Best of Both Worlds


Some people have a keen eye for home décor; others have a green thumb in the garden. Winter Park residents Stephen and Kristin Pategas possess both. The designing couple, who own Hortus Oasis Landscape Design, have filled their 1925 Mediterranean Revival home with collectibles from their travels throughout Asia and the South Pacific. Added personal touches include Kristin’s handmade table runners and colorful pillows, as well as Stephen’s collections of unusual locks, keys and seed pods (many of which have come from the trees and plants found in their yard). The Asian theme extends to the outdoors, where serene-looking Buddha statues from Thailand and contemplative figurines from Bali can be found in the garden. Take a look at the Pategases’ distinctive home and garden beginning on page 24. You just might find some ideas for creating your own slice of zen.

On the west side of town in Gotha, Kim and Scott Dorsett decided to revamp their staid 1990s suburban home with an eye toward the future. Designer Ted Maines of Ted Maines Interiors turned the couple’s vision into a reality, but it was no easy feat—the remodel took four months while Maines gutted the house and tore down walls. Now the Dorsetts have a fresh, contemporary residence with iconic furnishings and artwork such as a Nelson Marshmallow sofa and limited-edition Andy Warhol prints (check it out beginning on page 34). It was a life-changing decision, but the Dorsetts couldn’t be happier.

Looking for a little home décor or gardening inspiration? Patricia Letakis writes about four Central Florida locations that are sure to spark a great idea—including some that you might not have considered, like the Mennello Museum of American Art. Read about how the museum staff has painted the walls in dramatic colors to showcase the artworks on display, beginning on page 44.

The beautiful weather we experience in Central Florida at this time of year compels us to be outside—enjoying the sun, working in the garden. However, if you’re not the type to spend a Saturday getting your hands dirty, consider a living garden wall for your home or lanai. They don’t require any soil and are extremely low-maintenance. You’ll see what we mean, beginning on page 50.

Finally, we love hearing from you! Our “I love this…” feature always highlights a reader who has a story to tell about certain treasured pieces or places in their home or garden. This issue features Apopka resident Mick Lochridge in his okra patch. His love of okra inspired him to start an annual festival with food, music and friends. Read more about it on page 64. Please contact me and share your story. We may feature you in an upcoming issue!

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