamson, who captured the images. Spaces product designer, Corinne Ishler, conceptualized both projects. Congratulations team! Looking ahead, we’re forecasting a hot summer issue you won’t want to miss! The next issue of Spaces will highlight some local businesses that make and sell products, Made in the U.S.A. Great timing for an issue that will publish on July 3! Also look for some fabulous finds our designers come across during the Chicago Kitchen and Bath show and the High Point, N.C. furniture market. Go ahead, turn the page and dive in!

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Board members share their Favorite Things to update or freshen up a pool or outdoor space “My most recent purchase was a Guava tree. It only stands about five feet high, but it’s already in full bloom and setting fruit. My grandmother gave me some great recipes for guava jellies and preserves and I’m really looking forward to putting them to use.”

Porter Baxter

Dave Jackson Partner, Jackson-Kirschner Architects

Jimi Gonzalez

Derek Gores

Betty Greenway

“My latest purchase is a “Tillandsia bulbosa” - a ball of bromeliads also known as air-plants. This ball is for all the folks without a green thumb. It survives on air and natural rainfall – just hang it from a tree branch in a shaded area and it thrives. Mine hangs from an arbor and here you see it in full bloom. I’ve seen small ones at Sun Harbor Nursery in Indialantic and also at Valkaria Gardens in South Brevard. This one cost $75. and measures about 12” in diameter, including the plants.” Susan Hall, ASLA

“I just replaced my double lounge with a comfortable outdoor settee I found at Pier 1. I made a reversible seat cushion and bolsters in colorful outdoor materials to spice up the space. This is a great reading nook in the shade when it is too hot outside.” Riitta Ylonen, ASID Owner, Finn Design, Inc.

“I found this chandelier to put over my outdoor dining table. It is lit with candles in glass containers (windproof). This is a great alternative for outdoor lighting without hiring an electrician.” Dee Patnoe

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“My favorite outdoor item that we added was when I built a pirate ship for the kids in the backyard. Instead of watching pirates on TV or playing

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videos, the kids get outside and make believe they’re pirates.” Andrew Kirschner Partner, Jackson Kirschner Architects

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Spaces advisory board continues work on community arTS renovation project at the Brevard Cultural alliance Village in eau Gallie Demolition, and space planning is underway!

Original cottage exterior

Proposed exterior

Rendering of proposed director’s cottage Interior designers, Riitta Ylonen and Linda Tamasy have provided space planning suggestions for revising the interiors for two artist cottages. Recommendations included new kitchen, bedroom and bath designs. Interior designer Leanna Farrell and architect David Godwin collaborated on a color palette and proposed exterior design for the cottages. Stay tuned for more details when work begins inside!

Kitchen demolition

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color trends

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Summer by the pool Don’t be caught without these essentials as you lounge poolside or slip into the water. Ahhh, the tranquil pace of summer… soak it up.

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Five lucky Spaces readers will be savvy and sunsafe when they win a sun hat and sunscreen compliments of Wallaroo Hat Company and Ocean Potion. Just email your name and phone # to spacesgiveaway@fl by May 28th to be eligible. Please note Sun-safe giveaway in the subject line. Winners will be contacted by phone.

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Form unifies land and water Story by Anne Straub Photography by Dave Potter



hen Susan Hall considers design options for a residential pool, she’s not thinking about just a structure to swim in. She’s evaluating the home, the site, the landscape and much more. “They really become part of a setting for a home,” Hall said of pool areas. “We’re not looking at just the pool. We’re looking at an entire space.” The ideal result is a design that connects the pool and the home, making them a seamless whole that fulfills the client’s vision. And thanks to techno-

outdoor spaces logical advances that have unleashed further design creativity, today’s homeowners have plenty of options for achieving the look they want. “Pool design has come so far in the last five to six years,” said Hall, a landscape architect based on Merritt Island. Popular design features to consider include beach entries, fire bowls, deck jets and other water features, as well as lighting options, including LED illumination. A component such as decking now encompasses limitless options, such as travertine, marble, concrete in various finishes, stone or pavers. Pools are as varied as homes – and homeowners.





Opening Page: Hall’s concept for the pool deck for this 1930’s home uses grass joints between cut Florida keystone, laid upon sand. The completed look “… felt a lot more aged,” she said, as if the pool had always been there. Far Left: This rectangular pool by Hermann Bach is crowned with twin fire pots that flank a sheer descent waterfall. From the outside edge, the unique design transitions from brick-colored pavers to a Chinese slate, and then to travertine. Colorful glass tiles create a mosaic atop each step leading into the pool, and a jeweled frame to the border of the pool and spa. Left and Above: Two bronze dolphin fountains add visual interest and play opportunity in this local pool designed by Martin Pools and Spas. A sun shelf around the pool edge adds shallow space for the kids to splash.

“I didn’t want a pool out of a cookie cutter,” said Bob Friedman. He and his wife, Joan, had been living in their Titusville home for six years when they decided to add a pool. “We weren’t even sure it was possible,” Friedman said, because the three-acre home site sits on a hill. They met with Hermann Bach and were quickly convinced that he could engineer a solution. The original idea for the pool was for exercise, so the length runs almost 40 feet. “We knew this pool would be used, not just looked at – although I’m getting as much enjoyment out of showing pictures of it as I am using it,” Friedman said. They’ve also had friends over, and their grandchildren made the trip from Orlando to break it in. The site had some challenges – one dump truck couldn’t make it up the steep driveway – but everything that Bach and the Friedmans had in mind was accomplished. The homeowners wanted rectangular shapes rather than

“We’re not looking at just the pool. We’re looking at an entire space.” – SUSan HaLL



Above: Greg Ginstrom’s lagoon pool design incorporates a four-ton rock waterfall that flows into the pool. A lush backdrop of foliage creates a privacy effect and contributes to the tropical atmosphere. The fire pot creates dramatic night-time lighting.



curves, a design that requires precise cuts to achieve symmetry,” Bach said. The pool is surrounded in travertine, complementing the formal look. Twin fire pots flank a sheer descent, furthering the feel of balance in the design. Bach varied the materials by adding Chinese slate, featuring embedded fossils, on the raised areas surrounding the pool. The material is a nod to the Friedmans’ import business, which deals in shark teeth, jaws and exotic gifts. Pavers the color of old Chicago brick transition to the slate, and then to travertine. “All the colors go together. It looks really sharp,” Bach said. He also used glass tile on top of each step leading into the pool. Bob and Toni Schweiger had a different vision of a pool for their Satellite Beach home. They told designer Greg Ginstrom they wanted a tropical look. When he mentioned a lagoon pool, that became the defining phrase of the project. “We wanted the waterfall coming out of the jungle,” Bob

Above: Jordon Levy’s design for Martin Pools created two rock waterfalls. The main waterfall sits three feet high and seven feet long behind the spa, and the smaller waterfall spills gently, directly into the pool.

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Above: From page 16, Hall’s vision for a 1930’s home called for a simple pool form with a mosaic- patterned tile in the bottom of the pool.

Schweiger said, and they got it: A four-ton rock feature creates a waterfall flowing into the pool. A lush backdrop of foliage adds to the tropical effect and serves another purpose in the design. Part of the Schweigers’ requirements was to create privacy in the community of 50-foot-wide home sites, while retaining their view of the pond behind their home. Ginstrom, of Watershapes by Greg Ginstrom, positioned the waterfall and landscaping to obscure neighboring homes while leaving the water view. Ginstrom continued the lagoon illusion by raising the water level in the pool and using rolled edges for a natural look. “It gives you a real full feel,” he said. Substituting neutral tones for the white and blue often found in a pool also added to the lagoon theme, Schweiger noted. He was impressed by Ginstrom’s ingenuity in handling would-be complications: The design accommodated an irrigation pipe by adding a sun shelf along the edge, so the pipe could run under the pool and the pool gained more seating area. Also, one of two garden

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Opposite page and left: Hall designed a negative edge pool for this modern home creating the illusion of water stretching into the ocean. The homeowners asked her to incorporate a bronze sculpture into her design; which she positioned at the pool’s edge so its reflection is visible in the water.

areas on either side of the pool camouflages the skimmer box with a landscaping rock.

Natural stone on the deck uses the same pattern as the indoor tile, making the outdoor

area feel like an extension of the living space.

