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Cover photo by Rob Downey
May/June 2011

in every issue
Editor’s Space 6
Color Trends 12
Sunset: Colors inspired by twilight
Stuff We Love 14
How does your garden grow? Disney Design 16
New cruise ship boasts classic look,
Houseplants 87
high-tech features
Hoyas: Ideal plant for hanging baskets
A Master of Color 20
Design Hotline 88
Collectors in Brevard, around world
Reader-requested advice
drawn to Zoe Mac’s ‘music in visual form’
5 Fabulous Finds 89
Inviting Buyers 28
High Point Market
Staging a home can help it sell faster,
A Look Ahead 90 inspire offers
Cultural, design and entertainment events
Backyard Bliss 32
Your Space 96 Couple transforms outdoor space
Heirlooms from mom and dad into wedding wonderland
Outdoor Oasis 42
42 Distinctive pool designs cater to
20 individual homeowners’ tastes
Business is Blooming 54
Owner aims to make gift boutique and
gardening center a magnet for shoppers
Extreme Perspectives 62
Missionary and family relish life in
spacious, bright, energy-efficient home
Summer Sizzlers 74
New methods, gadgets appearing in
outdoor kitchens
Hardening Your Home 80
44 Take steps now to prevent damage
if a hurricane hits
20 62


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I realized this was it.”
– Shelly McKinney, BuSineSS iS BlooMing, page 54
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would be extreme, extraordinary and exhilarating.
Let’s start with the extreme. Editor Sharon Kindred
I’m sure you remember the Hurston family. They were selected
Product Designer Corinne Ishler
by ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” as the lucky recipi-
ents of an “Extreme Makeover” home early this year. We knew Copy Editor Alice Garwood
after the show aired that we wanted to show off the design and
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each family member, it is a fabulous home inside and out. Read
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about the family and take a page-by-page tour of their “extreme”
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home beginning on page 62.
Jimi Gonzalez
All you need is one beautiful Space Coast day, one amazing
Maria Sonnenberg
backyard and a wonderful mix of family and friends to create an
Anne Straub
extraordinary wedding. Feature article, “Backyard Bliss: Couple
transforms outdoor space into wedding wonderland,” introduces Design & Development
readers to newlyweds April and Lou Exline. The Merritt Island Team Leanna Farrell
couple transformed their expansive backyard into an island getaway Jimi Gonzalez
on the river to create an outdoor wedding space to represent their Derek Gores
creativity and eco-friendliness. You are cordially invited to read Betty Greenway
more about their big day beginning on page 32. Susan Hall
Dave Jackson
Exhilarating comes to mind as I look at the photos in our cover
Andrew Kirschner
feature, “Outdoor Oasis: Distinctive pool designs cater to individ-
Sisi Packard
ual homeowners’ tastes” (page 42). Dive right into the article and
Dee Patnoe
read about four unique pools. With design elements such as nega-
Terri Pentz
tive edges, waterfalls and river views, each pool was designed with
Linda Tamasy
the homeowners’ tastes and needs in mind. A theme that is carried
Riitta Ylonen
out throughout this issue.
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entertaining spaces
What is your favorite space in your home? And why?
One of my many favorite spaces at my house
is the swing, covered and shaded by a beau-
tiful bougainvillea. In the back, we have a
huge magnolia, which is about to present its
gorgeous blooms. On Sundays, while taking
a break from the yardwork, I enjoy sitting
in the swing with my dogs and watching the
goldfish play in the pond.
Riitta M. Ylonen ASID
Owner, Finn Design, Inc.

My favorite space is my office that is also com-

monly referred to as my “man cave.” It’s filled
with distractions like my piano, guitars, uku-
leles and my music collection. Like any proper
cave, it is dimly lit so I can never tell how
much time has passed while I am working,
relaxing or making noise.
Jimi Gonzalez
Tech Consultant

My favorite space at home is the view of my

backyard from the inside of my great room.
After a long day at work and soccer practice,
coming home to do homework, dinner, clean-
up, bath time, bedtime, catching up with texts
and e-mails and getting ready for the same
routine the next day, being able to look out
onto the golf course while rushing around is
almost as relaxing as actually sitting in those
chairs enjoying a glass of wine and looking at
a very peaceful, beautiful view.
Sisi Packard
Director of Client Relations
Christopher Burton Homes Riitta Ylonen enjoys sitting in her backyard swing with her dogs and watching the goldfish
play in the pond. Her dog Rico is pictured in this photo.

Leanna Farrell Jimi Gonzalez Derek Gores Betty Greenway Susan Hall Dave Jackson Andrew Kirschner

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My favorite space in our house
is our great room. It is the
main gathering space for our
house. It is open to the kitch-
en, breakfast nook and has
great views out to the rear
yard and water beyond. I feel
like I’m at a resort every time
I enter the space. It’s a mini
vacation from the everyday
routine of life.
Andrew Kirschner
Jackson-Kirschner Architects

Each room in my home

has a different emotion-
al connection for me.
Linda Tamasy’s remodeled master bathroom
is one of her favorite rooms in her home for
I really love each area,
the simple reason that she has completely but if I had to pick a room I spend a lot of Sisi Packard’s favorite space is the
organized the space. peaceful view of the backyard from the inside
time in, it would have to be the master bed-
of her great room.
room. After a hard day at work, making
My back porch is my favorite place. I have
dinner and getting a minute to relax, this
several oak trees that shade and make it peanut M&M’s and a Cosmo while the
has become my place to put the day aside
cooler in the warmer months. It is very conversation is filled with Picasso and Steve
with all its demands. I use a lot of back pil-
relaxing to sit and enjoy the gardens, read a Martin and Aladdin and graffiti and jokes
lows to prop me up in bed and watch TV,
book and visit with neighbors. After all, in ending in bleep. I think I can see the river
talk on the phone, do my nails, read, eat
Florida, the outdoor rooms can be enjoyed out the window, or it might be the sea.
snacks and generally “ hold court” in there.
year round. Derek Gores
My boxer, Shadow, curls up next to me and
Dee Patnoe Fine art, illustration and design, 321 Agency
Owner, Dee.Cor
we both wind down. I enjoy the colors and
warmth of the room with the nest quality It would have to be our well-worn kitchen
I recently remodeled my master bathroom, of the bed. I feel safe and completely relaxed table. That’s where we all sit down together
and now it is one of my favorite spaces in my in this room. Don’t we all need a space like each morning and evening and talk about
home for the simple reason that I am com- this? our day. It’s where homework happens, and
pletely organized in this space. I removed an Leanna Farrell where friends sit and visit over a meal or
unattractive linen closet with a bifold door Owner, Leanna Farrell Design
coffee. Our table is a 150-year-old English
and replaced it with a larger vanity, which hearth table with well-worn, uneven pine
incorporated many storage drawers and stor- My favorite room? Doesn’t have a name, but
planks. It’s a family table full of history and
age towers for linens. It makes me happy to it is a room where I can play Othello with a
memories. We’re not the first family to have
walk into this space every morning. 7-year-old, hear my 16-year-old sing, watch
a life around it and we won’t be the last.
my 12- year-old create plays out of thin air
Linda Tamasy, ASID
with her acting buddies. There is Cliffton Susan Hall, ASLA
Owner, Linda Tamasy Designs, Inc.
Owner, Susan Hall Landscape Architecture
Chandler art on the wall, the adults share

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color trends
trends PRODUCTS:
1 – Traditional master
SUNSET Let the setting of the sun inspire you bedroom in golden
monochromatic colors
to add yellow and orange tones to
contrasts dark wood and
your home decor. Orange is known
leather. Walls painted in
to bring out positive feelings of soft mustard. Custom
happiness and satisfaction. Orange window treatments and
is also known to enhance social bedding apply subtle
interaction. Yellow paint brings patterns of damask,
out feelings of happiness and is stripes, dots and animal
print combined with
associated with bright and
buttercup and cornflake
cheery thoughts. solids. By Finn Design,

1 Inc., Riitta Ylonen ASID.

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cast resin with textural
pattern. Shown in amber

2 with natural brass.

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3 – Fossil Sasha floral
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3 Macys.com.
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Durable stone-
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5 – Kiln-fired glass titled
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Ross. 18"w x 5"d. $275.

WHERE: A sunset's colors look fabulous in the bedroom, where burnt oranges and warm yellows make a room
warm and cozy.
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stuff we love!

your garden “The Florida Gardener’s Resource: All You
Need to Know to Plan, Plant, & Maintain
a Florida Garden” by Tom MacCubbin
in paperback. $19.95. borders.com.

Are you seeking new ideas to spruce up

your garden and other outdoor spaces as
summer approaches? Perhaps the addition
of an artsy planter, a stylish stone bench or
landscaping pavers? Check out the items
below, along with experts’ gardening tips
tailored for the Central Florida area.

The Miami Hot planter has a great

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dimensions are approximately and garden use. Shown in Plum Vine, this
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for hands-free removal. $89.95.

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N Replace winter flowers with heat-
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coleus, gaillardia, lisianthus, vinca,
marigolds, gomphrena, portulaca,
purslane, salvia, sunflowers, gazania,
melampodium and zinnias.
N Introduce shade-loving plants such
as: coleus, impatiens, rex begonias,
angel-wing begonias or crossandra.
N Herbs that can be planted this
month include: basil, chives, dill,
sage, rosemary, mint, sweet marjo-
ram and thyme.
N Bulbs that can be added to your
garden this month include: Amazon
lily, agapanthus, Aztec lily, blood lily,
caladium, crinum, shell lily, gladiolus,
gloriosa lily, rain lilies, society garlic
and spider lily.
N Begin your summer crop of
vegetables with calabaza, chayote,
jicama, malabar spinach, okra,
Orlandi Statuary Curved Seminole pumpkin, Southern peas,
Outdoor Short Bench sweet potatoes, purple hyacinth
is made of fiber stone and bean or winged beans.
measures 42"w x 16"d x 17"h.
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N Flowers that plant well this month
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include: celosia, coleus, gaillardia,
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laca, purslane, salvia, gomphrena,
lisianthus, cosmos and zinnias.
N Herbs that can be started include:
Grounded Choices basil, chives, dill, marjoram, mint,
oregano, sage, Mexican tarragon,
rosemary and thyme.
N Bulbs to plant include African iris,
caladiums, canna, crinum, daylily,
eucharis lily, society garlic and rain lily.
N Vegetables that can be planted for
the hot summer are malabar spinach,
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New cruise ship boasts classic look, high-tech features

By Keilani Best
Photography by Tim Shortt

hen The Disney Dream arrived at Port Canaveral in January, it probably

attracted more attention than any other ship. Not only was there a celebrity-
studded christening ceremony, but there also was a keen interest by spectators to get
an up-close look at the 4,000-passenger liner.
People also came from around the world to attend special preview cruises onboard
the ship, and what they found inside was even more amazing than the ship’s extrava-
gantly decorated exterior.
Moving pictures on walls, virtual portholes in staterooms, children’s play areas
with magical floors, a water coaster and a theatrical stage that rivals Broadway.
What else is there to say about a cruise ship company that asked the U.S. Coast
Guard for permission to change its lifeboats from white to yellow?
A lot.
The Disney Company has always dared to do things differently, and with the Dream,
which takes its passengers on three-, four- and five-night cruises to the Bahamas, that
mantra holds true to the design elements of the ship as well as the technology.
The image that the basic design of the Dream conjures up is that of old-world
romance. While many other larger cruise ships have had to compromise in exteri-
or design and have become the unattractive, clunky stepsisters of smaller ships, the

Above: The Disney Dream continues the Disney Cruise Line tradition of blending the
elegant grace of early 20th-century transatlantic ocean liners with contemporary design to
create one of the most stylish and spectacular cruise ships afloat. Photo: Disney Cruise Lines
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Above: Fun in the sun abounds on the pool decks. Families gather
to swim, sunbathe and watch Disney films and other specials on the
giant Funnel Vision LED screen. Above right: With French-inspired,
gourmet cuisine by two award-winning chefs, the upscale Remy
restaurant offers a sophisticated and elegant dining experience
exclusively for adult guests.

designers of the Dream wanted to keep the look classic and

elegant. It wasn’t an easy task, say imagineers.
The ship is 14 decks tall, 1,115 feet in length, 125 feet in
width and weighs 130,000 tons.
“When we first thought of it back then, we said we’re
going to go for that 1930s classic cruise ship look because it
evokes the sense of romance and adventure,” said Joe Lanzi- Above: A dazzling chandelier glistens overhead in the
sero, creative senior vice president of Disney Cruise Line. expansive, three-deck atrium lobby. Descending more than 13
feet from the ceiling, and spanning more than 22 feet in width,
The concept of the ship started at the Meyer Werft ship-
the illuminated masterpiece sparkles with thousands of hand-
yard in Papenburg, Germany in 2009 with the laying of the crafted crystal beads.
keel. Once there, designers thought to make it technologi-
cally innovative, and include industry firsts, such as virtual
portholes and the AquaDuck, the first water coaster at sea.
The Disney Dream is 40 percent larger than its sister
ships, the Magic and the Wonder.
And it’s also larger in its technological innovations and
“Just like everything we do, we wanted to raise the bar,
and in this case, literally raise the slide on the ship,” said
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Top: Disney Cruise Line introduces the debut of AquaDuck, the first-ever shipboard water coaster.
Guests aboard the ship can get swept away on the exhilarating flume ride that features twists, turns,
drops, acceleration and river rapids. Photo: Disney Cruise Lines. Above: Enchanted Garden is a
whimsical, casual restaurant inspired by French gardens and featuring a dining environment that
transforms from day to night.

