Featured in Tampa Bay Magazine Sept/Oct 2021

While shopping around for a permanent home with more storage, a retiring couple from Texas decided they really didn’t want to sell their beautiful waterfront vacation condo on Island Estates in Clearwater, making the decision to renovate it instead. During their home search, they had toured the award winning Carriage Home model at JMC’s Belleview Place in Belleair and had fallen in love with the interior design. They were confident that Marci Tempesta of Decker Ross Interiors was the designer who could transform their dream design into a reality.

This custom-designed recessed coffee bar includes a beverage drawer and provides ample space for drinks and buffet-style serving. Thick floating wood shelves add warmth and textural interest to the wall slab of quartz with its contrasting veining. The coastal flair of the round organic bubble glass light fixture contrasts nicely with the clean lines evident throughout this dining area.
A dramatic quartz wall slab creates a focal feature over the coffee bar to ensure continuity to the design aesthetic by repeating the quartz from the kitchen countertop with waterfall edges. Upholstered Parsons chairs with cut-out backs offer comfortable and stylish seating adjacent to the custom coffee bar.

After meeting with the couple, who communicated their ideas and desires, Tempesta proceeded to develop an elegant coastal-inspired vision featuring a juxtaposition of organic, natural elements and finishes with a clean linear design. A soft toned monochromatic color palette of taupe, grays and beiges runs throughout with the occasional blue accent reflective of the location on the Intracoastal Waterway. Tempesta creatively included storage solutions and utilized a variety of patterns and textures to add depth and interest to the design aesthetic. Her use of warm organic elements, like live edge wood and driftwood, along with sleek hard surfaces, such as glass, metal and quartz, demonstrate her expertise in the design field.

Artisan handmade wallpaper offers a textural backdrop for the large custom L-shaped sectional, which optimizes seating for entertainment and displays an array of colorful throw pillows. A stylish coffee table has sleek brushed nickel inlay and banding with a substantial wood top finished in a rustic gray. Two slate blue leather ottomans with nail head trim detail serve multiple purposes and are easily moved for versatility. An abstract neutral wool area rug anchors the seating area.
The serene master bedroom in neutral beige and sand tones is accented with calming blues that bring the azure water and sky inside for a restful night’s sleep. Tempesta’s eye for finishing touches
is evident from the quad-art series and tasteful accessories on the étagère to the custom drapery panels and throw pillows.

Tempesta and her assistant Katie O’Neil created a luxurious well-appointed design, filled with custom features to suit the couple’s taste and lifestyle perfectly. The former Texans couldn’t be happier with their decision to stay in their newly designed home.

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Featured in Tampa Bay Magazine May/June 2021

Nestled on the beautiful grounds of the historic Belleview Biltmore property in Belleair, JMC’s Belleview Place offers that quintessential southwest Florida relaxed lifestyle, along with touches of sophisticated glamour. Bordered by the Intracoastal Waterway of the Gulf of Mexico on one side and the emerald green landscape of the Belleair Country Club on the other, the views are truly remarkable.

Put your feet up. This quiet corner offers the perfect spot for catching up on reading or sipping a cocktail while enjoying the magnificent views. This comfortable lounge chair and ottoman are upholstered in a thin navy and white stripe, accented with a boldly striped accent pillow, giving a subtle nod to the coastal location with the hint of a nautical aesthetic.
A circular motif is evident in this sophisticated dining room with its dramatic drum chandelier featuring gold leaf organic “stalagtites” circling above the gold leaf “stick like” table base with round glass top. A lovely abstract giclée by artist Emma McCartney creates a colorful and dynamic focal point, which can be enjoyed from multiple vantage points throughout the open concept living space.

Marci Tempesta, senior designer at the acclaimed Decker Ross Interiors, has a well- deserved reputation as the “go to” designer at Belleview Place. She has completed a number of lobbies and models in various buildings on the property and helped many residents achieve their design goals for their private residences.

A hand forged iron coiled mirror with hammered gold leaf finish hangs over a rich console of exotic eucalyptus veneers with bronze metal accents, welcoming guests to this stunning home.
This handsome brushed brass and glass two-tiered bar cart is the perfect place for crafting cocktails to enjoy with friends. Soft custom drapery panels with gold metallic threads and a stacked pair of contemporary abstract artworks complete this cozy corner vignette.

Featured here is a luxurious 2,000-square-foot condo that is happily inhabited by some of her recent clients. The design aesthetic reflects a timeless transitional style, featuring a color palette of cool blues that play nicely off the warm gold and neutral tones. Customized designer furniture and window treatments are accented by art, accessories and lighting selections that provide points of interest and delight the eye at every turn. Tempesta’s carefully executed design plan took into consideration the fact that these clients are very social and enjoy entertaining in their home. She tailors her designs to the specific preferences and needs of each client, creating an environment that suits their individual design aesthetic and lifestyle.

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Tampa Bay Magazine – Best of 2021

For over five years, Decker Ross Interiors has been recognized as the Best Interior Designer in the region by Tampa Bay Magazine.  We are very excited to receive this accolade again in 2021.