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Above: Vibrant colors, textures and deck jets create a resort-style atmosphere around this pool. The silvery gray finish inside the pool gives the water a denim blue hue.

their mouths add both visual interest and play opportunity. A sun shelf around the pool edge adds shallow space for the kids to splash. The main waterfall sits three feet high and seven feet long behind the spa, with planters behind them for palms. Lighting in the planters makes an attractive scene at night. Levy likes the way the natural stone blends with the woods beyond the pool. “When you’re looking out, it’s like it belongs there,” he said. That’s the sign of a successful design, according to Hall. “You want to make the pool fit like a glove with the site,” she said. One of her favorite design projects involved creating a pool for spaces


a 1930s home that had a formal look to it. She designed a pool in a simple form, with a mosaic pattern on the bottom. The deck uses grass joints between cut Florida keystone, laid upon sand. “It felt a lot more aged,” she said, as if the pool had always been there. “It looked like part of the garden,” she said. For a more modern home, she designed a negative edge pool to create the illusion of water stretching into the ocean. The pool is what’s called a deck edge pool, which dispenses with a skimmer to drain off water. “The pool always appears like it’s filled to the brim,” she said, creating a look of stillness. The homeowners had asked her to incorporate a bronze sculp-

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ture, which she placed at the edge of the pool so that when the pool is lit at night and all else is black, the bronze reflects in the water. “They’re using the pool almost as a stage,” she said. Another client with three sons wanted their backyard to feel like a resort. Hall used vibrant colors and textures, created a cabana with a grass roof, and placed an arbor overhead, all notched together with the pool. A slivery gray finish gives the water a denim blue color. Deck jets, travertine and grass joints on the decking complete the feel of the pool, which she describes as Mexican or Baja. Each is different from the other, and thanks to the creative nature of design, sure to be distinct from future projects. “There are so many different things you can do,” Hall said. n

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Create your own sanctuary for visiting wildlife Story by Betsy S. Franz Photography by Dave Potter

ur gardens and landscapes are so much more than the exterior dressing to our homes. They are where we unwind, exercise, and spend time with our families and friends. They are our sanctuaries. And for many environmentally concerned gardeners, landscapes are also places to provide refuge for birds, butterflies and other wildlife species. According to the latest National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife Associated Recreation (FHWAR), in 2006, over 448,000 property owners in Florida said that they create gardens and landscape areas to benefit wildlife. And while any environmentally friendly landscape technique, such as conserving water and eliminating chemicals, is going to benefit local wildlife, those surveyed go a step further and choose plants specifically for their ability to provide food and shelter for wildlife. Many of these gardeners also add spaces


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Top left: Milkweed is the host plant for the Monarch Butterfly. Above: Many gardeners add shelter for wildlife in their yards. Right: Gardener Pernas-Giz cuts oranges and leaves them out. Birds that come to the yard to feed on them have been Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Gray Catbirds, Baltimore Orioles, and Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers. Squirrels will also eat the fruit.

Above: Although usually difficult to see because of their lightning quick speed, Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds often rest close to homes during inclement weather. Photo by Betsy S. Franz.



supplemental feeders and water supplies. Wildlife friendly landscapes are beneficial throughout the year. But during times of harsh weather, such as the bitterly cold winter we just experienced, safe havens for wildlife become even more important. “My back yard is quite sheltered and the shrubs and trees provided a good haven during our recent cold spells,” said Elfrieda Tullar, of Indian Harbour Beach. “ I kept the fountain running in the pond every day, as well as the smaller fountains and I noticed that even when it was exceptionally cold the birds were down there drinking. Of course, when it’s warmer my fountains are also used as ‘splash pools.’” “I’ve always gardened with birds in mind and during the past four to five years, for the butterflies, which I’m finding quite addictive,” Tullar said. “I’ve had bird feeders and bird baths and watering stations for as long as I can remember. I try to make my garden a haven for the wildlife and a special place for us and our friends to enjoy; especially when my grandchildren visit.” Because of her efforts, in early March when most Brevard gardeners were still mourning their cold-ravaged landscapes, Tullar was enjoying the birdsong drifting through the air and the colorful butterflies floating from flower to flower in her happy habitat. “The butterflies started returning about five weeks ago,” Tullar said. “My Milkweed and Dutchman’s Pipevine didn’t die off during the winter, which surprised me and the Monarchs are already visiting regularly. My vegetable boxes are already

“I’ve always gardened with birds in mind and during the past four to five years, for the butterflies, which I’m finding quite addictive,” — ELFRIEDA TULLAR




Above: Colorful Painted Buntings visited feeders in local certified habitats this winter. Photo by Betsy S. Franz.

filled with parsley, and dill for the Black Swallowtails.” All of the plants that Tullar mentioned are popular butterfly host plants, which she learned about when she developed her interest in butterfly gardening. Tullar’s environmentally friendly landscape has even earned recognition as a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat™. In 1973, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), America’s largest conservation organization, began encouraging people “to help restore the ecological balance of our planet” by gardening with wildlife in mind through their Certified Wildlife Habitat program. By providing the basic needs of wildlife: food, water, safe shelter and places to raise young, property owners can earn recognition for their efforts. Since the program’s inception, over 125,000 gardens have received certification in this popular program and Florida ranks near the top of the list with over 8800 certified habitats. In fact, California is the only state with a higher number of certified habitats (but they also have a population that is double that of Florida.) Although there are Certified Wildlife Habitats throughout the state, Brevard County has the second highest number with almost 400 certified habitats. Leslie Pernas-Giz of Melbourne said that seeing the visiting wildlife in her NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat this winter helped to take the chill away. “The temperature outside was freezing but we got a warm



Simple steps to earn certification Receiving NWF certification for your wildlife friendly landscape requires that you provide the elements necessary for all wildlife: food, water, shelter and places to raise young. Most of these can be provided by careful plant selection. Once you have incorporated these items into your landscape, you can apply for certification online. n Food Sources: Butterfly host plants; plants with acorns, nuts, berries and seeds; supplemental feeders n Water: Birdbaths, a tray of water placed on the ground for mammals and reptiles, ponds, streams, fountains, rain gardens n Shelter: Almost any evergreen tree or shrub offers a year-round hiding place for wildlife. Rocks, logs and compost piles are also effective cover. Safe shelter also means eliminating chemicals and keeping wandering pets out of wildlife areas. n Places to Raise Young: Mature trees, dense shrubs, fallen logs, hollow trees and dens in the ground are perfect nesting locations for many species. Introduce larval host plants for butterflies; nest boxes. Adopt sustainable gardening practices: limited lawn, mulch, rain barrels, and drip irrigation. Plant native species, remove invasive plants and compost. Once you have created your habitat, applying for certification is easy and can be done online through the National Wildlife Federation website at A $20 fee is required for certification, but also entitles you to a personalized certificate that recognizes your habitat, and a one-year subscription to National Wildlife Magazine.

Above top: Pernas-Giz has added the birdbaths to her yard over the years. “I just look for the shallow dish type that the birds prefer. If the water is much deeper than 2 inches they won’t use it.” Left and above: Not all blooms in Pernas-Giz’ yard are Florida natives, but she has seen bees around the yellow blooms above.



Above: Elfrieda Tullar has collected birdhouses from out-of-state and purchased some locally for her yard. Right: The goldfish pond provides another water source for wildlife.

“People may think you need to be out in the country to provide for wildlife. But, anyone can help just by providing a few of the things wildlife need: water, shelter and food. We live in the middle of town and have had great success.” – Leslie Pernas-Giz



feeling inside knowing our yard was able to protect and feed birds and wildlife,” Pernas-Giz said with a laugh. “Watching spectacularly colored red, blue and green Painted Buntings feed on millet or Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds feed at the sugar water brought a depth of vibrant color usually not seen in the wintertime.” “Planting Florida native plants was the impetus for turning our yard into a NWF Wildlife Habitat in 2003,” Pernas-Giz said. “The plant choices, along with the added bird baths and bird feeders, have transformed our small area into a thoroughly enjoyable retreat for all who visit, humans included.” Although it is easy to earn certification for a yard by leaving a native landscape untouched, both Tullar and Pernas-Giz have yards that are perfect examples of what any property owner can do to transform a typical Florida yard into a haven for wildlife. “People may think that you need to be out in the country to provide for wildlife.” Pernas-Giz said, “but anyone can help just by providing a few of the things wildlife need: water, shelter and food. We live in the middle of town and have had great success.” Success, to Pernas-Giz, includes regular sightings of two garden visitors that are as uniquely beautiful as they are uncommon in Brevard County. “Helping hummingbirds and Painted Buntings survive due to their shrinking habitat is especially gratifying during the six months they winter in my yard.” Most wildlife gardeners pursue their hobby, in part, for the pleasure that the birds, bees and butterflies add to their surroundings, but they are also helping to protect the many species that help pollinate our crops (bees, butterflies and hum-

Coral honeysuckle works well for attracting hummingbirds and Painted Buntings will eat the flowers.


mingbirds) as well as species that help draw hundreds of thousands of wildlife watchers to our state each year. (Wildlife watchers spent $3.1 billion on wildlifewatching activities in Florida in 2006. Source: FHWAR). But the ‘sustainable gardening practices’ that NWF certification also requires are one of the things that influenced the entire town of Melbourne Beach to work towards community certification. A NWF Community Wildlife Habitat™ commits to provide habitat for wildlife throughout the community – in individual backyards, on school grounds and in public areas such as parks, community gardens, places of worship and businesses. In addition to encouraging homeowners to garden for wildlife, the community must also educate its residents about various sustainable gardening practices through workshops and events. Because of the strict requirements for this designation, community habitats are few in number. But again, Florida is right near the top of the list with the number of Certified Community Habitats (six in Florida) as well as the number of communities which have registered (seven in Florida, including Melbourne Beach) but have not attained certification yet. The community certification process can take up to two years to complete. Theresa Goldenberg, a member of the Melbourne Beach Environmental Advisory Board explains why they decided to work towards this designation. “We wanted a way to educate our citizens to protect the environment by giving them alternatives instead of just saying ‘don’t use fertilizers,” Goldenberg said. “The community certification program encourages people to change their gardening practices while enjoying the benefit of having more wildlife in their yards. It gives them an outline with practical ideas and a goal to get their backyard certified.” “We thought it was a wonderful cause that we could all rally around and build a better community. Getting people involved in certifying their own backyard is the first step in the walk to become better stewards. As it says on the NWF website…”A Community Wildlife Habitat Project brings people together for a common purpose-to create a community where people, flora and fauna can flourish.” If you live in Melbourne Beach and would like to help the town achieve their goal of community certification, contact town hall at 724-5860. To learn more about the NWF’s Certified Wildlife Habitat program, visit them online: n



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Historic riverside home updated for modern-living Story by Rolanda Hatcher-Gallop Photography by Rob Downey

estled among live oak trees dripping with Spanish moss and overlooking a generous view of the Indian River, sits a twostory home as elegant now as it was at the turn of the 20th century. Like a resolute matron holding her ground, the wooden house on Rockledge Drive has withstood the tests of time and natural elements, thanks, in part, to the good structural bones and solid brick foundation original owners Clayton and Luella Garvey provided when they built it around 1900. The home also is the former residence of Rod McIver, a citrus grower who went on to become mayor of Rockledge during the 1960s. But what captured Larry Sims’ heart when he first saw the house in 1999 wasn’t so much about how it looked on the outside, but what it represented. “This house is Old Florida. It reminded me of the older homes in Orlando. I fell in love right then and there,” recalls Sims, a geologist and the owner of L.S. Sims & Associates, a local environmental consulting firm. Although the structure needed some work, Sims was immediately sent back in time to memories of his childhood. Opposite page: Larry Sims loved the historic home immediately. “This house is Old Florida. I fell in love right then and there.” Those feelings weren’t so immediate for Linda Sims, but she soon succumbed with her husband’s promises of renovations. Above: A drawing by Robert Kronowitt, from the book At First Glance. 39


Above: A Brevard Historical Society Registry plaque posted beside the hardwood entry door denotes the home’s pedigree. Right: From the cover: The inviting porch where visitors can sit a spell and enjoy the faint, sweet perfume of alyssum flowers in the air. Photo by Rob Downey. Far right: It took Linda Sims several years to find the right pieces to furnish the living room, but eventually it all came together.

