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A MAGAZINE OF THE TAMPA BAY TIMES

APRIL 2020

RIGHT AT HOME


MOVING TAMPA BAY FORWARD

SINCE 1969

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HARBOUR ISLAND 371 Channelside Walk Way #201 3 Bed | 3 Bath | 2,259 SF | $1,000,000 Traci Burns 813.833.7510

BEACH PARK 4510 W Beachway Drive 3 Bed | 4 Bath | 2,960 SF | $1,299,000 Ed Gunning & Mary Pond 813.294.8867

BAYSHORE BEAUTIFUL 3202 W Bay Villa Avenue 4 Bed | 3/1 Bath | 4,262 SF | $1,399,000 Mary Pond & Ed Gunning 813.690.7902


SUNSET PARK WATERFRONT NEW CONSTRUCTION 5120 W San Jose Street 5 Bed | 5/2 Bath | 6,068 SF | $3,990,000 Ed Gunning & Mary Pond 813.294.8867

DAVIS ISLANDS PRE-CONSTRUCTION 603 Ontario Avenue 5 Bed | 4/1 Bath | 3,821 SF | $1,275,000 B-G Holmberg 813.220.0643

DAVIS ISLANDS 866 S Davis Boulevard 4 Bed | 4/1 Bath | 5,068 SF | $2,495,000 Traci Burns 813.833.7510

SUNSET PARK 4620 W Te nnyson Avenue 4 Bed | 3/1 Bath | 3,022 SF | $759,000 Mary Pond & Ed Gunning 813.690.7902

SALTAIRE Starting in the $800s | 1,663 - 6,097 SF Saltaire Sales Te am 727.240.3840 saltairestpete.com

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HOME S ISSU E

contents 26 FACES Meet Raif Fluker, one of the bay area’s most sought-after residential real estate photographers.

44 FASHION FORWARD

These timeless outfits will have you looking your best at any function when life as we know it resumes.

20 FOUND IT

32 STORIED PAST

31 INSTANT BARISTA

62 BEFORE WE GO

36 NEW PURPOSE

50 SOCIAL

Staff members and friends of Bay tell us about the most treasured possessions inside their four walls.

Cabinetmaker and kitchen designer Michael Bright brings specialty coffee machines home.

A local couple have turned transforming old furniture into their business.

38 PERSONAL TOUCH

New owners breathe fresh life into a 1965 house designed for entertaining. 8 / bay

Manatee County’s Lamb Manor has a colorful history. (There aren’t many homes that have been relocated by barge.)

The Tampa Bay Lightning’s Steven Stamkos talks about a few of his favorite things, including how he likes to spend time off the ice.

The Pinellas County Urban League, Whitney M. Young Jr. Empowerment Luncheon Equality Florida, Tampa Gala Hospice Women of Philanthropy, Fifth Annual Spring Soiree University of South Florida Alumni Association, USF Green & Gold Gala Johns Hopkins All Children’s Guild, 89th Annual Charity Ball The Queen’s Royal Court, 62nd Annual Queen of Hearts Ball


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EDITOR Kathy Saunders ksaunders@tampabay.com

CREATIVE DIRECTOR Nikki Life nlife@tampabay.com

COPY EDITOR Dawn Cate FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER Brian James, brian@brianjamesgallery.com

Bay is published eight times a year by Times Publishing Co. and delivered to Tampa Bay Times subscribers in select neighborhoods in Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties. Copyright 2020. Vol. 13, No. 5.

THE TAMPA BAY TIMES CHAIRMAN AND CEO Paul C. Tash EXECUTIVE EDITOR Mark Katches BAY EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Ellen E. Clarke VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES AND MARKETING Bruce Faulmann ADVERTISING MANAGER Mark Shurman National / Major Retail Advertising Manager Kelly Spamer Retail Advertising Manager Jennifer Bonin Classified Real Estate Manager Larry West Pasco Retail Manager Jessica Petroski Automotive Advertising Manager Larry West • LEAD SPONSORS • Marianne and Bill McComb

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FULFILLMENT MANAGER Gerald Gifford IMAGING AND PRODUCTION Brian Baracani, Greg Kennicutt REGIONAL HOME DELIVERY MANAGERS Diann Bates, Rob Jennings To view the magazine online, visit tampabay.com/bay. To advertise in Bay magazine, call toll-free 1-800-333-7505. COVER PHOTO by Raif Fluker


