Belleview Place Home Brings Contemporary Cool

Neutral hues, bold accents, and a touch of glam create wow moments in this transitional vacation getaway


After having seen several models and lobby areas at Belleview Place designed by Marci Tempesta, thrilled new homeowners commissioned the interior designer to customize their newly built, luxurious 2,000-square-foot condo. Here, the Gulf of Mexico’s azure blues paint the seascape on one side, while the emerald greens of the Belleair Country Club — home of Florida’s first golf course built by transportation mogul Henry Plant in 1897 — color the landscape on the other.

Nestled within the grounds of the historic Belleview Biltmore Hotel, this open-concept vacation getaway on the second floor of Belleview Place radiates southwest Florida’s relaxed style stepped up with touches of glamour. “I wanted a balance of timeless transitional style with traditional sophistication,” Tempesta says. “Cool blues play off warm gold tones and a neutral palette to allow the contrast to shine.”   

Luxury is immediately introduced in the foyer, where the gold tones of a hand-forged mirror circle a deep-blue wall and 10-foot-high ceilings flow through to the great room. Sophisticated yet comfortable, plush, deep-seated furnishings shape the living area. Prints and patterns keep the eye moving around the owners’ favorite space in the home. Custom accent pillows play well against the smaller navy blue embroidered geometric design on the armchairs. Draperies with metallic thread running through them add just the right amount of shimmer. “The couple likes to entertain and wanted to optimize as much seating space in the living area as possible,” the designer says. “They can pull up an extra chair from the cozy sitting area that corners the expanse of windows.”   

Judiciously applied gold touches style the streamlined kitchen, where hexagonal counter stools provide the focal point. Granite countertops and a porcelain tile backsplash play supporting roles. For added depth, the island was painted taupe. “There is a lot of visual impact in this space without it feeling too heavy,” Tempesta says.

Carefully balanced design elements carry through to the dining area, where deep blue once again provides a rich accent. The chandelier defines the space from above as organically shaped, metal tendrils shoot down to meet the glass-topped table with its stick-like base in gold leaf.

The vestibule to the master bedroom assures the private spaces are not to be ignored. Repeating the blue wall treatment creates memory points, while artist Dawn Sweitzer’s metallic gold giclée dots the wall with a touch of glam. “Sometimes guest rooms are neglected, so I’ve come up with creative ways to add a lot of impact,” Tempesta says. Neutral yet comfortable, the designer selected unique elements that play to the gold tones found throughout the home.   

“My greatest inspiration comes from my clients,” Tempesta says. “I am fueled by creating spaces with high visual impact through the use of unexpected elements, while incorporating timeless design ideas for my clients and their families to enjoy for years to come.”

Story Credits: 

Interior Design by Marci Tempesta, Decker Ross Interiors, Clearwater, FL

Developer and Builder Michael Cheezem, JMC Communities, St. Petersburg, FL

Text by Mary Thurman Yuhas

Photography by BOS Images, Trinity, FL

Open to see Interior Design Sources:


Console – CTH Sherill Occasional, Hickory, NC

Mirror and table lamp – Uttermost, Rocky Mount, VA

Faux floral – NDI Natural Decorations, Inc., Brewton, AL

living area

Sofa and occasional tables – Lexington Home Brands, Thomasville, NC

Armchairs – Taylor King Furniture, Taylorsville, NC

Print fabric – Fabricut Fabrics, Tulsa, OK

Cocktail table – CTH Sherrill Occasional, Hickory, NC

Table lamps – Uttermost, Rocky Mount, VA

Cabinet, lounge chair and ottoman – Bernhardt,

Lenoir, NC

Accent table and chandelier – Arteriors, Carrollton, TX

Serving cart – Hooker Furniture, Martinsville, VA

Stacked artwork – Paragon Art, Albertville, AL

Drapery fabric – Fabricut Fabrics, Tulsa, OK

Area rug – Jaipur Living Inc., Acworth, GA

Wallpaper on TV wall – Seabrook Wallpaper, Wayne, PA

Artwork vignette – Leftbank Art, La Mirada, CA


Cabinetry and island – Olde World Cabinetry,

Pinellas Park, FL

Countertops – Stoneworks, Largo, FL

Counter stools – CTH Sherill Occasional, Hickory, NC

Fabric – CR Laine, Hickory, NC

Light pendants – Gabby Home Furniture, Pelham, AL

Artwork – Paragon Picture Gallery, Albertville, AL

dining AREA

Dining table – Ambella Home Collection, Dallas, TX

Dining chairs – Sam Moore Furniture, Bedford, VA

Centerpiece floral – Silk Creations, Pinellas Park, FL

Chandelier – Currey and Company, Atlanta, GA

Wall sconces – Regina Andrew, Riverview, MI

Artwork – Leftbank Art, La Mirada, CA

Paint wall covering – Benjamin Moore & Co.,

Montvale, NJ

guest room

Bed, bedside table and chest – Universal Furniture, High Point, NC

Table lamp and mirror – Uttermost, Rocky Mount, VA

master bedroom

Bed, bedside table and bench – Bernhardt, Lenoir, NC

Table lamp – Arteriors, Carrollton, TX

Fan – Minka-Aire, Corona, CA

Hallway vestibule art – Leftbank Art, La Mirada, CA

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