Modern Style Abounds in Dade City Interim Residence

As their home gets built in Dade City, a couple enjoys a temporary residence that blends contemporary sentiments with Old-Florida charm


Dubbed the heart of Florida for its proximity to Orlando, Tampa Bay, and the Gulf Coast beaches, San Antonio (or San Ann as the locals call it) attracts many residents with its rolling hills and rustic, small-town feel. This charming locale has retained its historical ties to the cattle and citrus industries while balancing a respectful vision of growth. Dr. Chet Taylor and his wife, Becky, were both born and raised in the neighboring town of Dade City, and Dr. Taylor has been practicing veterinary medicine in the area for more than 35 years. Upon selling their previous house, they purchased a property as an interim residence while they build their “forever home” just a block away on Lake Jovita. “We have raised our four children here,” says Becky, “so this area is not just the heart of Florida, but it’s also very close to our hearts.”

Before planning the interiors of the 2,650-square-foot farmhouse-style dwelling, Becky consulted with Tampa interior designer Rebekah Johnson to help envision the overall aesthetic she had in mind. “Rebekah and I took many things into consideration,” says Becky. “I expressed to her our love of Old Florida while keeping the look clean and light. Our Jack Russell Labrador also had to be considered while choosing the flooring and fabrics.”

Because the couple was downsizing from their previous home, Johnson’s priority was to create a space that was both beautiful and functional. “They were only going to keep sentimental pieces, so we were fortunate to start with a blank canvas,” says the designer. “They also understood that every item in each room would become significant in creating a stunning and fluid space.”

The Taylors’ primary directive was to infuse a neutral palette with organic touches. Johnson’s inspiration for the entire project began with the dining room’s floral embroidered Chivasso drapery fabric. Black, white, and metallic became the predominant colors for the main living spaces, with floral and animal imagery used in the artwork and accessories. In addition, hints of gold are predominant throughout to create a sense of luxury. “Our goal was ‘livable luxury,’” notes Johnson. “The objective was to seamlessly mix the old with the new, and custom design all the area rugs, draperies, and millwork to fit the rooms perfectly.”

As the husband and wife are avid entertainers, Johnson had to get creative with the home’s limited space. She designed a spectacular wine wall in the dining room to accommodate an extensive collection and incorporated a bar area in the adjacent kitchen. She also outfitted three guest bedrooms, each with its own distinctive look, for when the couple’s adult children visit.

The exterior spaces were just as thoughtfully planned, with a custom pool area framed by a checkerboard pattern of white pavers and artificial grass, a putting green, a conversation area, and an outdoor kitchen and dining space. “It gives the feeling of coming upon a tropical oasis,” says Becky, “and it has already proven to be the perfect gathering spot for parties with tons of family.” 

Within the first six months of living in their “for now home,” the couple had hosted three gatherings and were thrilled with how the project came to fruition. “I think the design is very calming and timeless,” adds Johnson, who’s also been tapped for the Taylors’ forever residence. “These clients are an absolute dream.”

Story Credits:

Interior Design by Rebekah Johnson, Rebekah Johnson Interiors, Tampa, FL

Text by Jeanne de Lathouder

Photography by Amy Lamb, Nashville, TN

Open to see Interior Design Sources:


Living Room

Sofa – Arhaus,

Club chairs with ottomans – Worlds Away, Clayton Gray Home, Tampa, FL

Cocktail table – Sunpan,

Drink tables – Global Views, Clayton Gray Home, Tampa, FL

Console – Williams-Sonoma, 

Ceiling and floor lighting – Global Views, Clayton Gray Home, Tampa, FL

Drapery fabric by Kravet, and fabrication by Karen Lockwood Designs, Tampa, FL

Wallpaper – Phillip Jeffries,

Area rug – Carpet Source, Winter Park, FL

Dining Area

Table and chairs – Arhaus,

Chandelier – Arteriors,

Antique display cabinet refinished by Artisan Restoration, Pinellas Park, FL

Wine wall designed by Rebekah Johnson, Rebekah Johnson Interiors, Tampa, FL

Drapery fabric by Chivasso, and fabrication by Karen Lockwood Designs, Tampa, FL

Wallpaper – Phillip Jeffries,

Area rug – Carpet Source, Winter Park, FL


Cabinetry and island designed by Rebekah Johnson, Rebekah Johnson Interiors, Tampa, FL, and fabricated by Scott Mainwaring Woodworking, Dade City, FL

Stools – Global Views, Clayton Gray Home, Tampa, FL

Chandelier – Arteriors,

Guest Bedroom

Bed – Sunpan,

Chest – Currey & Co., Clayton Gray Home, Tampa, FL

Lamp – Arteriors,

Primary Bathroom

Cabinetry – Scott Mainwaring Woodworking, Dade City, FL

Lighting on mirror – Hinkley, Complete Lighting, Tampa, FL

Stool – Made Goods, Clayton Gray Home, Tampa, FL

Primary Bedroom

Poster bed and headboard – Williams-Sonoma,

Bedside chest – Arhaus, 

Lamps – Ngala Trading,

Bench – Four Hands,

Accent chair – Alder & Tweed,

Side table – Four Hands,

Drapery fabric by S. Harris and fabrication by Karen Lockwood Designs, Tampa, FL 

Area rug – Carpet Source, Winter Park, FL

Outdoor Kitchen

Seating and cocktail table – Four Hands,

Chest – Frontgate,

Dining table – Williams-Sonoma,

Chairs – Four Hands,

Parson table – Sunpan,

Stools – Uttermost,

Pool lounges – Ledge Lounger,

Umbrellas – One Kings Lane,

Pool – Patio Pools, Tampa, FL


Desk and chair – Uttermost,

Chairs – Sunpan,

Chandelier – Arteriors,

Area rug – Carpet Source, Winter Park, FL


Builder – Magnolia Homes Florida, San Antonio, FL

Landscape architecture – Chuck Rogers Landscape Design, Tampa, FL

Pavers – Pirate Pavers, Dade City, FL 

Outdoor planters – Bloom Garden Shop, Tampa, FL

Florals – Stemplicity, Tampa, FL

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