St. Petersburg Home Channels Greek-Mediterranean Cool

Crafting a Mediterranean design that feels young and vivacious appears effortless in this classic St. Petersburg home, where comfort and entertaining are in focus


How amazing would it be to find your own piece of paradise hugging the pristine shores of Tampa Bay — where the daily dance of dolphins captivates with impressive acrobatics as they bow ride in the wake of passing boats? “It’s incredible,” says interior designer and homeowner Pamela Harvey, who transformed this 6,340-square-foot Mediterranean manse into her personal oasis. The goal was to take the once traditional concept and lighten the ambience to suit a more youthful, modern design. “My inspiration leaned more toward a Greek-Mediterranean style,” she says. “Using varying shades of blue, I pulled from the coastal color palette that saturates Greece’s coastline.”

Deep-blue French doors open to a natural simplicity that begins in the foyer. A three-tiered, beaded chandelier casts circles of light around the space as shadows play across white French oak flooring that leads the way to the home’s centerpiece … a newly configured living room and seating area. “My design concept for this space was to create a warm and inviting area that focuses on the view of Tampa Bay,” Harvey says. To make this vision possible, a column was removed and Harvey had a custom beam engineered to allow for strategic placement of the sofa clad in Kravet’s pale blue linen. Inspired by the artwork of Carol Benson-Cobb, the distinct abstract design of the “Coastal’s End” area rug anchors the space in barefoot elegance.

Picturesque windows line the wall of what used to be the family room; but is now the epicenter of dining and entertaining. Custom built-in shelving provides plenty of storage space while adding contrast against the white, dry stack quartz that wraps the fireplace. Roberta Schilling’s “Dove,” Harvey’s choice of casually elegant furnishings, and croton centerpieces help keep the atmosphere natural, fresh and airy for social gatherings large or small. The open-concept kitchen and dining room assists in maintaining a cohesive vibe. After removing an angled wall, the kitchen has doubled in size, making room for two islands. The additional space is perfect for hosting parties.

Lush greenery and bluish hues reflecting off the water envelop the loggia and pool area. Since a former Olympian swimmer originally built this house, it seems fitting that it is suited with an Olympic-size swimming pool with a 50-meter lap lane. During the remodel, Harvey decided to keep the size of the pool, considering it promotes exercise and healthy living. This refreshed Mediterranean retreat encourages relaxation with a feast of sights, sounds and senses enhanced by the ebb and flow of open bay waters. With a view that many can only dream of, taking the edge off and spending quality time with friends and family is easy with a cohesive atmosphere that fosters peace and tranquility.

Story Credits: 

Interior Design by Pamela Harvey, Pamela Harvey Interiors, St. Petersburg, FL

Landscape Design by Bayscape Landscaping, Inc., St. Petersburg, FL

Text by Lauren Czipulis

Photography by Seamus Payne, Tampa, FL

Open to see Interior Design Sources:


Living Room

Sofa – Hallman Furniture, Taylorsville, NC

Lounge chairs – Bernhardt Furniture, High Point, NC

Sofa, chair and drapery fabrics – Kravet, SFDP, Hollywood, FL

Sofa accent pillow fabric – John Robshaw,

John Roselli, Washington D.C.

Chair accent pillow fabric – Windy O’Connor, Charlotte, NC

White accent table – Bliss Studio, Tustin, CA

Cocktail table and sofa table – CTH | Sherrill Furniture, High Point, NC

Clamshell bowl – Broncante Vintage Market, St. Petersburg, FL

Occasional table – Chelsea House, High Point, NC

Daybed – Serena & Lily, Palm Beach, FL 

Floor lamp – Ro Sham Beaux, Atlanta, GA

Corner planter – HomeGoods, St. Petersburg, FL

Chandelier, cabinetry, blue artwork and accessories – Owner’s Collection

Dining Room

Table – Somerset Bay, High Point, NC

Chairs – Restoration Hardware, Tampa, FL

Centerpiece candleholders – Regina Andrew, Atlanta, GA

Custom table runner fabric – John Robshaw,

John Roselli, Washington D.C.

Chandelier – Ro Sham Beaux, Atlanta, GA

Built-in cabinetry and shelving – Custom designed by Pamela Harvey Interiors, St. Petersburg, FL

Fabricated by McKenzie Cabinetry, St. Petersburg, FL

Wallcovering – F. Schumacher, Washington D.C.

Wall lamps – Circa Lighting, Quadro, MDD, Miami, FL

Fireplace surround – The Tile Shop, Tampa, FL

Dove wall art on fireplace wall – Roberta Schilling Collection, Miami, FL

Drapery fabric – Kravet, SFDP, Hollywood, FL

Area rug – Annie Selke, Lenox, MA

Foyer Entry

Front doors – Custom designed by Pamela Harvey Interiors, St. Petersburg, FL

Fabricated by Doors Galore, Sarasota, FL

Console – Twitter Feefer, High Point, NC

Artwork above console – Wendover Art, Largo, FL

Vintage accessories and area rug – Owner’s Collection

Woven basket – Pottery Barn, Tampa, FL

Chandelier – Lights & More, Tampa, FL


Cabinetry, islands and wet bar – McKenzie Cabinetry, St. Petersburg, FL

Countertops – International Granite & Stone,

St. Petersburg, FL

Counter stools – Bernhardt Furniture, High Point, NC

Light pendants – Circa Lighting, Quadro, MDD, Miami, FL

Sliding barn door – Custom designed by Pamela Harvey Interiors, St. Petersburg, FL

Fabricated by McKenzie Cabinetry, St. Petersburg, FL

Loggia/Pool Area

Chaise lounges, sofa, armchairs, stools and fire pit cocktail table – Castelle Luxury Outdoor Furniture, AmericasMart, Atlanta, GA

Umbrella – Owner’s Collection

Garden table – East Enterprises, High Point, NC

Blue planter – Broncante Vintage Market, St. Petersburg, FL

Drapery fabric – Sunbrella, Kravet Showroom, SFDP, Hollywood, FL

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