Colonial Revival Historic riverside home updated for modern-living

He and his wife, Linda, grew up four houses sense that I belonged here,” he says.

away from each other in Audubon Park, a neigh-

borhood just north of downtown Orlando.

home. Th is is just a haven.”

“We were there before Disney came so my

memories of Orlando were fi lled with citrus, aza-



Th e family had just installed wood fl oors in

their home in Indialantic and daughters Cydney

Th ose memories came fl ooding back when and Chelsea were settled into their classes at

he saw the house.

Th ose feelings weren’t so immediate in Linda


leas, oak trees and lakes. Th e lake we grew up around had live oaks,” he says.

“I still get that feeling whenever I come

Gemini Elementary.

“I felt this feeling of really being home, that

“Th e house had character but it needed work.

For instance, the hardwood floors were here but the kitchen was incredibly small and only had a stove, a sink, and a Formica countertop about two feet long,” she says, adding that she relented when her husband promised renovations and upgrades. With the help of Terri Pentz, an interior designer with Island Paint & Decorating and The East Coast Cabinet Company, and Indialantic carpenter Craig Umbenhauer, the couple

then set out on a mission to modernize the home while preserving its original architectural style and charm. The end result is one that even the Garveys would be proud of. “This house hugs you when you come in,” Pentz says. That hug actually starts outside at a brick walkway that leads to an inviting porch, where visitors can sit a spell on cushioned wicker furni-



Above: A new kitchen area was carved out to create space for an eat-in table, wooden chairs and a wooden church pew that Linda found in an Orlando antique store. Right: A charming firstfloor guest bedroom is efficiently designed to maximize function in this cozy space.

“This house hugs you when you come in.” – Terri Pentz, interior designer with Island Paint & Decorating spaces


Above: The dining room renovations included months of labor tearing down old wallpaper. Now, rich wood furnishings, crystal accent pieces, and a large mirror over the buffet have transformed the space.

ture around a brick red-and-brown rug over a green wooden floor and enjoy the faint, sweet perfume of alyssum flowers in the air. A Brevard Historical Society Registry plaque posted beside the hardwood entry door denotes the home’s historical pedigree. The door opens to a spacious foyer facing stairs leading to the second level and the kitchen. To the left is the living room, boasting a custom-made fireplace as the focal point. Larry Sims says he never liked the original fireplace, so he called some Jamaican friends who built him a new one out of old mahogany, carving tropical images into the wood. The mantel encases a firebox made of marble and a gas burner. “We’ve got fire alarms in every room,” Sims says. The room features Umbria red furnishings and accents against Gladstone, by Benjamin Moore, tan walls. It took Linda Sims several years to furnish the room because she was looking for the right pieces. “This truly was a labor of love but we took our time and eventually all of the pieces came together,” she says. The kitchen remodel was done in a shorter period of time with storage being one of the main goals. “Everything was too small for our needs. We needed a lot more storage,” Larry Sims says. The space increased to twice its original size, thanks to the removal of a wall separating the area from the old mud room. “There was a sink along the wall and that’s where people would wash up and shed their boots,” he says. 43


Above and right: On the third floor, daughter Cydney’s bedroom was converted from the old walkup attic. Soft blue walls provide a soothing backdrop for bold red accent pieces. A modern black and white animal print covers the cozy window seat complete with pillows and an antique-inspired chandelier. A birds-eye view of the Indian River can be seen from this lookout window.

“Linda had the inspiration. That, coupled with the little details that Terri came up with, brought everything together.” – Larry Sims



His wife and carpenter, Umbenhauer designed all of the new kitchen cabinets, and extra countertop space was added. Th e north wall of the kitchen, complete with sweeping windows with a view of the unpaved driveway and live oaks outside, was carved out to make space for an eat-in table, wooden chairs and a wooden church pew that Linda Sims found in an Orlando antique store. “It fi t the space perfectly,” she says. Th e stairs are still the original, Merritt Island pine that came with the house. However, the kitchen fl oor has heart pine wood the Sims purchased from an old South Carolina cotton mill built Above top: In the newly designed master in the 1860s. suite a Tommy Bahama king-size bed is “We wanted the kitchen fl oor pine to match the Merritt Island wrapped in walls of Louisberg Green paint pine on the stairs,” Larry Sims said. by Benjamin Moore, and above floats a To complete the makeover, light green paint in a Spring Dust creamy-colored ceiling. Waking up with a color covers the walls while the ceiling gives off a warm peach glow view overlooking the river is no small luxury. The accent chair by Lee Industries is covered in Golden Mist; both paint colors by Benjamin Moore. in metallic mink fabric. Above: Antique “We spent months tearing down wall paper, especially in the doorknobs with bronze-etched details create dining room,” Linda Sims says. period-appropriate accents. Th e formal dining space has been transformed with rich wood furnishings, crystal accent pieces, and a large mirror over a burnished brown buff et. Th e wooden stairwell climbs to an open area on the second 45


Above: The master bath was formerly a sleeping porch, but now is equipped with both a Jacuzzi bath and a walkin shower. Marble countertops by Brevard Stone, and a stone vessel-sink with antique faucet create a spa-like sanctuary.



floor where the sleeping quarters are located. A few more steps lead up to Cydney’s bedroom, which was converted from a walkup attic. It features pale blue walls with furnishings decorated in black and white with red accents. Both daughters are away at college, leaving the Sims with Dexter, a black-and-white Pomeranian, and Chloe, a chocolate lab retriever. The Sims’ master bedroom is awash in Louisberg Green with a cream ceiling in Powell Buff paint, evoking an antique feel to the space. Above the Tommy Bahama king-sized bed are nine old, carved wooden stamps hanging on the wall as accent pieces. The room, with its own view of the river, opens to a spectacular his-and-her closet that evokes a feeling of old Hollywood glamour. “This closet used to be a smoking room where Dr. McIver would come, smoke his pipe, and read the paper,” Larry Sims says. Now, the room is filled with pebble java-colored cabinetry on either side, hiding clothes behind door fronts with antique mirrors fashioned into a diamond shape and finished with medallion accents. “I didn’t want to see a closet with clothes everywhere,” says Linda Sims. The closet actually serves as a connecting room between the

master bedroom and bath. The bathroom, formerly the sleeping porch, has a sink basin in Emperador light brown with marble countertops and a stone sink. A walk-in shower is located on the opposite end of the Jacuzzi bath, which is finished with a chandelier hanging overhead. Blinds line the windows for added privacy. “I always wanted a chandelier over the tub,” says Sims, adding that the idea initially concerned her electrician but that the results add another relaxing element to the room. Her husband says it is added touches like the chandelier over the tub that has really made the house feel more like home. “Linda had the inspiration. That, coupled with the little details that Terri came up with, brought everything together,” Larry Sims says. The inspiration extends to the back yard, where a reflection pond provides space for tranquility. There also is fire pit, perfect for family gatherings, surrounded by scattered oyster shells from previous feasts. There also is a raised garden bed on the northeast side of the back yard that provides plenty of herbs for Sims family dinners. “It’s nice to come out here and pick our own vegetables and herbs,” Linda Sims says. Garden Creations of Rockledge helped to carve out the back yard space, which is maintained by Catlett Landscaping in Titusville. In addition, the backyard pool, custom built by Best Pools, features a fountain, spa, and tiki bar. Pentz says she loved watching the house transform with each remodel, but still retain its Old Florida character. “I have an affinity for older homes. They have lots of character, you just have to dust them off, polish them up and make them shine,” she says. Larry Sims says the couple tried to keep much of the original structure and features, including the cypress siding on the outside. “But, of course, we had to redo some areas because of age and

Above: Inspiration extends to the backyard. A curved teak bench and table anchor a seating area with views of lush landscaping and a reflection pond nearby.



Above and right: A custom-designed resort-style pool creates a backyard oasis for the Sims family complete with rock fountain, spa and a tiki bar.



