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Damn The Weather: Soothing Cocktail Recipes

  If you’ve been paying attention to the weather lately, you’ve probably heard about hurricane Irma. It’s been wreaking havoc on the Caribbean, and now has its evil intentions set on the Florida Keys and Miami, with [...]

A Home Built Upon Trust and Friendship.

  By Mary Lou Janson  |  Photography by Jean Allsopp   A beachfront condominium requiring a major makeover, prompted Drew and Kerri Hudgins to first contact the founders of Chancey Design Partnership nearly three decades ago. [...]

The Face of Interior Design

| As Seen In Tampa Bay Metro Magazine |     The Face of Interior Design CRESPO DESIGN GROUP     Unconventional ideas and distinctive style are what define Enrique Crespo as one of the top designers in [...]

The Face of Tampa Bay Real Estate

| As Seen In Tampa Bay Metro Magazine |       The Face of Tampa Bay Real Estate JOSEPHINE PULIDO SCHAAF, REALTOR     “If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional, just wait [...]

The Face of Architecture, Planning and Interior Design

| As Seen In Tampa Bay Metro Magazine | The Face of Architecture, Planning and Interior Design CHANCEY DESIGN   Chancey Design has built a reputation based on the concept of service and design excellence. It [...]

METROHome Tour: Historic Pass-a-Grille Renovation

  Couple Reclaims An Historic Pass-a-Grille Home With Flair By Mary Lou Janson | Photography By Amy Lamb   One stands grandly on the glistening white sands bordering the Gulf of Mexico. The other occupies a [...]

10 Tips to Make Outdoor Parties Unforgettable

Make Your Outdoor Parties Unforgettable   (Family Features) Entertaining is one thing, but dazzling your guests with an outdoor party sensation is another. Summer can be the best time of year for outdoor parties. From twinkling [...]

Outdoor Kitchen Design

  Get Cooking on Your Outdoor Kitchen Design   (Family Features) If your idea of enjoying the great outdoors is relaxing on your deck with a tasty beverage while the grill heats up, you’re in good [...]

Hosting Your Own Wine Tasting Party

  How to host a wine party. Table set up and tips. Written and photographed by Krayl Funch   No time to plan, book and take that dream wine tasting vacation to Burgundy or Sonoma this [...]

Delectable Cuisine On The Green

  Packard’s Steakhouse At Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club By Patricia A. Vorbrich Named after the designer of Innisbrook’s four golf courses, Larry Packard, Packard’s Steakhouse brings dining elegance to the Golf & Country Club, overlooking the [...]

METRO Home: High Life Living in Downtown Tampa

  Grand Penthouse at Skypoint   Feel the vibe of the city and escape the suburbs with one of the most unique properties currently available in downtown Tampa. The two-story, two bath Grand Penthouse is on [...]

A Spring-Inspired Easter Brunch

    (Family Features)  Spring is blooming on your Easter table. From yellow chick cupcakes to blueberry French-toast casseroles, there are plenty of ways to wow your brunch guests with simple seasonal recipes. “Between hiding eggs [...]

METROHome Details: Greenery, The Color of the Year

Pantone® Color of the Year: Greenery     Symbolizing new beginnings, the newest color trend in home décor and design is a bright, fresh burst of Greenery. Inspired by nature and bringing the great outdoors in, [...]

The Face of Interior Design

| As Seen In Tampa Bay Metro Magazine | The Face of Interior Design CRESPO DESIGN GROUP   Unconventional ideas and  distinctive style are what define Enrique Crespo as one of the top designers in the area. A [...]

The Face of Real Estate Transformations

| As Seen In Tampa Bay Metro Magazine |   The Face of Real Estate Transformations EQUIALT While some can’t visualize converting distressed properties into valuable assets, EquiAlt — Brian Davison, Tony Kelly, Bertram Nkya and [...]

METROHome Tour: From Beach Getaway to a Modern Gateway

Perched on a picturesque, wedge-shaped lot located on a barrier island bordered by the Gulf of Mexico and the intracoastal waterway, the single-story cottage is just steps from the shoreline. Despite a setting that afforded panoramic [...]

