Featured in Tampa Bay Magazine Mar/Apr 2020

This comfy boxed-back chaise with its panoramic view offers a respite nook for reading and quiet reflection, or maybe even a nap.

This plush island penthouse provides panoramic water views of Intracoastal sunrises and beachside sunsets. The artistically inspired interior reflects the work of Jen Kravchuk, senior designer at award-winning Decker Ross Interiors in Clearwater. Jen was elated to receive a call from a client she has worked with for many years who has impeccable taste, a discerning, artistic eye and the desire for a comfortable yet sophisticated high-quality design. At the time, Jen did not realize this waterfront penthouse would turn out to be her personal favorite design project of her thirteen-year career.
 

This grand living room has expansive water views and a variety of sophisticated seating anchored by a richly classic abstract dimensional area rug of pastel and neutral hues.

“It’s not often that I encounter a client who trusts me enough to allow me the creative freedom to develop such a plush, classic, elegant vision with few limitations,” she said. “It’s truly a designer’s dream.”
 
A mid-century modern luxurious design aesthetic with a soft pastel color palette was decided upon as the design direction. Blush pink, soft teal and neutrals, such as taupe and sand tones to be reflective of the panoramic beach and sky views, were used throughout. Adept at mixing materials and finishes to create an optimal design aesthetic, the designer incorporated
organic elements, such as wood, agate, brass, steel and glass in the furnishings, lighting and accessories. Her innovative designs also feature a variety of geometric shapes and quite a bit of textural contrast. In addition to leather, the rich elegant fabrics include chenille, shimmering linens, cut dimensional velvets, and faux fur to delight the eye and add visual interest in the rooms of this exquisite penthouse.
 

In the entry hall, a bronze sculpture titled Butterflies for Brains is perched atop a brass and marble pedestal base in front of framed lucite textural art.

With elevated ceilings and rooms as expansive as the views, oversized lighting fixtures were used to maintain balance and scale. Jen selected individual fixtures that blended nicely with each other for design cohesion. The open concept meant that each space needed its own individual identity, while tying into a seamless overall design.
 
The art studio’s views of the sand, surf and sunsets provide inspiration for the homeowner, who is a painter. There, as with the rest of this opulent island penthouse, the designer’s attention to detail, artistic sensibilities and use of elegant, yet functional, high quality, comfortable furnishings creates a timeless interior that reflects the owner’s taste and lifestyle.
 
By Shawn Tanney Richards

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