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ST. PETE BEACH 2220 Sunset Way $6,500,000 Jeramiah Bustin & Shane Vanderson 813.773.6790

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TAMPA 10000 Lindelaan Drive $8,500,000 Jeramiah Bustin & Shane Vanderson 813.773.6790

ST. PETERSBURG 1136 Tortuga Ne Circle $1,685,000 Caryn Rightmyer & Judy Holland 727.409.9696

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OLDSMAR 175 Mobbly Bay Drive $820,000 Janet Moore 813.892.0998

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FROM THE EDITOR

TAKE A CLOSER LOOK INSIDE H

Bay editor Kathy Saunders. Photo by Brian James

ome is where we are now. We have no choice. I have been on lockdown since the first days of the pandemic with my husband and two 20-something children who had to return to Florida from college and a job in Major League Baseball. It should be easy. We have a lovely home in sunny Florida and we have a pool, pets and provisions. It’s not. Boredom set in within the first hours and we find ourselves fearing the worst, hoping for the best and worrying either way. Home is the theme of this month’s Bay. We didn’t mean for it to be so literal. We’ve worshipped our television and watched replays of Tampa Bay Rays games while we mourn the delay of the baseball season. In my mind, I’ve also redecorated every corner of our ranch home. Now that I look at the walls and windows all day, I think the curtains and

coverings are dated. The carpets could sure use a good cleaning. And, maybe it would be better if I just put hardwood flooring through the entire house. Of course, none of this will likely happen for months, or maybe years, until our family, our finances and our sense of security is restored. But, when I do get a chance, I am going to try to talk my husband into doing some upgrades to our kitchen and adding one of the fancy Miele coffeemakers we feature in this issue. I have serious coffeemaker envy about this sleek appliance. Kitchen designer Michael Bright said he has installed 100 of the machines in remodeled kitchens, bars and even bedrooms. The dummy-proof coffeemakers make all the specialty coffee drinks and remember your preferences for future frothing. I also hope to be calling on Amy Williams and Taylor Waldmann to repurpose a few of my

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furniture pieces into something more useful. Their creative and charming wood works are featured on our pages and their ideas are inspiring. One of their favorite shopping spots is the side of any road where items have been tossed in the trash. We were almost finished with this issue of Bay when the Tampa Bay Times sent us all home and the world as we knew it changed. We were planning a fashion shoot in a lovely home in Tampa’s Hyde Park but had to move the session to our photographer Brian James’ studio when the pandemic caused pandemonium. Instead, we hope you can envision yourselves in these carefree-looking outfits when quarantines, social distancing and self-isolating are behind us. Our model wears the spring and summer outfits with flair. And, since we live in Florida, any of the beautiful ensembles could carry us into fall as well. If you like what you see, please contact our vendors who are working hard to keep their businesses alive and to keep us looking our best. I know I will be grateful to get out of my sweat pants, get my hair done and go

back to work in an office — all things we have taken for granted for so long. Since we can’t shop for clothes or household decor, we had to think outside the box for our “Found It” pages as well. Usually, we pick a theme and forage for cool items from local stores and boutiques to promote on our pages. In the past year we have featured items like cutting boards and keepsake boxes. Instead, this month, I reached out to fellow Times staffers, members of the Taster’s Choice food panel and friends of Bay magazine to share items they love from their homes — things that have meaning to them and enhance their lives in some special way. I found the task challenging in that I had so many items I thought I couldn’t live without. The exercise made me realize it’s time to do some spring cleaning while we are hold up at home. I plan to heed the call of Marie Kondo and get rid of the things that don’t spark joy and try to hang on to special items that I find inspiring. While we’re in our homes, let’s try to make them our happy spaces.

The view is nice, but it doesn’t help combat boredom. Even the dogs are bored. Photo by Kathy Saunders

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HOME comforts Our “Found It” pages are usually devoted to items we find in local home decor shops and boutiques. We look for unique pieces we think our readers might want to purchase. Most often, we pick a theme and feature different options of the same item, such as cutting boards or Champagne flutes. Since we are holed up in our homes this month because of the coronavirus pandemic, we had to think outside the box. While working and staying in our houses all day, we asked staff members and friends of Bay to share stories and photos of items from their homes that make them happy — anything of sentimental value they appreciate. I have a framed picture that my daughter colored in preschool on the 100th day of school. She had to draw 100 of the “thing” she wished for most in the world. She wished she had 100 moms. It was heartwarming on many levels. But, mostly, I knew she wouldn’t always feel that way. So, I framed it and hung it on a wall in our home. Every time I see the picture it reminds me of the most innocent time in her life when she loved me more than anything in the world. Whenever she gets frustrated with me, I point to the picture and it’s nearly impossible not to laugh. I know she always loves me, but sometimes it’s good to be able to remind her how much. — Kathy Saunders

