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There is a common trait shared among the homeowners featured in this issue—passion. As we put this magazine together, we were in awe of their dedication—not only to create homes to fit their needs— but to create spaces to feel their souls. Even though it might sound like a cliché, for Ann Adamski, her newly remodeled kitchen is truly the heart of her home. On any given day her house is filled with the sounds of laughter and the wonderful aromas of rich Italian food. Bruce and Lisa Murphy are passionate about the great outdoors, so it’s no wonder they chose to build the ultimate backyard retreat perfect for all ages. And homeowners Cheryl and Jim Bender and John and Lynda Kutey were kind enough to open the doors to their Tampa Bay-area homes, which show off their personalities. Even the Housetrends editorial staff is getting in on the act and looking back at their favorite contemporary spaces. As you read about these homeowners it is our hope that it leads you to create a home that speaks to your emotions and personality.



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68 At least twice a week we are at each other’s houses, enjoying a meal together. —ANN ADAMSKI, PAGE 40



CONTEMPORARY Housetrends staffers pick their favorite contemporary spaces


Team loyalties lead to the ultimate backyard retreat

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Smart with a Smile High-tech house incorporates a beloved theme



Food Lovers Unite Remodeled kitchen is avid cook’s dream come true

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Sgt. Michael NicholSoN US MariNe triple aMpUtee / traUMatic BraiN iNjUry iNjUred iN afghaNiStaN jUly 6, 2011 On July 6, 2011, Sgt. Nicholson was on combat foot patrol when he was injured by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Afghanistan, causing him to lose both legs and his left arm and suffer a brain injury. Eight months after arriving at the National Naval Medical Center, Sgt. Michael Nicholson came home to Tampa, Florida greeted by thousands of supporters. At his church, he spoke to the crowd,“I just want to ask for one more thing; please pray for the guys still in Afghanistan right now and for the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines recovering in Bethesda, San Antonio and Balboa. Pray for the ones who didn’t make it back.” After riding in the motorcade from Tampa Airport to his church, which included over 100 Patriot Guard Riders, he said, “That still blows my mind. I never expected all those people to show up. I am still awestruck about all of this. They have done so much for me, I wish I could do something for them.” At a time when he was struggling with his own life-altering injuries, Michael was not asking anything for himself, only thinking of his fellow military who are still in need of prayers and support, and for all those who never returned... only wondering what he could do for others. It gives the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Gary Sinise Foundation great joy to provide a home for Michael. We hope it is a place where he can heal and regain his independence. Michael expressed that he wished that he could “give back” to all those who have supported him along the way. We are sure he already has.


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High-tech house incorporates a beloved theme

By Lyla Haggard | Photos by Johan Roetz

Lynda Kutey has been having fun since she was three years old. Not just playing ball and skipping rope, but fancy, spectacular twists and turns on her roller skates. Her talent was enough to take her twice, as an adult, to the US Artistic Nationals Roller Skating competition. So you know that someone with a career like that would want to live in a very special home.

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Six months ago, Lynda and her husband, John Kutey, moved from upstate New York to find some sunshine and privacy at the magnificent Stonelake Ranch in Thonotosassa, about twenty minutes east of Tampa. With one-and-a-half acres at a minimum, neighbors there can remain friendly but not too close. After researching existing residential properties, the Kuteys decided to build a lovely one-story on their four-acre lot. As first-time builders, they began to face the myriad of choices they would have to make to produce the “smart” house that John wanted and the “fun” home Lynda desired.

A group effort As a “Beekeeper” for a technology company named Hive, Jeff Harris is an expert on Smart homes, with a broad knowledge on everything from automation, structural wiring and renewable energy to security, lighting control and central vacuums. He and John clicked right away. With the Hive approach, all sound abatement, thermostats, pathway lighting, door and garage locks...even speakers in the rocks surrounding the pool are all handled by a smart phone from anywhere in the world. Jeff met with the Kuteys and then submitted a detailed proposal that John and Lynda immediately approved.