Lanzisero about the AquaDuck. “The idea was to create; and we were thinking, what
would be the coolest thing we could do? Let’s have some real fun with this. Why not
make it pure acrylic?”
The AquaDuck is a see-through 760-foot-long water coaster that blasts out 10,000
gallons of water continuously.
Show Design and Production Manager Peter Ricci said the AquaDuck goes between
14 and 18 feet per second, which is like “riding a bicycle pretty fast.”
And Disney Cruise Line has pioneered another industry first as well: magical port-
holes, which are part of the design on all of the inside staterooms.
Cameras placed around the ship give a real-time view of what’s going on outside of
the ship, just as though passengers had an ocean-view cabin.
About every five minutes, animated characters from Disney movies pop up on the
screen in a playful sequence.
Disney Cruise Line CEO Karl Holz said that inside staterooms have a bit of a bad
reputation in the industry as the places where nobody wants to stay. Now, with the addi-
tion of the magical porthole, they’ve become the most desirable, he said.
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Top: Royal Palace is an elegant restaurant that includes
essential elements such as tiaras, glass slippers, roses and
apples. With meticulous attention to detail, many of the
Top: Pink is an elegant and upscale cocktail bar. A feature wall behind the bar with dew- restaurant’s features are modeled precisely from the classic
drop-shaped glass in pink and gold gives the impression of champagne bottles bursting films. Above: A cruise-industry first for all inside staterooms,
with bubbly. Above: One of two signature royal suites on the Disney Dream, the Roy magical portholes offer a “window” to the world with a real-
O. Disney Suite embodies the Art Deco glamour of the 1920s and 1930s. It features an time view outside the ship.
extravagant media library, dining salon, pantry, wet bar and sweeping ocean views through
floor-to-ceiling windows lining the main living quarters. Photos: Disney Cruise Lines.

“Virtual portholes are a small moment that epitomizes what the ship is all
about,” said Bruce Vaughn, executive vice president and chief creative executive
of Walt Disney Imagineering.
The whimsy of Disney is evident in every part of the ship. Even guests walk-
ing around the ship will notice something different about the pictures on the
walls. They move and talk. Not only that, but they interact with guests. Disney
imagineers call them “enchanted art,” and they also are a part of an interactive
The image that the basic
scavenger hunt that guests can participate in onboard the ship.
And even though the liner is what Vaughn calls “one of the most technologi-
design of the Dream
cally advanced cruise ships to date,” basic elements of comfort still abound. conjures up is that of
The staterooms, for example, are practical, roomy and efficient. A key differ-
ence between the Dream’s and the rooms of other Disney ships, is the increase in old-world romance.
storage areas, including one underneath the bed, according to Holz.
And the technology and design elements of the Dream will be used as the
basis for the new Disney Fantasy, which will start sailing from Port Canaveral in
March 2012.
“We’re always working toward a goal,” said Holz. “We never assume things
are perfect.” n
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Collectors in Brevard, around world drawn
to Zoe Mac’s ‘music in visual form’
Story by Maria Sonnenberg
Photography by Rob Downey

hen Patricia Shenton arrived at the Melbourne Art Festival early on a

sunny spring Saturday two decades-plus ago, some of the first works
she saw were Zoe Mac’s.
“The sun was shining on them and I said, ‘Oh, my Lord, I’ve got to have these,’
and I bought one right away,” recalls the Indialantic resident.
After meandering through the show, Patricia returned to Mac’s booth to pur-
chase yet another of her watercolors. She hasn’t stopped liking what she sees in the
Patricia and Scott Shenton now own eight of Mac’s large watercolors, which
hang in the couple’s bedroom.
“They’re the first things we see in the morning and the last things we see every
night,” says Patricia.
Like other collectors worldwide, the Shentons have been smitten by Mac’s
seemingly inexhaustible talent.
“The attraction is the glorious sense of movement and color,” explains Patricia.

Left: Artist Zoe Mac works on her colorful creations in the bright living room of her
Satellite Beach home, where two skylights provide the light she needs. Top: Mac’s
vibrant watercolor, ‘’Butterfly.’’

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Above: “Flowers” is one of eight large “They make you feel you can tackle anything.”
watercolors by Mac displayed at the Indialantic Shenton is right, for the energy found in Mac’s works envelops
home of Scott and Patricia Shenton, who have
the viewer with optimism.
been collecting her paintings for 20 years. Mac
says “Flowers” is an early representation of her The works have the glossy sophistication of a big city, for Mac
work in the mid-1980s. grew up in New York City, where she attended New York Univer-
sity and later the prestigious Art Students’ League. It was there
that master watercolorist Mario Cooper, impressed with her works’
popularity with collectors, pronounced her “a legend in her own
“I sold out the first show I had in New York,” she says. “Right
away, I had great success.”
What makes this expressionistic painter’s work so attractive?
Mac calls her works “music in visual form,” for the shapes, brilliant
colors and textures flow and swirl with their own rhythm.

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Above: Mac said this painting was a
commission for Charles and Cynthia
Boyd’s new Cocoa Beach home in 2009.
Cynthia designed the space especially
for the painting. Left: The Boyds also
have several other “Macs” in their home,
including “Oh Wisp,” which originally was
shown in an exhibit with Tony Bennett’s
works in Jupiter.

“It’s totally stream of consciousness,” she says. “I go into my

own world. These things just come out.”
“I put dropcloths in the entire living
Custom home builder Charles Boyd has several “Macs” in his room and get to work,” she says. “I
Cocoa Beach residence, including a piece made especially for the
soaring home by the river. think color, two colors, and from
“It is such a focal point at the top of the stairs,” says Boyd.
“Zoe’s paintings are so different. She infuses a lot of color into
that, it evolves.” – ZOE MAC
them. Not many people are able to do that.”
Randy and Kathy Poliner of Merritt Island began collecting
Mac’s works in 1986, and their collection has since grown to 15.
“In my mind, Zoe is a master or color,” says Randy Poliner.
“Her colors are crisp and vibrant, even if the work is calming. Her
works bring motion and emotion into the house.”
For Mac, planning a painting does not involve preparation,
but, rather, doing.
“I put dropcloths in the entire living room and get to work,”
she says. “I think color, two colors, and from that, it evolves. I don’t
go beyond that. The paintings are an expression of what I see and
have integrated as an artist.”
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Although spontaneous, there is nothing haphazard about a
Zoe Mac painting. She will work on two or three different pieces
for months before she is satisfied.
“I can do the essence in a day, but it can take up to a year to
complete the painting to perfection,” she explains. “I can’t let a
painting go until I’m 100 percent happy with it.”
She credits Kandinsky, Van Gogh and Shiele for influencing
her use of line and color.
“Their spirits touched me, inspiring me to expound on my own
work and vision as a painter,” she explains in her artist’s statement.
Although she originally focused only on watercolors, her inter-
est has shifted through the years to encompass other media.
“Watercolor was too limiting, so I began to integrate acrylics
and pastels and only recently I started working on canvas,” she says.
“Whatever the medium, I strive to keep the same transparency of
watercolor.” Left: Mac says she painted “Glowing Eve,” which is shown in the
Such is the case with “Breezy,” which sits near the front door of home of John and Sara Turse, during a time when she was “so
taken by the spirit of (Russian) artist Wassily Kandinsky and glowing
Mac’s home. sunsets in Florida.” Above: As described by the artist herself, in
Though an acrylic, “Breezy” has the rich luminescence of “Millie’s Run,” “Millie is running the race with joy and exuberance.
watercolors. The landscape defines a state of mind more than a time Her contenders are right there, but it is the color of life in variation
and place. that really wins Millie’s determination.” Top: Randy and Kathy
Poliner of Merritt Island began collecting Mac’s works in 1986. Their
“My paintings are stories,” says Mac. “With ‘Breezy,’ I see a collection of 15 includes “Dragonfly,” which is displayed over their
soft, easy day when people are enjoying themselves.” dining room table.
In “By the River,” a few carefully placed squares of light recall
the sense of peace found by the hearth.
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“It’s about the warmth of home, the simplicity of life,” adds
Mac’s works hang throughout the United States, as well as in
Great Britain, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Switzerland,
Spain and Bulgaria.
Representatives from PGM Gallery in Munich chanced on
Mac’s “Firebird” floral while on vacation in Orlando and invited
her to have prints of the painting distributed throughout Europe,
along with works of masters such as her beloved Van Gogh, Monet
and Matisse.
For six consecutive years, she lectured at Sierra Nevada College
Above: “Mr. Moses” depicts the “king of cats” on his throne. in Lake Tahoe. She also has shared her techniques with art groups
Top: “In the Park” shows Central Park in early November “with an around the United States and taught aboard cruise ships, racking up
unusual justaposition suggesting significant buildings that outline the
more than 200,000 nautical miles as she hopped from continent to
park and all of its serenity,” Mac says.
continent as lecturer and instructor on the Queen Elizabeth 2, the
Radisson Seven Seas and other cities of the ocean.
mac’s works hang throughout the United “It was so much fun because they treat you like a celebrity and
States, as well as in Great Britain, Germany, put you in the best rooms,” she says.
Austria, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Her paintings are in the collection of Gannett Corporation,
Radisson and Hilton Hotels and MCI International Headquarters
Spain and Bulgaria. in Frankfurt. She recently completed two large landscapes that will
hang in the second-floor waiting room of the new Viera Hospital.
In 1983, Mac eyed Florida as a better place to both raise her
sons and paint. A Realtor introduced her to a Satellite Beach home
about a block from the water, and there she and her paintings have
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Brevard embraced her with enthusiasm.
“I taught at the museum and was involved with all the art
groups,” she says.
Many artists find that their art can become a charming but
highly demanding relative. In Zoe Mac’s case, her art settled on her
sofa to read the paper and enjoy a spot of green tea, and never left.
From outward appearances, Mac’s Satellite Beach bungalow is no
different than its neighbors, except perhaps for a few more trees and
palms dotting the front lawn. Open the front door, however, and
things look very different. This is an artist’s house, where art rules
the roost.
Mac’s massive paintings are stacked everywhere inside the
house. Her “studio” is the living room, where two skylights deliver
the light Mac craves for her work.
“I can’t entertain here,” she says. “I basically just have a place
in which to work and sleep, but I like working at home and I can’t
paint under fluorescent lights. A skylight light is so perfect.”
Her two boys are men now, back in the Big Apple and run-
ning a night club that features art events with personalities such Above: Mac peruses some of her massive paintings, which are
as Paul McCartney. During the summers, Mac takes a hiatus from stacked throughout her Satellite Beach house, where she has lived
painting to join her sons, also using the time to schedule shows up since 1983.
“I come back here to paint,” she says.
For more of Zoe Mac’s works, visit www.zoemac.com. Reach
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Above: To add warmth to the dining room, walls were painted in a pale cream, a neutral color that highlighted the owner’s fabric choices and artwork.

Staging a home can help it sell faster, inspire offers

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Story by Anne Straub • Photography by Rob Downey

orget what you might have heard about decorating your

home to attract a homebuyer. Or at least re-examine the advice
before you paint your walls white, which can strip the
rooms of personality.
Yes, buyers want neutral colors, but that doesn’t mean no color.
And while experts recommend removing overly personal items, a
room still should feel inviting.
Interior designer Leanna Farrell recently made simple changes
to a 1987 home on the market in Indialantic’s
Sanctuary that is keeping the owners busy with
showings. Best of all, the cost of the design
improvements was minimal.
The strategy of preparing a home for sale is
called staging, an effort that goes beyond making
simple repairs. A staged home invites buyers to
linger in each room, picturing living in the house
and creating an image of a desirable lifestyle.
According to its proponents, staged homes sell
faster and inspire offers.
The Indialantic homeowners had updated
their house over the years, adding items like gran-
ite countertops to keep the house in vogue. Stag-
ing improvements boiled down to adding color,
repurposing furniture, art and accessories, and
revising scale to make the 2,648-square-foot home
show off its potential.
Paint was the first order of business. “The
whole house was white,” Farrell said. In this case,
adding color gave new life to fabrics and carpet.
The owners had beautiful large-scale, traditional
dining furniture and lighter, more Florida-style
décor in the adjoining living room.
She had the adjoining entry, halls and the two
rooms painted in a pale cream, a neutral color that
adds warmth, and highlighted the owner’s fabric
choices and artwork. Elegant drapery panels in
the family room were repurposed for the living
and dining rooms, coordinating the spaces.
Farrell selected another fabric to add length to
the existing panels with a large border, and designed
matching swags and jabots in the same fabric. The
window coverings were hung from gilded medal-
lions to draw the eye up and create a more spacious
feel and scale to balance the furniture.
A big impact at a small investment, she sug-
gested buffet lamps to add more light for a brighter
room. They also created ambiance.
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Staged to Sell
Pricing your home right will bring potential buyers
through the door. Staging the home effectively will inspire the
offers, home stagers say.
“The way you sell a house is much different from
the way you live in it,” said Rebecca Earnhardt, owner of
Savannah Hill Custom Designs. About half of her design
business is staging homes for sale. Some of her tips:

Remember the basics

Like your Realtor is likely to tell you, curb appeal must be
pristine. Trim plant growth, add new mulch, paint the front door.