Times book editor Colette Bancroft said she didn’t keep many childhood birthday gifts, but she has held on to one special present for decades. “It’s a Beatles record holder for 45s, or singles. There’s still a stack of records inside, Beatles and Beach Boys and Sam Cooke, no longer playable but precious. It was a gift on my 12th birthday in 1964, when I and the rest of the world were in the throes of Beatlemania. It’s been with me through many houses and apartments, to Arizona and back to Florida. Now it lives in a bookcase in my living room, a visible reminder of a happy part of the past,” she said.

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Times arts writer Maggie Duffy cherishes her painting of Grandmaster Flash by Chad Mize, which was the first original painting she collected. “I orginally wanted it because Flash is one of the pioneers of hip-hop,” she said. “But it also looks like my husband, Michael, who I had just started dating when I purchased the piece.”


Laura Jolly, a member of the Times’ Taster’s Choice food panel and a food blogger at politicsandprovisions.com, shared the stories of her cherished large-format bottle of Bergstrom 2015 Oregon pinot noir and her love of cookbooks. “A few years ago my husband David and I spent my birthday weekend in Oregon touring the beautiful Willamette Valley wine country. David had prearranged a private wine tasting and pairing for the two of us at Bergstrom Vineyards, which turned out to be an over-the-top tasting experience with their pinot noir. As a memento we ordered a large format of Bergstom’s 2015 Gregory Ranch, Oregon pinot noir. When it shipped to our home in October the bottle had a Happy Birthday message inscribed on it by the winemaker. The bottle sits on a bookshelf in our living room and serves as a happy reminder of a wonderful trip, and we look forward to opening it on a special occasion.” Jolly keeps her cookbooks in her living room rather than her kitchen. “I do so because it’s one of the only stacks of books that aren’t political in our home. (Her husband is a former U.S. Congressman and current political commentator on MSNBC.) The books get a workout as I use them regularly for inspiration when cooking or baking. Some of the books have been gifted to me by family and friends and others I’ve found in boutiques along the way. Some were purchased new and others purchased used. I don’t think you can ever have too many cookbooks. They’re great to give and to receive.”

Sharon Kennedy Wynne from our Life & Culture department at the Times has spent some of her home confinement sorting through family treasures. “In looking through a box of my late mother-in-law’s silver, I ran across the silver baby cups of several family members. I already had the ones that were gifts to my own children and one used by my husband, so I decided to put them all together on a platter that I have on a wash stand in our front room. I love them because they are kind of beat up and dented because the babies actually used them. The one in the very front is my husband’s grandmother’s from 1909, so it’s 111 years old. We also have his father’s from the 1930s; my husband and his brother’s, born in the 1960s; and then the cups used by my sons (born in 1998 and 2002). They all have a different style and look well-used and well-loved.

Writer Christopher Spata said he has always had a fascination with bringing urban street artifacts indoors. “When the Tampa Tribune closed down and a stranger on Facebook announced he was — supposedly with permission — driving around town with his truck and scooping up newspaper boxes as souvenirs, I convinced him to drop one off at my apartment. It’s extremely heavy, and awkward to move, but I’ve transported it to three new homes since then. It’s the first thing every guest notices,” he said.

Bay creative director Nikki Life loves everything vintage. She has style and flair like no one I’ve ever known. She has a favorite wall in her home decorated with vintage clocks collected for years from local antique shops, yard sales and vintage markets. She cherishes each find and displays them together. She has considered redecorating that wall. But every time she starts to consider her home without that “timely” decor, she can’t bring herself to change it. It may be time for a new look, but she loves the charm of a different hour.

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St. Petersburg resident Anje Bogott, an active community volunteer and former board member at Bay, shared three things she loves from her home. First, she said she tries to put fresh flowers in her powder room every day. “Since we’re in there every day it makes me smile to have fresh flowers in that space,” she said. She also likes to have a candle burning in her house. “My favorite brand is this one that is carried at Oxford Exchange. Cire Trudon is the brand and they will ship it to you or you can buy them online,” she said. An accomplished home chef, Bogott adores her iron skillet. “I use it almost everyday. My grandma gave it to me when I moved away from home. It is well-seasoned and loved!”