Above: Larry and Linda Sims relax on their front porch with Dexter their black- and- white Pomeranian. “People who like modern homes wouldn’t like this house. It takes a lot of tender loving care, but it is so worth it,” Larry Sims adds.

to catch up with the times. For instance, we had to upgrade the entire plumbing and electrical system. The house still had tube-and-post electricity when we moved in,” he says. The Sims admit they have spent a lot of money upgrading the house. “More money than it cost to buy it. We could have bought a brand new home for the cost of the upgrades,” he says. “People who like modern homes wouldn’t like this house. It takes a lot of tender loving care, but it is so worth it,” Larry Sims adds. His wife, hesitant to take on such a task at first, is now a firm believer that she and her family are in the house they were meant to live in. She looks forward to coming home each day after working as the office manager at her husband’s firm. “It just feels good living here, relaxing. In the summer, they have a regatta on the river every Wednesday. I totally look forward to coming home, sitting on the porch and watching it,” she says. Her husband chimes in that they have the best neighbors any homeowner could ask for. Linda Sims adds that the home renovations are pretty much over. They still honor the house’s history, but relish the present and look towards the future. “Now, it’s about enjoying this house. I love having friends and family over,” she says. “In fact, the house is like a member of the family.” n

SOURCES: Design: Island Paint & Decorating and East Coast Cabinet Company Terri Pentz






Artist captures local wildlife and space technology with his lens Story by Maria Sonnenberg Photography by Dave Potter or most of his adult life, Lloyd Behrendt has aimed his camera lens at the many birds – both real and man-made – that frequent the Space Coast. Th e Malabar photographer is a “frequent fl yer” at Kennedy Space Center and neighboring Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Both birds and space vehicles are Behrendt’s passion, a love he portrays through painstakingly hand-colored photographs he calls oil painted silver prints. Years ago, while photographing the feathered inhabitants of the Refuge’s Blackpoint Drive, 51


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Behrendt experienced one of those “aha” moments that forever galvanized his focus. There he was in this pristine environment, one of the country’s primo birding spots, yet not far in the distance loomed one of the most obvious examples of sophisticated technologies. “You could see the Vehicle Assembly Building and the lightbulb went on in the back of my head,” he says. His keen appreciation for juxtapositions piqued, he realized the sometimes very positive relationship that can exist between the man-made and the natural, for were it not for the Kennedy

Above: Behrendt prefers to work with black-and-white 35mm film, and he prints his own large format photos. The film he prefers is hard to come by, as is the 20x24 photographic paper he requires.

Space Center, the natural area around the cape might have succumbed to development. “It seemed the perfect example of how man and nature can get along,” he says. Behrendt’s respect for the airborne denizens of the Space Coast stems from a long-lasting relationship. In 1949, when Lloyd was just a baby, his weather forecaster father moved the Behrendt clan to the Space Coast. “He forecast the first rocket launch from the Cape,” says Lloyd. When he was less than a year old, Lloyd witnessed Bumper

For most of his adult life, Lloyd Behrendt has aimed his camera lens at the many birds – both real and manmade – that frequent the Space Coast.



Right: The Malabar photographer is a “frequent flier” at Kennedy Space Center and neighboring Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. His work, “Incognito” from his Wildlife series hangs amidst Asian décor in collector Cheryl Renfro’s home.



8 take off into space. He’s been hooked on rockets ever since. For him, the Deltas, the Atlases, the Titans are all dear friends, each with its own personality. His mother, at the time an executive secretary for Pam Am, formulated a way to tell her children that a launch was imminent without actually divulging any classified information. “She would call me and my sister and tell us the sky was blue,” says Lloyd. “That was the signal for us to go outside to look.” For a few years, the family followed Lloyd’s dad to forecasting jobs in Siam, Germany and many other corners of the world. The Gators at the University of Florida also lured Lloyd away from Brevard for a bit, but Behrendt returned. “Of all the places in the world I’ve been, this is the nicest place in the world,” he says. After college, a job as a news photographer for “The Melbourne Times,” allowed him to jockey for position alongside photographers from “National Geographic” and “Life.” He still maintains his press credentials, and though now his photos are art, not news, the raw thrill of

Left: The red-headed sandhill cranes in Behrendt’s work, “Point Man,” stand out in a like-colored frame. Above: The artist at home in his own backyard admiring his subjects.



Above: Behrendt’s coffee table book, “Emerging Florida,” in progress. The book chronicles the Sunshine State’s place in the history of America.

Hand coloring the prints is a time-consuming labor of love, but well worth the resulting dreamlike quality of the works.



launch days continues to excite him. “I still get goose bumps every time I go out there,” he says. “Whenever there’s a launch, I’m there.” Despite the fact that Behrendt revels in the power of technology, he remains an anomaly, a Space Baby that eschews the “grab and go” attitude of digital technology for the antediluvian latitude afforded by black-and-white 35mm film. Not only does he prefer to wrestle with rolls of film, but he prints and hand colors his own large format photos. “He creates a lost art,” says Lynn Brezina, art services coordinator for the Brevard Cultural Alliance. Facing the past instead of the future can be inconvenient, however. One of Behrendt’s constant obstacles is finding supplies. The Tri-X black-and-white film he prefers is hard to come by, as is the 20x24 photographic paper he requires for prints and the colored photo pencils he favors. He squirrels away the stuff and hopes he can unearth some more when he runs out. Hand coloring the prints is a time-consuming labor of love, but well worth the resulting dreamlike quality of the works. He learned the photo painting techniques back in seventh grade, thanks to a graphic arts teacher in school. His latest art project, “Birds of a Feather,” combines hand-colored photos of space vehicles and birds. Some of the photos are recent, pictures of the cardinals, egrets, herons and sandhill cranes that frequent Behrendt’s backyard.

Left: Recent works include a series of less historical pieces that harken back to a style of work he recalls appreciating in his early days. “Faces of the Vieux Carre,” or French Quarter is at left.

Others, particularly the images of the old rockets, saw birth decades ago. The exhibit was appropriately on display at Kennedy Space Center. “Typically, they don’t let individual artists exhibit there, so it was a great honor for me,” says Behrendt. From the show, Lloyd developed a boutique book. The project inspired him to immerse himself in two other book projects. “Emerging Florida” details the Sunshine State’s place in the history of America. “Changing Times: the Life of an American Space Brat” is a memoir of the golden years of the space program. In Brevard’s art community, Lloyd is considered the go-to guy, always willing to pitch in. “He’s not just an artist,” says Brezina. “He’s always there to help, to volunteer. He’s all over the place.” As former chair of the Brevard Cultural Alliance, Behrendt was instrumental in locating a permanent home for the arts organization. Thanks in large part to Lloyd’s efforts, by the end of this year, the Alliance should be comfortably – and appropriately – installed smack in the center of the Eau Gallie Arts District. Behrendt’s collectors are passionate about the integrity of his work. Cheryl Renfro owns three of his prints, and she knows exactly who’s going to eventually get the photo depicting one of the old rockets. “I’m going to be a grandmother at some point and I want my grandchild to have it,” says the Palm Bay resident. “It’s a part of history and his take on it is so beautiful.” For Renfro, the bird prints reflect the artist’s own integrity. “He has the ability to capture the majesty of the subject with such respect,” she says. “He really feels the subject.” Behrendt’s works will be on display at the Grey Robinson Law Firm in Melbourne through July 17. To see more of his photographs, visit www.bluesawtooth. com. The artist may be reached at 724-8642. n

“He has the ability to capture the majesty of the subject with such respect.” – Cheryl Renfro



Mixing it Up A spirited cocktail revival includes fresh, quality ingredients Story by Jimi Gonzalez Photography by Rob Downey



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ince the 1990s, the profile of the mixed drink, or cocktail, has been on the rise. After decades of sipping on relatively basic drinks made from syrupy and artificial mixes, people are starting to demand a higher quality tipple. This interest has created what is being called the cocktail renaissance, a return to the values of imbibing that hark back to the times before Prohibition. But really the revival of cocktails is just a part of the ongoing culinary revolution taking place in our country. As more Americans are demanding the use of fresh ingredients from the kitchen, they are doing the same from the bar. What started as an increased interest in wine has grown into a newfound respect and enthusiasm in spirits. Just as there are variations in wine based on region, climate or vintage, the same can be said for rum, tequila and whiskey. Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, a rum authority and author of Beachbum Remixed explains, “Rum flavors encompass a bewilderingly wide spectrum, even more so than wines. There’s an enormous difference between the

smoky richness of a dark Demerara rum from Guyana and the ethereal lightness of a white rum from the Virgin Islands - an even greater distance than that between a pinot noir and a chardonnay. Just as with wine, parsing these differences between rum regions can be intimidating at first, but once you learn the ropes you can do things with rum that no other base liquor can approach.” “No bartender would think of putting three different gins in a Martini, but that’s routinely done with rum cocktails to create dimension in the base spirit, giving you a layered flavor that no one rum could approach on its own.” As restaurants are improving their offerings, hobbyists and home bartenders are stocking their cabinets with a greater variety of spirits as well as crafting their own syrups and infusions. Whether entertaining or planning a special evening for two, a quality cocktail is the perfect precedent to a gourmet dinner. Not unlike a good meal, a superior mixed drink takes time and effort to prepare. A cocktail is a mixture of ingredients, 59


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usually consisting of one or more of the following: spirit, flavor modifier, sweetener, and water (or ice). A cocktail is only as good as its weakest ingredient and quality ingredients aren’t limited to just the spirits, they include the glass and everything put in it. For example, using freshly squeezed juices is an important step to make your cocktails stand out. Drinks made with fresh juices taste brighter, cleaner and are much more appetizing. Lemons and limes in particular should be freshly squeezed rather than using less flavorful pre-bottled or (even worse) presweetened versions. To yield the most juice from your citrus, squeeze only when the lemons and limes are at room temperature since cold fruit produces one-third less juice. Additionally, before cutting the citrus for squeezing, roll it under the palm of your hand across the counter in order to break the cells and release the juice. Many home bartenders prefer to use a hand-held juicer and squeeze


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Infusions are created when fresh ingredients are steeped in a spirit for an extended time in order to impart their flavor.