Get packing
You’re moving anyway, Earnhardt tells clients. So start
preparing now. Remove collections and pack at least half
your clothes. “Space sells homes,” she said. If your closets
are full, the home will appear to lack storage space.”

Define space
Stage rooms with furniture that shows the purpose of
the room. Avoid dual-purpose rooms: If your computer is in
your bedroom, the message is that the home is too small for
an office. Pack away your computer and use a laptop until
you sell.

Neutralize bold colors

Stay away from white, which makes rooms cold and
stark, but do get rid of unusual colors. You don’t want to be the
“orange kitchen” house, Earnhardt noted. Camel and taupe
are good choices. “You still want the home to be warm and
inviting. You don’t want it to look like a hotel room,” she said.

Create the fantasy

Homebuyers want to think life in their new home will be
better. Create the appearance of an ideal lifestyle by giving
the master bath a spa-like feel with rolled towels at the ready,
a floral arrangement and unused soaps. Hide toiletries and
other personal items in drawers, and remove the trash can.

Add color and detail

Tie towels in a second bath with a colorful ribbon, set
a laundry basket of folded towels on a washing machine.
In one house that had a dog washing area, Earnhardt
placed a ceramic dog on the floor. The idea is to slow
down the buyers and keep them from giving each room
just a quick glance.

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In addition to draperies, other items
were swapped to better suit the tone
of each room. More formal art hang-
ing above the family room sofa found
a more appropriate home in the living
room. Several chairs made the same trip
from family room and den to the living
room, adding new upholstery on a small
chair seat, and new throw pillows to
match the living/dining room décor.
To further the elegance of the
living room, Farrell had three coral
tables already in the room faux-finished,
covering the sea-foam green color with a
more formal bronze. The artist applied
the same treatment to three candle-
sticks, formerly chalk white. To anchor
the room and make it more compatible
with the scale of the dining room, she
added an area rug. Throw pillows in
gold and rust reinforced the color scheme. Above: Adding two pictures above
In the family room, removing artificial trees gave the bed in the master suite and
repainting the white walls a dusty
the room a spacious feel and allowed the fireplace to
peach was a perfect backdrop for
take center stage. Two new pieces of mixed media art- bedding in the same color. Left:
work with strong colors now flank the fireplace. Hang- Candlesticks were repurposed with
ing the linen cream window treatments higher than a faux-finish to coordinate with
furniture in the living room.
needed also increased the sense of space.
Farrell selected art to hang above the sofa with a
grouping of small convex mirrors. She added throw
pillows for texture and color against the neutral fur-
niture. The biggest change in the room, she said, was
painting the walls a dusty spa blue. The color contin-
ues into the adjoining kitchen, updating and empha-
sizing the oak of the family-room fireplace and the kitchen cabinetry.
The resulting family room looks cozy and inviting to potential buyers. “They want to
Leanna Farrell
feel they can walk into that room, sit on the sofa and talk to a friend over a cup of coffee,”
Farrell said.
In the kitchen, Roman valances in a bold stripe finish the windows without detracting “On this project, my goal was
from the view. Black trim on an existing light fixture was repeated with the black rods used to enhance the homeowner’s
in the family room. Touches of black in the artwork add drama. Placing decorative elements property utilizing what they
on the tops of the kitchen cabinets updated the look. already had. I believe people
Work was minimal in the master suite, where Farrell added two pictures above the bed know what they like but often
and covered the white walls with a dusty peach, a perfect backdrop for bedding in the same don’t know how to put it all
color. The payoff: The room feels bigger. together. This home had all the
“People want to be able to see a house in its best light. The best light is what works with components; they just needed
your furniture,” Farrell said. Staging a home with furniture helps define each room for a to be rearranged. Starting with
potential buyer, and color can create space and light. a plan will guarantee results.”
“Designing for staging is like a big puzzle,” Farrell said. “You have to weave everything Leanna Farrell
together for the optimum result.” Owner, Leanna Farrell Design
The featured home is listed for sale through Teri Eno of Re/Max Alternative Realty. For more
information, e-mail teri@terieno.com or call 321-956-7656. n
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Couple transforms outdoor space
into wedding wonderland
Story by Anne Straub
Photography by Dave Potter

Most engaged couples have their hands full

choosing a location for the wedding ceremony.
April and Lou Exline created one.
The Merritt Island couple transformed their
expansive backyard into an island getaway on
the river. Much more than a wedding loca-
tion, the outdoor space represents a fusion
of the couple’s creativity, wanderlust and

Above: April and Lou Exline pose beside the river on
their Merritt Island property, where they were married
in April. Right: The couple exchanged vows beneath a
palm-covered tiki hut that sits on an island Lou created
especially for their ceremony.

A small pond contains an island created by Lou and used

for the couple to exchange vows. A palm-covered tiki hut’s
playful exterior belies the natural elegance within, host to
the reception. Another tiki hut over the pond fulfills party
expectations as the site for dancing into the night.
Handcrafted items from natural materials inhabit each
space, infusing the estate with a South Seas vibe.
The aura is more Pacific than Atlantic-oriented, thanks
to April’s background and current business. April Exline, nee
Grover, owns Island Inspiration, a home furnishings retailer
in Indian Harbour Beach. She imports much of the inven-
tory from Southeast Asia and focuses on outdoor living.
“I look at something and I know exactly what I want,”
April said.
That quality applies to her career, as well as her wed-
ding plans: She has spent years working with Southeast Asian
craftsman, developing an eye for transforming natural mate-
rials into furniture and art. So when she and her fiance
started planning a backdrop for their big day, she gave
her creative spirit free rein.
In earlier imaginings of her wedding day, the loca-
tion was Hawaii. A professional surfer, April had made
the state her home after growing up in Melbourne Beach.
Now 29, she has participated in the world longboard tour
since she was 16.
While honing her skills on island waves, she com-
pleted a degree in design and international business at
the University of Hawaii. An uncle living in Bali intro-
duced her to Southeast Asian furniture makers, which
helped her start making connections to open an import
business. Her parents , Dave and Linda Grover, run Sun
Harbor Nursery in Indian Harbour Beach, providing a
setting to display her product lines.
In fact, the family business had a hand in uniting
the couple. April met Lou, a venture capitalist, four years
ago at a party while she was in town visiting her parents.
They began to talk surfing. Lou mentioned he’d like his
kids to learn, and she told him she gave lessons.
Fast forward to the next day, when Lou happened to
shop at Sun Harbor and struck up a conversation with
April’s father, Dave, not knowing the connection. Surf-
ing lessons came up again, and the proud papa raved
about his daughter’s surfing skill, personable nature and
high level of motivation. He gave Lou her phone number,
and so began the romance.
It was a long-distance one, since April still lived in
Hawaii. Lou built up his frequent-flier status, visiting Above: Reclaimed antique doors that April discovered in Java serve
as entry to the Tiki Royale estate, where the wedding reception
every other weekend. Though April eventually relocated
took place. The teak doors include a carved transom featuring a
to Brevard County, she still pictured the wedding in pineapple design in the top center.
Hawaii. Family concerns about travel prevailed, and her
vision quickly followed suit.

Above and right: A teak
root was carved to resemble a
coral reef with sea life swirling
throughout. The Exlines saw the
work in progress on a previous
buying trip to Java and decided
it was ideal for Tiki Royale.
Far right: Floors are imported
plantation teak, with palimanan

So the couple created a Pacific island paradise on Merritt
Construction began last year on the tiki huts, and the
need for a way to distinguish the locations quickly became
evident. The large space that would eventually house the
reception became Tiki Royale, a nod to its level of craftsman-
ship and furnishings. Over the pond, where the other tiki hut
would accommodate a bar and dance floor, some whimsy was
called for. The couple combined the elements of pond, Bali Top: The Tiki Royale’s bathroom
sink features a fossilized clam shell
and lei to come up with PonBaLei. that rose to the surface after the
One of April’s reasons for starting her business was to 2004 Asian tsunami. Above left:
bring exotic pieces to Brevard. She also brought them to her Handcarved in sandstone, this wall
sculpture features a heliconia design
wedding: Her style, which she calls organic chic, is expressed
that April commissioned. Above:
throughout the space. River rock covers the bathroom wall
Reclaimed antique doors she found in Java serve as entry and floors, surrounding the bathtub,
to Tiki Royale. The doors are teak, a wood she uses only if which was carved from a two-ton
piece of river rock.
reclaimed or farmed sustainably. The doors include a carved
transom featuring a pineapple design in the top center, a rare
find as most scrollwork features ethnic, rather than tropical,
themes. “The art of carving is passed from
Walls are covered in palimanan stone, a yellow-tinged
sandstone. Inside the doors, a relief carving in sandstone fea-
generation to generation,” April said
tures a heliconia design that April commissioned. The flowers of Southeast Asian artists. “You can’t
also played a starring role displayed throughout the property
for the wedding.
find them anywhere else.”
Floors are imported plantation teak, with palimanan
Above and right: Guests at the Exlines’ wedding reception dined alfresco on the
couple’s lushly landscaped property, which includes the pond, below right.
Below far right: A tree decorated in lights set against the river at sunset.

inlay. Reclaimed teak from boats and homes in Java finds new
life as a buffet table. The bar is made up of parts of old boats,
a recurring theme on the estate. There’s also a bench built into
a boat used for seating on the dock. April works with a family
in Java who buys old boats from fishermen, leaves the original
paint and other markings, and transforms the wood into func-
tional art.
Serving as a centerpiece to the space is a teak root carved
to resemble a coral reef, with sea life swirling throughout. The
Exlines saw the work in progress in Java on a previous buying
trip and decided it was ideal for Tiki Royale. The root, about
13 feet wide by 9 feet tall, was pulled to make room for new
teak tree plantings.
“The art of carving is passed from generation to generation,”
April said of Southeast Asian artists. “You can’t find them any-
where else.”
Working directly with artist and manufacturing
families and reusing natural resources are important
values reflected in the design and at Island Inspira-
tion. Many of the pieces used at the Exlines’ home
also are available at the shop.
In the bathroom at Tiki Royale, the sink is a fos-
silized clam shell that rose to the surface after the 2004
Asian tsunami. Another fossilized clam shell — this
one with a fossilized pearl still intact — was used to
keep champagne on ice at the wedding. (She wouldn’t
Top left: Guests mingle outside during the reception.
Top right and above: Musicians provide outdoor use a nonfossilized shell — it might have been ripped
entertainment. out of the ocean for sale.)
River rock covers the floor and walls, surrounding
the two-ton river rock carved out to create a bathtub.
Antique Melanesian boat paddles dug up in river
beds are displayed as art pieces, spotted with barnacles

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Above: April and Lou Exline with April’s parents, Dave
and Linda Grover. Right: The newlyweds share a kiss
amid the tropical paradise beside the pond.

and showing the weathering effects of time and water

on a tool that likely brought sustenance to people long
A house set by the river — aptly dubbed the river
house — didn’t take part in the wedding but surely
will host guests for years to come. April channeled
Hemingway for the design, using reclaimed boat pieces
and other nautical elements reminiscent of Key West.
There’s an old Victrola as well as vintage scuba gear.
Tropical plants and flowers explode throughout the
grounds, designed by Justin Winn of GatorScapes. Sun
Harbor Nursery provided plants and pots, as well as an
extensive collection of award-winning orchids for the
The couple exchanged vows on the island they call
Bali Falls, for the waterfall built into the rocks. Step-
ping stones of coquina lead to the island.
After the detailed planning was done and the wed-
ding guests gone, the Exlines will continue to enjoy
their piece of paradise. The space always will carry spe-
cial memories, including the moment that April was
dancing with her father at the wedding and looked out
at all her friends and family watching.
“Everyone was so happy. That’s what I wanted. For
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Outdoor Oasis Story by Anne Straub • Photography by Rob Downey

hen David and Jami Cohen and 9, the time had arrived.
bought their home 12 years And even though the pool came
ago, they knew they wanted a much later than the home, the
swimming pool. They decided to Cohens sought to make the
wait until their children were old entire space appear congruent.
enough to be strong swimmers, “We wanted it to be an exten-
so the plan was put on hold. sion of the house and not just
Now that the kids were 12 an add-on,” Jami Cohen said.

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Previous page: David and Jami Cohen’s pool on the Indian River in Rockledge. Above: Cool Pools
added a black stacked-rock waterfall to the pool that David and Jami Cohen recently added to their
riverfront home in Rockledge. A night bubbler adds the soothing sounds of water. 

Mission accomplished, according to pool contractor Jeb Stuart. “When

you walk back there, you think the pool’s been there since the house was
built,” said Stuart, owner of Cool Pools.
The couple had an architect design the pool, which uses geometric shapes
to mimic the traditional look of the brick house, located on the Indian River
in Rockledge. Fire bowls set on low columns mark the border between the
pool and river, and add drama to nighttime views.
Pool contractor Cool Pools added a black stacked-rock waterfall to the
design. A night bubbler adds the tranquil sound of water in the evening.
The couple had thought brick would be the best material for the waterfall
and firepit. Instead, they went with Cool Pool’s recommendation to use stone,
and were glad they did. “As soon as we got the materials out there and got it
put together — wow,” Jami Cohen said.
With just 6 to 8 feet between the seawall and the pool, the area allows
the homeowners to imagine themselves in a tropical retreat.

