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Design + Function: Shopping Local

For more than two decades, interior designers and home organization experts Kylie Ponton and Laura Frasor have helped keep Tampa Bay homes as organized as they are beautiful. Both transplants who love their new hometown of Tampa, are enthusiastic about finding local sources for design inspiration and organizational bliss.

We asked Ponton and Fraser to share some of their favorite local spots:

Clayton Gray Home

Inspired home furnishings | When Ponton furnishes and styles projects, she often looks to Clayton Gray Home for beautiful accent pieces and fab furnishings. The Tampa shop is an extension of Clayton Gray Home’s website, which carries over 8,000 products sourced from unique creators. In addition to larger furniture pieces and options to create custom items, the store carries smaller gifts and accessories, perfect for grab-and-go occasions.

NEAT Method

NEAT Method | “NEAT Method has recently developed our own line of products that have become a personal favorite and my new go-to,” Frasor says. From quality craftsmanship to gorgeous clean lines and function, you can’t go wrong with products like the acacia line in kitchens and the grid and perforated baskets. Find them at and also in select Bloomingdales across the country.

The Container Store | The Container Store is the backbone of the organization game. The Tampa store has thousands of staples for functional and maintainable organization. “A few of my personal favorites are the OXO storage containers for your kitchen and pantry and the weathertight totes for garage storage,” Frasor says.

Bloom Garden Shop

Greenery  | The right indoor tree adds a little drama, brings in the outdoors and connects us to nature. Indoor greenery can also promote a positive mood and add the value of air purification. “Indoor plants and trees aren’t just part of the biophilic buzz; we’ve used them in our interiors for years!” Ponton says. “We love Bloom Garden Shop for a fresh plant pick up as well as local knowledge on how to care for your new addition.”

Kids Rooms | When organizing kids’ rooms and playrooms, it’s fun to play off the style and decor of the room to make the organization an extension of the space. Frasor likes Pottery Barn Kids & Teen along with Restoration Hardware Kids & Teen for easy sourcing of gorgeous baskets to store frequently used toys, crafts and accessories.

Schillers Architectural and Design Salvage

Unique Conversation Starters | Schillers Architectural and Design Salvage is a fantastic local resource for quirky finds, reclaimed flooring and unusual antiques that are environment-friendly and make for great conversation starters. “We love stopping by Schillers for inspiration and historical remnants,” Ponton says. “We have found unusual cabinetry hardware, interior doors and gates and unique materials to create table tops for custom projects.”

Shopping local
The Candle Pour

Candles as Accessories | Candles make the perfect host/ess gift and also become a well-placed accessory. We love The Candle Pour in Hyde Park Village for simple and elegant vessels you can fill with your own custom candle pour scent to create a truly customizable accessory that appeals to multiple senses.

*Feature image by Neat Method Tampa

Originally published in May 2021

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