Left: Pineapple at its peak steeps in vodka. Fresh fruit infusions impart a tastier flavor to drinks than that offered by artificially flavored liquors or additives.

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by Ravenel Gignilliat of the Melting Pot in the Avenues, Viera 2 ounces white cranberry juice 2 ounces Peach Schnapps 2 ounces Coconut Rum Combine all ingredients. Shake with ice cubes and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with sliced strawberries.

Above: Bartender Ravenel Gignilliat from The Melting Pot concocted this love potion that has become a mainstay for the cocktail menu at all Melting Pot establishments across the country.



citrus as drinks are made, eliminating waste at the end of the night. For the sweetening component of the cocktail, sugar can be used, but most recipes will call for the easier to mix simple syrup, which consists of sugar and water. Simple Syrup is available at the store, but it’s very easy and inexpensive to make at home. Combine equal parts granulated sugar and water in a saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Allow the syrup to rest until it cools to room temperature and then bottle and store in the refrigerator. Simple syrups can be made in a variety of ratios. For example, if you’d like sweeter syrup without adding as much water to your drink, use two parts sugar to one part water. You can also experiment with different types of sugar such as demerara or infusing the simple syrup with cinnamon, ginger or herbs. To take quality ingredients one step further, many bartenders and domestic mixologists are creating their own infusions. This is when fresh ingredients

Bar Tools Every home mixologist will require some basic bar tools in order to create a variety of drinks. Here’s a quick look at a few items you should keep on hand:

Boston Shaker Muddler

Jigger or measuring cup

Hand-held Juicer Barspoon

Julep Strainer

Bar Tools Hawthorne Strainer

n Barspoon – A long handled spoon with a twisted shaft and shallow bowl used for stirring drinks to chill and dilute them. The spoon can also be used to measure ingredients; one barspoon is equal to one teaspoon. n Boston Shaker – The Boston Shaker is the most important tool behind the bar. It consists of two pieces, a mixing glass and a slightly larger metal mixing cup that fits over it. The drink ingredients should be assembled in the mixing glass, the metal tin should be filled with approximately two-thirds ice, and the two halves should be combined and then shaken. Three piece Cobbler Shakers featuring a “built-in” strainer are available in most kitchen stores. While these are handy, the Boston Shaker is ultimately more versatile and fun to shake, with fewer parts to misplace. n Hand-held Juicer – Typically made of aluminum or stainless steel, hand-held juicers basically work like oversized garlic presses. They turn citrus halves inside out, pressing out fresh juice and leaving behind seeds and pulp.

n Hawthorne Strainer – A flat-topped perforated metal device with a coil of wire around the perimeter is used to strain drinks from the metal half of the Boston Shaker into your cocktail glass. n Jigger or measuring cup – Mixology is similar to baking, especially when cocktails have more than three ingredients. Once you start adding a number of ingredients, it becomes tougher to achieve a balance without measuring. A company called Oxo makes a great 2 ounce measuring cup that is perfect for the home bartender. n Julep Strainer – A rounded perforated metal device used to strain stirred drinks from a mixing glass. n Muddler – A wooden pestle between 6 to 9 inches long used to mash fruit and herbs with sugar or liquor at the bottom of a mixing glass. Muddling citrus will give an entirely different flavor than juicing. When citrus fruit is muddled, the essential oils in the skin are released into the mixture adding dramatically more flavor to the drink as well as the bitterness of the pith. 63


Above: More Americans are demanding the use of fresh ingredients from the kitchen, and from the bar.

Tips for entertaining If you are planning on making cocktails for a large party, it’s best to plan a menu of two to three drinks and make them early in the evening in large batches. This will allow you to step out from behind the bar and spend time with your guests. Ice and proper dilution is important when mixing a large quantity of cocktails. Party punch recipes are the easiest solution for big groups, but consider pre-freezing water in large plastic containers to create giant ice blocks. Put these ice blocks in the punch bowl and they will melt slowly throughout the evening while still keeping the punch cool. If you can’t find a punch recipe that suits your fancy, you can still create a pitcher of drinks from a single cocktail recipe. There’s room in most shakers to make two drinks at the same time. Add your ingredients and ice, shake and strain into a pitcher a couple of hours before the party. Repeat until you’ve made enough cocktails for the evening. Now your drinks are properly diluted and the pitcher can be stored in the refrigerator until the guests arrive. Your guests can add fresh ice to the glass before they pour, allowing them to enjoy a cool, properly prepared and diluted cocktail. spaces



by Jeff “Beachbum” Berry from the new book Beachbum Berry Remixed 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice 1/2 ounce white grapefruit juice 1/2 ounce simple syrup 1/4 ounce St. Elizabeth allspice liqueur 1 ounce Demerara rum 1 ounce dark Jamaican rum Shake well with lots of crushed ice. Pour unstrained into a double old-fashioned glass. Garnish with a mint sprig and scored lime wedge.

are steeped in a spirit for an extended time in order to impart their flavor. This is a much tastier and fresher alternative to purchasing liquor that has been artificially flavored with additives. Infusions can be created at home with vegetables, fruits, herbs and even savory products such as bacon and ham. To start infusing, you’ll need a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Combine a high proof spirit with your ingredients while still leaving enough air space at the top so that you can shake the jar. The jar should be stored away from direct sunlight and shaken twice a day. Most infusions take between two and five days, depending on the ingredients and the proof of the liquor. When your infusion is complete, it should be strained through a double layer

Left: An Espresso Martini created at Chameleon Fusion Bistro.

St. Elizabeth allspice liqueur is available locally at Florida Wine & Spirits or you can make the equivalent at home. Grind ¼ cup of dried whole pimento (allspice) berries until they have the consistency of ground coffee. Place in a saucepan with one cup of Cruzan white rum. Bring to a boil, then immediately remove from heat. Stir. This will make a tea. Pour this hot tea, ground berries and all, into an empty rum bottle. Next, fill the bottle about ¾ of the way to the top with more white rum. Seal and let sit for at least two weeks, shaking it occasionally. After two weeks, filter the mixture through a colander lined with cheesecloth and discard the solids. Then, filter a second time through a metal mesh coffee filter, and a third time through unbleached paper filters. If the resulting reddishbrown liquid is cloudy, filter again through the paper. Make a sugar syrup by placing one cup of water and one pound of demerara sugar in a saucepan. Heat until sugar is dissolved. Mix equal parts of this sugar syrup with your infused rum. Bottle it, seal it, and let it sit for at least one month. The longer it sits the mellower and more flavorful it will become. 65



by Jeff “Beachbum” Berry from the new book Beachbum Berry Remixed 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice 3/4 ounce unsweetened pineapple juice 3/4 ounce orange juice 3/4 ounce passion fruit purée 3/4 ounce Licor 43 B1 1/4 ounces Demerara rum 1 1/2 ounces light Virgin Islands rum

Above and right: Author Jeff “Beachbum” Berry writes about the nuances of rum and how different varieties may be used in both classic and new exotic cocktails.


Shake well with plenty of crushed ice. Pour unstrained into a Beachbum Berry mug, your favorite tiki mug, or a double old-fashioned glass. You can make your own passion fruit purée by defrosting a packet of frozen 100% passion fruit pulp and mixing it in equal parts with simple syrup.

Above: The traditional Martini should be stirred to retain its clear composition. The texture should remain cold, heavy and silky as you drink it, without shards of ice that may develop if it is shaken. 66

of cheesecloth into a new container. Ice is the heart and soul as well as a basic requirement for every cocktail. Not only does it chill your drink, but 25% of a properly-mixed cocktail is melted ice. Without this blended-in water, the drink would taste harsh and alcoholic. Many modern ice makers built into your freezer specialize in making ice quickly rather than creating ice that is dense. The more surface area an ice cube has the quicker it can be frozen, but that also means it will melt faster in your drink. It’s important to select the ice that matches the drink you are making. Martinis and cocktails that are strained benefit from cold and dense ice cubes while tropical drinks are best mixed with crushed or cracked ice. Despite the requests of secret agents, there are some guidelines on whether your cocktail should be shaken or stirred. Drinks that contain only spirits (for example, traditional Martinis and Manhattans) should be stirred. Drinks that contain fruit or fruit juices should be shaken. This is because shaking adds millions of air bubbles to a cocktail, making a drink cloudy and giving it a light and frothy texture. Martinis and Manhattans are intended to be clear and should be stirred, which will impart a cold, heavy and silky texture. Furthermore, stirring does not introduce any ice shards into a drink. The best way to tell when a drink has been properly shaken is that the metal portion of the shaker will become too cold to comfortably hold and frost will start to build up around the outside of the

Left: A Lychee Saketini prepared by bartender Hideki Kimukai of Chameleon Fusion Bistro. You’ll have to visit the local restaurant to enjoy this one. As we go to press this recipe remains their secret.