Negative edge
The Cohens opted for the fire bowls on the far side of the pool, rather
than using a negative edge. Also called an infinity edge, the technique uses
a tank on the back side of the pool to collect and recirculate water that con-
tinually overflows. The desired effect is for the pool to appear to merge with
the river beyond.
Blue Marlin constructed such a pool in Melbourne Beach. The hom-
eowners wanted an austere pool that appeared to be cut straight from the
ground. A black pebble finish furthers the illusion.
Above: An architect designed the Cohens’ pool, which uses
“I’ve done negative-edge pools with lighter, blue finishes. They don’t
geometric shapes to mimic the traditional look of the brick
come off as well,” said John Foster, the sales consultant and designer who home. Top: Fire bowls on the far side of the pool mark the
worked on the pool. Despite the perception that the river is blue, a darker border between the pool and the Indian River, enhancing
finish does a better job of blending with the water. nighttime views.

The idea that a dark finish increases the temperature of the water is a
consideration, but shouldn’t be overblown. Foster estimates that the black
pebble raises the temperature of an open pool by about 5 degrees. That could
be considered an advantage or a disadvantage, depending on personal pref-
Above: Blue Marlin Pools constructed a pie-shaped negative-edge pool with a black
pebble finish at this Melbourne Beach home. Right: The deck, covered with travertine
tile, appears to be an extension of the home’s living room.

erence. The homeowners say they haven’t noticed much difference

between a dark or light finish.
Because of the L-shaped house, the design of the pool couldn’t
vary much. Blue Marlin went with a pie shape, with a 180-degree spill
over the edge into a tank, invisible from the home and deck.
While the pool blends with the river, the deck appears to be an
extension of the living room. The floor and deck are covered with
travertine tile, with grout lines aligned. Deck jets with fiber optics
add color at night.
Like all Blue Marlin customers, the homeowners had a good
idea of what the end result would be before construction began: Blue
Marlin operates a YouTube channel that uses three-dimensional
imaging to show the client what their pool and deck will look like.
The video, done to scale, allows clients to test-drive the traffic flow
and other features of their addition.

Going tropical
John and Colleen Repplier also wanted a natural look for the
pool at their Melbourne home. For them, that meant a lagoon-style
pool that looked at home with the Indian River as backdrop.
The pool features a zero entry, also called a beach entry because
it imitates the experience of walking into the ocean at the beach.
Instead of steps, the pool floor gradually slopes down. The full depth
never exceeds slightly more than 5 feet because the family plans to use
“I’ve done negative-edge pools with lighter,
blue finishes. They don’t come off as well.”
— JohN FoSTer, BlUe mArlIN PoolS

Above: The tropical, lagoon-style pool at the Melbourne home of John and Colleen Repplier
looks at home with the Indian River as a backdrop. Left: Intercoastal Pool & Spa spent two
weeks on the extensive rock work, which required four tons of rock, including a 1.5 ton waterfall.

the pool for recreation, including playing volleyball.

The pool had to be dug before the home was built, oth-
erwise the site wouldn’t have been able to accommodate the
excavation equipment, said Bob Webb, owner of Intercoastal
Pool & Spa. The rock work took two weeks to complete, a
longer period than usual because of the extensive use of stone.
The job required four tons of rock, including a 1.5 ton water-
fall, plus the raised spa and the pool’s surrounding elevation,
inset in the shell.
Decking was done in marble.
The Reppliers will enjoy lower power bills than many pool
owners, thanks to the variable speed pump, LED lights and
efficient cartridge filter.
The tropical look is accentuated by planters along the rear
wall, beach entry and spa, illuminated for nighttime enjoy-
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ment. Existing young oaks along the water
provide more foliage without blocking the
water view.

Elegant simplicity
For a riverfront client of Susan Hall’s,
two pools proved better than one.
The Merritt Island-based landscape
architect considered a T-shape to the back-
yard pool, but the result would hamper
circulation during parties. Stepping stones
might have worked, but they settled instead
on two pools: one for laps and visual effect,
and a larger pool to hold a hot tub and cater
to family use.
“Circulation drove the design,” said
Hall, and yet the result serves a variety of
purposes. “It’s very striking when you come
in the front door,” she said of the longer,
lap pool. That pool is perpendicular to the
river, extending from the home to the water.
“You’re looking at the 40-foot length of the
pool,” Hall said. The pool includes an aerat-
Above: Landscape architect Susan Hall’s design for a riverfront client features a Hawaiian-blue
interior pool finish, providing contrast to the crema marfil marble decking. Left: Hall’s design
includes two pools — a 40-foot lap pool with an aerated bubbler and a larger pool, featuring a hot
tub nestled within the pool, that extends under an arbor.

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Pool deck
Options abound for refreshing outdoor space
By Anne Straub

wners of existing pools needn’t look making a custom order. “You don’t have to
at new pools with envy: Consider updat- make concessions,” said Hermann Bach, who
ing your pool’s decking for a simple, but high has been in business for 23 years as Hermann
impact, makeover. Bach Paving Stones Inc. The standard shapes
Decking companies can cover aging
of paving stones are so varied that homeown-
and possibly cracked decks with new
ers are likely to find what they want.
materials, giving the entire out-
Bach also is seeing more customers
door living area a fresh look.
Concrete and painted acryl-ic choose travertine, a natural stone that also
decks may be perfectly can be laid over a concrete deck. Bach also
serviceable but lacking has used the material on driveways.
in style. Still another option is precast concrete,
About 60 per- a less expensive alternative to natural stone.
cent of Surfside Among the options at Surfside Pavers are
Paver s’ b u si- pavers with an antique, pitted look, contain-
ness involves ing shells or sea glass.
overlays of ex-
In addition to installing pavers, Bach
isting decks.
designs and installs custom pools through
“We’re cov-
his Cocoa Beach company, Water in Transit.
ering up an
u n s i g h t l y He specializes in energy-efficient, low-main-
deck with- tenance pools.
out having “I’m a lazy guy on my own pool,” Bach
t o r e m o v e said, and he wants customers to be able to
a n y t h i n g , ” relax, as well. “It shouldn’t be a burden.”
said owner Bill His pools are automated through a remote
Osmun. “We control that handles outdoor lighting, the spa
make these
heater, fire features and more. He also focuses on
energy efficiency and easy maintenance by using
decks into mul-
variable speed pumps, oversized filters and over-
ticolored surfaces
with designs.” sized pipes. The combination results in better
Brick pavers are a filtration for a cleaner pool, at a low-energy cost
popular op-tion, and — and less work for the homeowner.
can be purchased in many “You have hardly anything to do,”
shades and shapes without he said.

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Above: The arbor at the end of the larger pool is accentuated by a fountain
and large pots of geraniums, and offers a shaded seating area.

ed bubbler that’s lighted at night to enhance the view.

The other pool extends under an arbor, accented by
a fountain and large geranium pots. The arbor creates a
shaded area for seating, and also shades the shallow end
of the pool. The hot tub is nestled within the pool, half
an inch under the surface of the water.
Hall worked with Watershapes by Greg Ginstrom
to create the pools.
A distinctive feature of the family pool is one that
visitors have trouble putting their finger on: The rim of
the spa is just half an inch under water. “We wanted the
pool to have the appearance it was filled to the top with
water,” Hall said. “It gives it a bit of a modern edge.”
The interior finish, done in Hawaiian blue, offers
contrast to the crema marfil marble decking. L-shaped
pieces of stone are used for coping, measuring 4 inches
long and dispensing with a grout joint. The effect is
striking, while simple.
“It just goes to show you how effective design can
be when you keep it to a minimum with simplicity
and refined materials,” Hall said. “There isn’t anything
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Love sometimes
happens in the oddest
of places. For Shelly
McKinney, it struck in
the middle of a forlorn
lot at the corner of
Pineapple Avenue and
Eau Gallie Boulevard
in Melbourne.
The Cracker cottage
was abandoned and
the overgrown back-
yard had become the
residence of choice
for a few of Brevard’s
homeless, but for
Shelly, it was heaven.
“I wasn’t on the
property for five
minutes when I real-
ized this was it,” she
says, her eyes spar-
kling. Oh, yes, she is
still very much in love.

Above: Shelly McKinney fufilled a longtime dream when she purchased and transformed the Key West-style cottage at
Pineapple Avenue and Eau Gallie Boulevard in Melbourne into Elbow Creek Garden and Gift, which opened in March.

he smitten Shelly set out to save the property cabinet store.

and, in the process, transform herself from court “I had always loved that building,” says Shelly,
reporter to constant gardener. Her little odyssey who was raised in Cocoa Beach by a family who liked
of love commenced last July and, like with all affairs, playing in the dirt.
continues in a dynamic course as Shelly tweaks the “My mom and my grandparents were huge gar-
Elbow Creek Garden and Gift com- deners,” she says.
plex to her satisfaction. Her fondest memories of
On March 19, she her youth involved week-
officially opened the green end sojourns to Rockledge
haven she hopes will Gardens to drool over the
become a magnet for gar- pretty plants.
deners who crave the unique and “I grew up in Rockledge
the unusual. Gardens,” she jokes.
A bevy of geraniums, petunias, plumbagos and After a few years in Atlanta, Tampa and Orlando,
birds of paradise greets visitors at the parking area Shelly opted to raise her son, Matthew, in the more
that leads to the bright little house that anchors the benign atmosphere of Brevard. Her Suntree home
three-quarter-acre property. afforded some space to scratch her gardening itch,
Her design philosophy for Elbow Creek is simple but she needed more. When the Eau Gallie property
and direct. went up for sale, she found what she craved.
“A garden center has to be cheery and feel good,” She set out to breathe new life into the tired
says Shelly. building, switching the color palette from its original
Although the cottage looks like it has been there dark burgundies to lime green, yellow and coral. The
for decades, the Key West-style house actually was white wooden porch railing, decorated with pineap-
built in 1996. What it lacks in age, it more than ple cutouts, anchors the Key West-like colors, while
makes up for in careers, for the house once served as the neighboring Eau Gallie bandshell adds a splash of
a gift shop, architect’s office, surf shop and a kitchen turquoise to the already colorful picture.
Above: Most of the garden-inspired gifts and novelties inside Elbow Creek are American-made, such as the eye-catching benches and garden
boxes made by local artisan Dave Chandler, as well as whimsical plaques and attractive moss pots. 

The little metal-roofed cottage is surprisingly airy inside, gift boutique and gardening center that sparks the creative
with tall vaulted ceilings of white beadboard and a network spirit indoors and out.
of crisscrossing beams Shelly showcased with a good sanding Most of her garden-inspired gifts and novelties are
and a light stain. A large arched window at one end becomes American made, such as the whimsical Carruth Studios
a work of art, thanks to the cornucopia of colors of the arbor plaques and the handsome moss pots made in Niagara Falls.
and garden center flowers beyond its glass. “They’re better than a pot, because they hold moisture
A history buff, Shelly dug into Eau Gallie’s past for the a lot better than glazed or terracotta and they look fabu-
name of her new store. In the 1920s, the entire Eau Gallie lous,” she says.
River was known as Elbow Creek. Elbow Creek also emphasizes the talent of local arti-
“The name seemed perfect,” she says. sans. Woodman Dave Chandler, for example, recycles
Her goal with Elbow Creek was to create an idyllic 100-year-old barnwood planks into eye-catching benches
Above: Shelly McKinney says she chooses plants that
will thrive in Brevard County’s climate, which despite
its long growing seasons, has occasional cold spells.
“Everything here needs to be cold-hardy or in pots,”
she says. Right: McKinney waters plants and flowers at
her new garden center, which is framed by a scalloped
white aluminum fence. Plenty of shade is provided by a
100-year-old-plus live oak tree on the property. 

Clockwise from top
left: Elbow Creek’s
featuring plants
in tree and vine
varieties that
are drought-
tolerant and
have continuous
gerber daisies;
and neoregelia
bromeliad, which
can withstand
more sun than
most bromeliads,
McKinney says.

and garden boxes that perform excellently in the garden as well Plants such as mussaenda and the cold-hardy Madagascar
as inside the house. Ceramics from Valerie Karas of the Pottery palms not only love the area but are also garden extroverts that
Guild and Rosemary Heptig of RISD Ceramics ’09 are hard to love to show off. Mussaenda, for example, has leaves that “blush”
resist, as are Janet Doner’s driftwood mobiles. into a deep red, while the Madagascar palms regale their owners
The shop is encircled by gardens framed by a scalloped white with big white flowers. Instead of the blight-ridden holly that so
aluminum fence. A confirmed tree hugger, Shelly saved the mature often brings grief to gardeners, Shelly offers Japanese blueberries
plantings on the property, including the 100-year-old-plus live with their fragrant flowers.
oak that seems tailor-made to shade the store. Meandering paver paths lead through a profusion of inter-
“Most garden centers do not have these types of trees, which esting plant materials, including Shelly’s edible — and organic
add a lot of visual interest,” she says. — gardens, as well as to butterfly-attracting plants.
On a one-woman crusade to garden smart, Shelly selects plants Going native, going organic, can make gardening much
that will thrive in Brevard. Yes, winters are usually mild and the more rewarding, says Shelly. The soil and compost she carries is
growing seasons are long, but the Space Coast requires plants that all organic.
can withstand the occasional spells of cold, wind and drought. “It’s cheaper in the long run by far, and it works,” she says.
“Everything here needs to be cold-hardy or in pots,” she says. No section of the garden is as bright as Elbow Creek’s bou-
Above: Shelly McKinney works with Sean
Phelan and his son Eddie at Elbow Creek’s
potting station, where customers can don
aprons and get their hands dirty.
Right: One of two Garden Relic Birds
designed for the shade.
Far right: Although the store is located on
a three-quarter-acre lot, there is plenty of
space to showcase an abundant collection
of colorful flowers and plants.