Former Bay editor and current Times taste panelist Mary Jane Park appreciates her mother’s finest possessions. “Like other members of the Greatest Generation, my parents knew the deprivations of the Great Depression and World War II. With high hopes and great optimism, they married in 1950, and the gifts they received included some gorgeous table, bed and bath linens, plus china and silver. Mother had a great love of roses, and she favored Spode’s “Billingsley Rose” pattern before discovering that the company suspended production of cups and saucers in that lineduring the war. Mother mentioned it a few times over years of hosting holiday gatherings using the “good” china pattern that was her eventual choice (“Lady Anne,” by Spode, also with a rose motif) and sterling silver flatware (“Rose Point,” by Wallace). I moved to Florida in the early 1980s, fairly far away from my parents’ North Carolina home. Each time they visited, I tried to take them to places they might otherwise not have had a chance to see. On a day trip to Dade City in the mid-1990s, we browsed some antique shops. In one, about 15 minutes before closing time, I heard Mama gasp as she discovered a place setting for 12, including a teapot. They bought the set that day. Many years later, they gave it to me, and I cherish using it.”

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It’s by no means the biggest or grandest place in South Tampa. The house on Shamrock Road, however, boasts one great selling point: a lovely view of a lake framed by mossdraped oaks. In an area of million-dollar homes, Realtor John Skemp wants to put this comparatively modest house in the best possible light. To do so he turns to Raif Fluker. Over the past 14 years, Fluker has become perhaps the most sought-after photographer of residential real estate in the Tampa Bay area. If you’ve ever admired a photo of a gulffront mansion in Belleair Shore or a lakefront estate in Odessa or a midcentury classic on Snell Isle, chances are Fluker took it. “This guy is a legend,’’ Skemp says.

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Photos by Raif Fluker

While Fluker specializes in photographing high-end properties, he brings the same arsenal of equipment to every photo shoot. “I never know when I show up if it’s going to be an average house or a big luxurious place,’’ he says, unloading camera, tripods, lights and specialized lenses from his F-150 pickup in front of the Tampa home. For the next 90 minutes he will move from room to room, augmenting the sunlight that slants onto the porch and into the living room with artificial lighting to warm up a small, dark bedroom. “The light really kind of shapes things,’’ he says. The result will be photos that make the house look bigger —and airier — than its 2,000 square feet. Within a few days, Fluker’s photos will be seen by thousands of people on Zillow, realtor. com and other real estate websites. Says Skemp: “What he’s doing right now is probably the best thing I can do to sell this house.’’ Fluker, 50, was born in New Mexico but grew up in Sarasota, where his mother moved after his parents’ divorce. Renowned for its midcentury homes and buildings, the city would have a lasting effect on him, although he didn’t realize it while attending Sarasota High, designed by the “father’’ of the Sarasota School of Architecture, Paul Rudolph. “I was just a dumb kid going to classes in this fabulous building and didn’t appreciate it,’’ he says. “Midcentury still gives bay / 27


