A colorful soul
Written by: Christina Kleiner
Take one step into the Tampa kitchen of Dr. Charles "Chuck" and Marianne Paidas and you feel as if you have been instantly transported to the beautiful Italian countryside. Robust colors, rich textures and more than likely the enticing aroma of pesto, meatballs or homemade tomato sauce help to establish that old-world atomosphere. "We are from an Italian-Greek family, so it was very important to me to instill that ethnic spirit into the design of the kitchen," says Marianne.
The 4,400-square-foot ranch, built in 1982 had been remodeled before Chuck and Marianne purchased the home. White cabinetry, granite countertops, a small island and new appliances meant the kitchen worked for the couple for quite a few years. But, as expected, the kitchen started showing its age. "We enjoy this house so much-it is easy to live in and the neighborhood is great," says Marianne. "Remodeling the kitchen just seemed like the natural choice.
Enlisting the expertise of kitchen designer Krista Medendorp, of Artisan Design, was a serendipitous moment according to Marianne, who retired from teaching at Tampa Catholic last year. "I would drive past their showroom every day and I loved it," she says. "One day I just stopped in and met Krista and things just took off from that first meeting.
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