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Feathery pink wisps glow against a bright teal sky on the horizon as I turned my van onto Morse Blvd and descended down the hill. Approaching the bridge I could see the palm tree tops backlit in grey scale, whipping in the wind and the outline of birds heading off to a roost for the night. I drive home most nights in the twilight hour now that the time has changed and what I enjoy most about this time of year is the brilliant sunsets so full of color and light. As the holidays approach, these things that we enjoy are calling family members to join us under this great southern sky. When you combine great weather with a free guest room family members will come! Last week, we looked at two finished guest baths awaiting their arrivals but what about a bedroom for your guests? Let’s take a peek into a sunny and welcoming guest bedroom that awaits its visitors somewhere in the Heart of the Villages.
•Sunny Disposition Welcome-to-the-Sun
We were not afraid to be bold in the guest room! The wall color is called humble gold but it is not so humble. It is bright, sunny, warm and inviting. The colors used as accents in the space, navy blue, white and a touch of red, look great with the warm golden yellow. Your guest will know they are in Florida!
•Shutters
The white shutters stand out against the sunny paint and provide great privacy. I always suggest shutters for the bedroom with the arched windows in the Begonia model. The reason I like shutters on arched windows is twofold. The first being the shutter comes with trim molding so the windows look finished. Once they are installed you will never have to do another type of treatment because shutters are the best. The second reason, is that the shutters help keep the heat out. This room can often be hot due to the sun shining through all the windows and the shutters really cut down on the heat.
•Art
When visitors come to Florida is important that they feel like they are in Florida. We chose a picture titled, “Heads Up” by Gene Rizzo. The piece is a collection of whimsical birds that can be found in Florida.
•Bedding
We start with white as the base color of the bedding. A lightweight cotton coverlet is washable in between guest and always looks crisp and clean. Navy was the main accent color and we chose bedding that would highlight that color. The navy coverlet is folded down at the end of the bed to add a pop of color. We chose two white European pillows with navy embroidery to lie against the headboard and the shams that match the navy coverlet lay in front of the European pillows. One small pillow finishes the look and the guest bed looks very inviting. Also, always use white cotton sheets. White is perceived as the cleanest color and they can be bleached. Guest sheets should always be pristine.
•Lamps
The lamps are silver pineapples. The pineapple is the universal symbol of welcome. What could be more appropriate for a guest room to make the guest fell welcome than a pineapple symbol?
•Two chairs
We were able to place two chairs and a table in front of the bay window area. This created a nice space to read, watch TV, or sit down to put on shoes. The table in between the chairs has a navy blue skirt and pulls the navy blue around the room. We added a lamp for extra light and the skirt of the table can act as a hideout for extra storage.
•Remember to provide
In a guest room there are a few things that should be provided. A wastebasket, tissues and reading material are things to help make people feel at home.

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.

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