Sam Maybrook's condo with a view

METROHome Tour: Modern, Eclectic, Elegance With A View

By Mary Lou Janson  |  Photography by Greg Dean, Owner/Photographer, Real Pro Media LLC  Spectacular views of the downtown Tampa waterfront and cityscape from the comfort and privacy of a spacious condominium balcony, convinced Sam...
The Schaaf Castle in the Clouds

METROHome Tour: Castle in the Clouds

 The Schaaf's Castle in the Clouds By Mary Lou Janson  |  Photography by Robert Richards  Gary and Josephine Schaaf had high hopes about making their next home a high-rise in Tampa’s Channel District. Their search for...
Key West Inspired Waterfront Estate On Davis Islands

Hot Property: Key West Inspired Waterfront Estate On Davis Islands

  Hot Property: Key West Inspired Waterfront Estate On Davis Islands  The sunset views and open bay are just two reasons that this Davis Islands stunner of a home is spectacular. Feel like you are on...
Tampa Bay Backyard Chillin’ In Style

METROHome Details: Backyard Chillin’ In Style

 Spring is the ideal time to spruce up and spend a few extra hours outside. From serving glasses to comfortable seating and décor elements, METRO has found a few pieces to create a backyard...

METRO Home Tour: Custom Coastal Chic Estate on Boca Ciega Bay in Sunset Park

Blending Views with a Custom Coastal-Inspired Design in Sunset Park By Ronda M. Parag  Creating and designing a custom home involves lots of decisions and vision. Homeowners and builders, Mark and Lori Todsen, created a majestic home...
Outdoor Home Design Trends

METRO Home: Living Lavishly Outdoors with 2018 Trends

2018 Outdoor Living Trends (Family Features) As many families prepare to ramp up their time spent outside, it can be helpful to keep the latest trends in mind while planning for outdoor living spaces.According to...
5 Summer Outdoor Entertaining Tips

5 Outdoor Entertaining Tips

(Family Features) The weather in Tampa Bay brings plenty of opportunities to enjoy time outdoors entertaining family and friends. The key to a successful summer party is simplicity: keep things easy so you can...
Enrique Crespo is featured in Tampa Bay Metro Home Pros Section

HOME PROS: ENRIQUE CRESPO

Featured In Tampa Bay METRO MagazineENRIQUE CRESPO CRESPO DESIGN GROUP Unconventional ideas and distinctive style are what define Enrique Crespo as one of the top designers in the area. A native of South Tampa, Enrique attended the prestigious Savannah College...
Josephine Schaaf is featured in Tampa Bay Metro Home Pros Section

HOME PROS: JOSEPHINE SCHAAF

Featured In Tampa Bay METRO MagazineJOSEPHINE SCHAAF COASTAL PROPERTIES CHRISTIE’S INTERNATIONAL REAL ESTATE If you think hiring a professional is expensive, try hiring an amateur. Josephine Schaaf of Coastal Properties/Christie’s International Real Estate and her husband, Gary...
Gary Schaaf is featured in Tampa Bay Metro Home Pros Section

HOME PROS: GARY SCHAAF

Featured In Tampa Bay METRO Magazine  GARY SCHAAF BUSINESS LITIGATOR AT THE BECKER LAW FIRM Gary Schaaf is a Florida Bar Board Certified business litigator who serves as managing shareholder of Becker’s Tampa Bay office. Gary handles...
Carole Pooley is featured in Tampa Bay Metro Home Pros Section

HOME PROS: CAROL POOLEY, GRI

Featured In Tampa Bay METRO Magazine  CAROL POOLEY, GRI TOMLIN ST CYR REAL ESTATE SERVICES Carol Pooley is a founding Realtor at Tomlin St Cyr Real Estate Services, with over 15 years of real estate experience. Carol has...
Pantone Color of the Year home trends

METROHome Details: 2018 Color of the Year

  Color of the Year: Ultra Violet   A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future. METRO has found a few new pieces...
Compass Land & Title in downtown St. Petersburg

Colorful, Bold and Creative Office Space

 With a flair for fashion and love of art, Compass Land & Title owners and founders, Phil and Valerie Yost, designed the new St. Petersburg office together. Rather than a stuffy and conservative law...
METRO Home Tour: 5120 W Longfellow Ave Tampa FL