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Above: Garden Relic Kissing Angel, a
garden feature for the shade that will
continue to grow moss. left: McKinney
changed the color palette of the cottage
from its original burgundies to bright
Key West-like colors — lime green,
yellow and coral. The white wooden
porch railing is decorated with pineapple

gainvillea area, where the plants, in trees and vine varieties, beckon with enough
color to shame a rainbow.
“If you can’t be happy walking here, there is something wrong with you,”
says Shelly.
For condo dwellers without yards or a garage in which to putter, Shelly
thoughtfully designed a potting station where they can don some aprons and
gloves and get delightfully dirty. The section also will serve as the hub for classes
for both young and old.
Shelly expects her love affair with Elbow Creek to continue long into the
future, with catered events, classes and art exhibits on the schedule.
“I’m the most pessimistic person in the world, and I’m not a gambler, but
I’m sure about this property, because I think there must be a higher power at
work in all of this,” she says.
Elbow Creek Garden and Gift is located at 1482 Pineapple Ave., across
from Squid Lips in Eau Gallie. The garden center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
on weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. For more information,
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at home with

Missionary and family relish life in spacious,

bright, energy-efficient home

Story by Cindi Courbat

Photography by Dave Potter

t has been just more than four months since the Hurston family —
Joe and Cindy, and their children, Juliet, Peter and Ariana — became
the grateful recipients of an “Extreme Makeover” home. You might
think by now they would have had the chance to settle in. Not so.
The momentum has yet to subside.
I caught up with Joe and Cindy Hurston just after they returned
from a dangerous mission trip to Japan, which had them delivering
portable water purifiers all the way into the radiation zone. The couple
had been home only three days and Joe was already out test flying his
freshly “made-over” plane and preparing for yet another trip to Haiti.
Still, the Hurstons agreed their warm and comfortable house makes
coming home very sweet.
The best way to describe the 3,400-square-foot Hurston home in
Canaveral Groves near Cocoa is modern Southern plantation meets
tropical island oasis. It exudes an upscale resort feeling. Amid the
tropical landscaping, a tiki-style hut in the backyard sits next to a
small pond, where the soothing sound of water flowing over rocks
is constantly heard. Nearby, the family garden has produced a wide
assortment of veggies.
Meanwhile, Joe is extremely impressed with the huge white,

left: The Hurston family — Joe and Cindy, and their children, Peter, Juliet
and Ariana — outside their 3,400-square-foot “Extreme Makeover” home
in Canaveral Groves.

Above: A view of
the Hurston’s lushly
landscaped backyard,
which includes a firepit
surrounded by brick
pavers and a solar-
powered chicken coop.

Above: A strong aviation theme is evident the moment constantly spinning wind turbine and the unmoving
visitors enter the home, with an eye-catching authentic
airplane fuselage that separates the kitchen from the
electric meter on the north side of the energy-efficient
living room. Right: The open living room features large home.
windows, a turquoise-colored open-beam ceiling and “I just can’t get over the fact that we’ll have no
bleached-out bluish-gray laminate flooring. The family can
energy costs,” Joe said.
relax on white-cushioned crate-style furniture, decorated
with bright throw pillows.  LifeStyle Homes CEO Jake Luhn said this is the
first time ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”
has featured this type of solar energy home.
“This is a Sun Smart home featuring a 9.6 kilo-
watt photovoltaic solar system, which is the most cut- ment his environmentally friendly design and to
ting-edge zero-energy option,” Luhn said. have it tested and certified in so little time. Creat-
Other energy-saving features include: special ing a viable floor plan on the Hurston’s huge lot was
cinderblocks, foam under the decking, double-panel another challenge.
windows to keep both cold and hot air out, a 19-Seer “The floor plan is always the most important
HVAC unit, Energy Star appliances and a tile roof factor of all good design,” Luhn noted.
enhanced with solar panels. Solar Energy Systems of It’s also important to capture the interests and
Brevard was involved in the installation, Luhn said. personality of those who use the space and to cre-
Luhn admits it was a huge challenge to imple- atively weave that into, not only the overall theme,
but also the intricate details. Clearly, the ABC
Extreme Makeover design team did just that.
Several preliminary phone interviews during
the application process helped ABC producers
to learn about the Hurston family. In the end,
designers Ty Pennington, Michael Maloney,
Paige Hemmis and Eduardo Xol did an excellent
job of maintaining a Caribbean vibe while suc-
cessfully incorporating a strong aviation theme,
which begins the moment you enter the home.
Separating the sleek modern kitchen from the
open, breathtaking living room is a real airplane
Top: The kitchen side of the plane fuselage features a breakfast fuselage, which had to be airlifted and dropped
nook with two small tables and overhead storage enhanced with into the foundation during the early stages of the
cobalt blue lighting. Above: Sleekly designed with bold colors,
build. It serves as the foyer wall.
the kitchen is equipped with silver metal appliances, including
three ovens, paying homage to Cindy’s love of cooking and her “I just love it,” said Joe. “It is phenomenal.
past as a café owner. They couldn’t have picked anything better because
aviation is such an integral part of our lives.”
Luhn said the foyer features a 20-foot-high ceil-
ing while the living room ceiling is about 15 feet.
In the living room, a unique shade of turquoise
was painted on the open-beam ceiling, which
also features an enormous white fan with several
Above: The unique light fixture above the dining table is a sculptured ball made of several
small pieces of driftwood fused together. It matches two standing lamps in the living room.
These lamps help authenticate the seaside decor that is present throughout the home.

long metal blades. The bleached-out bluish-gray

laminate flooring lightens and enlarges the room,
which features white walls and lots of large glass
On the far wall are several deep shelves
accented with seashells, white coral and an assort-
ment of strategically placed vases and accessories
— all white or a deep turquoise. An eye-catching
painting hangs in the center of the wall. At first
glance, it appears galactic in nature with its neon-
purple optics on a solid black canvas. Actually, it
depicts highly magnified drops of water on leaves,
Cindy Hurston explained.
The furniture in the main room is fashionable
crate style with white cushions and throw pillows
that pop with hot pink to match the hallway lead-
ing to a bedroom, a downstairs bath, the laundry
room and a door to the garage. The couch pil-
lows also feature a golden orange that matches the
hand-painted dining-room wallpaper.
The ultra-modern kitchen boasts three ovens, including
the Viking, which Joe describes as top of the line. The kitch-
en is sleek in design and bold in color — a clear contrast to
the laid-back beach vibe on the other side of the airplane
The matching blue wall complements the kitchen’s silver
metal appliances, creating a true industrial look, and that
makes perfect sense, considering Cindy is not only a former
café owner but also an excellent chef. The kitchen side of
the plane fuselage features a nifty breakfast nook with two
small square tables and overhead storage that is enhanced
with cobalt blue lighting.
Designer Michael Maloney was responsible for down-
stairs while Eduardo Xol came up with the design for Peter’s
room, featuring a progressive hand-painted wall mural
depicting the side of a small plane on one wall, beach scenes
and sunsets on another. In one corner is a brand new surf-
board, courtesy of Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach.
“I’m just learning,” Peter admitted.
The young teenager’s interests also include martial arts.
But, according to his sister Juliet, music is his gift. His
room features a custom-crafted platform bed under a grassy
beach-hut style roof and a stage where he can perform his
own concerts.
Paige Hemmis designed both of the girls’ rooms. Six-
left: With a hand-painted wall mural depicting the beach, 13-year-old Peter’s room is the perfect spot to relax
and hone his musical skills. The room features a stage where he can perform concerts. Above: Six-year-old
Ariana spins in the theme-park-sized teacups in her brightly decorated wonderland-themed room.

Above: Juliet, 18, hangs out in her media- year-old Ariana’s room has a wonderland theme with pastel
inspired bedroom, surrounded by wallpaper
yellow walls and a three-dimensional tea party centered around a
made of Joe Hurston’s daily blogs about his
missionary work. The spacious room also has a large purple teapot. Colorful wooden paisley cutouts also adorn
huge well-designed closet. the walls. Most impressive are the two custom-built theme-park-
sized teacups in which Adriana can sit in and spin on her own.
“She loves her teacups,” said big sister Juliet. “Every night
she spins herself silly; she goes and goes until she totally tires
herself out.”
Ariana also shows off her big girl-sized closet, which is filled
with princess dresses and all sorts of girly attire.
If Ariana is content in her own little wonderland, 18-year-
old Juliet also is impressed with her red, white and black media-
inspired bedroom, which she says reminds her of a student work
“I love my room,” Juliet said. “It is very functional. I have
my desk and work corner over here (she points), a great sleeping
area here and I have plenty of open space.”
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Above: A portrait of Joe and Cindy hangs in the
spacious master bedroom. left: Symbolizing
Joe and Cindy’s missionary work in Haiti is a
metal pipe and faucet in the master bath from
which water steadily drips into a metal bucket.

“Just one drop in the bucket . . . This is what we’ve

devoted our heart and our lives to.” — Joe HURSToN

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Above: A large canvas photograph above
the faucet and bucket depicts water washing
over small hands, which Joe says is “a steady
reminder of what we do.” Right: A window
from the tub in the master bath opens into the
master bedroom. Both rooms feature a sea-
inspired bluish-green hue.

Fifty-three percent of “extreme Juliet also has a huge well-designed closet —

something many women would envy. Perhaps the

Makeover: Home edition” viewers most interesting aspect of this room is the wallpaper,
which is made entirely of Joe Hurston’s daily blogs.
voted the master bedroom Finally, the master bedroom and bath feature a

and bath, designed by host Ty

sea-inspired wall color that can’t be called blue and
isn’t quite green. The bath has a spacious shower, beau-

Pennington, as their favorite rooms tiful tile and a double vanity with clear glass sinks.
After the TV show aired, American viewers had

in the Hurston home. the opportunity to cast their vote for their favor-
ite room in the Hurston home. According to ABC
spokesperson Sarah Strid, 53 percent liked this Ty
Pennington-designed room the best.
One step inside and all you want to do is breathe
deep. The entire room oozes serenity. You can almost
smell the fresh air, tropical flowers and a sensual sea-
side aroma.
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Above: Hanging above the master bath’s two clear glass sinks are two
lamps that were shaped into small trees from very thin white shells.
Each lamp is set inside a wire frame. They are asymmetrically clustered
together in layers blossoming out from the center. The lamps
complement the seaside cabana feel throughout the home.

The master bedroom also features an incredible

gas fireplace, which adds a warm glow to the room.
Doors open to a balcony overlooking the backyard.
The most intriguing feature in the master bath is
the simple outdoor metal pipe and faucet that people
so commonly drink from on the side streets of Port
au Prince. These fixtures are positioned over a small
metal bucket with a steady drip of water dropping
Above the faucet and bucket is a large canvas pho-
tograph depicting small dark-skinned hands reach-
ing up as crystal-clear drops of water wash over their
limbs. Several smaller photos showcasing flowing
water surround the focal point completing this mean-
ingful piece of art.
“Just one drop in the bucket,” Joe said. “It’s a
steady reminder of what we do — this is what we’ve
devoted our heart and our lives to.” n
Can’t get enough of the Hurston’s extreme home? Check out
all the photos from the photo shoot on Spaces Facebook page.
New methods, gadgets appearing
in outdoor kitchens
Story by Jimi Gonzalez • Photography by Rob Downey

Outdoor grilling is a way of life that people in colder

climates enjoy only during the summer. Fortunately,
on the Space Coast, our weather allows us to cook out-
side on our grills almost year-round. Eighty-six per-
cent of families in the United States own some type of
outdoor grill.

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Above: Infrared grills utilize radiant heating to cook food directly, saving time
and fuel. These grills can reach high, evenly distributed and easy-to-control
temperatures with minimal wait time.

