“Your work must be so much fun!” is a comment that I hear often and the many who have said this throughout the years would be right! When my niece was younger she accompanied me to many homes for consultation and still does; I remember saying to her, “You are going to think that work is driving to houses to talk about decorating and then collect a check.” At the age of ten, she now knows that decorating is hard and physical work but fun too. Having said all that, what I love most, above all else, is that my work is satisfying and life changing work. When a room begins to take shape and become more comfortable and more beautiful it feels like the space has taken a breath and come to life. Those are the best words to describe the feeling that I feel when we do the “big reveal.” Also, the look on a client’s face and the way they move into the space with ease lets me know that transformation has occurred. Let’s take a peek into a space that was happily transformed after fourteen years of remaining the same, somewhere in the heart of The Villages.
We did not need to paint! I loved the existing paint color and it was in good shape so we tackled other projects.
• Casement molding
We discussed adding crown molding but we needed something more than that; we needed casement molding. This house has a great view and we wanted to enhance the view. We added large casement molding with a crown molding header around the slider. In order to visually tie the shutters to the slider, we added crown molding headers to the shutters. When you walk into the room the windows all look cohesive. If crown molding for the main body of the space is not in the budget, consider casement molding on windows with headers, a must. This gives a finished look almost like having crown molding all around.
• New Floor
This is a Gardenia model and the living rooms at the time this house was built were usually carpet. The kitchen and foyer have tile that runs into the living room carpet. We installed new engineered hardwood because it blended nicely with the existing tile in the home. The key to having engineered hardwood in a Gardenia without ripping up tile is to have no threshold. The flooring is glued to the slab and a skilled installer will know how to install the flooring without a lumpy bumpy threshold.
• Buy a Huge TV
I think the homeowners were most excited about the TV. As soon as they knew they could have a large TV by repositioning the room, they purchased the TV that weekend! We did replace the large entertainment unit with a console and we attached the TV to the wall. If you are getting rid of the entertainment unit, it is important that the TV be attached to the wall, it looks more professional. Also, there is no gap between the wall and the back of the TV spoiling the look of a space.
• New furniture all around
We were able to place two full size sofas at 85” long. We placed the two sofas in an L shape creating the sense of a faux sectional. We also, purchased a new recliner! We added an ottoman in front of the sofa, rather than a coffee table, so that the homeowners could put their feet up. This coffee table has the unique function of a center piece of wood that slides; it will hold a bowl of popcorn or a drink! Also, it is a pretty piece. We added an occasional chair beside the console with a little table and a lamp. This rounded out the conversation area perfectly!
• Side tables and lamps
The sofas meet to create an L shape. I added a square side table due to shape of the space. I used a round table at one end of the sofa and another round table in the pie shaped space the angled recliner creates with the sofa arm. This set up allows us to get four lamps in the space.
We chose an 8X10 wool rug from the Nat Geo collection and it looks amazing in the space. Also, it provides a soft place to land while delineating the space.
The art is all Florida all the way! We placed Sea of Dreams over the sofa and complemented it with a heron and egret from Gene Rizzo. Altogether, the space looks comfortable and relaxing.
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