As the planning progressed, Lynda requested assistance in interior design, since she had long held a special interest in Mickey Mouse and had a large collection to accommodate into their living spaces. Fortunately, Jeff’s sister, Amy Butts, is an interior design consultant and, just as her brother had, quickly put together design boards that would give the couple the feel of paradise they wanted and incorporate the couple’s collection as well. Finishing out the creative trio is Sherri Johns, Sales Manager of Annabelle’s Fine Home Furnishings, a well-known family-owned business that specializes in furniture and decorative accessories. Not unlike John

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and Jeff, Lynda quickly hit it off with Amy and Sherri. In fact almost 90% of the interior furnishings and fabrics were chosen at Annabelle’s. Working together, Amy and Sherri selected furniture, fabrics and accessories room by room so that the flow of the residence would be maintained and the overall design unified. Amy installed custom white poly-satin shutters throughout the house. The living room, which overlooks the pool area and beyond that the lake, has a Stanford couch, Lexington chairs and two Vanguard ottomans, all with custom fabrics. The crystal and chrome accents give a real sparkle to the room and

the two lighted display cases on either side of the fireplace are filled with charming Mickey Mouse artifacts. To the right of the entry, the chrome and walnut table and chairs are accented by custom floral patterns on the seats and a dramatic custom silk black and pewter runner down the center of the table. This lovely Romo fabric is also repeated in the living room drapes. Overhead is a custom crystal lamp and chandelier, an exclusive design from the Walt Disney collection. The Disney collection also appears in the nearby guest powder bath. The kitchen features Old Biscayne cabinetry with a combination of bar stools

OPENING SPREAD: Mickey Mouse pavers are scattered throughout the landscaping. TOP LEFT: The dining room chandelier is an exclusive design from the Walt Disney collection. TOP RIGHT: Elegant pillars and arches separate the various living spaces. ABOVE: Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse are depicted in this one-of-a-kind painting.

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decorating trends and chairs. Since John once was a meat manager who changed careers to information technology, the GE Profile convection oven with a sensor plug-in to assure perfect temperatures, has become his favorite appliance. These appliances are coordinated by beautiful granite countertops. Three LED pendant lights hang gracefully over the breakfast bar. Relaxing is easy in the nearby family room, with custom drapes and a rug from the Disney Collection, the comfy sectional and ottoman are very inviting. Small occasional tables by Lexington have bases of petrified wood. John’s den features a Fairfield leather executive chair accentuated by a desk, entertainment center and built-in custom cabinetry by Amoroso Cabinets.

LEFT: Toe kick lighting under the cabinets creates a dramatic effect in the kitchen. ABOVE: The inviting breakfast table is tucked into its own nook overlooking the living room.

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decorating trends Living a fantasy One of Jeff Harris’ biggest challenges was the starlit ceiling for the home theater. In addition to eight cerise leather motorized recliners, the Kuteys’ media room walls are lined to be totally blacked out when watching movies or videos, but decorated with Roman shades with striking red and black cornices for interesting color and design. To top it all off, Jeff cut 2,100 individual holes in the ceiling through which to fish fiber optic lines. When cut with a soldering knife, the fiber end melts and causes the twinkle effect when the switch is turned on. The master suite offers a feeling of escaping to Nirvana thanks to coordinated shades of browns, beiges and iridescent plum antique bronze window treatments. A cozy seating area and a bathroom boasting marble tile, an oversized tub and a large walkin shower encourage relaxation. continued > OPPOSITE TOP: Rich burgundy and antique bronze hues give the master bedroom a formal look. OPPOSITE BOTTOM: The oval bathtub serves as the focal point in the master bathroom. LEFT: This stunning powder room incorporates soft white marble and dark glass mosaic tile. BELOW: Eight red motorized leather recliners encourage guests to sit back and enjoy a movie.

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Two other guest bedrooms continue the Disney theme. Both the Animal Kingdom and the Wilderness Lodge bedrooms feature Keystone furnishings with coordinated Eastern accents bedding. In fact, Lynda saw the Animal Kingdom room at Annabelle’s and decided she wanted to duplicate it as is. The most fascinating room has Stanley Youth bunk beds literally filled with Lynda’s collection of stuffed dolls and animals—some of them from childhood, showing a little wear and tear, and many others purchased at Disney World, of course. Even the drapes continue the theme. John and Lynda say they are thankful for finding the right combination of experts to bring their vision to life. “It was the secret to creating the perfect house in paradise.”

