My niece is obsessed with the flavor vanilla so when I heard her say “MMMMMMMM!” as she put the first bite of cake in her mouth, I knew we had a winner! I pushed my fork down into the first thick layer of cake as my mouth watered in anticipation. I watched as the fork moved through the layer of frosting and onto the second layer of cake, then a little more frosting and finally the third layer was broken away almost falling off my fork. The aroma of vanilla and white chocolate swirled in the air around me and the first bite was nothing short of decadent! I looked at my niece and said, “This is the perfect vanilla cake! “Aunt Ruth, can I have a little more?” Regan asked with a big smile. I decided that we both needed a little more and she decided to take a gymnastic break. Regan ran off to do cartwheels along the back deck of the pool and I took another bite of the dreamy vanilla cake. As I watched her flip and spin around the pool, I enjoyed my cake and my mind drifted to decorating, decadence and just a little more! Let’s take a peek into a great room that is delightfully decadent and then we added just a little more, somewhere in the heart of The Villages.
• Traditional space
This family room is traditional, with traditional pieces, including a baby grand piano. The homeowners love their traditional things and they like decadence! We needed to enhance the space because the tile made it feel cold and there was not real character to the walls.
The tile floor was cold and too neutral for this space. The homeowner wanted the warmth of real wood flooring. We decided to have the tile removed and install acacia wood. The warmth of the wood floor and the variation of color gave the space a rich warm feeling that the homeowner was seeking. The wood was installed threshold free so that when the other rooms transitioned back to tile it was smooth rather than a bumpy threshold transition. This can be done you just have to find installers that can do it!
The molding in this space is truly the star of the show. The room has two large walls of equal size and the homeowner wanted a feature wall created on one of the large walls. This was achieved by breaking the wall up with columns and adding wainscoting. The wainscoting goes all the way around the space and through the body of the adjoining dining room. The molding treatments look traditional elegant and most of all, decadent!
The homeowner wanted to feature a piece by an artist that she loved on the wall with the columns and it looks great in the center. We added wall sconces with peacock feathers on each side to finish the feature wall. The other wall was divided and the peacock prints that were hanging in a staggered position were now hung inside decorative boxes to further highlight their beauty.
The cornice is really unique and decadent! What makes this cornice decadent is a golden crackle finish that looks expensive and aged. We finished the sides of the window by hanging dupioni silk drapes under the cornice and puddling them on the floor. Puddling drapes does require more fabric and for that reason the cost increases but it fits a decadent space and is very in keeping with the look and feel of this room.
The two large chairs were dark and dated but they were really nice chairs. We had them recovered in a tiny stripe with lots of gold and teal. They look light and much brighter in the space.
The ceiling fan was removed and a crystal chandelier was installed for a traditional lighting treatment. Also, the homeowner highlighted the art on each wall with LED lights that are aimed to shine on the art. At night, the room looks rich and inviting, and if that is not enough the homeowner can flip on the low light LEDs installed on the decadent cornice for just a little bit more.
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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