The best way to tell when a drink has been properly shaken is that the metal portion of the shaker will become too cold to comfortably hold... shaker. This usually takes between 7 to 10 seconds of serious shaking. The same applies with stirring; you’ll know when you’re done when a slight frost forms around the mixing glass. This usually happens somewhere between 15 to 20 seconds, depending on the size of the ice. Changes in the culinary world are certainly being felt behind the bar as bartenders are becoming more like bar chefs. Just like a chef would never consider serving a sauce before tasting it, experts of their craft like Hideki Kimukai of Chameleon Fusion Bistro take a small taste of each cocktail before serving. An essential ingredient of modern mixology is this attention to detail along with technical and culinary skills in order to create not only a great drink, but a memorable part of a special evening. n



Master bath renovation ďŹ t for a king, and his queen spaces

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man’s home is his castle, particularly if the guy in question is Tom Obringer. Obringer’s Merritt Island home, a Tudor beauty from the 1980s, is a commanding presence with angles, arches and rich architecture that make this historical style regal. Wife Sheri is a dedicated Anglophile who collects medieval and gothic furnishings for the couple’s 3,000-plus-square-foot-home and grows heirloom roses on the property, which overlooks Stillwater’s scenic Honeymoon Lake. Although Tom and Sheri loved the house they moved into in 1999, the couple had no passion for the original – and style-less – bathroom in the upstairs master retreat. The space also offered such unusually miserly closet space that Tom and

Sheri were forced to hoard their clothing in nooks and crannies downstairs. Enter interior designer Christine Whiteley, who in a couple of months transformed the Obringer’s oh-so-inadequate bathroom and master closet into rooms fit for a king, and his queen, of course. Taking a cue from Sheri’s deep admiration for all things British, the owner of Concepts and Dimensions residential design services journeyed to the past to create a space that would satisfy the Obringers’ sense of history, as well as their need for 21st century amenities. “I wanted it English and medieval…and I wanted a big shower,” says Sheri. Whiteley did her homework, searching for

Left: Interior designer, Christine Whiteley journeyed to the past to create a space that would satisfy her clients’ sense of history, as well as their desire for 21st century amenities. Above: Whiteley’s original sketches for the remodel project. 69


Above: The renovation involved borrowing space from an unused loft and tiny bedroom; and re-designing that space to be a custom walk-in closet. Above right: A one-piece pre-fabricated shower stall and garden tub were transformed into an expansive walk-in shower. Right: “Before” photos of original shower and tub.



One of Whiteley’s clever touches was the bank of apothecary drawers built into the wall between the cabinetry. spaces


textures and shapes that would reflect Sheri’s desire. “The materials we used all have a historical reference,” she says. First on the hit list for contractor Dixon Builders was the old one-piece pre-fabricated shower stall with nary a Tudor hint. “I called it the phone booth,” says Sheri. “It was barely big enough to turn around in. I wanted to take it out back and shoot it.” At right angles to the shower was a very ordinary sink. The old sink and shower were removed and transformed into handsome his and hers oak cabinetry custom-built by Balcavage Custom Furniture and Cabinetry. Two new sinks were also installed. One of Whiteley’s clever touches was the bank of apothecary drawers built into the wall between the cabinetry. “It helps them keep small things in order,” says Whiteley. Reconfiguring the corner and removing the nonstructural soffit opened a vista of ceiling lines that complement the home’s Tudor pedigree. Across from the cabinetry, Whiteley replaced the aging garden tub with an expansive walk-in shower. To evoke a castle effect, Whiteley clad the shower’s largest wall with travertine tile set in a brick pattern from Stone and Surface Designers, installed by Moonlight Tile. Whiteley selected rhomboid tiles for one of the walls and pebble tiles on the shower floor by Ceramic Matrix, to continue the medieval theme. Moonlight Tile also handled this installation. The shower, wrapped in rich wainscoting evokes the feel of

SOURCES: Design: Concepts and Dimensions Contractor: Dixon Builders LLC Supplier: Balcavage Custom Furniture and Cabinetry, Inc. Cabinetry & Wainscot Supplier: Stone & Surface Designers, Inc. travertine and slate Supplier: Ceramic Matrix- rhomboid tile and pebble tile Installation: Moonlight Tile Closets: Closet City

Left: The completed space includes handsome his and hers custom oak cabinetry and new sinks. The angles, arches and colors of this historical style are evident in the regal drawer pulls and the oil-rubbed bronze finish on the faucet and handles.

an ancient British manor. The shower is fed by both rain and traditional shower heads with an oil-rubbed bronze finish that mirrors the period-perfect light fixtures Whiteley selected online from Rejuvenation Lighting. Outside the shower, Whiteley’s flooring design called for slate set in a hopscotch pattern, again to reflect a British influence. The purposeful renovation involved borrowing space from an unused loft and a tiny bedroom adjacent to the bath. “We cut through that space and made it the master closet,” says Whiteley. “We reallocated both the bedroom and the typical 1980’s loft into a custom master closet with access only from the master bath, so it became private space.” A closet designed by Closet City of Vero Beach creates a spacious dressing room adjacent to the new bath. The space features a pullout ironing board, his and hers hampers and a marble-topped island. Whiteley credits the project’s success to her clients’ very different approaches. “Sheri has the artist’s mentality, so she’s great at visualization, while Tom, who’s an engineer, got very involved in the details of the process,” she says. To view a portfolio of Concepts and Dimensions projects, visit Whiteley can be reached at 321-504-3966. n

“Sheri has the artist’s mentality, so she’s great at visualization, while Tom, who’s an engineer, got very involved in the details of the process.” – Christine Whiteley



Just-in-time Surprise master suite transformation Story by Janet McCluskey Photography by Rob Downey

ecently, interior designer riitta ylonen, aSiD of Finn Design, inc. pulled off a notable feat; a master suite makeover in just ďŹ ve hours! She and husband, Juha made the job look simple, but behind the scenes were hours of pre-planning; including shopping, sewing and measuring. BEFORE



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hen client AnnMarie Bloch contacted Ylonen for some follow-on work, she arrived ready to consult on some window treatments for the master bedroom. When she left the Bloch residence that day she had two weeks to plan a sneak-in master retreat transformation. Bloch hoped to surprise her husband with the updated space by arranging for Ylonen to come in after the couple left to enjoy an evening out together. The existing space had the crucial necessities: a king size bed, two night stands, a tall boy, and a dresser. It was an ideal blank canvas to get creative with. Immediately Ylonen began planning, took measurements and went shopping with Mrs. Bloch to consult on the colors, fabrics and design. The new bedding they found at Bed Bath & Beyond provided color inspiration and the traditional style Bloch desired for the master retreat. The blue and chocolate brown bedding set included four coordinating valances and a throw. Ylonen was able to create two additional valances the space required, from the throw to finish the windows. Ylonen’s re-design introduced some new furnishings including a rattan chair and a round wooden table they found at Pier 1. Their visit also uncovered the perfect area rug to complement the wood furniture and dark wood floors. One more trip to The Avenue Viera and they had towels, bed and bath accessories, a coordinating chair in turquoise and brown paisley material and even some wall art from Kirklands. Ylonen picked up the remaining accessories: silk plants, vases and candles during trips to Old Time Pottery, Michaels and Marshalls. The day before the scheduled installation Ylonen searched through her own collection of remnants for fabric she could use as a valance in the master bath. She found a perfect piece in turquoise and browns that was finished with tassels at each edge. AFTER

Left: AnnMarie and Jonathan Bloch’s transformed master bedroom space. 73



On a Saturday evening Ylonen and her husband waited in a nearby shopping plaza to receive the callsignal to GO! The call came just after 5 p.m. and they set to work. Plans included one main wall painted in Sherwin Williams “Meditative,” a tranquil blue. This was step one to allow for drying time. The next step was hanging draperies and valances and drilling holes for shelving. As the wall dried, all the art and accessories were positioned. The table and bench were assembled and silk plants were placed. The new towels were folded and bedding smoothed into place. In true HGTV-style a call came that the homeowners were on their way home. Candles were lit in the final minutes to prepare for the surprise reveal. Ylonen’s finishing touch was champagne cooling in a



“It’s great! I was astonished. It totally changed the look of the room.” – Jonathan Bloch

Above left: The blue color inspiration from the master suite is carried into the master bath. Left: Fresh accessories and artwork finish the space. Above: Draperies and a new chair and table create a cozy corner to relax in.

bucket to welcome them into their new space. The entire installation took just five hours to complete. The Ylonens were exhausted but pleased with their accomplishment, and AnnMarie Bloch later commented “The bedroom was a hit, Jonathan loved it! It came out better than I imagined. Thank you very much!” Although Ylonen said she wished she could have been there to see their faces she was pleased with the project. I asked if she’d take on a similar project again and she replied, “Absolutely.” n

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Update your wardrobe at one of these stylish, local shopping spots. Story by Danika Warren Photography by Dave Potter

Downtown Divas (321) 733-0898 847 E. New Haven Avenue, Downtown Melbourne Monday through Saturday: 11am-7pm; Sunday 1-5pm



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It’s hard not to notice this snappy boutique in the heart of downtown Melbourne. The perfectly accessorized mannequins in the window lure shoppers with sparkling formal dresses, breezy summer skirts and distressed jeans with rhinestone-studded pockets. Whatever the outfit, it is sure to attract attention. Inside the glass front door is an eclectic mix of vintage t-shirts, funky accessories and embellished denim. If it’s jeans you are looking for, this is the store for brands like Lucky, Red Engine, Miss Mee, It, and more. Loretta Grella has owned Downtown Divas in downtown Melbourne for three years. She lets her own unique sense of style inspire her on buying trips for the shop. “I like eclectic,” says Ms. Grella, who decorated the store with artist Derek Gores’ artwork and shabby chic décor. She stocks clothing racks with a fun and fashionable mix of clothing and accessories that work just as well beachside as they do in the city. She includes accessories like quirky luggage tags, embellished handbags and Indrah undies that give shoppers a lot to peruse. She pays attention to every detail, arranging displays and spacing hangers just right. In the rear of the store is an inviting sofa on a cozy white shag rug with a coffee table full of designer magazines stocked as reference materials. Don’t miss the “one left, last size” and sales racks in the back of the store. n