As these enthusiasts congregate in backyards for barbecues, the debate

between charcoal and gas grilling usually begins. The charcoal loyalist
will boast about the improved flavor and higher temperatures of their grill
while gas owners will brag about how they enjoy the convenience, quick
cleanup and temperature control. Rather than contributing to a debate
that will never truly be won, this summer we are focusing on new methods
and gadgets that are appearing in outdoor kitchens.
Infrared Grills
Infrared grills are referred to as the microwave of the outdoor kitchen,
thanks to their ability to quickly reach high temperatures of 700 degrees
in about 7 minutes. These grills have been available for a long time, but it
wasn’t until a patent on the technology expired in 2000 that manufactur-
ers started offering models at affordable prices. Many manufacturers are
selling stand-alone infrared grills as well adding optional infrared burners
to traditional gas grills. But what are the benefits?
A traditional charcoal or gas grill cooks via a convection process. Gas,
charcoal or wood is burned in order to heat up the air surrounding the food
and cook the meat. Infrared grills, however, utilize radiant heating to cook
the food directly, saving time and fuel. Gas is ignited to heat a specialized
tile that emits high-power infrared energy directly at your food. Infrared
grills can reach high, evenly distributed and easy-to-control temperatures
with minimal wait time.
The high temperatures of an infrared grill can quickly sear meat,
making it great for those who like their steaks medium rare, but it won’t
cook through thick cuts of meat and is not ideal for those who prefer their
steaks well done. While solid and dense meats can hold up to the intense
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Above: John McMillan of Hearth & Home in Melbourne says the versatile Big
Green Egg “works as a grill, a smoker and even an oven for making pizza or
making bread.” Photo: Kathryn Gonzalez.

heat of an infrared grill, fish and vegetables can be harder to cook. Mark
Walker of Flame Tech Fireplace & Grill in Indian Harbour Beach explains
“when using an infrared grill for the first time, the extremely high tempera-
tures force you to re-learn how to cook on a grill.”
Many outdoor chefs will use an infrared grill to sear the meat at 700
degrees for about a minute on each side, and then either reduce the tempera-
ture or move the meat to a gas or charcoal grill to finish cooking. Infrared
grills are a great addition to your outdoor kitchen, but they aren’t the perfect
solution for every meal.
Big Green Egg
John McMillan of Hearth & Home in Melbourne explains that there is
“one piece of equipment that does it all. It works as a grill, a smoker and even
an oven for making pizza or baking bread.”
Based on a 3,000-year-old design, the kamado cooker first caught the
attention of Americans after World War II soldiers brought them back from
Japan. A number of manufacturers produce kamodo grills, but the most
popular is the Big Green Egg, thanks to its very loyal fans who call themselves

A grilling app
The most high-tech of all grill accessories, the
iGrill is a Bluetooth-enabled meat thermometer that
works with your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Using
the iGrill app on your Apple device, you can monitor
the temperature of your meat from up to 200 feet
away, allowing you to multi-task between your grill,
kitchen and guests. The app also includes alarms
when the probe reaches specific temperatures,
recipes, cooking tips and a kitchen timer.

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Jalapeño Poppers
Contributed by John McMillan
of Hearth & Home

1 pound raw chorizo
1 (8 ounce) package cream
cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups shredded Ched-
dar cheese
16 jalapeno peppers – cut in
half and remove all seeds
16 slices bacon, cut in half

Cooking Instructions:
Preheat an outdoor grill, or Big Green Egg for medium heat, and
lightly oil.
Remove chorizo from sausage casing, crumble and cook in a non-
stick skillet. Cool slightly.
Mix together the cream cheese, and Cheddar cheese in a bowl
until the mixture is thoroughly blended, fold in cooked chorizo.
Stuff each pepper with cheese mixture, and wrap each stuffed
pepper in a half bacon slice. Secure with toothpicks.
Grill the poppers on a less-hot part of the grill until the peppers
are hot and juicy and the bacon is browned, 30 to 40 minutes.
You can also cook in an oven at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes
until jalapenos are soft and bacon is crispy.

“eggheads” and attend annual events like “EGGtober Fest” in

The Big Green Egg is available in four sizes, from mini
to extra large and ranging from 30 to 205 pounds. As you’d
expect, it’s shaped like a large egg, but utilizes a high-fiber
ceramic that is based on technology originally developed for
the space shuttle program. The ceramic keeps the outside sur-
face temperature cool, although the temperatures inside the
grill can reach greater than 750 degrees.
Many eggheads prefer lump wood charcoal since it does
not contain additives that are found in briquettes. Addition-
ally, lump charcoal produces much less ash than briquettes,
which is better for long cooking sessions. The sealed design
of the grill results in a slow burn that needs only a small
amount of charcoal and keeps the unused charcoal at the
bottom of the grill until the next time you cook.
A combination of vents on the top and bottom of the egg
create a draft to sustain the fire and control the temperature
levels inside of the egg. Through a little trial and error, main-
taining a constant temperature becomes a simple task; clos-
ing the vents lowers the temperature but opening the vents
increases it.
La Caja China
Another device that is catching on in South Florida and
making its way up the coast is La Caja China, which trans-
lated from Spanish means “the Chinese Box.” Based on a
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Above and left: La Caja China is a plywood
box that is lined with marine-grade aluminum.
Charcoal is placed in an aluminum tray that sits
on top of the device and keeps the temperature
inside the box a constant 325 degrees.

cooking method used by Chinese railroad workers in Cuba,

La Caja China is a plywood box that is lined with marine- Weblinks
grade aluminum. Charcoal is placed in an aluminum tray The Big Green Egg – If you’d like to learn more
that sits on top of La Caja China and keeps the temperature about becoming an egghead, visit the official Big
inside the box a constant 325 degrees. The charcoal must be Green Egg website, www.biggreenegg.com.
replaced every hour, and an entire pig can be roasted in about The Naked Whiz – A light-hearted wealth of infor-
four hours. Multiple sizes are available, but La Caja China is
mation on cooking in kamodo grills and reviews on
intended to roast enough meat for your largest parties. Most
lump charcoal, www.nakedwhiz.com/ceramic.htm.
models can fit at least an entire 80-pound pig or 16 whole
TEC – The original patent holder for Infrared
chickens, six turkeys, or eight pork shoulders. Although it’s
a simple wooden box, a barbecue with La Caja China is an grills, TEC continues to manufacture innovative
experience that embodies outdoor cooking; good times with and quality infrared grills, www.tecinfrared.com.
friends, family and food. La Caja China – The website features all of the
Regardless of what side of the gas-versus-charcoal debate different boxes, recipes, seasonings and even
you sit on, you’re likely to participate in outdoor cooking this videos from their appearance on Food TV.
summer, either sitting behind the grill or lined www.lacajachina.com.
up for the food. n
Jimi Gonzalez is a licensed low voltage con-
tractor, LEED AP, technology consultant,
and an active member of multiple frequent
flier programs.

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Take steps now to prevent damage if a hurricane hits

Story by Betsy S. Franz

Photography by Dave Potter

onserving energy and water may be the main things that come
to mind when you mention green building, but in Florida,
another important aspect of eco-friendly construction is disaster mit-
igation. This category covers any changes that are made to a home to
help lessen the impact of natural disasters on people and property.
Since hurricane season officially starts on June 1, now is a good
time to look at some of the changes that can be made to help our
homes weather a storm.
“The destruction and the lessons learned from Hurricane Andrew
in 1992 led to stricter building guidelines for all new home construc-
tion and remodels,” said Mike McCaughin, chief building official for
Brevard County. “Since the adoption of the Florida Building Code
in 2002, there are more stringent checks and balances for construc-
tion and certain types of home remodeling.”
“Prior to the Florida Building Code, there were no permits
required for things such as replacing doors, windows and garage
doors,” McCaughin explained. “Now, many things require third-
party testing and approval — not just the products themselves, but
the design and installation.”
Because of the value of these changes in preserving our homes, in
2005, the Florida Legislature passed a law requiring insurance com-
panies to offer discounts for protecting your home against damage
caused by hurricane winds. Contact your insurance company to learn
which changes may lead to a discount for your particular home and
Dave Foley, who owns Home Solution Specialists with his wife
Cindy, is well versed in the benefit the new building code has pro-
vided in strengthening Florida homes. Specializing in home remodels
and additions, the Foleys have helped to create a new level of security
for many homeowners in Brevard.

Left: Homes with hip-style roofs, such as this Monarch Builders home that
was featured in the recent Home Builders and Contractors Association
Parade of Homes, are more likely to withstand high winds than gabled roofs.

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Above and below: Window coverings are available to suit every style and budget, from
automatic roll shutters that can be operated from inside your home, to panels put up before a
storm, says Van Jackson, owner of Affordable Glass Protection, Inc. 

“Hurricane preparedness should be worked in conjunction with energy efficiency,

durability and low maintenance,” Foley said. “If you are planning these things right, you
gain multiple benefits across the board. When you need new windows, for instance, you
can gain energy efficiency and impact resistance at the same time. You kill two birds with
one stone.”
Whether you are already planning your next remodel or are just looking for ways to
make your home a little more hurricane resilient, here are 10 ways to incorporate sustainabil-
ity factors into your home to help prevent damage from these powerful forces of nature.

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left: Dave Foley, who owns
Home Solution Specialists with
his wife Cindy, says “hurricane
preparedness should be
worked in conjunction with
energy efficiency, durability
and low maintenance” to gain
across-the-board benefits.

“People don’t realize that if a window or door gives way during a hurricane, they don’t
just stand the risk of water damage,” said Van Jackson, owner of Affordable Glass Protection,
Inc. “Once wind gets in the home, it can blow the whole roof off.”
“Fortunately, there are window coverings available to suit every style and budget,”
Jackson said. “You can go from high-end roll shutters that you can open and close auto-
matically from inside the home, to panels that you have to go out and install before a
storm. One of our most popular products right now is the high-impact wind screen. This
product is six times stronger than steel, it’s transparent, it’s very light, it’s very easy to
deploy, and when not in use, it can be rolled up and stored in a closet or in your attic. Or
you can have the screen installed with a roller system that works just like the roll shutters.
It’s really an awesome product.”

Replace your windows with

impact-resistant glass
A more permanent solution is impact-resistant windows. Impact-resistant windows
have glass that has been reinforced by glazing or a laminating material and they work
much the same as bulletproof glass: when struck by something, such as wind-borne
debris, the glass will break but stay attached to itself. Hurricane- rated windows also have
a strong, reinforced frame and meet specific requirements for correct installation.

Secure or replace garage door

“During Hurricane Andrew, garage doors were
the primary, number one opening that destroyed
homes,” Jackson said. “Once the garage door was
blown in, the wind would come in through that
opening and in some cases the pressure would build
up and lift the roof. In fact, FEMA has identified
loss of garage doors as one of the major factors con-
tributing to hurricane storm damage.
“If you currently have a metal garage door, it
can be reinforced by installing a bracing kit. We
custom build garage-door bracing kits on site that
will make your current door as strong as a hurri-
cane-rated door. If you have a thin fiberglass door,
the braces aren’t going to help.”
Above: Metal garage doors can be
Bracing kits, stronger supports and heavier reinforced by installing a bracing kit,
hinges also may be available from your garage-door says Van Jackson, owner of Affordable
manufacturer. Glass Protection, Inc. 
Installing an impact-resistant garage door with an
extra-strong steel track system is another option.

Storm-proof the entry

doors or replace them
Entry doors in older homes may not have bolts or
pins strong enough to withstand storm-force winds. These
doors can be strengthened by installing additional bolts
and heavy-duty deadbolt locks. Locksmiths and hardware
stores can advise you about selecting and installing the
proper hardware.
If your doors are old or damaged, you can replace them
with stronger, hurricane-rated products. Installing doors
so they open out instead of in provides added strength.

Storm-proof the roof

Homes with gabled roofs are more likely to sustain
damage from high winds than hip roofs, where all sides
slope downward toward the walls.
Some gable roofs can be strengthened by installing
additional braces in the trusses and/or at the gable ends.
A qualified builder can install galvanized metal hurricane
straps to secure the roof to the walls.
Applying closed-cell spray polyurethane foam to the
Above: Applying closed-cell spray polyurethane foam to underside of the roof deck strengthens the bond between
the underside of the roof strengthens the bond between
the roof sheathing and the roof framing while it provides
the roof sheafing and the roof framing while providing a
secondary water barrier.  a secondary water barrier.
When your home is ready for reroofing, Florida

“once wind gets in the home, Building Code requirements will ensure that hurricane-
resilient techniques are followed.

it can blow the whole roof off.” Trim trees

If you have large trees on your property, survey them
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for weak or dead branches that may fall during hurricane-
aFFoRdaBle GlaSS PRoTecTIoN, INc.. force winds. Trees with large, dense canopies also can be

thinned to help prevent uprooting.
Brevard County Horticulture Extension Agent Sally
Scalera recommends consulting a certified arborist if
you have large trees you are concerned about. Certified
arborists know what other factors may cause problems,
such as girdling roots or more than one main trunk. Cer-
tified arborists can be found by visiting the Florida ISA
website — www.floridaisa.org — and choosing “find an
arborist” under tree care info.
When planting new trees, the recommendation is to
plant them at least 12 feet away from homes, sidewalks
and driveways.

Whole house generators

Emergency standby generators take a lot of stress out
of hurricane season, but they also provide an extra level
of safety.
“If you have a properly installed whole house gen-
erator, it is going to be much safer than a gasoline pow-
ered one with extension cords all around,” McCaughin
pointed out. “You are better off with a code-compliant
installed system rather than at the last minute, trying to
get everything to work.”
During a power outage, whole house generators auto-
matically kick in and restore power in about 20 seconds
and continue to run until power is restored. You can get
them large enough to power your whole house (including Above: During a power outrage, whole house generators turn on
your air conditioning) or go with a smaller model to just automatically and restore power in about 20 seconds. They continue to
power necessities such as a refrigerator, lights and emer- run until electricity is restored to your home.
gency band radios.
The generators run on natural gas, LP gas or diesel
fuel. They are installed outside the home and are wired
through an automatic transfer switch to the main electri-
cal panel.

Home exteriors
“Something that some people overlook is that just simple home
maintenance is important,” McCaughin said. “Keeping your home
sealed and painted, caulking openings, looking for cracks and
cementing loose roof shingles. Under normal rain, it’s not a problem,
but when you get that sideways, hurricane-driven rain, it’s amazing
how the water can penetrate the smallest holes and you end up with
mold and water intrusion problems.”
If you are thinking of redoing your home’s exterior, consider storm-
resistant products such as fiber cement siding. There are also exterior
paints that are certified to withstand 100 mph winds that drive damag-
ing rainwater into porous surfaces.