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Interior decorator, window treatments and floral arrangements: Amy Butts; Furniture and accessories: Annabelle’s Fine Home Furnishings; Landscaping: Plant Adoptions; Outdoor lighting: Northern Lights; Pool and spa: Landmark Pools; Windows and doors: PGT; Kitchen, bathroom and media room cabinetry: Deems Cabinets; Granite countertops: International Granite; Appliances: Wolf; Samsung; GE Profile; Den cabinetry: Amoroso Cabinets; Home automation and security systems: Hive; Fireplaces: A Plus Fireplaces; Artistic painting: Dawn Neri-Renner; Shutters, drapery and wall hangings: Installed by Fred Scheeffler; Generator: 48K Generac for whole house by Hive; Pavers and retaining walls: Paver Crafters; Builder: Arthur Rutenberg-Lyons Heritage

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Shortly after Ann Adamski moved into her newly purchased home in Lutz, she received a phone call from a few friends, notifying her that they were coming over to make gnocchi in her new kitchen. A short time later, her home was filled with family and friends, and a cooking feast was under way. “This is what we do,” Ann says. “At least twice a week we are at each other’s houses, enjoying a meal together. Whatever you have in your fridge is fair game.”

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Adapting to change Ann and her three children moved from New York to Tampa Bay two-and-a-half years ago. “My husband passed away suddenly four years ago,” says Ann. “The kids and I started coming down here for holidays and staying with a good friend who has lived here for years. We fell in love with the weather and relaxed lifestyle and decided to take the plunge.” Ann initially bought a home in Cheval, but shortly after getting settled in, she realized it was a bit too small. With a teenage daughter and one adult son still living at home, she needed more breathing room. Plus, she has a large extended family that visits often. “When you’re from the north and you move to sunny Florida, you start getting those phone calls in November, asking when they can come for a visit,” she says.

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The original 1990s white kitchen was transformed into an Italian-inspired culinary haven. OPPOSITE: The ceiling fan over the breakfast table is from Horchow. OPENING SPREAD: Open shelves at the end of the island hold some of the owner’s favorite cookbooks.

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To accommodate the needs of her family, Ann purchased a 4,600-square-foot home nearby. “It was perfect for us; even though it needed a new kitchen, I wanted to take on the challenge,” she says. The now 18-year-old home had a typical 90s kitchen, with white cabinets and countertops and a ceramic tile floor. “It just wasn’t me,” she says. “With the amount of food we cook, I wanted a kitchen that could accommodate those needs.”

Finding her style Since she was new to the area, Ann turned to her friends for referrals. She ended up selecting brothers Keith and Jeff McNabb, owners of Tampa-based Kitchen Creations. “We just bonded and they were so patient with me because I have never

remodeled a kitchen and didn’t have any idea what I wanted or needed.” Ann’s kitchen in her New York home was typical of the area with dark stained cabinetry and countertops. For her Florida home, she wanted the design to be bright and cheerful. The original kitchen was completely gutted, even a pantry was removed to allow for more cabinet and counter space. The old cabinets were replaced with white painted maple cabinetry brushed with an espresso glaze for a weathered look. To offset the perimeter cabinets, Jeff McNabb suggested using cherry wood for the island. “The island features a Mission stain and Charcoal glaze, a very custom look,” McNabb says. “Customizing cabinetry continues to be a big trend. The contrasting colors in this kitchen make it really stand out.” The range hood serves as the focal point in the kitchen, and was custom-made to blend in with the perimeter cabinetry. A mantle shelf, crown molding, elegant carvings and a beadboard panel give the hood an artistic look. Since cooking is such an important part of Ann’s life, she made sure to select materials known for their durability and low maintenance capabilities. From the Cambria quartz countertops to the sturdy hardwood flooring, she doesn’t have to worry about whether or not her kitchen can handle a large group of people or elaborate meals. “I hosted Christmas Eve at my house this past year,” she says. “In addition to 50 people, we had trays of fish, shells, baked clams and shrimp. It was a traditional Italian dinner and it was amazing.”

Personal details In addition to state-of-the-art appliances and an abundance of storage options, Knabb also made sure to incorporate Ann’s personality into the kitchen design. Glass-front cabinets strategically placed throughout the kitchen hold 1950s glass bottles and other retro kitchen pieces. Her cookbooks reside in a pair of open shelves on the island and a view of the outdoor

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lanai and surrounding property allows Ann to enjoy the great outdoors from the comforts of her kitchen. All of these elements have created the ultimate family-friendly kitchen. And for Ann, family is never very far away. Shortly after she moved down to Florida, her parents and sister followed. “We all live within a few streets of each other. We joke that we have a little commune. But we love it. We’re very lucky to have each other.”