METROHome Tour: The Look of Love

  Building and Designing a Family’s Dream Home By Mary Lou Janson | Photography by Susan Carnes   Designing a new home for their family of five was truly a labor of love for Benjamin and Nadia Heldfond. Their...
adding pizzaz to a modern estate

METROHome Tour: In Living Color

Adding Pizzaz To A Modern Estate By Mary Lou Janson A contemporary architectural style, features that include tall glass walls, wide windows and light-inviting skylights are mixed with a monochromatic color scheme. The lines and design...
Metro Home Feature

METROHome Tour: Color, Texture, Sophistication & Creativity

  Posh custom-designed high-rise condo By Mary Lou Janson The private elevator opens to reveal bold black and red monogrammed carpeting, marking the entrance to the custom-designed condominium, just beyond the mirrored doors guarded by two lions...

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. Acting...

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 waterfront parcel...
grilling tips for Tampa Bay

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...
Tampa Bay Metro home: Outdoor kitchen design trends

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 company. “The...
Tampa Bay Metro: How to host a wine party

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 year? Get your...

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 the...
Metro Home Details. The Pantone Color of the Year

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, METRO has found...
Tampa Bay Metro Home Tour

METROHome Tour: A Redesigned, Rebuilt and Refined Davis Islands Estate.

  Designing an ideal home for entertaining and escaping By Mary Lou Janson  |  Photography by John Kantor  Located on a prominent, half-acre pinnacle of land offering enviable views of the nearby Davis Island Yacht Club, landmark...
Tampa Bay Metro Home Tour

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...
Contemporary Design by Enrique Crespo of Tampa’s, Crespo Design Group

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...

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 features and...
Tampa Bay Metro Home Tour 4501 Vasconia

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 Bay....
classic stripe indoor outdoor pillows

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...
Tampa Bay Metro Hot Property listing

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 on a...
Tampa Resident Reveals True Colors in Newly Designed L.A. Townhouse

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 owned by a prominent...
Westshore Yacht Club Estate

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 4,548...
Hot Property: 5718-S-Gordon

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 of...
New Wheldon Home

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 local business,...
Coffee Pot Hot Property Tampa Bay Metro

Hot Property: Stunning Waterfront Beauty

Coffee Pot Riviera Estate in Old Northeast, St. PeteThe 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...
state-of-the-art office for Michael Martin’s branding, sales and marketing company

Work Space Design Tour

Work Space Geared For Battle  By Ronda M. Parag     Driving along Cypress Street in West Tampa, there has been ongoing construction behind the metal fence that was once Hector-Elisa’s Health Club. For the past eight months,...

A New Shopping Experience at RH Tampa

Welcome to RH Tampa The Gallery at International PlazaGary Friedman, CEO of RH, welcomes rock ‘n roll sisters, Larkin Poe, at the Grand Opening Party at International Plaza.  CEO Gary Friedman of RH, Restoration Hardware was...

Waterfront Living in South Tampa

  Beach Park Isle Waterfront Estate  By Ronda M. Parag        The contemporary, two story home in South Tampa is a perfect blend of the old neighborhood with the new conveniences of a modern built home....
State-Of-The-Art Home In Historic Hyde Park

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...
Fall home improvement in Tampa Bay

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...
Iconic Bayshore Midcentury modern home in Tampa Bay Metro magazine

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 Boulevard...
Radi Home Article Tampa Bay Metro May 2015

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 home....
solar powered skylights

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 Free Tampa Bay area lawns

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 an important...
home automation in Tampa Bay

Connecting Tampa Bay Homes

 How Technology Is Improving Daily Living in Tampa BayFor 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...
Tampa Bay home

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 as...
all decked out in Tampa Bay

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 successful...

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...
kitchen remodel project

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 than...
creating an outdoor oasis

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. While...
The perfect outdoor kitchen

METRO HOME: Dream Outdoor Kitchen

Design Your Dream Outdoor Kitchen   (Family Features)It often starts as a blank spot on the patio, usually somewhere just outside the back door. Then come the “things” to fill the spot. There’s so much to...
Davis Islands Estate

METROHome Hot Property

Waterfront Living on Tampa’s Davis Islands   Ideal for a family that loves the water, this Davis Islands Spanish style, two-story home is expertly built and is located on a deep water canal with direct access...

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 expertly...
Elevated Beach Chic

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 live....
Holiday Table Decor

Holiday Decor

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

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 a year...
stay in your home

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 Americans with severely...
outdoor sofa

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...
outdoor kitchen

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...

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