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“I hung the pictures of the butterflies above my bed, all by myself, and it looks amazing!” my niece Regan said with excitement. “By yourself? Did you know how to hang a hook in the wall?” I asked. “Uh! Aunt Ruth! I learned by watching youuuuu…uh!” she said with exasperation as if I should have known. I felt it instantly, the tug of heart strings, my heart and my lips were smiling and I felt lovingly flattered. If you were to ask her now what she wanted to do when she grows up, she would tell you, “I want to go to Yale and be a politician.” However, she is not out arguing politics on the stump, she is hanging art and designing her space. Maybe Yale has a school of design and her generation will create amazing things that have a great impact on society. Let’s take a peek into a space that pays homage to a movement that greatly impacted society and design. These designs emerged roughly from the 40’s to the 70’s and are still with us today. We call them Mid-Century Modern and we will see how they look in a dining room somewhere just outside the heart of The Villages.
• What is Mid-century modernshot-of-the-foyer-with-Bird-of-Paradise
The furniture of the era is recognizable by clean lines and flat surfaces. Pre-war traditionalism was full of embellishments and furniture with carved designs but mid-century modern was the birth of less is more. The way a piece was designed made a statement as well as the material used to design a piece of furniture. Many things emerged from these eras that are still recognizable today.
• Scan design and the use of Teak
The simplicity of the Scandinavian designs allowed teak to shine as a very popular choice of wood. Today scan design still sells the pieces that are pictured in the dining room. This furniture stands the test of time because it still looks good, the designs are still relevant to the lover of Mid-Century Modern, and the furniture is highly functional. The dining chairs are very comfortable; they demonstrate that good design and highly functioning furniture can have clean lines and stand the test of time.
• Pop of Color
The homeowner likes lots of color so we used lots of color. The rug beneath the table is a bright teal with links of cream running thought it. The rug is classic modern and looks amazing in the space. Also, the rug helps to define the dining room when it is a space with only two walls.
• Window treatments
The windows are treated with shutters for privacy but we added a white wooden cornice and side panels for softness. The white cornice was repeated in this dining room because it was used throughout the living room that we studied last week. We did choose different fabric for the dining room. We highlighted only the teal and white with an open embroidered leaf pattern.
• Chandelier
The chandelier is decadent! The saucer shape was found often in mid-century modern along with mixture of materials. In this case the metal and crystal come together to create a stunning piece that is both unique and perfect for the space.
• Peacock feathers and orchids
The corner of the dining room has a tall teal vase full of peacock feathers. The feathers make a beautiful arrangement that provides softness and texture to the space. We used orchids on the table because they are classic and simple.
• Foyer
In this open floor plan the foyer is next to the dining room. The homeowner wanted something with the “wow” factor to greet guest into the home and she chose the perfect peacock. This peace is by the fine arts photographer of Florida and is titled “Bird of Paradise.” He is eye catching and full of vivid color. The homeowner wanted to highlight the royal blue from the head of the peacock. The entry way rug pops the royal blue on the floor. The common bond the spaces share, linking them visually, is vivid color. The blues are different but they share the same hue value and they work together. These spaces represent clean, fresh, and minimal decorative items that provide big visual impact!

P.S. –Attention, club presidents! I give free decorating programs! It is lots of fun and very informative. Call and schedule your club today or call Ruth your full service decorator at 352-804-2056

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