Kitchen designer and contractor: Jeff McNabb, Kitchen Creations; Cabinetry: Dura Supreme; Flooring: Suncoast Flooring; Countertops: Cambria, Absolute Countertops; Backsplash: Marla Davidson; Sink and faucet: Cobblestone Court; Lighting: Lighting Division; Appliances: Wolf, Sub-Zero, Thermador

OPPOSITE TOP: The window above the kitchen sink offers an enticing view of the outdoor lanai behind the home. OPPOSITE BOTTOM: The Dura Supreme cherry island features a Mission stain and Charcoal glaze to give it an antiqued look. ABOVE: A mixture of subway and listello tiles creates an eye-catching backsplash. TOP RIGHT: Pullout cabinets for spice racks and cookie sheets flank the induction cooktop. BOTTOM RIGHT: Lazy Susans offer convenient storage options in both the base and wall cabinets.

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STAFFERS PICK THEIR FAVORITE CONTEMPORARY SPACES TO BUILD THEIR VIRTUAL DREAM HOME Thousands of photos cross the desks of the Housetrends’ editorial and graphic team each year. And even though most of us leave work and head to our traditional or transitional homes, we all stop and stare when a striking contemporary space is splayed across a co-worker's computer screen. These artful, yet minimalistic scenes seem to capture our attention and get us talking. › To commemorate this special contemporary issue, we’ve selected our favorite living room, dining room, kitchen, bath, bedroom, patio and façade—all collected from different homes in different cities—to create our virtually stunning showcase of contemporary tastes. › Sample it for yourself. If you’d like to see more, we’ll show you how to take a more in-depth tour.

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I chose this kitchen because its furnishings are simple, elegant and timeless. I also like the translucent glass doors. Not only are they practical, they also diffuse the light, making it softer, which adds to the feel of the room.”


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RESOURCES Designers: Susan and Matthew Ungar Architect: Jonathan Barnes Contractor: Long and Wilcox Cabinetry: Lumberjack’s Granite: Marble and Granite Works, Inc.

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could sit here for hours. It looks so peaceful and relaxing. I absolutely love the sound of water.”

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Bauhaus and how! I’ve always loved the clean simplicity of modern architecture. No frou-frou here. And the renovation is thoughtful, personal and unique.”

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Architect: Mitchel & Ritchey (original), Cleland Dowler (renovation); Landscape renovation: Eichenlaub, Inc.; Hardscape renovation: DiBucci Masonry; Staircase: Zottola Fabrication

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My eyes are automatically drawn to the curve of the camel-colored sofa. I love how the furniture is strategically placed to take in the vertical grains of the sapele veneer covering the entertainment center.”

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two young children and 13 years of residence in this home, Bruce Murphy and his wife Lisa had decided it was time to upgrade the back yard. Five years ago, they began renovating the inside of the home room by room, and now it was time to move outdoors. Situated in Safety Harbor between Tampa Bay on one side and Alligator Lake on the other, they wanted to make an outdoor living space that provided a fun place for the kids to play as well as a relaxation and party area for the adults. And, as a house divided between loyalties to Michigan (him) and University of Florida (her), this was a project that allowed them to have some fun with this theme.

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Incorporating favorite pastimes So how did a simple sport court request evolve into a full backyard makeover? “A customer of mine who was a friend of theirs referred me to them,” Mike Johnson of Sport Court says. “They called me and said they wanted a sport court after seeing one at their friend’s house.” As they chatted, Bruce revealed he was a serious golfer, so they discussed adding a putting green. That’s when Lisa said she had always wanted to add six to eight feet to the living room. Bruce then chimed in that he always wished for an outdoor kitchen. In the end, Bruce and Lisa retained Johnson for the sport court and games area and, after interviewing four general contractors, they chose Brian Ross of Lindross Remodeling to be their contractor. A relationship that worked out well all around, as Lindross ultimately oversaw not only the outdoor kitchen, but also the renovation of the pool area. Walking out the rear of the home shows three distinct areas of this project. The most colorful, eye-catching part is the large, 70-foot long sport court that fronts the water in the left corner of the property. Basketball hoops flank either side of the court which features a big yellow Michigan logo on a field of blue on one side and the bright orange and blue colors of the Gators on the other half. The court features containment fencing, a 10x10-foot rebounder net, two basketball hoops and two double watt lighting systems to light up the courts for nighttime competition. Also in this area is a putting green and a Cornhole green complete with custom-painted Cornhole boards featuring, you guessed it, Michigan and Gator logos. continued >

ABOVE: The sport court features the homeowners’ favorite teams: Michigan and University of Florida. RIGHT: The homeowners often gather around the firepit at dusk and admire the view beyond. OPENING SPREAD: The homeowners often enjoy dinner under the stars on the renovated patio behind their home.