Hurricane-resilient pool
“When it comes to pool enclosures, today’s enclosures are much
stronger than they were four years ago,” Foley said. “They incorporate
more bracing and other engineering techniques, which produce much
stronger overall structures.”

Built-in safes
In addition to our families, pets and homes, we all have many
other items that we would be devastated to lose, including computer
hard drives, photo albums, jewelry, family heirlooms and important
legal documents. Home security safes can provide an easy way to
protect these items from hurricanes, fires, floods and burglary. They
can be built into the wall or bolted to the floor to withstand the wind
and rain of a hurricane. Or smaller models can be purchased, which
Above: Home security safes are an easy way to
protect items such as important legal documents can be taken with you in case an evacuation is necessary.
and jewelry from hurricanes. They can be built “The best advice to give everyone is just to be prepared,” McCaughin
into the wall or bolted to the floor, or you can buy a
small safe that can be taken with you if you evacuate.
said. “Have a plan and be ready to put it into place. An ounce of
prevention . . . ” n

Hooked on Hoyas
Ideal plant for hanging baskets
by Betsy S. Franz

Just the facts:

Scientific name: Hoya spp
Common Names: Wax plant, wax vine, wax
flower, shooting star plant
Origin: Asia, Polynesia, Australia
Expertise needed: Minimal
Pest control: Insects are rare on hoyas. Watch
for mealybugs, spidermites and scale. If insects are
seen, wipe leaves with cotton ball dipped in isopro-
pyl alcohol.
Where to buy: Nurseries with large indoor plant
collections and occasionally at chain retailers. Also,
t’s easy to get hooked on Hoyas. First, you can practically
ignore them and they still thrive. Put one in a hanging basket because of their almost indestructible nature, hoya
in bright, indirect light and this trailing beauty will soon wind cuttings can easily be shared with friends or pur-
its way onto any structure within easy reach. However, once you chased through the Internet.
see one of the spectacular, sweet-smelling flower heads, it will also What to watch for: Overwatering
wind its way into your heart.
There are hundreds of species of Hoyas, with leaves and flow-
ers of various sizes, shapes and colors. The most popular species is
Hoya Carnosa, which has thick, waxy-looking leaves and clusters
of star-shaped flowers that are so unusual looking that they almost N Hoyas were rated one of the top fragrant
appear unreal. The plant derives its nickname, the wax plant, from houseplants in a recent Better Homes and
these flowers. Garden article.
Hoya Carnosa, as well as many other types of hoyas, are suc- N Hoyas can take a while to bloom. If you’ve
culents, which means that their leaves hold water. Therefore, it is had one for a couple of years and never
easy to overwater them. They should be planted in soil that drains seen a flower, give it more light.
well and you should let the plant go completely dry between N This genus was named by botanist Rob-
waterings. If you keep a close eye on your plant, you may see the ert Brown, in honor of his friend, botanist
leaves begin to pucker when in need of water. Use room-tempera- Thomas Hoy.
ture water and never let the plant sit in standing water. N Hoya flowers come in a variety of colors but
They will tolerate fairly low light levels but prefer bright, indi- blue still does not appear to be represented
rect sunlight for better growth and flowering. in the Hoya genus.
In addition to overwatering, there are several other do nots for
growing hoyas. Do not move the plant once the buds appear, as
it may cause the buds to drop. Do not remove the dead flowers. It Green Thumb Rating:
will flower again from the same spot. Hoyas like to be pot bound,
One thumb. Hoyas are known for being
so do not repot until it is unavoidable.
practically indestructible. In fact, they almost
Hoyas are ideal plants for hanging baskets. The vining stems
seem to love to be ignored.
can reach 15 feet. They can also be trained to grow onto a small
trellis or other support.
Propagation is easy through stem cuttings placed in rooting
Interesting varieties include heart-shaped leaves, red stems or
tightly curled leaves closely spaced on the vine, resembling a rope. N
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5 fabulous finds
High Point Market in N.C. may as well be the center of the furniture universe. For the week of April 2 to7, the
population of High Point swells by 85,000-plus people, all of them on a veritable treasure hunt to discover the
latest and greatest home decor. As buyers, we are always on the lookout for new sources, trends and twists
on old favorites. Here’s what we found at the Market …

Who needs
a plug-in?
Not meant to be wallflowers,
these diffusers take center
stage as a sensory delight.
They smell as crisp and fresh
as they look – and enhance
every room they find a home in.

Color, color everywhere

It’s as if the very walls and fabrics could no longer contain themselves
in their neutral tombs. Bursting on the scene this spring are unexpected
combinations, saturated colors and a freshness that quenches our desire
to be renewed.

Antique rug benches a hit

In a flurry of waving hands and swooning designers, these
antique rug benches fly off the trucks as quickly as you can
shout “Mine! All mine!” We didn’t hold back and snagged as
many as we could.

“I like to push the
envelope with design.
Things don’t have to be
typical to be great.
If something catches my
eye – it’s generally because
Reclaim, reuse, repurpose it is out of the ordinary.”
The Green movement is evolving, and coming into its own. Rustic character 3-D Decor Lead Designer, Island
wood is being reclaimed to make furniture pieces that mix in with current A respite from the bright world Paint & Decorating Center
décor flawlessly. Certainly not antique, but not brand new, this furniture makes around it, these accents are rich and co-owner East Coast
its own niche in the market, and it’s working its way into our homes as well. in texture and dimension. Cabinet Company
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a look ahead:
Cultural, design and entertainment events on the Space Coast

entertainment in two performances of Frederic Chopin’s

dazzling Piano Concerto No. 1. The concert
also features Franz Schubert’s hauntingly
Through May 14
beautiful Symphony No. 4 “Tragic.” The
Run for Your Wife programs will be held May 14 at First United
London cab driver John Smith has two Methodist Church in Melbourne, and May
lives – complete with two wives. Some- 15 at Waxlax Performing Arts Center in Vero
how he has managed to juggle them both
Beach. For more information, call 536-8580
without arousing suspicion, until he gets
or visit spacecoastsymphony.org.
caught up in a mugging and ends up in the
hospital. He then has to explain this situa-
May 15
tion to both of his wives and the police. For
more information, call 268-1125 or visit Share the Excitement
titusvilleplayhouse.com. Brevard Symphony Youth Orchestra pres-
Aaron Collins conducts the Space Coast
Chamber Orchestra with pianist Rochelle ents the season finale featuring all four
May 6-22 Sallee as they perform Chopin and Schubert
BSYO orchestras and alumni playing a
Windy City – The News Musical on May 14 & 15.
tribute to music educators. The event will
The Cocoa Village Playhouse presents this take place at Cocoa Beach High Perform-
story, set in 1929, about ace news reporter Kristofferson returns to the essentials of his
ing Arts Center. For more information,
Hildy Johnson, who just quit his job to finely honed craft, which includes author-
ship of such classics as “Me and Bobby call 652-6895 or visit bsyo.us.
marry his fiancée and write screenplays for
her movie mogul father. When the girlfriend McGee” and “Help Me Make It Through
the Night.” Prine became known as a
May 15
of an escaped condemned killer reveals to
Hildy that he is hiding at the courthouse,
“songwriter’s songwriter,” and his latest Galmont Ballet’s Dance
Hildy cannot resist the lure of writing what
album contains renditions of some of his on Rock
early songs, “Angel From Montgomery”
could be the biggest scoop of his career. For The King Center for the Performing Arts
and “She Is My Everything.” For tickets
tickets and information, call 636-5050 or presents the Galmont Ballet in a produc-
and information, call 242-2219 or visit
visit cocoavillageplayhouse.com. tion that celebrates the heart and soul of
dance and an electrifying musical genre.
May 12-15
May 13-22 Frank Galvez’s original “Forbidden
Playwrights Workshop Othello Dreams” is set to the music of Led Zep-
The Playwrights Workshop of Brevard pelin, and “The Hyphen” to the music of
Titusville Playhouse presents this Emma’s
presents three original one-act plays writ- Maserati, The Beatles and Oasis. For tick-
Attic production of one of Shakespeare’s
ten by local playwrights. Show times are ets and information, call 242-2219 or visit
tragedy-themed plays. Othello is a highly
8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, esteemed general. Iago is Othello’s ambi- kingcenter.com.
and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Surfside tious friend who becomes jealous when
Playhouse. For more information, call Othello promotes another to personal lieu- May 20 – June 26
961-1988 for reservations or visit tenant. Iago begins an evil and malicious
playwrightsworkshopbrevard.org. campaign against the hero and plots and
The Importance of
murder ensue. For more information, call Being Ernest
May 13 268-1125 or visit titusvilleplayhouse.com. Set in London and the English countryside
Kris Kristofferson and during the late 19th century, Oscar Wilde’s
John Prine May 14 & 15 “The Importance of Being Earnest” is both a
The King Center for the Performing Arts Chopin & Schubert Concert whimsical romantic comedy and a sharp-witted
presents two American songwriting leg- Pianist Rochelle Sallee joins Aaron Collins satire of Victorian society. For more informa-
ends. Hall of Fame singer-songwriter and the Space Coast Chamber Orchestra tion, call 723-6935 or visit mymct.org.
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Where you’ll find us!
Pick up your complimentary copy of
Spaces Magazine at many fine establishments
throughout Brevard County, including:
“Rain – A Tribute To The Beatles” makes its debut at the King Center
for the Performing Arts on June 1. Baytree National Golf Links
Brevard Art Museum
Cocoa Beach Country Club
MAY 22 Duran Golf Club
Eau Gallie Yacht Club
Jackson Browne – Solo Acoustic Tour Economic Development Commission
The King Center for the Performing Arts presents singer-song- Essentials Spa, Melbourne & Viera
Health-First Pro-Health Fitness Center
writer Jackson Browne as he plays guitar and piano, and performs
(Merritt Island, Viera, Melbourne & Palm Bay)
songs from his collective body of work. For tickets and more infor- Imperial Spa
mation, call 242-2219 or visitkingcenter.com. King Center for the Performing Arts
Kiwi Tennis Club
MAY 27 La Bella Spa
La Cita Country Club
Mayflowers Ball Melbourne International Airport
The Melbourne Municipal Band presents the Swingtime Jazz Paradise Ford
Band performing for the Mayflowers Ball. The event will be held Parrish Medical Center
Suntree Country Club
at the Melbourne Auditorium at 7 p.m. For more information, call
YMCA Suntree
724-0555 or visit melbournemunicipalband.org. Wuesthoff Health System – Rockledge & Melbourne

MAY 29-30 Or, visit any of the advertisers in our current issue!

12th Annual Caribbean Jamboree

The Brevard Caribbean American Sports & Cultural Association,
in partnership with Brevard County Parks and Recreation, pres-
ents this Memorial Day weekend event at Palm Bay Regional Park.
The event will include food, music, dance, acrobatics and sporting
events. For more information, call 728-2558 or visit bcasca.com.

MAY 30
Memorial Day Celebration
The City of Cocoa presents its annual Memorial Day Celebra-
tion at Riverfront Park in Cocoa Village. This event honors fallen
veterans of war with a guest speaker, flag-folding ceremony, a 21-
gun salute and the playing of “Taps.” There also will be period
costumes, entertainment and more. For more information, call
631-9075 or visit cocoafl.org.

MAY 30
View the current Spaces issue online
Memorial Day Celebration at www.spacesonline.com
Liberty Bell Memorial Museum invites children and adults to
spend Memorial Day at this historic museum. View the replica of
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the Liberty Bell and hear a lecture on the British Isles at Merritt Island High School at
origins of the bell. For more information, 3 p.m. For more information, call 725-9191
call 727-1776 or visit honoramerica.org. or visit communitybandofbrevard.org.

June 1 June 5
Rain – A Tribute To The Beatles Summer Potpourri II
Direct from its phenomenally successful
The Indialantic Chamber Singers presents
Broadway engagement, the internationally
a summer concert at Eastminster Presby-
acclaimed Beatles Concert makes its debut
terian Church in Indialantic at 3 p.m. For
at the King Center for the Performing Arts.
For tickets and information, call 242-2219 more information, call 960-5000 or visit
or visit kingcenter.com. indialanticchambersingers.org.

