The Key West Christmas sky was bright azure blue and the wind whipped in light breezes tinged with just enough coolness that a light sweater was appropriate for the day. As the green water and blue skies congealed into a calming teal, I stared out toward the horizon and let the relaxation wash over me. So often I hear, “Well we don’t live near the coast.” and then the client will trail off as if we are to reach the same silent conclusion of “so then it would not be right to decorate with coastal things.” I could not disagree more! Do you love Tuscany, or do you love the clean line of Swedish design? Whatever you want, you may have no matter the latitude, so in the New Year surround yourself with the environment that you will love. Let’s see how one couple wanted a coastal vibe and achieved that balance, somewhere in the heart of The Villages.
• Life with a view
This house is an extended Gardenia and it has a view of water. The challenge came in when I saw the homeowners couch. This couch is the biggest couch that I have ever seen. The only wall that the couch would comfortably fit was the wall opposing the slider. Also, the homeowners really liked looking out at the view and wanted the TV to remain in its place if possible. The first pillar of furniture placement is finding the focal point. Every room has a natural focal point and that is the largest wall. The living room of a gardenia has two large walls, the one between the windows is the first and the second largest is the wall opposing the slider. To put the TV on the smallest wall is not utilizing the focal point theory to its best. We decided that we would make it work and we did!
• Clear the Room
We cleared the room of all but the couch and the entertainment unit. Since the Gardenia always has an outlet in the floor we have to cover it. We used a rug to define the space and cover the outlet. However, we laid the rug on an angle! This made the room come to life and look bigger. If you are trying this you must have a rug.
• Natural Focal Point
The wall between the windows is the first wall that you look at when you look into the space so it has to look really pretty. We found two slipper chairs and one round table to place as a grouping on the wall. This provided visual weight, a focal point, and the table covered all the plugs in the wall, since that wall is usually slated for a TV.
The homeowner had a curved floral couch that previously was placed on the wall between the two windows. I am glad we kept the couch because it was the key to balancing everything. With the entertainment unit on the smallest wall and the big sofa opposing that small wall we needed to create visual balance. We placed the curved floral sofa at an angle beside the entertainment unit. The curved sofa and entertainment unit create a visual balance against the big sofa!
• Lots of Seating
We still had room for one more chair. We placed that chair at an angle to the couch. This room will seat eight comfortably. A Gardenia living room is big; don’t be afraid to use the space.
• Play up the height
We weren’t getting crown molding but we still wanted to play up the height of the room. We accomplished this by hanging white side panels all the way to the ceiling. This softens the space and draws the eyes up making the space look larger.
• Don’t forget the slider
The slider had exterior mount verticals for privacy but we needed to treat the slider with window treatments too. We painted the plastic valance that covers the track of the verticals with bright white to match the trim in the house. The plastic valence faded into the wall like molding just as I wanted it to do. Then I hung two panels on each side of the window for a luxurious look. I bought wooden rods with deep returns so the curtains would extend over the six inch protrusion from the wall and cover the vertical slats when they were open. All side panels were hung at 95 inches and the height looks so good in this space.
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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