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Just as important, the second major part of this renovation was a huge, elegant outdoor kitchen and seating area. Adding a small area of square footage to the home as initially envisioned proved to be impractical, but adding an outdoor kitchen area meant adding usable space without needing to move walls or other existing sections of the home. NanaWall impact–rated glass doors were installed in the living room which serves to really extend the living room out to the outdoor kitchen area. Travertine steps with fiber optic lighting along the rim lead down into the new living space. This complete outdoor kitchen and living area includes a large, stainless steel outdoor grill and appliances, and an always ready keg with a Gator tap courtesy of Brian Ross. A stainless steel drinks bar by Fire Magic includes lighting, glass racks, a sink and storage drawers. Set against a cultured stone wall, stainless steel wall torches by Napoleon and two 70-inch Sharp flatscreen televisions flank the stainless steel grill for multi-game viewing. White, polished, quartz counters keep the look clean and elegant. continued > TOP: The sundeck offers wonderful views of the sport court and Alligator Lake. RIGHT: An oversized, curved sectional encourages family and friends to relax outdoors. OPPOSITE TOP: A pair of 70-inch televisions flank the grill, allowing guests to sit at the bar and catch a game. OPPOSITE FAR RIGHT, TOP TO BOTTOM: Burners were also built into the countertop for added convenience. The outdoor kitchen includes a small sink and stainless steel glass racks. Drawers allow for convenient storage of grilling utensils. Pop-up plugs magically appear out of the countertop.

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For bar seating, comfortable counter stools pull up to the center island which features rich blue granite countertops. A separate wall by the group seating area holds a gas fireplace. Cypress wood ceilings with recessed lighting and ceiling fans accent the overhead structure over this space. The roof of the structure also serves as a spacious sundeck from which to absorb the beautiful views of the lake beyond. The sundeck can be accessed by a staircase or from the second story of the home. A pool bath and shower were added to this space as well. “On Saturdays and Sundays, the doors are open and we live out here!” Bruce exclaims.

Teamwork pays off The design of the area was a group effort. “Our Lindross team worked together with Bruce and Lisa to come up with a plan. They had no firm idea of what they wanted, so at the beginning we doodled some ideas to play with. They really liked the drawings initially and they added some elements they wanted and it grew from there,” Ross says. “They were really easy people to work with.” As part of this project, the existing pool was upgraded with travertine mosaic tiles around the waterline and a new pool deck of travertine pavers which tie in with the floors of the outdoor kitchen. Re-landscaping was also done around the pool and court areas with a waterfront seating area and in the front of the home. With all this work going on, project manager Dan Roth was on site all day, every day keeping an eye on things. “He practically lived there,” Brian laughs. “This project grew and grew and grew. It just kept morphing,” jokes Bruce. “It started with the sport court which morphed into the kitchen, which morphed into redoing the pool. Then we said we might as well redo the landscaping while we’re at it, which morphed into redoing the driveway with pavers. Then my wife said she always wanted a water feature, so we added that to the driveway as well. After all that, we’re staying here for a while!”

See more photos of this home at Search: Joining Forces ABOVE: The pool deck was also replaced with travertine pavers to tie in with the floors of the outdoor kitchen.


Contractor: Lindross Remodeling; Game court and putting green: Sport Court of Tampa Bay; Landscape: Earthscapes Garden Room; Outdoor equipment: Fire Magic and Napoleon Torches, supplied by Lindross Remodeling; Fireplace: Majestic; Stonework: Stonemart

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Country-inspired home hides a modern-day interior By Amy Diehl | Photos by Johan Roetz continued >

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PWHENP the Benders decided to move from their beach-

front home to the Odessa countryside, they decided to build a real country manor home. Viewed from the road, this lovely, new 6,000-square-foot home looks like it was transported straight from a Southern country estate. F The long winding drive and ancient Live Oaks dripping with moss set the stage. Colorful azaleas and flowering beds of annuals add bright fields of color to the landscaping while lush rolling lawns and specimen magnolia trees evoke its southern heritage. The expansive front porch is supported by pristine white columns with rich red window shutters, peaked roofs and a copper weathervane atop the garage cupola.

