Monday, February 19, 2018
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Imaginative decor at Red Herring in Tampa

Deborah Granado-Hayes considers herself someone who thinks and lives outside the box. Her motto is "Have your own song, don't try to sing somebody else's," and that is the attitude she takes in both her life and her designs. The fast-talking transplant from New Yorker wanted to start her own home decor store, so she did. There was no specific plan in place but, then again, there never was one when it came to her designs, and they always worked. Seven years later, the Red Herring Home is still standing and, like its owner, it's ever-changing.

There are no rules when it comes to what she brings into her curated space. Granado-Hayes doesn't remain loyal to a specific style or era because, in her experience, they work best when mixed together. So in the same room, one can find authentic 17th century prints ($1,295), modern trays covered in leather with mirrored panels ($165), and mid-century modern chairs with chrome bases ($150 each). The price points are also all across the board with accessories ranging from $2 poppy seed pods spray-painted silver that can be thrown into a vase to a $199 soft printed throw that adds texture and color to an arm chair. It may be an unusual structure for a boutique but, according to her, "If it's beautiful but no one gets to enjoy it, what's the point?"

Although home decor trends have recently shifted to more muted colors or, as Granado-Hayes puts it, "a whole lot of linen and beige," the store offers pops of color and creativity, such as a molecule-shaped centerpiece ($135) and whale-shaped bookends ($65). Recognizing that most people can't just start over and redecorate their entire home, no matter how much they want to, she also makes it a point to make sure all the available pieces function in multiple rooms so customers can move them from the bedroom to the living room or office when they need a change but can't afford a makeover.

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