me the most pleasure. I really appreciate that kind of look, and from a photo standpoint, it usually has great lines, great composition.’’ After college, Fluker worked for several ad agencies, including one that did commercials for the Florida Lottery. But he felt stifled creatively. “I wanted to do all the stuff I was hiring guys to do,’’ he says. “I wasn’t made for a desk job.’’ Opportunity knocked in 2005 when he and his wife, Sybil, then living in an apartment on Tampa’s Harbour Island, decided to buy a house. He was struck by the poor quality of the listing photos, most of them taken by the Realtors themselves. Professional real estate photography was almost unheard of in the Tampa Bay area. Fluker talked his agent into letting him photograph some houses. They looked so good that word spread, and soon “the phone was ringing off the hook and never quit,’’ he says. In 2006, he incorporated Property Marketing Partners. By 2009, Fluker’s business was well-enough established that he weathered the housing crash unscathed. He supplemented residential work with photographing hotels, including the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort in St. Pete Beach and a string of Marriott timeshare resorts up and down the U.S. east coast. After the real estate market bounced back, the field of residential photography ballooned. “The competition for this type of business is unbelievable in Sarasota,’’ Fluker says, noting there are 15 to 20 real estate photographers in that city alone. Several more photographers now canvass Central Florida. “There’s really something for every budget and every agent,’’ he says. “Some people think I take way too long. They want quick pictures to get on the internet. I decided early on that I was more interested in quality than quantity. There’s a guy in Orlando who does seven or eight homes a day. It’s little more than walk in, click a button and walk out.’’ On average, Fluker photographs five to seven houses a week. When he started, he tried to dress professionally in khakis and a neatly tucked-in shirt, but shooting exteriors in a blazing sun turned him into self-described “ball of sweat.’’ He now works in shorts and comfortable running shoes. As Fluker’s attire has changed, so has the technology. Not so long ago, photographers wanting an aerial view of a house had to rent a helicopter at hefty cost. Drones have “changed the game completely,’’ he says, allowing for photos that show not just the house itself but also its proximity to the bay or downtown. Fluker was among the first photographers to buy and use a drone, although not without mishap. While photographing Tampa’s historic Stovall house, which sits on over 2 acres on Bayshore Boulevard, the drone suddenly dropped out of the sky. “It could very easily have landed on Bayshore, and that’s not the way I want to make the news’’ he says. Some of the kinks in drone technology have been resolved, but instead of taking the tough test now required to operate a drone commercially he decided to contract out the work. 28 / bay

It is up to the listing agent to put Fluker’s photos on the Multiple Listing Service along with a description of the house. (Zillow and other websites then take photos from the MLS.) The number of photos used to be limited to 25, then increased to 50 and, recently, to 100. Fluker considers that a ridiculous number. “I can’t image anyone still trying to decide if they like a place on photo 80,’’ he says. “I think 12 to 15 beauty shots is like a teaser, enough of a sniff to make them want to come see it.’’ Fluker is also skeptical of videos, which agents now order for even nonluxury homes. “People have ADD,’’ he says, “and they’re not going to want to watch a 10-minute video. A lot of this is done to get more listings, to show how you market. It’s kind of a showcase for the agent.’’ Over the years, Fluker has photographed houses with “crazy’’ floor plans and so garishly decorated he can’t imagine who would want them except the people who already live there. He has learned to work around painters and contractors. He says he has “a knack for showing up at the same time as the lawn guys and the movers.’’ There have been nerve-wracking moments. Once he was chased by an angry sandhill crane. Another time he came out of a bedroom to find himself staring into the barrel of a cop’s gun. A silent alarm had alerted police, who, seeing Fluker’s truck backed up to the house, assumed he was burglarizing the place. All in all, he loves the work: “This is what I’d be doing even if I won the lottery. There are so many beautiful homes in this area.’’ He also enjoys taking family portraits — he has a son, Finn, and a daughter, Blaise — but balks at one particular type of photography. “People ask me if I do weddings. I try not to do things that move or cry.’’

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Bright, a cabinetmaker and kitchen designer since 1981, said he has incorporated nearly 100 of the machines in his remodeling jobs in the past five years. “We’ve done them in morning bars, master suites where it’s just a stand-alone, and we have done them above an oven, and side by side with an adjacent appliance,” he said. “We also can combine the coffee station with a wine station.” The coffee machines “can make a barista out of pretty much anybody,” said Bright, a coffee lover himself. They also are great for entertaining. “When you turn this thing on and it starts making frothy drinks, it stops traffic.” The German-made Miele machines range from $3,000 to $4,000. “But if you go to Starbucks a couple times a day you will pay for this thing in short order,” he said.

Michael Bright of Bright Wood Works in St. Petersburg has incorporated Miele coffee machines, which are made in Germany, in scores of remodel jobs. Photos courtesy of Michael Bright

Frank Gerace said his drink of choice is an Americano, but with three instead of the traditional two shots of espresso. His wife prefers mocha. “One of the coolest things about this machine is that my kids visit frequently and it has a function where each person can customize their drink and then it saves it under their name,” he said. “They hit their profile and bingo, they have their preferred drink.” He said the machine also is “idiot-proof. It sends you a message when it needs to be cleaned and then it walks you through the process,” he said. On a recent morning, he noted the machine sent him a message that he had 29 more drinks before it would need cleaning. The best thing about it, though, allowed Bright, “is that it makes a great cup of joe.”