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Modern elegance Step inside, however, and you have a whole different picture. In accordance with today’s modern lifestyle, this home features an open floor plan on the ground floor. The open two story foyer features rough marble flooring, a grand piano and most dramatically, an elegant floating staircase that gracefully curves up to the second floor. The staircase, handmade by Murray Fox, is the piéce de résistance of the foyer. “We love it because it is very elegant; it makes a statement,” Cheryl Bender says. “It took months and months to make, because he makes it all on site.” The homeowners, Cheryl in particular, worked very closely with builders Harry Gray of Gray Homes, and his son Brad to create exactly the home they desired. “We were hip to hip on the selection of all the finishes,” Brad says. “I took Cheryl around to all the different vendors we used. It was my job to help guide her in her choices.” Cheryl, who did all her own design work agrees. “Brad helped me so much. One day I picked this tile I was looking at and asked him what he thought. Brad just looked at it and said, ‘I really wasn’t thinking of that.’ It was nice to have an honest sounding board!” she laughs. continued > OPPOSITE: A small sitting room, complete with a piano, sits just inside the front entry. ABOVE: A pool table and bar sits at the top of the staircase on the second floor. OPENING SPREAD: Live Oaks, magnolia trees and colorful flower beds greet guests as they pull up the drive of this country manor home in Odessa.

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This house is all about the details and finishes. The dramatic ceilings of the large family room feature a box beam pattern accented within each box by recessed lighting and 6-inch crown molding. The gracefully arching ceiling in the dining room has a shadow box ledge that hides recessed rope lighting for a gentle illumination that draws the eye. “It’s great mood lighting,” Brad says.

Details, details Each room throughout the

home has its own special feature. A bright red Samsung washer and dryer set impart a sense of fun in the large laundry room. The deep porcelain laundry sink and the unique red granite countertops are lovely enough to make even doing laundry a pleasant event. More examples of the special touches found in this home can be found in the unique bathroom treatments. The downstairs hall bath features a faucet that looks like

LEFT: Elegant arches and rope lighting in the ceiling create drama in the formal dining room. BELOW: A box beam ceiling and elaborate crown molding draws eyes up in the large family room.

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an old-fashioned water pump which pours down into a vessel sink, while the pool bath off the kitchen sports a lovely matching Kohler porcelain sink, mirror and commode hand-painted with passion flowers and hummingbirds. “My husband is still talking about this one!” the homeowner jokes. Cheryl says the spacious master bathroom is one of her favorite rooms in the house, specifically the soaking tub, which sits beside a bank of windows facing the back pool and lake. The blinds, which are used throughout the home, are uniquely designed with two layers of alternating horizontal opaque panels—one solid and one mesh, which can allow light when pulled one way or offer complete privacy when adjusted slightly. Budget Blinds, the installer, won a national award for this project. “We used the Illusions Transitional Shade,” says Elaine Trotter of Budget Blinds. “They are such a great product. They give you horizontal lines without having to have horizontal window coverings and they are dust resistant. They offer you the privacy of a window shade, the softened view of a sheer and the option of raising or lowering your shade with privacy control at every level.” The upstairs of this home features a large family game room and bar area at the top of the stairs and three upstairs bedroom suites, plus a large fourth room which was originally planned as a movie theater, but has been converted to

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Since the details were so important to the Benders, they made sure to not forget about the handful of bathrooms scattered throughout the home. Each bathroom features its own unique detail, from impressive sinks to stunning pieces of granite.




1. The master bathroom vanity features one of several unique granite countertops seen throughout the house. 2. The brown and amber hues of this vessel sink bowl blend perfectly with the granite countertops. 3. This bathroom boasts an old-fashioned vibe thanks to a water pump-inspired faucet and vessel sink bowl. 4. This countertop is made of light green and yellow onyx that is lit from below. 5. This Kohler bathroom collection is accented with hand-painted passion flowers and hummingbirds. 6. This vanity is topped with River Rock granite.




