Dragonwing and greenleaf white begonias border a fountain in a Largo garden. All photos courtesy Landscapes by Randy Lee.

Winter Colors: Randy Lee designs gardens that sing of the season

By David Warner Lights and wreaths and inflatable snowmen may be the sum of most outdoor holiday decorations, but a landscape designer can give your outdoor decor a makeover you can enjoy all year round. “We do what I call a seasonal color change,” says St. Petersburg-based landscaper Randy Lee. “Typically in the winter we […]

Olympus Pools.

P is for Pools: Dive in and say "Ahhhh…"

For the last several weeks, we’ve been teasing the content of this year’s A to Z Issue one letter at a time. The print edition arrives in mailboxes later this month, after which we hope it’ll take up residence for a good long while on Tampa Bay’s finest coffee tables. If you can’t wait for the hard copy, here’s […]

The "Gateway" to the St. Pete Pier. Photo: David Warner.

L is for Landscaping: Nature's beauty at the Pier and at home

This year’s A to Z Issue celebrates people and businesses who have been successfully riding the turbulent waves of change and offering service and hope to the community at large. The print edition will be out later this month, but we’re teasing the content online, one letter at a time.  Much of the (seemingly endless) controversy […]

Ruth Eckerd Hall's new cabaret, designed by Decker Ross Interiors.

I is for Interior Design: Sprucing up our shelters indoors and out

This year’s A to Z Issue celebrates people and businesses who have been successfully riding the turbulent waves of change and offering service and hope to the community at large. The print edition will be out later this month, but we’re teasing the content online, one letter at a time.  “A knack for bringing the indoors […]

An aerial view of Villa Tramonta Rosa. Photo courtesy Nyoman Photography.

Viva Tramonta Rosa! An historic Snell Isle mansion stirs the imagination

If you’ve ever driven around Snell Isle, you know the house at 307 Brightwaters Boulevard NE. Or rather, you know its gazebo. Before being purchased from the City of St. Petersburg in 2017 by the home’s present owners, Mary and Kevin Semcken, the gazebo was a favorite public gathering spot — the first structure built […]

A woman who doesn't mind getting her hands dirty.

Quarantine Diaries, Part 8: My Wife Is a Superhero (and I'm Making Music)

Editor’s Note: Joe Bardi — writer, editor, musician, husband, father — has always been a busy man. But until recently it had been up to his wife, freelance writer/photographer and frequent dRTB contributor Heidi Kurpiela, to handle the bulk of weekday parenting chores, because she could work from home and he had an office job. Then the […]

Photos courtesy Olympus Pools.

A Whole New Playground: It's a good time to upgrade your backyard (and your pool)

With people sheltering in place, backyards are more important than ever. After all, a backyard is the safest outdoor area available. The pool that might’ve been neglected over time? It’s now getting a lot of use. Those stains the pool chairs may have accumulated? Scrubbed away, replaced by butt indents. Olympus Pools is getting plenty […]

The home at 5111 N. Central Ave. in Tampa, restored to its former glory.

Living History: An amazing rehab of a century-old home in Seminole Heights

Mike Kappaz fell in love at first sight — even though, in his words, the object of his affections was “a complete wreck.” The c. 1900 house at 5111 N. Central Avenue in Tampa’s Seminole Heights neighborhood had been vacant for years, with the possible exception of a few squatters. The roof leaked. Someone had […]

Photo courtesy The Argentine Group.

L is for Landscaping: Your yard needs help from these guys

A to Z: The Ultimate Luxury Lifestyles List is duPont Registry Tampa Bay‘s annual compendium of the best our region has to offer. Each year we choose a different set of categories and then select businesses that are top-of-the-line in each category. This year: Art to Zinfandel (and everything luxurious in between). When it comes to landscaping in Tampa […]

Photo courtesy Posies Flower Truck.

A to Z List 2019: F is for Flowers

A to Z: The Ultimate Luxury Lifestyles List is duPont Registry Tampa Bay‘s annual compendium of the best our region has to offer. Each year we choose a different set of categories and then select businesses that are top-of-the-line in each category. This year: Art to Zinfandel (and everything luxurious in between). Popping up everywhere from Palm Harbor to […]