Featured in Tampa Bay Magazine March/April 2021

Marci Tempesta, senior designer at the acclaimed Decker Ross Interiors, continues to build on her stellar reputation as the go-to designer at JMC’s Belleview Place in Belleair. She recently completed the lobby and a model in the Sunset building, the third of four mid-rise buildings on the grounds surrounding the historic Belleview Inn.

Working remotely is a breeze in this tastefully designed office featuring a custom dimensional wall molding and dangling crystal chandelier accents. The unusual capiz shell top desk with stylized burnished steel double diamond base provides a clean line for an uncluttered work surface.
This elegant dining area is anchored by a table base of onyx laminated stone with pearlescent sheen. Suspended above is a sophisticated chandelier made of interlocking orbs containing recycled glass pieces. The circular design motif is repeated with the silver sculpture sitting atop the round beveled glass tabletop.

In this model, Marci, and her design assistant, Katie O’Neil, decided on a comfortable, elegant design aesthetic using a neutral color palette accentuated by soft aqua blues. Adding to the tranquility of the home, natural elements were integrated through the tasteful use of plants and greenery in decorative pots.

A sense of calm permeates the space upon entry, and unusual artistic furniture pieces and accessories delight the eye at every turn. The sculptural branch table base adds a whimsical natural touch in the foyer, while oversized lighting fixtures brighten the space and accentuate the high ceilings throughout. Designer touches are apparent in each room –from nail head trim, custom pillows and window treatments to gallery walls and special accessories.

This top treatment of custom knotted basket weave drapery draws interest and attention to the high ceilings prevalent throughout Belleview Place residences. Two-toned, round color block stools offer a fun mobile perch overlooking the outdoor space, or can be utilized elsewhere as needed.
An artistic sculptural branch console table base adds dimension and visual impact upon entering the foyer. The concentric circular mirror evokes a slight nautical “porthole” aesthetic above the tabletop accessories.

Abstract designer area rugs add textural color and soften the lovely wood plank flooring carried throughout the residence. The designers utilized various textures in the furnishings and selected fabrics for contrast, depth and interest within the overall design. These creative decisions merged to create a sophisticated, serene space that is both comfortable and timeless
for residents of this upscale coastal golf course community in the heart of Belleair.

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St. Pete Artists Find a Home in Waterfront Condo

When this busy executive from the Northeast decided to purchase a local condo overlooking the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico as a second home, he contacted award-winning Decker Ross Interiors to design the project for him. He met with owner Suzan Decker Ross and Senior Designer Marci Tempesta to collaborate on the interior of his beachfront condo.

A neutral beige and grey color palette in the living/dining area allows the bold, bright abstract paintings of St. Pete artist Kate Cummins to pop.
Vibrant artwork by St. Petersburg artists Carrie Jadus (left) and Carolina Cleere (right) add decorative elements to the custom wine bar. The bicycle art is by Daryl Thetford of Chattanooga.

With a penchant for supporting local artists, his main stipulation was to keep the design open and neutral, so the pops of colorful art would become the main focal point in each room. Decker Ross and Tempesta quickly determined his taste preference to be very contemporary with sleek, clean lines and somewhat minimalistic furnishings. They reached out to Alison West Brown Gallery to assist him in connecting with various local artists to find just the right selections for his personal gallery walls. “He prefers large statement pieces that are bold, colorful and definitely eye-catching,” Decker Ross noted.

When creating the overall design aesthetic for the condo, Decker Ross and Tempesta took into consideration not only their client’s taste, but his lifestyle as well. They designed a custom wine bar to meet his entertainment needs, and a home office which includes a desk area, bookcases, along with a Murphy bed for guests. A local fine furniture craftsman built the pieces to their specifications.

a custom-built home office features a Murphy bed for overnight guests.
The master bedroom is sleek and minimalistic with a unique dark hardwood bed frame featuring a wave design to reflect the beachfront location.

The Decker Ross team utilized a variety of materials and finishes throughout to provide visual interest and textural contrast in each room. The hard surfaces, including the striated porcelain floor tile and elegant quartz countertops, were softened by incorporating various custom fabrics and area rugs into the design. Espresso cabinetry and a live edge wood dining table as well as sliced agates on pedestals added some natural elements to the condo’s interior.

The client plans to enjoy his sophisticated, yet comfortable Florida home for many years to come – from gorgeous sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico to his own personal gallery of local art.

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Featured in Tampa Bay Magazine Nov/Dec 2020