ON MANNEQUIN: Distressed denim jacket by Vintage Havana Vintage knee length legging with satin bow and ruffles by Effie’s Heart Floral tunic by Solomena

Must-have accessories: Necklaces, candles, cuffs, bracelets, belts, earrings and even a water bottle adorn these shelves. Loretta likes to offer her clients an eclectic mix of items that shoppers won’t find in another store. 77


Green Apples 321-635-8728 111 Harrison Street, Cocoa Village Hours: Monday through Friday 10am-6pm; Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday noon-4pm (seasonal)



Underneath a fresh, bright green canopy on harrison Street is the Green apples boutique. it is known by locals and snowbirds alike as the place to shop for comfortable, stylish clothes that travel well. Owner Donna Kettner, a former cruise ship social director, combined her love of travel with fashion to cater to women on the go. As if on cue, two women enter the store looking for clothes for their trip to Paris. One of Kettner’s signature items is the reversible, lightweight Mycra Pac raincoat that comes in its own bag, which can also be used as a purse. “This is the perfect travel raincoat,” Ms. Kettner promises. After almost 30 years in the same location Ms. Kettner has refined and defined stylish travel clothes and built a loyal customer base. “It’s all about fabrics,” she said. “And style and comfort. But fabrics are very important to me. The fabrics we choose – silk, cashmere, linen, bamboo, modal – make the difference in the clothing.” Green Apples carries essential travel shoes by Naot, Merrell and Gentle Souls along with functional, versatile and attractive bags by Maruca and Chico and hats by Wallaroo Hats. Kettner pays attention to what her clients are wearing and what works for them. “My grandmother told me: ‘Don’t waste your time selling anything that isn’t quality.’” n

ON MANNEQUIN AT LEFT: Green and mocha Mycra Pac reversible raincoat that comes in its own bag that can also be used as a purse. Collar doubles as a hood. Necklace of shell and leather from Paris. 100% Cotton t-shirt by Alternative from California. Capri pants in khaki by JAG. Maruca handbag. Hat by Wallaroo hat company.

ABOVE: Cordani sandals are handmade in Spain. The “Perth” anklestrap sandal has leather straps and a rubber sole. Designed to provide even weight distribution. The curved lines of the under-soles give you a “rocker-effect” which gently propels you forward as you walk. Great for travel and walking. ABOVE LEFT: Leather-strap necklace designed with shells and ebony and bone-colored resin beads adorns a mannequin. 79


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NECKLACES By Carol Chiaverini who mixes natural stone and handblown glass. Fused glass with sterling silver clasps $39; Shells, pearls and glass in dark pink and purple $29


ithin the walls of a renovated old Florida bungalow is Siren Boutique. There’s a hip vibe as you stroll across the front porch like you are dropping by to visit a friend. Siren Boutique owner Linzi Richer has turned the front of the house into a carefully sculpted and very fashionable, walk-in closet. With faux finished turquoise walls, glossy hard wood floors and copper pipe clothing racks, the décor is as appealing as the L.A. designer labels on the racks. Handbags, shoes, belts and jewelry by local artists appear on every precisely placed shelf and display case. At just 28 years old, Linzi has a head for business and entrepreneurship in her blood. She grew up in a family who owned their own business (her father is Charlie of Charlie & Jake’s BBQ), and she wanted to bring more shopping options to women in Brevard. When you’re finished shopping, feel free to sink into a comfy chair and enjoy a cup of complimentary organic tea. n ON MANNEQUIN Silver beret from the San Diego Hat Company; Grey racerback tank from Delicia; White linen wide-legged pant by MM Couture; Double strand motherof-pearl necklace by a local designer. PURSE By Big Buddha from Santa Barbara, CA., called The Venetian, with leather tassels, brass studs, hot pink interior, lace overlay.



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A look ahead: Cultural, design and entertainment events on the Space Coast and dances. The show begins at 10:30am and is designed for kindergarten through grade 4. All seats are $7. For tickets and information call 242-2219 or visit www.

May 8

A Grand Musical Event

Conductor Robert E. Lamb will lead three choirs and The Brevard Symphony Orchestra to perform Mozart’s Grand Mass in C Minor.

Entertainment Through June

Music in the Park Music in the Park will take place on the third Thursday of each month through the summer, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. in Central Park at The Avenue Viera. The series features music from local and national musicians. Listeners are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs and relax in Central Park, or enjoy the music while shopping or dining on one of The Avenue’s restaurant patios. For a complete schedule of events, visit

May 2

21st Annual Pops Concert This year’s “A Celebration of Stage and Screen” will again feature the Brevard Symphony Orchestra conducted by Chrisspaces


topher Confessore. Guest soloist is Tony Award winner Debbie Gravitte who will bring to life songs that were first hits on Broadway and found their way to the big screen. The event will begin at 5:00pm and be held on the Polo Grounds at Windsor in Vero Beach and benefit the Indian River Medical Center Foundation. For more information call the Indian River Medical Center Foundation at (772) 226-4952.

May 3

Butterfly: Story of a Life Cycle This full-stage production takes the audience on a journey through all stages of life of the Monarch butterfly’s life: a tiny egg, a caterpillar, a chrysalis and butterfly, not to mention the miraculous journey to hibernate in Mexico. The Hudson Vagabond Puppets feature larger-than-life puppetry and a host of other creatures from the insect world, scrolling scenery, songs

Join conductor Dr. Robert E. Lamb at 7:30pm at the King Center for the Performing Arts as he brings together three choirs and members of the BSO to perform Mozart’s Grand Mass in C Minor. This is a stunning work with virtuosic solos for five singers. The 200-plus voices promise the dramatic fulfillment of the music. For tickets and information, contact the King Center Box Office at 242-2219 or visit

May 29

Basia The King Center and the Brevard Jazz Series bring you The Fourth Annual Benefit For Children With Disabilities featuring pop jazz vocalist Basia at 8:00 pm. Her three-octave range and Latin-flavored jazz stylings established a successful international recording career for Basia during the late 1980s and early 1990s. She emerges with her strongest work yet – “It’s That Girl Again” – an album that brings her trademark global pop jazz sound into today. From the first strum of the guitar to the last cheer from the crowd, the album is a great showing from an established artist firmly planted in the here-and-now. For tickets and information, contact the King Center Box Office at 242-2219 or visit Tickets for this show may also be purchased through Brevard Jazz Series at 783-9004 or

Pop Jazz vocalist, Basia.

Art Exhibitions May 6

Collaborative experience Brevard Art Museum School invites you to a forum discussion on the collaborative experience related to the Transformations Exhibition currently in the Museum. It will feature two pairs from the project and a facilitator. The goal is to discuss the concept of collaboration with a differing media, the pros and cons of an artist’s own work and inspiration, the affect on inspiration for one project and future work. Other Transformation participants are invited to come and share as audience members but the goal would be to engage the attendees in some exploration of how they might apply the concepts to their own work whether in writing, painting, quilting, music or any other creative pursuits. The forum is free and will take place in Harris Auditorium, 1463 Highland Ave., Melbourne. Call for details 242-0737 or visit

Through May 9

Floral & Fiber Art Show The Art Gallery of Viera presents “Floral & Fiber,” a celebration of the art of nine local fiber artists. Using fabric, thread, paint, beads and other embellishments they have created unique wall art, imaginative dolls and wearable art. Featured artists are: Dij

Dream Theater from the exhibit, Just Suppose, featuring the art of Maggie Taylor and Jerry Uelsmann through August at The Brevard Art Museum.

Pacarro, Barbara Bilbo, Martha Wolfe, Jill Brown, Irene Watson, Paula Furgason, Ruth Anne Parker, Peg Horsfield, and Elizabeth King. For more information call 890-1415.

Through June 13

Transformations Exhibition­­ The Transformations exhibition showcases the work of 12 poets and 12 artists. Fay Picardi, Cindy Michaud, and Denette Schweikert, originally conceived of the project as an experiment in the nature of collaboration between authors of the written language and visual artists. The finished works in the exhibition stand alone and as testament to the collaborative ven-

ture of each coupling. The twelve duos are (in order of poet then artist): Gregory Byrd and Suzanne Clements; Rick Campbell and Denette Schweikert; Annette Clifford and Steve Lomazzo; Marcia Denius and Ellen Lindner; Darlyn Finch and Jerry Hooper; Michael Hettich and Cindy Michaud; Ruth Moon Kempher and Nancy Dillen; Fay Picardi and George Snyder; Bonny Barry Sanders and Jini James; Jean Shepard and Carmen Beecher; Miles Wallio and Monica Ebert. For more information call the Brevard Art Museum at 242-0737 or visit the Transformations website at “Transformations” the book can be purchased in the Museum Store. 85


cated form of chalk. Join the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery opening reception at the First Friday Artwalk on May 7th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and mingle with Parker while enjoying light refreshments with wine. For more information call 259-8261 or visit

June 1-30

Energy & Ecstasy Exhibition

“Madre Gambe Incrociate” enameled bronze sculpture by Esther Wertheimer from the Energy & Ecstacy Exhibition at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery.

