Better of Each Worlds

Some folks have a eager eye for dwelling décor; others have a inexperienced thumb within the backyard. Winter Park residents Stephen and Kristin Pategas possess each. The designing couple, who personal Hortus Oasis Panorama Design, have crammed their 1925 Mediterranean Revival dwelling with collectibles from their travels all through Asia and the South Pacific. Added private touches embody Kristin’s handmade desk runners and colourful pillows, in addition to Stephen’s collections of surprising locks, keys and seed pods (a lot of which have come from the bushes and vegetation discovered of their yard). The Asian theme extends to the outside, the place serene-looking Buddha statues from Thailand and contemplative collectible figurines from Bali may be discovered within the backyard. Check out the Pategases’ distinctive dwelling and backyard starting on web page 24. You simply may discover some concepts for creating your individual slice of zen.

On the west aspect of city in Gotha, Kim and Scott Dorsett determined to revamp their staid Nineties suburban dwelling with a watch towards the long run. Designer Ted Maines of Ted Maines Interiors turned the couple’s imaginative and prescient right into a actuality, however it was no straightforward feat—the rework took 4 months whereas Maines gutted the home and tore down partitions. Now the Dorsetts have a contemporary, modern residence with iconic furnishings and art work resembling a Nelson Marshmallow couch and limited-edition Andy Warhol prints (test it out starting on web page 34). It was a life-changing choice, however the Dorsetts couldn’t be happier.

Searching for slightly dwelling décor or gardening inspiration? Patricia Letakis writes about 4 Central Florida areas which might be positive to spark an ideal concept—together with some that you simply may not have thought of, just like the Mennello Museum of American Artwork. Examine how the museum workers has painted the partitions in dramatic colours to showcase the artworks on show, starting on web page 44.

The gorgeous climate we expertise in Central Florida right now of yr compels us to be exterior—having fun with the solar, working within the backyard. Nevertheless, for those who’re not the kind to spend a Saturday getting your fingers soiled, contemplate a dwelling backyard wall on your dwelling or lanai. They don’t require any soil and are extraordinarily low-maintenance. You’ll see what we imply, starting on web page 50.

Lastly, we love listening to from you! Our “I like this…” characteristic at all times highlights a reader who has a narrative to inform about sure treasured items or locations of their dwelling or backyard. This difficulty options Apopka resident Mick Lochridge in his okra patch. His love of okra impressed him to begin an annual competition with meals, music and associates. Learn extra about it on web page 64. Please contact me and share your story. We could characteristic you in an upcoming difficulty!

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