5 Festive Cocktail Recipes

  Cheers! This holiday season is the perfect time to gather around and make memories. Whether you’re getting together with family or throwing a party with friends, the festivities are sure to be merry and bright. [...]

METROHome Tour: Contemporary Design Within a Historic Setting

  Once the decision was made to hire a professional to help improve their home’s interior, the first move made by the owners was to set up a meeting with Enrique Crespo of Tampa’s, Crespo Design [...]

METRO Home Tour: Relevant Design For All Time

click on images to enlarge or view as a slideshow   Relevant Design For All Time   No corners were cut and quality was never compromised, despite the intricate and elaborate architectural design and globally-sourced, one-of-a-kind [...]

Home Tour: Deep In the Heart of South Tampa

  Olde World Charm Blends With New World Convenience in Sunset Park Estate   In the heart of south Tampa is the neighborhood of Sunset Park, with its numerous canals and water access to Old Tampa [...]

Home Details: Outdoor Entertaining

  Summer time is the best time to get outside and embrace the warmth of the season, relax with style, comfort and enjoy good backyard entertaining. METRO found a few items to enjoy your next gathering [...]

Hot Property: Beach Park Beauty

  South Tampa’s Beach Park Beauty By Ronda M. Parag   There is room to spread out for each person in the family to have their own space in this custom-built home by Sterling Ridge. Set [...]


| As Seen In Tampa Bay Metro Magazine | The Face of Interior Design CRESPO DESIGN GROUP     Unconventional ideas and  distinctive style are what define Enrique Crespo as one of the top designers in the area. [...]

HOME TOUR: Tampa Resident Reveals True Colors

view photo gallery below   Tampa Resident Reveals True Colors In Newly Designed L.A. Townhouse By Mary Lou Janson   Bright, bold and a bit unconventional. What describes a newly decorated, vibrantly designed, Los Angeles townhouse [...]

Hot Property: Westshore Yacht Club Estate

  Contemporary Retreat   Conveniently located near Tampa’s downtown and Westshore business districts and near the Gandy Bridge with easy access to Pinellas County, this single family home located inside the Westshore Yacht Club, boasts over [...]

Hot Property: Serenity is Calling

  Ballast Point Beauty   In the heart of south Tampa lies a stunning home with views of Hillsborough Bay and the feeling of serenity with its private location. The Ballast Point area has hosted generations [...]

METROHome Tour: Fine Lines

New Wheldon Family Home in St. Petersburg By Mary Lou Janson     Inspirations for the interior of Susie Wheldon’s custom-designed home were drawn from such diverse sources as the white-washed interior brick walls of a [...]

Hot Property: Stunning Waterfront Beauty

Coffee Pot Riviera Estate in Old Northeast, St. Pete The brick streets and charm of Coffee Pot Riviera only add to the beauty of this two-story, Hacienda-style home, located in the heart of Old Northeast St. [...]

Holiday Drink Recipes

  A signature cocktail is a must at any holiday get-together. Tampa Bay Metro has discovered some tasty holiday cocktails, sure to warm the cockles this season.       Bourbon Pumpkin Pie Frappe   2 oz. [...]

State-Of-The-Art Home In Historic Hyde Park

    Just steps from beautiful Bayshore Boulevard is a home with all the modern conveniences of a newly built home in one of Tampa’s most desired neighborhoods. In Historic Hyde Park, you’ll find an incredible [...]

Home Improvemnet This Fall

Fall: The Best Season For Home Improvement In The Bay Area   The rituals of fall include sending kids back to school, raking leaves and cheering on the hometown football team. In addition, a new fall [...]

Mid Century Modern Home Tour

Iconic Bayshore Mid Century Mod By Mary Lou Janson |  Photography by Raif Fluker   Distinctive, distinguished and designed to take full advantage of the panoramic views afforded by its floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall windows, this Bayshore [...]

