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From the last week of December into the first week of January is a great time for personal projects. Often, my clients are with family, Christmas trees are up and decorating is on hold until the holidays conclude but for me that means time on my hands for my house. So what were my personal projects you ask? I had the master bedroom, garage and my office painted so that I could move furniture around and bring in some of the new art I brought back from Key West! Also, this is the time to get rid of things and clean! Everything feels fresh, lighter and brighter and I love the feeling. Just before the holidays I showed you the foyer of a Williamsburg model that was lightened and now I want to show you the dining room! Let’s take a peek into a space that found the light just in time for Christmas somewhere in the heart of The Villages.
• The goalAfter-is-Full-of-Light-and-Timeless-Classic-Pieces
The goal of the project was to create light in the space. The space was very pretty and well done but dark and was now feeling a bit oppressive and maybe a little out of date. We brought in lots of light!
• Wainscot
We added wainscoting all the way around the dining room. This was a continuation of what we did in the foyer. The wainscot ran under the bar looking into the kitchen, down the hallway that leads to the master bedroom on the right and the laundry on the left. The wainscot continued around the bookshelf that is the divider for the dining room and into the complete dining room stopping at the slider. The wainscoting from the chair rail down to the floor is painted completely white. This makes the space look amazing and the added architectural value of wainscoting is timeless.
• Jogging the wainscot
The sideboard is taller than the chair rail. We did not want the chair rail running behind the sideboard. As you can see in the picture we raised the chair rail up to run over the top of the sideboard providing a two inch reveal all the way around the large cabinet. This process makes the sideboard look custom to the space!
• Paint the sideboard
We loved the size of the sideboard and it was an expensive piece that the homeowner really did not want to replace if we could find a way to make it work. We made it work by painting it expresso! The look of the space was transitioning to a classic tommy Bahama feeling and the topiaries and English ivy did not really fit in the new feeling of the space. We re-proposed the topiaries on the front porch and painting the side board cost about one fourth of the cost to replace the piece. The expresso color popped against the white wainscot and tied into the dining set very well.
• Mirrors
Yes! The arched mirrors will be running into the New Year in duex! We needed to catch light from the large kitchen window. In order to catch light we added mirrors. The Williamsburg has a large dining room wall that required two mirrors to fill the space; just one would look under scale. The arched mirror mimics a French Palladian window so when they are installed it is a two for one. We get the light reflected but the mirrors really look like windows.
• Zebra Rug
We added a zebra i-kat rug under the table for a modern approach to the classic print. The colors of zebra print are neutral in nature so they blend with any look and add a high end feeling into the space. Don’t be afraid to use zebra print if you have wanted too! It does not make you wild or “out there” it makes you awesome!
• Pineapple sconces
The golden pineapple sconces are amazing and look so rich. They hold two taper candles each. The taper candles are the luminaire brand that was designed by the Imagineers at Disney. They look real but without the fear of burning the house down.
• Chandelier
The chandelier looked a little heavy before the makeover but once the mirrors were in place it felt much lighter and we wanted it to stay.
• Lamps and art
The Snowy Egret by James Audubon hangs over the sideboard with lamps on each side. Also, a touch of greens and a piece of coral finish off the 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

P.P.S Be sure to visit our home decor store, "The Finishing Touch" for your home good needs.

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