This Key West inspired project was designed by Jen Kravchuk, senior designer at award-winning Decker Ross Interiors in Clearwater. Kravchuk’s utilization of bright colorful accents and industrial touches throughout creates an inviting, comfortable living space that is filled with interesting memory points.
The client’s desire for a peaceful, tropical relaxed atmosphere informed the design direction and allowed Kravchuk the
freedom to incorporate playful, whimsical elements in various locations throughout the property. Accessorizing with buoys and hanging colorful oars on the wall exemplifies the fun, beachy vibe that is at the heart of this design.
Bold, colorful prints in various fabrics, like linen and chenille, offer variety and interest to this tranquil residence. Hard metal and glass surfaces are softened by natural woven items and wood to bring another layer of textural contrast to the mix. Vintage coastal art, seeded glass vases, driftwood accents and rope accessories add focal points and dimension to the eclectic coastal design aesthetic.
As with any project, Kravchuk tailors her designs to suit her client’s particular taste, lifestyle and price point. This playful Key West paradise is no exception.
Bright pops of color accentuate this seating area. The round woven cocktail table adds a natural element to the design and sits atop an angular patterned area rug of blues and citron. The linen coral patterned drapery panels and the abstract coastal art of the shoreline bring a continuation of the color palette to the area.
Unique architectural details are prevalent throughout, including the conical whitewashed brick ceiling by local artist Jesse Wilhelm, which adds grandeur to this circular entry. The iron tiered candelabra chandelier appears to be made for this unusual space, both in scale and shape. Large airy leafy fronds sit atop a round wood trestle base pedestal table and braided area rug to add another focal point and anchor the space.
Open wood shelving featuring industrial pipe supports offers a smart visual division between living and dining spaces and provides the perfect perch to display a blended variety of coastal accessories, including a fun pewter octopus. A creative arrangement of framed art incorporates
the contemporary wall sconce as an integral part of the gallery wall, which is located above a classic white dimensional paneled wainscoting. Nailhead trim accentuates the shape of the transitional wing dining chairs in gray chenille.
This reading nook offers a space for quiet conversation or contemplation. Designer touches abound from the custom window seat cushion and pillows to the seeded spa blue glass vase and rope ball nestled around a lovely orchid in a handcrafted bowl of whitewashed driftwood
pieces on the cocktail table.

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Featured in Tampa Bay Magazine Sept/Oct 2020

Over the course of twenty-five years, Decker Ross Interiors has created some spectacular interiors in various JMC developments. But the opportunity to actively participate in the reinvention of the historic Belleview Biltmore property in Belleair, specifically the residences at Belleview Place, was a particular honor. Senior designer Marci Tempesta took the lead on the project, starting with her award-winning design in the Carriage Home Model A. She was subsequently asked to design the lobbies and models in the mid-rise buildings, beginning with the Alamanda, which offers spectacularly expansive views of the Belleair Country Club Golf Course, the Intracoastal Waterway and the iconic Belleview Inn and pool.
Showcased here is the Mid-rise Model C, in which Tempesta created a sophisticated urban design aesthetic featuring earthy natural elements with a bold brown and black color palette. A departure from the dark teal and champagne tones used in the lobby, Tempesta’s talent, creativity and depth of design knowledge is evident not only with her color choices, but because of her attention to detail as well. Asian influences and geometric shapes provide a common design theme throughout, and points of interest and whimsical touches delight the eye in the designer’s choice of accessories, art and lighting. Showcasing different styles to appeal to a variety of potential buyers’ tastes and lifestyles, this timeless, sophisticated design is eliciting positive feedback and contributing to the popularity and success of Belleview Place.
The kitchen’s color palette and warm caramel plank floors are balanced by light, bright and airy finishes. Unique pendants cast light on the natural stone countertops, highlighting the various color tones in the veining and providing cohesiveness to the overall design. Roped back rattan counter stools add the perfect functional finishing touch to the island.
Art with an Asian flair in concert with selected bold brown geometric and linear patterns punctuates the monochromatic ivory and rich toffee color palette in this sophisticated master suite. A hand-forged branch chandelier creates a focal point in the recessed tray ceiling, while dark espresso wood furnishings add richness to the soft, textural fabrics and carpet.
Creative elements on the Gallery Wall repeat the geometric motif, adding interest and a dimensional focal point above the plush sleeper sofa. Live edge wood, glass and metal pieces are contrasted with soft custom color block drapery panels on the balcony’s sliding doors.
The grand salon’s expansive wall of windows is softened by geometric drapery panels, adding a decorative touch without impeding the natural light or lovely view beyond. Natural elements and textures are emphasized throughout the design, evidenced by the use of live edge wood sisal, stone, glass, metal and a variety of upholstery fabrics, lighting and accessory selections.

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Due to high demand, busy Senior Designer Marci Tempesta, welcomed Katie O’Neil as her Design Assistant a short time before the shutdown due to the Covid pandemic.  In spite of a rough start, which included designing remotely for nearly 2 months, they have been cranking out one installation after another in recent weeks!

In addition to two medical facilities, their current projects include the lobby and model in the Sunset Building at JMC’s Belleview Place in Belleair along with a number of high-end residences and beachfront condos throughout the Tampa Bay region.

After earning her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Interior Design at Florida State University, Marci joined the talented Decker Ross team about 7 years ago.  During that time, she was awarded the 2019 Tampa Bay Parade of Homes $1.3 million category Grand Award for her spectacular transitional design in the Carriage Home Model A at JMC’s Belleview Place in Belleair.  Another one of her elegant interiors, overlooking a prestigious golf course, was recently selected to be featured in the upcoming October 2020 Issue of Florida Design Magazine – Naples Edition. 

Katie also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design from Florida State University along with a strong resume of design related work experience.  She is proving to be a valuable asset to Marci and the entire Decker Ross team.  This dynamic design duo is one to watch!

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