Domingo Rodriguez is part of the mattress-making team at Unlimited Comfort Mattress Factory.

The Mattress of Your Dreams: Custom-made magic in a Sarasota factory

 Who hasn’t struggled with getting a good night’s sleep? Tossing and turning, checking the time, and fretting about how many hours are left before you have to actually get up. Not getting enough sleep isn’t just annoying, it’s harmful to our health and can contribute to everything from depression and heart disease to obesity.  So […]

ShadeCraft Robotics’ Bloom is a fully automated product that attaches to patio sun umbrellas, converting them into smart hubs.

Backyard Brilliance: New Ideas in Outdoor Design

Innovation abounds in the latest designs for outdoor living. Small backyard patios are so old school. Luxury living in Tampa Bay calls for amazing outdoor living spaces that are an extension of the home, with all of the amenities you would expect to enjoy inside: comfortable, stylish furniture to lounge on, drinks and snacks on […]

Blue makes a statement in this 2019 kitchen. Credit: True Residential | Appliance Gallery

These Are Not Your Grandma's Appliances

Or even your mom’s.  It’s all about the glamour in today’s tech-savvy kitchens. Look for the perfect marriage of artistry, color and design with amazing “smart” tech features that make life easier.   The art’s in the fridge “Performance, quality of materials and dependability will always be important, but artistry is the future of where […]

Bruno happily at home before the hearth in St. Pete's Driftwood neighborhood. Photo by James Ostrand.

Curling Up by the Fire: A fireplace feels like home, even in Florida

There’s something magical about sitting by a blazing fireplace—so cozy, peaceful and inviting, even here in Florida, where we can hope for cooler weather at least by New Year’s. Carla Jimenez and Jim Freeman live in a 1938 “Storybook”-style home designed by artist Mark Dixon Dodd, whose picturesque domiciles help give St. Petersburg’s Driftwood neighborhood its unique character. […]

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A kitchen by TriplePoint Design Build in this year's trending colors, white and soft grey.

Kitchen Confidential: The hottest design trends

It’s the most important room in the house, indoors or out If you’re thinking of remodeling, the theme for today’s high-end luxury kitchens can be summed up in three words: spacious, streamlined and white. And if you have your heart set on an outdoor kitchen, add green—as in environmental friendliness. “White and soft grey are […]

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A Decker Ross fireplace also showcases art objects.

Coastal Contemporary: Interior decor for the new Florida

Decor trends that are right for our region Clean, contemporary lines with a minimum of fuss. Midcentury modern influences, updated for 21st-century living. Those are among the decor trends we heard about from area designers, who shared their insights and gave us a peek inside a few of their recent luxury residential projects. Suzan Decker […]