Defining Lines and Soothing Tones

The Art of Southern Comfort and Sensibility By Mary Lou Janson  |  Photography by Elias Théroux   After relocating to Tampa from Boca Raton, Mark and Renee Radi embarked on an extensive search for their new [...]

Lighten & Brighten Your Kitchen

Ceiling improvements can get things looking up in your kitchen   (BPT)  When you’re planning a full kitchen renovation, or even just a few choice upgrades, countertops, cabinets, appliances and flooring command your attention. But do [...]

Bug Off!

  Tips to Help Eliminate Dangerous Pests From Our Bay Area Lawns   A yard that is lush, green and free of weeds shows evidence of healthy lawn maintenance. However, many Tampa Bay area homeowners overlook [...]

Connecting Tampa Bay Homes

  How Technology Is Improving Daily Living in Tampa Bay For busy Tampa Bay area families juggling to keep up with the pace of life, technology brings convenience and peace of mind to home life, making [...]

Healthier Bay Area Homes

Mother Nature Knows Best How Natural Elements In The Home Make You Healthier   (BPT)  When it comes to health and wellness, the design of your Bay area home may prove to be just as important [...]

Get Decked Out

  Throwing a Decked Out Deck Party   Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue, graduation party or making the most of a summer weekend, the perfect preparations and attention to ambiance are key ingredients to a [...]

Hot Property

  Hyde Park Splendor In the heart of Hyde Park is a spectacular three story home reminiscent of 19th century Italianate architecture built in 1882. Known as the Morrison house, the home has undergone major renovations [...]

5 Kitchen Remodeling Tips

  Five Tried-And-True Tips For Rocking Your Kitchen Remodel   (Family Features) When remodeling your kitchen, it can be tricky to know where to start. Certified Kitchen Designer MaryJo Camp has been there, in more ways [...]

Creating An Outdoor Oasis

Transform your outside space into a party place     (Family Features) Creating a perfect outdoor oasis — the first step toward a summer filled with carefree entertaining — requires careful planning for the entire space. [...]

Hot Property

Charleston Charmer in Beach Park     Feel the rich charm of the deep south in this magnificent Charleston-style home surrounded by stately oak trees. The six bedroom, six and a half bath home has been [...]

Best of Style & Décor

best of tampa bay the bay’s best     Tampa Bay Style & Décor       Paradise Island Best Couture Boutique A pet friendly shop, known for the personal service and designer fashions by Helmut Lang, [...]

Elevated Beach Chic

  Elevated Beach Chic By Mary Lou Janson   Moving to Florida presented New Jersey residents, Lee and Cindy Launer with an opportunity to take a more comfortable — but unconventional — approach to how they [...]

Holiday Spirits

  Toast to the Holidays As we gather with friends and family to celebrate the season, it’s the perfect time to create a festive holiday cocktail.       Spice Box 2 oz. Diplomatico Anejo .5 [...]

Holiday Decor

  The Joy of Entertaining By Ronda M. Parag | Floral & Styling by Krayl Funch     he holiday season is upon us and it is the ideal time to gather with family and friends [...]

Coastal Vision

  Lacking a few finishing touches, the 19th floor luxury condominium overlooking downtown St. Petersburg’s vibrant waterfront, remained vacant for years until a couple from Knoxville, Tennessee acquired it as a second home…     It would be nearly [...]

Property Advice

How To Deal With Your “Underwater” Property   click to enlarge     As the saying goes, bad things happen to good people. The housing crash that followed the real estate bubble of 2004-2007 left millions of [...]

Backyard Style

Now is the ideal time of year in the Bay area to enjoy the great outdoors by creating a casual, comfortable space with a few of these fabulous finds and accessories.  Lounging OutsideA beautiful double chaise [...]

Get Grilling.

  It’s the ideal time to gather friends and family for a cookout to beat the Bay area heat. Get ready for a sizzling season of grilling and backyard entertainment.  Lynx OutdoorsThe dream outdoor kitchen includes [...]