Through August

Just Suppose: Maggie Taylor and Jerry Uelsmann The Brevard Art Museum presents this whimsical exhibition of the other-worldly art of Maggie Taylor and Jerry Uelsmann – two world-renown and historically important artists. Maggie Taylor reflects her own imaginative narratives into digital technology. Jerry Uelsmann’s composite, surreal photographs of nature, the human figure, exterior and inte-

cious Mind” – by Alicia de la Campa Pak. Her art speaks of womanhood and of her homeland with an imagery that veers from delicately beautiful to shocking. Because of her bold style, Alicia is emerging as one of Cuba’s most influential young artists. Born in Cuba, Alicia graduated from San Alejandro Academy of Art in Havana, and returned to teach as Professor of Fine Art. For more information contact Marjorie Pravden at or call 729-8800.

rior environments are produced using more

May 1-30

conventional darkroom techniques and evoke

Rock, Paper, Chalk

myth and magic. For more information on this and other events call 242-0737 or check

May 3-28

Caprichosa-Mente Cuba! Gallery of Fine Art presents this 25piece exhibition – translated as “The Caprispaces


The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery presents the Tom Parker exhibit of expressionistic pastel works. Rocks represent a new element in Parker’s life, appearing everywhere in all colors, shapes and sizes. Paper signifies the painting surface. Chalk emphasizes the raw directness and simplicity of the medium. Pastel is pure pigment – a more sophisti-

The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery presents world-renowned sculptor Esther Wertheimer and her vibrant flowing sculptures. Esther’s style demonstrates a strong emphasis on family, love and graceful aspirations. Her deep love of color has emerged into a collection of patinas with which she coats her sculptures that are jeweled, toned, radiant and opalescent with flecks of light. As the “Best of Show” winner in the 100% Pure Florida of 2009 with her sculpture “Madre Gambe Incrociate”, Esther has demonstrated mastery in her skill throughout her life with countless awards. Join the opening on Friday, June 4th, where you can meet the artist. For more information call 259-8261 or visit us online at www.

Melancolia by Alicia de la Campa Pak

Theatre May 7-23

Man of La Mancha The Cocoa Village Playhouse presents this remarkable show – a play-within-a-play, based on Cervantes’ “Don Quixote.” It is the poignant story of a dying old man whose impossible dream takes over his mind – his dream is Everyman’s dream. The “Man of La Mancha” speaks for humankind. Call 636-5050 for tickets and information or visit

May 7 – June 13

Crimes of the Heart The Magrath sisters are having a bad day. The youngest sister shot her abusive husband; the middle sister, has just arrived from Hollywood after suffering a nervous breakdown. The oldest is feeling unwanted on her 30th birthday. And if that weren’t enough, Granddaddy is dying. Set five years after Hurricane Camille in the sleepy little town of Hazlehurst, Mississippi, this southern gothic comedy is bursting at the seams with childhood jealousies, unrequited love, and lifelong vendettas. Presented by the Melbourne Civic Theatre. For tickets and information call 723-6935 or visit

May 14-29

Where you’ll find us! Pick up your complimentary copy of Spaces Magazine at many fine establishments throughout Brevard County, including: Baytree National Golf Links Brevard Art Museum Cocoa Beach Country Club Duran Golf Club Eau Gallie Yacht Club Economic Development Commission Essentials Spa, Melbourne & Viera Health-First Pro-Health Fitness Center (Merritt Island, Viera, Melbourne & Palm Bay) Imperial Spa King Center for the Performing Arts Kiwi Tennis Club La Bella Spa Melbourne International Airport Paradise Ford Suntree Country Club YMCA Suntree Wuesthoff Health System – Rockledge & Melbourne Or, visit any of the advertisers in our current issue!

No Sex Please, We’re British Titusville Playhouse concludes the Main Stage season with this popular Anthony Marriott/Alistair Foot bedroom farce. The plot hinges upon a mis-delivered parcel of pornographic postcards, which end up in the hands of a staid banker and his frigid wife. “No Sex Please, We’re British” began life as a stage play which ran for years in London, mostly as a tourist attraction. For tickets and information call 268-3711 or visit

Through May 16

The Sunshine Boys Lewis and Clark were famous comedians during the vaudeville era; off-stage, though they couldn’t stand each other and haven’t spoken in over 20 years. But a lucrative opportunity comes up and Ben, Willy Clark’s nephew – the producer of a variety show – wants to feature a reunion of the classic duo. How will Ben convince the crotchety old comedians to put aside their differences before the big show? For tickets and information contact the Henegar Center

View the current Spaces issue online at

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Workshops & Classes­

The Carpenter/ Kessel

Through June

Homeselling Team

Life Drawing Class Life drawing is taught on Wednesdays from 1:00-4:00 p.m. by an experienced teacher and artist at the Art Gallery of Viera. Demystify this daunting subject and improve drawing skills. More advanced drawers can develop

243 LANSING ISLAND DR. Ultimate luxury home on Lansing Island. Direct riverfront, 150’ water frontage w/dock & boat lift, 4 BR, 5 full & 2 half baths, 4 car gar. Just under 10,000 sf. Professionally decorated. Fully furnished. $4,400,000

their existing skills. $25 charge includes model fee. Contact Paula Steere to register or for more information call 917-3236 or email ­

Through June

Century 21 Spectrum


Beginning and Intermediate watercolor classes are held Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. at the Art Gallery of Viera. Way

“40 Years Combined Experience Selling The Beachside” Dewayne Carpenter

Watercolor Classes 368066

151 LANSING ISLAND DR. Bring your Yacht. 522ft waterfront, 500ft dock, 1.74 acres, 4 bed, 5 bath, 3 half bath, library, game room, 5-car garage and summer kitchen, 8700sf. $3,650,000

Join Plein Air master artist, Calvin Liang in Tuscany for a painters’ workshop.

Out There Watercolor is held Tuesdays, 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the Art Gallery of Viera. Kirk Kessel

Both classes are ongoing. For more information call 536-7773 or email BobbiQBrown@

month showcases a different winery with representatives from the vineyard introducing the wines. Seating time is 6:30 p.m. with availability on the patio or inside. For

May 15-22

more information call 639-8343 or visit

Painters’ Retreat in Tuscany, Italy

Master artist Calvin Liang’s Plein Air

June 3 & 4

Workshop in Tuscany still has several

Loire Valley Wine Dinner

openings. This European retreat is designed

Café Margeaux presents his special eve-

for oil artists at all levels and their guests.

ning featuring a 6-course dinner and tast-

Prices include 7 nights accommodations –

ing of Domaine Ehrhart & Domaine Belle

single occupancy – breakfasts, 3 special

wines. Each month showcases a differ-

dinners with wine included, wine and

ent winery with representatives from the

pecorino cheese upon arrival, five days of

vineyard introducing the wines. Seating

instruction. For pricing and further details

time is 6:30 p.m. with availability on the

call 777-3964 or visit

patio or inside. For more information call

Dining Events

639-8343 or visit

May 6 & 7

Napa Valley Wine Dinner Café Margeaux presents this special evening featuring a 6-course dinner and tastspaces


ing of the Foley Family of Wines. Each

Want your upcoming home, cultural or entertainment listing in our calendar? E-mail Corinne Ishler at or call 242-3555.


carpet, tile & flooring

kitchen & bath design

Jackson Kirschner Architects

Great Southeast Flooring America

Corinthian Kitchen & Bath



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Automotive Paradise Ford 321-632-2222 See our display ad on page 75


Nosh & Ganache


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Market 321-308-0275

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Wholesale 321-254-4048

321-427-9139 see our display ad on page 82 See our display ad on page 47 lighting Brevard Lighting 321-636-3345

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Ageless Style

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East Coast Cabinet Co.

DownTown Produce



Martin Pools


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Bach Pool Art


food & wine


water in transit

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Space Coast Honda

2000 Auto


pools & spas

home & garden Brevard Stone 321-636-9344 See our display ad on page 21

House of Lights

See our display ad on page 25 Watershapes By Greg Ginstrom, Inc. 321-777-5432 See our display ad on page 23 real estate DeWayne Carpenter 321-693-2593 See our display ad on page 88


Janet Ringdahl

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lodging See our display ad on page 27

Beach Place Guesthouses

Karen Nierenberg

D. Rochelle

home furnishings




AJ’s Unfinished Furniture

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321-639-3839 See our display ad on page 67 Ashley Furniture Home Store 321-725-0200 See our display ad on page 7 Kane’s Furniture 321-674-0881

See our display ad on page 44 Dog Spot Hotel 321-757-7684 See our display ad on page 52 medical Wuesthoff 321-253-2222

See our display ad on page 61 National Realty 321-723-1400 See our display ad on page 4 shopping centers Merritt Square Mall 321-452-3270 See our display ad on page 32

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Sweet Cheeks

La-Z-Boy Furniture Gallery


321-725-5461 / 321-639-3010

Dermatology Institute of Brevard


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technology Island Systems & Design 321-638-9966



Cool Spaces

Favorite places to beat the heat!

“We are blessed to be able to enjoy our tropical container garden. This is my sanctuary for morning coffee and prayer.” – Rosa Levka

NEW SEARCH for July 2010 issue Attention readers- We’re Celebrating the USA! Spaces magazine is seeking photos of your favorite things made in the USA. In honor of craftsmen and women of the U.S. our July issue will showcase the products you have: furniture, décor, art, that were made in America. Tell us in 25 words or less what it is, where you purchased it and why it’s important to you!

Photos due Monday, May 31st, 2010 Email photos to: Please provide your name, address and a phone number.

“This location catches the cooling afternoon breezes off the ocean. The ice cold beer and cocktails at the Tiki Bar help to keep us cool!” – Jean Caldwell

Thank you to Rosa Levka of Melbourne and Jean Caldwell of Cocoa Beach for sharing your spaces with us! spaces





• custom cabinetry and countertops • cultured marble • solid surface • granite • quartz residential & commercial installation

380 Gus Hipp Blvd., Rockledge, FL 32955 spaces

92 321.433.0000