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3413 Marion Drive
Tampa, FL 33637

The landmark 1926 French Normandy style home has been a favorite of ours since we first moved to the area in 1989. Sited directly on the reservoir with serene lake views out all the front windows, the home’s freshly painted walls just called out for art.

The natural next step was to make all the art for sale — individually, or as a whole — to anyone who toured the home, or for its eventual buyer. Soon other artists from that same gallery show were contacted, and they jumped on board as well — Lynne Dwyer and Michael Rascon, both of whom are also amazingly talented.

A Bonnie Lambert portrait shares space with a linen Chesterfield sofa, Crate and Barrel glass topped coffee table, modern linen wing back chair, cowhide rug and imported wooden pedestal side table in the home’s grand living room. We tossed a faux fur throw over the Chesterfield and accented it with a Moorish tile pattern pillow.

Two stunning Bonnie Lambert portraits flank the northern windows in the living room. A Lynne Dwyer expressionist landscape picturing a blackened manzanita bush in the San Gabriel Mountains tops the mantelpiece.

A neutral mix of Ralph Lauren grainsack pillows and a faux fur throw relate to the nubbiness of the jute rug below.

The root table’s sinuous organic shape is one of our favorite aspects of this room’s design, and a perfect complement to the plein air landscape paintings.

A media center on the other side of the family room holds a casually leaning Lynne Dwyer canvas, its bright colors bringing life to this wall, and its size and shape standing in for a flat screen TV (for those wondering where the TV could go). A console table in the dining room anchors Bonnie Lambert’s “Stand Off,” which pictures a Trader Joe’s parking lot filled with angry looking cars beneath a wildly painted night sky.

A view into the gleaming white kitchen reveals a bar area and lots of natural light. Truly a cook’s kitchen, this space is just waiting for someone to make delicious meals in it, and to host fabulous parties.

We styled a corner of the kitchen as a baking center, and featured a Lynne Dwyer still life. The kitchen’s peninsula accommodates three off-white leather counter-height bar stools from Urban Home. A tall vase of sunflowers anchors the other side of the farm sink beneath a set of two industrial style seeded glass pendant lights. A professional grade GE range inspires visions of intimate pasta dinners.

We used an upholstered taupe headboard, traditional nightstands and tall, metallic base lamps. We carried the same neutral tones to the master bedroom patio with this set of teak outdoor furniture.

We outfitted it with plush white hotel towels, European soaps and fragrant candles.


Villa & House Benjamin Modern Classic Grey Linen 1 Drawer Wood

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