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n the banks of the Little Manatee River sits Lamb Manor, a Victorian mansion with many a tale to tell. Pour a glass of lemonade, settle down on the big curved porch and listen to stories of how the house was put on a barge and floated across Tampa Bay. Of how it has hosted hundreds of people from two dozen countries and six of the seven continents. Of how a century-old home — located in little-known Ruskin and not Los Angeles or Aspen or Charleston — became the Wall Street Journal’s 2015 House of the Year. Now this Victorian fantasy with turrets and lattice work is on the market, ready for a new owner and a new chapter. And if history is any guide it will be written with a hand from above. Built in 1910 in Palmetto by Asa Lamb, whose father founded that city, the Queen Anne-style house was slated to be torn down in 2006. Developers agreed to sell it to Nancy and George Corbett for $1 on the proviso that they move it. They did, paying about $250,000 to barge it 25 miles to a secluded site they

Lamb Manor is transported from Palmetto to the Little Manatee River in 2006. Tampa Bay Times (2006)

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The Corbetts, who restored historic houses, set out to turn the 8,500-square-foot Lamb Manor into a guest retreat like the one they already ran in North Carolina. The couple spent $2.4 million or so on period touches, including a fireplace mantle from a European castle, crown molding from a ballroom in Asheville, N.C., and an elevator from the Woolworth estate in Palm Beach. Outside, they added a man-made lagoon with waterfall and tall, graceful palms to complement the native vegetation. But after getting the house listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Corbetts decided it was too difficult running two retreats at the same time. In 2014, they put the house on the market for $5 million. That was the year that Aly and Rick Yohn moved to Florida’s west coast, where Rick had taken a new job. Back in Colorado, he had been a pastor and “burned out,’’ his wife says. But knowing the stress of continually helping others, they had opened their ranch to pastors and missionaries who needed a respite. They hoped to do something similar in Florida. “We’d like a place in the Sarasota area that is private, on the water and has a guest house,’’ Aly told a real estate agent. “Do you have $10 million?’’ came the reply. They didn’t. Then Aly saw Lamb Manor on Zillow. She wrote to the Corbetts, explaining why she and her husband wanted the property.They responded with clippings of stories about the house and how they too felt they were doing God’s work by providing rest and relaxation for those ministering to others. The two couples then met in person. “They knew a lot about us,’’ Aly says, “and they actually made us an offer but we couldn’t even afford that.’’ The Yohns turned to prayer. To their shock, the Corbetts again dropped the price — to $1.15 million — and now Lamb Manor was theirs.

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While keeping the period charm of the house the couple removed the more oppressive Victorian features. They took down the heavy velvet drapes. They repainted walls that had been pink and lavender. “To the Corbetts, it was cozy,’’ Aly says. “To us, it was a little claustrophobic. We lightened it up.’’ In the basement they added a pool table, air hockey and other activities that would appeal to families. The large attic became a playroom. They upgraded the bathrooms in the guest house — originally built as the carriage house — and turned the first-floor suite there into a bright, beachy-looking space. They even put in


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a real, albeit small, sandy beach with kayaks, paddleboards and a fire pit. But the Yohns faced another hurdle in fully realizing their dream. They were new to Florida, they didn’t know many people and were unsure how to get the word out to pastors and others. Again they turned to prayer, figuring that if God wanted people to come they would. Otherwise, “we’ll take margaritas and sit on the dock,’’ Rick says. Three weeks later a Wall Street Journal reporter called with word that Lamb Manor had won the 2015 House of the Year award by a vote of more than 600,000 readers. Along with the honor came a page-and-a-half spread with photos in the newspaper’s internationally read Friday Mansion section. “That was a marketing piece for us,’’ Rick says. “We immediately were getting contacted by people.’’ Since then, the Yohns have provided free accommodations for between 275 and 325

visitors a year from throughout the United States and countries including Thailand, Kenya, Israel, India and Australia. Several churches in the area also bring in people for dinners and staff retreats. It was with mixed feelings that the Yohns called Realtor Jennifer Zales about putting the house back on the market. Rick has taken a job with a new-home company that involves frequent travel to Wisconsin. He and Aly would like to live closer to their children and grandchildren, who are in the Orlando area. Depending on its new owner, Lamb Manor could again become a private home. It could also be a bed and breakfast or, as the Yohns would like, continue as a serene retreat for those spend so much of their lives helping others. “We know we are kind of different, some people call us weird,’’ Aly says. “We just want to encourage people to love other people.’’

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ORGANICALLY GEOMETRIC: A discarded dresser is transformed into an entertainment console with exposed wood grain and a geometric design.