June 3-4 June 10

Disney’s The AristoCats Kids Summer Potpourri II The King Center for the Performing Arts
presents this interactive event featuring
Cocoa Village Playhouse presents this The Indialantic Chamber Singers presents the Discovery Channel’s cast of “Deadliest
Stars of Tomorrow musical about a jealous a summer concert at St. John The Evange- Catch” on June 24.
butler, Edgar, who catnaps Duchess and list Catholic Church in Viera at 7:30 p.m.
her Aristokittens, then abandons them in For more information, call 960-5000 or
the Parisian countryside. Luckily, a rag-tag visit indialanticchambersingers.org. will be held at the Henegar Center for the
bunch of alley cats come to their rescue. Arts in Melbourne. For more information,
This feline adventure includes Disney June 10-11 call 777-2155 or visit DanceAC.com.
favorites “The Aristocats” and “Ev’rybody
Wants to Be a Cat.” For tickets and infor- Jazz, Blues & BBQ Festival June 22-23
mation, call 636-5050 or visit cocoavil-
Cocoa Village presents two days of jazz, Sizzlin’ Summer
blues, barbecue and more from 10 a.m.-
Melbourne Community Orchestra presents
8 p.m. Events include professional and
June 3-5 & 10-12 this picnic pops concert. Bring your dinner
backyard BBQ competitions, pub crawl
11th Annual Playwriting Contest and VIP party, as well as music, crafters,
and enjoy an indoor performance at the Mel-
bourne Auditorium. The event is free and
Surfside Players presents the performance artists and kids’ area and face painting. For
tickets are required. For more information,
of the 11th Annual Playwriting Contest more information, call 631-9075 or visit
call 952-9949 or visit mcorchestra.com.
Winner at Surfside Players. For more infor- facebook.com/bbqandblues.
mation and times, call 783-3013 or visit June 24
surfsideplayers.com. June 15-16
June Moon Ball
June 4–5 American Jazz
The Swingtime Jazz Band, the dance
The Melbourne Municipal Band presents
Latin Fiesta ensemble of the Melbourne Municipal
this free concert that celebrates Ameri-
The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra Band, presents its annual June Moon Ball
can jazz. Bring a picnic dinner and listen at the Melbourne Auditorium. Musical
presents this sizzling Latin music concert.
to the swing, bop and concert music of selections will include swing, waltz, polka,
Works by George Gershwin, Jules Mas-
Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, George rock and Latin music with several soloists
senet and Pablo Sarasate will be featured.
Gershwin and Sammy Nestico. For performing. For more information, call
The June 4th performance will take place
more information, call 724-0555 or visit 724-0555 or visit mmband.org.
at Holy Trinity Episcopal Auditorium and
the June 5th performance will take place
June 24
at Community Church of Vero Beach. For June 18
more information, call 536-8580 or visit Deadliest Catch
spacecoastsymphony.org. Dance Arts Centre’s The King Center for the Performing Arts
Annual Dance Concert presents this rare, live and interactive event
June 5
Dance Arts Centre presents a program of featuring the Discovery Channel’s cast of
Music of the British Isles ballet, modern dance, jazz and tap with cho- “Deadliest Catch.” The Bering Sea’s tough-
The Community Band of Brevard cel- reography by Sarah Balda, Catherine Alex- est crew will swap stories as they take the
ebrates the musical contributions of the ander, Marty Eyster and others. The concert audience through some of the roughest
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situations the captain and crew have ever
faced on the high seas. From the treach-
erous weather and crew conflicts, to the
triumphs of the team, Captain Sig and
the Hillstrand Brothers bring the intimate
world of crab fishing to a live audience.
For tickets and more information, call
242-2219 or visitkingcenter.com.

June 25
The Best of Galmont Ballet
Galmont Ballet Centre for Dance Education
presents the spring performance featuring
Frank Galvez’s original production, “Time,
Space & Movement” – a ballet in two acts. Watercoloist Zoe Mac and collage artist Derek Gores are featured in an art exhibit at the
The program will be held at the Cocoa Vil- Gallery at Avalon Island in Orlando on June 16.

lage Playhouse. For more information, call

636-5050 or visit galmontballet.com. guide you through every aspect of using
Through June 19
your camera, from set-up to advanced
June 25-26 Elements of Nature: Selections shooting modes. Seating is limited. For
Biegel Performs from the Frederick R. Weisman more information, call 254-4224 or visit

Emerson & Anderson Art Foundation southernphotosupply.com.

The ancients believed that the world consist-
World-renowned pianist Jeffrey Biegel and
ed of four elements: earth, air, fire and water.
May 8, June 9Th
award-winning composer Kenneth Fuchs This exhibition gathers artwork that reflects Photoshop Elements 1
join conductor Aaron Collins and the Space these four essential states as artistic inspira- Southern Photo Supply presents this class
Coast Symphony Orchestra in this concert. tion. For more information, call 242-0737 for those starting with Photoshop Ele-
The June 25 performance will take place at or visit brevardartmuseum.org.
ments or who would like to get better
First Baptist Church of Merritt Island, and
results. Learn how to prepare your photos
the June 26 performance will take place at May 21 – augusT 27
for printing and the Web. Techniques dis-
Community Church of Vero Beach. For British Bolts: Artists’ Fabrics cussed include: Elements Organizer and
more information, call 536-8580 or visit of the Mid-Century Editor, image adjustments, white balance,
spacecoastsymphony.org. Post-World War II efforts to give Britons exposure and saturation. Participants will
a feeling of recovery and progress led to also receive a CD containing the slideshow
exhibits the commissioning of artist-designed tex- and demo images. Seating is limited. For
tiles that dramatically changed the indus- more information, call 254-4224 or visit
June 16 try. The result was an explosion of bold, southernphotosupply.com.
innovative designs. This exhibit exam-
Derek Gores & Zoe Mac ines the variety of aesthetic influences of May 10 & 14, June 11 & 14
Art Exhibit the period. For more information, call DSLR 1
The Gallery at Avalon Island in Orlando pres- 674-8313 or visit textiles.fit.edu.
Southern Photo Supply presents this
ents this exhibit that pairs two reknowned,
expressionist artists. Collage artist Derek classes/Workshops class on how to understand and use the
many exciting features of a digital single-
Gores will be featured with watercolorist
lens reflex camera. This course will cover
Zoe Mac in this show that exhibits their May 3 & 7
basic settings, exposure, depth of field,
talents using mixed media to create their Point & Shoot lens choices, shooting techniques and
unique, dynamic and impressionistic styles. Southern Photo Supply presents this intro- composition. Seating is limited. For
For more information, call (407) 312-0708 duction to the capabilities of your digital more information, call 254-4224 or visit
or visit galleryatavalonisland.com. point and shoot camera. Instruction will southernphotosupply.com.
for those who understand the basics of
June 11
Photoshop Elements. Techniques discussed
will include: using selections, blurring A Surface Design Primer
backgrounds, removing unwanted objects, Linda Geiger leads this textile workshop on
layers and filters. Seating is limited. For creating patterns and textures for your fab-
more information, call 254-4224 or visit rics. Participants will learn techniques in
southernphotosupply.com. stamp, stencil and splatter, as well as how
to incorporate sewing to add and subtract
May 28 colors. Class will be held at the Art Gal-
The New Digital Darkroom lery of Viera. For more information, call
784-9347 or e-mail bright_ideas_studio@
Learn how to use software such as Adobe
Lightroom and Photoshop to develop
and streamline your digital photography.
Experiment with state-of-the-art editing
June 16
Fabric Dyeing for Beginners workshop takes
place at The Art Gallery of Viera on May 14. tools and learn how to easily manage all Photoshop CS 1
your images. Showcase your work in print Southern Photo Supply presents this class,
May 11 layouts, slide shows and web galleries, as designed for beginning users. Topics include
well as on popular photo-sharing sites. using Adobe Bridge, performing basic
Photoshop CS 2 Attendees will receive a free one-year online adjustments using Adobe Camera Raw and
Southern Photo Supply presents this class photo gallery from Smugmug plus software utilizing Photoshop tools. Seating is limited.
that will teach use of Photoshop selections, goodies. Class will be held at the Art Gal- For more information, call 254-4224 or visit
layers, masks, text boxes, drop shadows, lery of Viera, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For details and southernphotosupply.com.
curves, clone tool and more. Seating is lim- more information, call 795-3050 or visit
ited. For more information, call 254-4224 or exposurepas.com/workshops. June 18
visit southernphotosupply.com.
June 4 & 7 Splash It Up
May 14 Point & Shoot Cool off this summer with Diane DeShong
Cannon’s watercolor workshop. Working
Fabric Dyeing for Beginners Southern Photo Supply presents this intro- with a still life, Diane will guide the class
Learn to add creativity to cottons and duction to the capabilities of your new through creating a finished watercolor
sassiness to silks in this workshop. Linda digital point and shoot camera. Instruc- painting in one day. Class will be held at
Geiger will demonstrate basic techniques tion will guide you through every aspect the Art Gallery of Viera. For more infor-
of permanent fiber reactive dyes using of using your camera, from set-up to mation, call 258-7976 or e-mail deshon-
Procion dyes. Techniques will include advanced shooting modes. Seating is lim- gart@yahoo.com.
scrunching, shibori wrapping, tie-dye and ited. For more information, call 254-4224
marbling. Class will be held at the Art Gal- or visit southernphotosupply.com. June 18 & 21
lery of Viera. For more information, call
784-9347 or e-mail bright_ideas_studio@
yahoo.com. Southern Photo Supply presents this class
thats picks up from our DSLR 1 class and
May 18 & 25 reviews in more depth key camera set-
tings. Sections include: portraiture, land-
Photoshop Elements I scape, macro and action photography.
Southern Photo Supply presents this class Seating is limited. For more information, call
from 6-8 p.m. at the store in Melbourne. 254-4224 or visit southernphotosupply.com.
For more information, call 254-4224 to
register or visit southernphotosupply.com.

May 25, June 23 Want your upcoming home, cultural or enter-

Photoshop Elements 2 tainment listing in our calendar? E-mail
Corinne Ishler at cishler@floridatoday.com
Southern Photo Supply presents this class A Surface Design Primer workshop will be or call 242-3555.
that picks up from our Elements 1 class – held at the Art Gallery of Viera on June 11.

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ake a creative approach to displaying
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We asked
We asked readers
readers to
to send
send us
us aa photo
photo and
and description
of an heirloom displayed on a wall or shelf
of an heirloom displayed on a wall or shelf in in their
home that
home that has
has sentimental
sentimental value
value because
because itit was
was aa
special gift given to them by their mom or
special gift given to them by their mom or dad. dad.
Here is
Here is what
what they
they shared:

My fathermade
whenhe hewas
in the 1930s, Boston Docks. It was in perfect
in the 1930s, Boston Docks. It was in perfect
condition, butnow
– Jack Faulds, Melbourne
– Jack Faulds, Melbourne

The distinguishedEnglish
Ferguson,was wascommis-
sioned in 1915 to do a portrait of the founder of the Post Cereal
sioned in 1915 to do a portrait of the founder of the Post Cereal empire. empire.MyMy
father commissioned him to paint my mother’s portrait as well.
father commissioned him to paint my mother’s portrait as well. Ferguson Ferguson InIn1628,
womenand andflirted
continuously Plymouth, Mass., eventually sailing
Plymouth, Mass., eventually sailing via viaCape
during her sittings. In her later years she confided to me, “Hesaid
most Horn west to Colorado. The platter is
Horn west to Colorado. The platter is now now
during her sittings. In her later years she confided to me, “He
outrageous things! Your father would have been furious!” I smile at that as protectedininaashadow
protected shadowbox
outrageous things! Your father would have been furious!” I smile at that as
II see
today. generations.
ChanelDe DeGroodt-Belt,
PalmBayBay ––Joan

This brassmarker,
father, adorned our patio at my Yearsafter
dad Thisfigurine
This figurinewas
father, adorned our patio at my Years
childhood homeininConnecticut.
Connecticut.WeWe gave me her embossed gold pendant
gave me her embossed gold pendant watch watch received Christmas 1910. It's a symbol ofofhow
received Christmas 1910. It's a symbol how
moved into our new home on this onaa24-inch
1900 far my family has come in 100 years.
far my family has come in 100 years.
moved into our new home on this on
date, whichwaswashis
birthday. wedding gift from my grandfather.
wedding gift from my grandfather. ––Lyn
– Susan Stroum, Palm
– Susan Stroum, Palm Bay Bay ––Lois

This artwork was created for me by
my Aunt Betty Black from Palatka,
I have a very old glass and it is by far one of my most prized
paperweight that has the possessions. It is a decoupage of
name of my angels collected over time that she
grandmother's cut out and put into this creation. If
florist shop in it. you look closely, she also cut out
She owned her pictures of our family and put them
shop in in with all of the angels so we all
Haddonfield, N.J. blend together. Aside from just being
from 1936-1960. beautiful, it was a hard task and
– Bonnie Venable, simply a work of love that I will
Merritt Island always cherish. I would grab this first
if I had to leave because it is so close
to my heart.
– Mary Ellen Pittman, Malabar

This old boot is carved completely of wood,

including a hole in the toe and on the sole. It was
made by my dad's grandfather, who was a
cabinetmaker. It was carved to look like my dad's The second photo is a sampler made for my
old boot when he was a kid. This has been on mom, Harriett Packer, by her mother-in-law,
display in our family since I can remember. The who was totally blind in one eye and had
photo in the background is of my father, Ronald very limited vision in the other. It took her
Packer, who passed away in 2004 at the age of many months to complete the sampler at This 1915 ukulele, a gift from my dad,
87. My father also loved to do woodworking. The about 85 years old. I lovingly dust this holds fond memories because of his tales
old boot is a constant reminder of my dad and sampler in memory of my mom and of my carrying it throughout World War II and all
how much I miss him. grandmother. our “sing-fests” throughout my life.
– Jeannine Packer Arra, Melbourne – Jeannine Packer Arra, Melbourne – DiAnne Ebejer, Melbourne

New Search for July/August 2011 issue

Attention readers: Do you have a favorite/unique souvenir displayed in your home from a special vacation or getaway? Let us
know in 25 words or less what inspired you to bring this piece home from your travels. Be sure to include a photo, too. E-mail
description and photos to: yourspace@floridatoday.com. Please provide your name, e-mail address and phone number.
Photos are due Tuesday, May 31, 2011.

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