“Aunt Ruth! Will you take me shopping for Black Friday?” Regan asked with excitement. I was recalling my nieces request while I stood in line and wondered; “If it is this bad now what would the after Thanksgiving Day crowd be like?” The line was ten deep and I needed to buy just a few towels to complete another guest bath in time for Thanksgiving. It is not often that I have to say “no” to clients wanting a quick fix up for the holidays and it is not often that I tell my niece “no”. So in the spirit of “Yes” I will try Black Friday shopping! I am sure that we will enjoy wondering around amidst crowds of people trying to find the things we “need”. Often times it is not until the holidays that we realize we do need a few new things. Let’s take a peek at a dining room that needed just a few new things to get it in shape for the holiday season somewhere in the heart of The Villages.
• Establish a focal point
The basic set up of the dining room was fine, consisting of a dining table and buffet. However, in the before picture you can see that small mirror hangs on a large wall and really does not do much in the space. The scale of the mirror is too small for the size of the buffet.
• Larger mirrors on back wall
This model is a Gardenia and has a large arched window in the kitchen. The dining room wall with the slider opposes the kitchen window and has lots of light collecting on it during the day. I like to put large mirrors on the back wall of the dining room because it catches all the light and makes the dining room feel larger. We chose two large mirrors with silver leaf frames to place side by side on the back wall of the dining room and they look stunning! They take all the light and reflect it back into the space. The mirrors are a powerful contribution to the new look of the dining room. Remember, big mirrors are the best mirrors!
• Treatment of the focal wall
The natural focal wall of the dining room is the largest wall. This dining room has only two walls so the largest wall is the natural focal point. The buffet occupies that wall and we chose a water color to go above the buffet. The water color is matted and framed with a grey wash on the frame. We liked the grey wash because it seemed to work with the silver tones of the mirror and chandelier. Also, I liked the way the warm colors of the picture look with the cooler tones of the frame.
• Accessorizing the buffet
I like to place an alternative source of light in the dining room. We chose to use a lamp that the homeowners had just purchased, fashioned out of coral stone. We also placed a pop of glass with burnished colors in it beside the lamp and a shock of greenery for softness. To finish off the buffet we placed a large piece of real shelf coral on display. The real coral gives a rich and natural look to the space as well as being a great conversation piece. We added the tree to the corner of the dining room and it looks great.
• Accessorizing the dining room table
We re-used an arrangement that the homeowner had because we liked the nice mix of colorful tropical flowers. The arrangement on the table works with the glass on the buffet to pull color through the space and create a visual relationship.
The large area rug works to delineate the space and helps to eliminate echo in the rooms. Often, in a house full of tile, sounds reverberate and echo. Rugs can help stop the sound by absorbing it. Also, in a space that has no walls to divide it, area rugs set a soft separation from one space to another.
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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