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CUSTOM NAUTICAL: Built-in shelves and a matching bench use repurposed basketball flooring to allude to a vintage boat. Photos courtesy of Amy Williams

my Williams and Taylor Waldmann grew up in close-knit families with grandparents who played important roles in their lives. That’s where they inherited their appreciation for conserving family history. “They were savers, and that definitely trickled down,” said Williams, an art teacher at Dixie Hollins High School in St. Petersburg. Williams and Waldmann, her husband of seven years, are working to preserve the past through repurposed furniture with their custom furniture business Blue Magnolia. “There’s so much furniture that gets thrown away and ends up in the dumpster,” said Williams. “It might be a broken dresser, yes, but there’s still a lot of good lumber in it to make new pieces. We try to be conscientious of what we throw away. We want to do our part to be earth friendly,” she added. Waldmann, a professional carpenter and former home renovator, builds the furniture full time. He makes dressers, end tables, coffee tables, dining room tables and anything clients request. The couple sell their finished pieces at St. Petersburg’s Vintage Marché (formerly Brocante Vintage Market), Blessed & Distressed Vintage in Bradenton and Vintiquity Lane in Sarasota. They also are one of the local artisans for the West Elm home decor chain, which has a store in Tampa’s Hyde Park Village. Turning old pieces into something new and usable seems to be a growing trend, allowed Williams. “If you get furniture passed down to you and it’s not your thing — let’s make it into your thing and make it functional for you but still have that history,” she said. “High-quality furniture doesn’t go out of style.”

RUSTIC REFINED: Reusing oak and birch bedrails and a locally sourced live-edge board for the top creates a sofa table with a fresh, modern style. 36 / bay

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INNER BEAUTY A St. Petersburg couple put their own stamp on a ’65 classic.

Joseph Marini, Tony Pruitt and their three Vizslas, Bubble, River and Saffie, and golden retriever, Annie. Photo by Heidi Geldhauser

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hen Joseph Marini and Tony Pruitt walked into the red-brick, 5,000-square-foot home for sale in St. Petersburg’s Allendale neighborhood, they saw sea foam green carpet, drapes and wallpaper from floor to ceiling. But they also saw a beautiful 1965 house built to entertain that had great potential for a new life. “The previous owner had impeccable taste. It was a very formal home but still warm and inviting,” Marini said. “The beautiful woodwork, the large foyer, the 9-foot ceilings, all of that was a big draw.”

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Foyer and living room before and after. Photos courtesy of Joseph Marini

The home was originally built for Norma Jean and Page Harris. Her father, Roy Dew, started Dew Cadillac, one of the first Cadillac dealerships in the country, and Page Harris helped run it. For decades, their Georgian house with white columns was the site of countless coffees, luncheons, teas and cocktail parties. Pruitt and Marini, who are the home’s second owners, bought the house in April 2018. The restoration was a joint “passion project” for the couple, who recently got married. Pruitt works in the financial industry and Marini is a trained chef whose career has stretched from New York to Florida. He worked as a food stylist for Martha Stewart Living and owned a catering company in New York. After creating 400 fortune cookies with custom inscriptions for a celebrity wedding, he had requests for thousands more from customers across the country within days. He ran the Fortunate Cookie company but closed the venture after almost four years.

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“It was getting too big. I didn’t want to be a fortune cookie factory owner,” Marini recalled. He could use his creativity and expertise in food and decor much better in an event, home and garden design business he started in Essex, Conn. Several years later, he opened Joseph and Co., a retail shop offering his own prepared foods and entertaining ideas in Atlanta, where Marini and Pruitt met. After a few years they moved to St. Petersburg to be closer to Marini’s parents. They kept the floor plan of the Allendale home, along with most of its fixtures. Their home’s entry features a grand spiral staircase in the foyer. They painted the original iron banister and retained the alabaster marble floor as well as the linoleum in the “leisure room,” identified in the original blueprints as a sun room on the west end of the home. But intricate breadboard patterned hardwood floors of French Oak now cover most every other floor of the house. Two original Thermador ovens (complete with warming drawers) still operate in the kitchen and complement the new Wolf-Induction cooktop beneath the 1965 copper hood. The Nu-Tone intercom system, beside the butler’s pantry, is expected to be working again soon. A formerly red-carpeted, wood-shelved study has been converted to a bright and airy guest room. The walls, papered in grass cloth, were freshened up with paint. “Grass cloth is like a black dress, it never goes out of style,” Marini allowed. The kitchen and living room overlook a slate patio and walled garden in the backyard. The original raised beds built out of the signature red brick now grow a mix of tropicals, topiaries and herbs. Pea gravel paths lead to various enclaves accented with antique iron and stone furniture. “It doesn’t feel like a ‘Florida’ home. It’s more of a Southern home with French and European influences,” Marini said. “We love to entertain and this house is perfect for it.”

