“Nine, Ten, Eleven, Mermaid spins!” I yelled so that my niece could hear me. She popped her head out of the pool with excitement and said, “Now watch me do my back flip and count them!” “Miss Ruth, Miss Ruth can you count my spins too?” Her friend Cassidy yelled from the side of the pool as Regan back flipped in the water. Now that the pool is finished, Regan wants to start having family feasts and pool parties with her friends. Sunday afternoon we had both a feast for the family and a party for her friends. They are wide eyed tweens, and everything is exciting and giggly, or worth cheering about and cheer they did! Grandma, Uncle Scott and numerous aunts made up the panel of judges for the great Sunday Cheer fest and gymnastic swim. After the festivities the girls settled down to enjoy peanut spider cookies with ice cream and my mind wondered to the world of decorating, family fun, and finished things. This time of year many Villagers are receiving visitors to enjoy our fabulous fall weather. Most homeowners are happy to provide a guest bedroom and guest bath that make their guest feel like they are in Florida. Let’s take a peek into two freshly finished guest baths that are ready and waiting for their visitors somewhere in the heart of the Villages.
• Small room grand style
Just because the guest bath is small does not mean that everything in it has to be small. Think big and think tall to increase the space visually.
• Think Big
I start with big art. I usually give my clients several choices of a grand piece of art over the toilet. This space is tall and a great space to make a strong visual impact. Often, my clients will chose something with shells or birds or something that is natural and provides the guest the feeling they are in Florida. It we cannot find one large piece of art we can use two smaller pieces that we stack on top of one another.
• Think Tall
Once the art is chosen, I am inspired to find a curtain to complement the art. You can see that in each picture the curtains have some inspiration from the art, in coloring or pattern. Once I have chosen the curtain I buy two of them. We make a semi-custom curtain that looks amazing! My seamstress, otherwise known as “Mom”, will piece the two curtains together to create one long curtain. The length is usually 91 inches. The way to create a custom look is to use grosgrain ribbon or other types of ribbon, that complement the colors found in the curtain to cover the seam line. She also, adds a small ribbon band at the top of the curtain to visually tie the top of the curtain to the bottom. The curtain looks expensive and custom but it really is not!
When the height of the curtain is increased, the rod must be very tight if it is a tension rod. If there will be lots of little grandkids that like to pull on things I have the rod installed into the wall with screws, so that it will not fall on little heads.
Also, I buy the rings that have bearings. The bearing balls allow for a smooth glide along the rod.
I like all towels to be useable, not just decorative. I buy two of every color that is in the curtain. This way, they can be changed up and all the colors will complement the curtain and the art.
I like to put a rug in the bathroom that complements the curtain. Remember, it does not have to match it just has to coordinate. If you are worried about slipping, put a non-slip rug pad underneath the rug.
• Basket on toilet
I like to put a small basket on top of the toilet and fill it with extra wash clothes and hand towels. Also, I like having guest napkins or paper towels in the bathroom, especially during cold and flu season.
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
P.P.S Be sure to visit our home decor store, "The Finishing Touch" for your home good needs.