The Art of Southern Comfort and Sensibility

By Mary Lou Janson  |  Photography by Elias Théroux
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After relocating to Tampa from Boca Raton, Mark and Renee Radi embarked on an extensive search for their new home. A Harbour Island rental property provided temporary housing that allowed them to view a variety of single family residences, where the  couple, their son, daughter and the family’s Jack Russell terrier, could comfortably live.


“We really wanted to live somewhere that offered a sense of community,” said Renee Radi. “We looked all over but just weren’t finding the right fit for our family.”

The hunt for their next home focused on spacious floor plans, a South Tampa location in a family friendly neighborhood and features ranging from roomy interiors, to backyards big enough for entertaining. Checking out select, prospective properties also provided the pair with an opportunity to see some stunning interiors.

Even if the house was not quite right for their particular needs, the Radis were still impressed by the signature style of a local designer, whose work they viewed during those visits. Eventually they succeeded in finding what they wanted in Beach Park, where a two-story house was being built. The quiet, tree-shaded residential street also provided an ideal environment to raise their seven-year-old daughter, Bronwyn, and son,four-year-old, Grayson.

Buying the home was one thing, furnishing it and finishing the halls, walls and floors was another.Fortunately, along with their new address, the Radis had inadvertently   discovered the ideal interior designer to transform their new five-bedroom, four-and-a half-bathroom space into its own showplace. They hired Jaime Rogers, founder of the award-winning, Tampa-based DOXA Design Group, and began collaboratively defining the personality and designing their new place.

The house was still under construction when the Radis selected it for its spaciousness and open design, featuring high ceilings and large windows that keep main living areas light and bright.

Because the builder-designed property was not yet move-in ready, there was still time to customize various fixtures, finishes and features and mold the home into a more perfect fit for the Radi’s style preferences and lifestyle. Broadening the patio deck’s covered area to better accommodate their love for spending time outdoors while  swimming, relaxing or dining, was among the changes made.

The use of defining lines, soothing colors and modern accents mixed with antiques, helped to give each room a  distinctive, dignified appeal that still managed to remain cozy and comfortable. Furniture fabrics had to be durable but beautiful, light fixtures functional yet fashionable and artworks both whimsical and fun. Set against cool, neutral colors, the original works purchased specifically for the residence added color, intrigue and impact to the living space.


“It is a light, luminous, clean, crisp and classic design that represents the tradition of Southern sensibility,” said Rogers. “Regardless of the project, humble or luxe, the constant thread that runs through my work would be clean lines, classic pieces, genuine materials and strong silhouettes. My interiors are usually monochromatic. That’s not to say they’re void of color. I just rarely use more than one and much prefer bathing a space in various tones of a singular color.”

Renee refers to the art collection  displayed throughout the house as “jewelry,” that accents the gallery-white walls. Finding such different, dramatic and desirable pieces is just one of the ways Rogers helps clients realize their ultimate vision.

“Our resources are pulled from all over. We regularly attend national and international furniture, art and design shows to keep our clients informed and our library fresh. Much of the art comes from our gallery in downtown Tampa, where we represent several internationally acclaimed Tampa-based artists, such as Dominique LaBouvie and the late Ybor City icon, Theo Wujcik. I love pieces with a little history. We shop flea markets, antique shops as well as a plethora of online venues,” Rogers added.

“Every job is different and begins prior to move-in. The Radis gave me a  lot of freedom.” The Radis have also paid Rogers the ultimate compliment by re-hiring her to help create the interior design of their next house, a custom-built home nearby Bayshore Boulevard.    M


Designs created by Jaime Rogers  |   Senior Partner, DOXA Home
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