Kitchen (left) and dining room (above) before and after renovations. Photos by Heidi Geldhauser

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A rousing standing ovation for Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, artful silent and live auctions and fancy hors d’oeuvre buffets set the vibrant scene at Equality Florida’s annual Tampa Gala, a celebration of equal rights, dignity and respect for all Floridians. “Equality Florida exists to make that happen,” said exuberant emcee Dominic Fariello, an attorney and 102.5-FM radio host. CEO Nadine Smith focused on the 2020 presidential election in her State of the State address to the huggy crowd of 500-plus at Armature Works, urging everyone “to stay united” in the fight for nondiscriminatory legal protections for LGBTQ communities in all 67 counties. Don Murray and Wayne Spiwak were honored with the Voices of Equality award for their activism and inspiration as the first same-sex couple to adopt a child in Florida. The gala raised more than $200,000. Photos by Amy Scherzer

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Hospice Women of Philanthropy Fifth Annual Spring Soiree No prompter or prepared notes needed for Mitch Albom, guest speaker at the fifth annual Spring Soiree hosted by the Hospice Women of Philanthropy and Chapters Health Foundation in support of LifePath Hospice. The author of Tuesdays With Morrie, the bestselling memoir of all time, shared Finding Chika, his new book about the delightful, curious and bossy Haitian orphan who taught him unforgettable lessons of love and family. Teddy bears wearing flower hair bands like Chika’s and packets of tissues topped each luncheon table at the University of Tampa Vaughn Center as Albom spoke of the heartbreaking search for a cure for the 5-year-old’s brain tumor. All proceeds from the book are being donated to Have Faith Haiti, the orphanage he operates in Port-au-Prince, he told participants who have funded 35 Hospice projects through annual donations of $500 and up. Photos by Amy Scherzer

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Hundreds of hospital supporters stepped up their western game at the 89th annual Johns Hopkins All Children’s Guild Charity Ball held at the Coliseum in St. Petersburg. “Boots and Bling” was the theme of the evening, where guests enjoyed dinner by Parkshore Grill, entertainment and live and silent auctions. Proceeds from the event will provide children with essential mental health care through the Center for Behavioral Health at the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Institute for Brain Protection Sciences. The center is working to place a greater focus in the areas of children with ADHD, anxiety/ mood disorders, autism spectrum disorders, neuropsychology/ neurodevelopmental, pain management, suicide and trauma. The guild is in the first year of a new four-year commitment of a $1 million pledge to aid with the expansion of the Center for Behavioral Health. Next year, the guild is planning to merge its annual Charity Ball and VIP Auction into one major fundraising event. Photos courtesy of Cheryl Matala and Donald Stokely of Event Heroes of Tampa Bay


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The Queen’s Royal Court 62nd Annual Queen of Hearts Ball Local charities and social organizations gathered to honor women who provide “exemplary service” to the community at the 62nd annual Queen of Hearts Ball held at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront. Organizations nominate members who are then selected by an anonymous group of community leaders to be one of the six Princesses on the Queen’s Royal Court. The Queen of Hearts is chosen from past courts. In addition to the presentation of the court, the black-tie event included dinner, dancing and live and silent auctions. Each year, proceeds from the ball are distributed to local charities. The 2020 recipients are Boley Centers Inc. and the Celma Mastry Ovarian Cancer Foundation. Boley Centers, established in 1970, serves individuals with mental disabilities, homeless individuals and families, veterans and youth in the community. The Celma Mastry Ovarian Cancer Foundation was founded in 2003 by family and friends of the late Celma Mastry to help fight the “silent killer” of ovarian cancer. The 2020 Queen’s Royal Court includes Queen Nora Pearson and Princesses Gentry Adams, Barbara Deininger, Cynthia Gramberg, Pamela Hatton, Celma Mastry and Mary Reed. Mayor Rick and Kerry Kriseman. Photo courtesy of Kerry Kriseman

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