Design Reasons and Seasons

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The Design Reason Beyond the Season 

Florida may be lacking in the distinctive seasons department – but that doesn’t mean your home design can’t enjoy a little seasonal change.

Not to be confused with visiting your local home décor store to accessorize for the seasons, we’re talking about conscientiously thinking about design.

With less focus on decorating for the moment, let’s talk reasons behind the design.


Johanna’s initial consultation with her clients is a discovery session. This is when she probes into the “style of life” her clients lead to ensure the design concepts meet their lifestyles. That means Johanna learns more about what is most important to her clients as well as the way they use their homes. With spatial planning as one of Johanna’s greatest strengths, she is then able to design exceptional spaces that exceed those needs.


Often, clients want versatile dining areas to accommodate gatherings as well as everyday dining. Plus there has to be a balance between casual, semi-formal and formal dining. To achieve this, Johanna focuses on the kitchen-living floor plan relationship. Extended dining, as shown above, with its grand, oversized kitchen island together with dining for six or more, is a perfect diverse solution.

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In other designs, JohSeldes Tampa Designer Fireplace Accentanna’s design creativity is focused to the scale and proportion of the space, room features (smalls spaces, raised fireplace, tray ceilings), lighting sources both natural and overhead.

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And in some cases, the design ingenuity calls for accommodating custom dining tables or banquettes.

Outdoor living remains high on the wish-list for anything from summer pool parties to crisp fall evening dinners to New Year celebrations.

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For the design to transcend all reasons and all seasons for living, space planning takes on a crucial role. For instance, note larger islands and cooking areas. Not only for function but strategically positioned facing the entertaining area and pool.  Johanna strives to create larger covered spaces for multiple seating areas while being part of the outside entertaining area.  The covered lanai provides several lighting opportunities… from the workspace task to ambient and mood effect. Plus, hidden roll down screens installed not just for shade and cooling but for a true sense of indoor-outdoor living. Indoor-outdoor furnishing solutions further include modular seating groups, sectional seating and benches – again all strategically placed without affecting view paths.

Other design relationships include lighting, acoustics, and aesthetics. For instance, Johanna may suggest a bent wood dimensional tile or a three-dimensional wall treatment in a family living space. These accents create an additional texture that absorbs sounds while reflecting a warmth ideal for a movie night or music room.

Glass tiles and wall treatments are bright, fresh and contemporary, plus serve as the perfect winter décor detail.


Johanna even takes into consideration additional electrical outlets and their locations. She also never overlooks the perfect spot for the Christmas tree with the best access vantage points for Santa!

It takes solid design coupled with clever spatial planning to achieve the balance between everyday living, large-scale entertaining, intimate gatherings, impromptu visitors, and planned annual family parties and celebrations.

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Can you see a Christmas Tree here? Prom night? Holiday family photos?

It’s the design reason beyond the season.

This upcoming holiday season is the ideal time to consider what’s not quite balanced between the design and space in your home. It takes more than simply adding seasonal colors and decorations to make your home live for every season. Contact us now to schedule your initial consultation – just in time for you to love the next season!

Contact Johanna today for your initial consultation.

Johanna G. Seldes, ASID IDC/Interior Design Consulting is a full service, award-winning Tampa Bay interior design firm that works with custom home builders, remodeling companies and individual clients. We provide interior design project management services throughout the entire construction process, including preconstruction design, selections, and installation.

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