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This home averages $300 per month and that is including all the energy used for the pool,” says Harry Gray. The Benders are empty nesters now with their children out in the world. “People say to us, ‘Why would you build such a big house for just the two of you?’ but we’re really using it,” Cheryl says. And with a new grandbaby on the way, it is sure to be used even more. TOP: This freestanding clawfoot tub is the focal point in the master bathroom. LEFT: The black furniture pops against the light backdrop of the walls in the master bedroom.

an exercise room for the time being. One of the suites is decorated with a lovely seaside feel and the bathroom is extra special. The stone countertop is made of light green and yellow onyx that is lit from below with a sea-green glass vessel sink. The marble tiles in the shower are accented with a green glass panel inset. The whole space evokes the feeling of the seashore. “We call this the Beach Room, for our Northern guests,” Cheryl says. “They never want to leave!”

Energy-efficient elements This home is more than just a pretty face though. It features all the latest in energy-efficient technology. All the attic space has been treated with Icynene foam insulation, which keeps the space within five degrees of the rest of the home. All the air conditioners are 15 SEER rated for maximum efficiency. And all the windows are insulated, high efficiency Andersen windows. “A house this size should normally cost in the $600-a-month range to cool.


Builder: Gray Homes of Tampa Bay, Inc.; Designer: Randall Smith, Plan Source; Wood flooring: American Walnut, Florida Hardwood Floor Supplies and Southern Hardwood Floors; Stone flooring: Gulf Tile; Countertops: Granite and onyx, Custom Marble Works; Cabinetry: Park Avenue Designs; Copper range hood and kitchen sink: Texas Light Smith; Appliances: Wolf dual-fuel range; SubZero refrigerator; Interior lighting design consultant: Melanie Farrell Designs; Windows: Andersen Windows, ProBuild Supply; Pool: Landmark Pools; Landscaping: Tommy Todd Landscaping; Staircase: Murray Fox, Inc.; Window coverings: Budget Blinds of Greater Tampa

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AdvertiserIndex A-Niks............................................................ 81

Generx Generators......................................... 98

Amoroso Cabinets.......................................... 33

Granite World................................................. 90

Annabelle’s Fine Home Furnishings

Gray Homes of Tampa Bay, Inc....................... 94

& Decorative Accessories............................... 5

Hanover Floors............................................... 11

Arthur Rutenberg Homes................................. 2

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Artisan Design................................................. 13

Homeworks Builders...................................... 10

Basco................................................................ 3

Kitchen Creations................................48 and 49

Stone-Mart..................................................... 75

Budget Blinds.................................................. 95

Landmark Pools.............................................. 37

Walters/Margliano, Smith

Cast Art International...................................... 46

Lindross Remodeling............................76 and 77

CertaPro Painters............................................ 52

Marblelife........................................................ 78

Watts, Dawson & Associates, Inc....................... 4

Champion Residential Builders, Inc.................. 99

Park Avenue Designs............................92 and 93

Weiss Hardwoods...............................17 and 32

Cheese Please................................................ 80

Park Place Garage........................................... 96

Closet Factory......................................62 and 63

Paver Crafters................................................. 36

Custom Designs............................................. 67

Pondscapes..................................................... 80

Custom Distributors....................................... 47

Radeos........................................................... 91

DeGeorge Ceilings, Flooring,

Ramos Design Build.... 20, 21, 50, 51, 64 and 65

Custom Cabinetry........................................ 53

Rugs of the World........................................... 89

Ethan Allen..................................................... 15

Safe Racks....................................................... 97

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery..... 100

Southern Closet Systems, Inc...............38 and 39

Flooringmaster................................................ 61

Sport Court.................................................... 79

Gage-Martin Interiors...................................... 66

Stonelake Ranch..................................18 and 19

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• Automatic Transfer Switch • 6” Thick Concrete Pad With Footers • Delivery • Complete Electrical Install • Natural Gas/LP Tank Hook-up • 24-month Interstate Battery • 4-Hour Start-up & Break-in Service • Financing Available W.A.C.


(727) 938-8473

(813) 814-5900


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Sensate™ Touchless Kitchen Faucet

Let us orchestrate your dream. For the perfect products for your kitchen or bath, stop by a Ferguson showroom. It’s where you’ll find the largest range of quality brands, a symphony of ideas, and trained product experts to help orchestrate your dream. With showrooms from coast to coast, come see why Ferguson is recommended by professional contractors and designers everywhere.


Pinellas Park: Tampa:


6600 49th St (727) 521-2691 302 N Willow Ave (813) 251-1690


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Sarasota: Tarpon Springs:


2451 17th St 41916 US Hwy 19 N


(941) 951-0110 (727) 938-1971

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