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Golden strands of hair pulled up into a perfect ballerina bun are highlighted by a sparkly silver bow that shimmers under the stage lights. Her dress is layers of silver tulle that cascade out from a beautiful silver lace bodice tied at the back with a silver ribbon creating another beautiful bow. My niece was standing at the back left stage in the choir but she was obscured by the young man in front of her. The only time I was able to get a video of her singing was during the all-girls solo of 365 days of Christmas. I still remember when I was an angel in the annual Christmas play on the very stage in front of me. The church has not changed much since I was a student and it still feels like home. My mind could not wander while the kids were singing and my mind better not wander while the pastor was speaking. Later that night I thought about the idea of Christmas 365 days a year and how that relates to the world of decorating. The majority of my work is helping people create a new home here in Florida after a lifetime spent elsewhere. It is a gift when I can create a space that makes them feel like home all year long. Let’s take a peek into a Bonifay Villa and see how we created a space that looks great throughout the year and for Christmas it looks extra special with added Holiday Cheer, somewhere in the heart of The Villages.
• WainscotingFinished-and-ready-for-Christmas
This villa provides a large living space! We decided that a wainscoting treatment would look amazing so we installed the white wainscoting all the way around the living area. This provided a strong pop of white which makes the space look even larger. Wainscoting in all white always makes spaces look bigger and brighter!
• Crown molding
We had seven inch crown installed throughout the main body. It draws the eye upward and finishes the space off nicely by visually tying in the wainscoting and cornices.
• Cornices
The homeowner did not want fabric treatments on the windows. However, we did need to make the windows look finished. We installed white wood cornice boards over the two sliding glass doors and the window behind the couch. This made the windows look finished and visually tied into the other molding.
• Paint
The way that I help customers pick color is to find the one color that has a conversation with all the other colors in the space. In other words, which color complements everything? That is the color to choose. We use large color boards hanging on the wall to find that color and I do tend to stay neutral. This color is the special mix that I made of tannish gold that looks like crème. This color lightens and brightens a space while saturating the walls with color and warmth.
• Add Christmas
When you move to a new home there may not be a fireplace for your stockings or a shelf for you nutcracker collection but if you look hard enough you can find a new way to display you Christmas collections. I don’t usually advocate setting things on cornices but I love the Nutcracker collection displayed high above so they can be seen for the season.
• A wreath
If you are the proud owner of the ever popular arched mirror, add a wreath to it! It looks like a window anyway, why not have a Christmas window display.
• Pop Red
The homeowner’s accent color is red so a traditional Christmas look is best. She added more red to accent for the season.
• Lots of Lights
Use lights to set the mood of the season of light! My favorite is the electric flickering candle designed by the imaginers of Disney. Feel free to put up a substantial tree in your villa it will look great!
• Incorporate the Nativity
The nativity can be displayed on just about any flat surface. The coffee table or entertainment unit is a great place to stow away something and add the nativity for the 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.

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