Today, the first day of spring, is an appropriate time to check out Michelle Jennings Wiebe's work as part of the Florida Orchestra Designer Showhouse at Ovation in St. Petersburg. Wiebe, who designed the master bedroom in one of two condominiums on display, wanted to invoke the vitality and freshness of this season. A hand-tufted green rug full of texture and movement was the starting point. "The rug was the inspiration," she says. Wiebe paired the green with black and cream, then turned the walls over to decorative finish artist Lisa Cameron, who applied a "rough luxe" treatment to add a subtle luminescence. "You wake up here and you'd have to be happy," she says. The show house is open daily through April 4.
Visit the 2010 Florida Orchestra Designer Showhouse
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The 2010 Florida Orchestra Designer Showhouse
When: Now through April 4.
Where: Ovation, 180 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets: $15, available at the door.
Information: For details about the show house, call Rebecca Stewart at (727) 365-1007 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about the units, call the Ovation sales office at (727) 898-1180 or visit
Many of the designers who worked on this project will be on hand to answer questions and talk about their work from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays through the run of the show. Wine and light hors d'oeuvres will be served.