The Florida Orchestra Designer Showhouse at Ovation is all about the view — but not necessarily the one outside the floor-to-ceiling windows. • More than 20 designers from 11 companies have created a feast for the eyes inside two 20th-floor condominiums in downtown St. Petersburg. • One unit is designed in traditional styles, the other contemporary, but both showcase imaginative uses of color, texture and lines to create elegant yet livable spaces. • Even the most casual observer can pick up designer touches to incorporate at home. We loved the blues and earth tones as well as the metallics that added a subtle touch of sparkle. • If only we could capture the outside view so easily. — B Buckberry Joyce, Times lifestyles news editor
Unit 2001: 3 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths plus study, 3,660 square feet, plus 556 square feet of terrace
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Unit 2002: 3 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths plus study, 3,660 square feet, plus 556 square feet of terrace
NATURAL ELEMENTS: David King and Lesley Carney, DoMA Home Furnishings
Designed to complement the colors of the unit's expansive bay view, this dining area features creams and lagoon blue mixed with warm woods and unique copper artwork by Javier Dones.
The ET2 starburst chandelier over the round noble onyx dining table adds a touch of fun and is a sure conversation piece. Like other pieces in the room, it has contemporary lines but would fit in a more traditional home as well. "I think it easily could go in a more traditional home. It's got such whimsy," design consultant David King says. "You can transfer a lot of these pieces to other spaces."
King and Lesley Carney also considered the angular architecture of this room and the adjoining foyer when choosing furniture pieces, opting for pieces with curves or soft shapes to soften straight lines.
In your home: Accentuate unique architectural features of your space. The inset wall in this dining room became a focal point with color, but mirrors, artwork or unique lighting could have done the job, too. "You could do a lot of creative things that could make that area pop," King says.
TRANQUILITY: Shelly Walker Parlato, Matter Brothers Furniture & Design
The more you look at this master bedroom and bath suite, the more there is to see. The deep azure and chocolate brown colors are striking, but the variety of texture in the fabrics is worth noting as well.
"It's all the layers that work together: the drapes, the nightstands, the rug, the wall color," says Shelly Walker Parlato, an allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers.
The layers carry over to the bath as well, where a smooth, curved wall softens the lines of the sunken tub that is front and center in the room. Parlato had the wall painted a deep brown with a metallic glaze in keeping with the natural elements in the tile and countertops. The wall also lends privacy to a shower of generous proportions.
In your home: Use a favorite piece of art, furniture or fabric to guide your design. For Parlato, inspiration for the entire suite came in the form of a creamy fabric embroidered with delicate blue flowers. "I loved that drapery fabric and started with that," she said.
DOWN TO EARTH: Scott Velez and Judy Bailey, Brandy's Interiors
The glossy, chocolate brown cabinets and copper-accented backsplash of this unit's kitchen are matched with comfortable earth tones in the adjoining family room.
"You have to have the warmth," says design consultant Scott Velez. Gold is mixed with bright orange and deep brown to balance the room's white tile floor and spectacular view. A hand-painted accent wall picks up those tones, plus hints of copper and silver ("Metallics are big," Velez says).
In your home: Another trick for warming up a space is to add balanced, soft lighting throughout. The large resin vase lights in this family room bring a soft glow as well as an art element.