We entered the small boat that would take us the short distant to her shores. The sun was beginning to set as we approached and I felt as if we were going back in time to an era that was grand. Her red roofline was reminiscent of the southernmost house and her architecture was iconic and decadently filled with fretwork and sprawling porches. We followed the beautiful pathways winding through lush green grass. Children were laughing as they ran around playing chase on the lawn. Finally, we entered her doors to the sound of, “someone to watch over me” being played on a grand piano and the notes rose through the lobby and filling the space with elegance of an era gone by. We moved to the grand staircase where a bride was being photographed with her dress sprawled around her like whip crème. So, we rode the elevator high to the second level and looked down on the lobby of the Grand Floridian. I stood listening to the music and let my mind drift away to the history of Florida architecture, old Florida style and how that would look today. Let’s take a peek into a Williamsburg that has been transformed from the dark colors of the late nineties to a Grand Floridian home somewhere in the heart of The Villages.
The house was very nicely done many years ago but the dark paint had grown oppressive to the homeowners and they needed light bright and airy. We removed the light sucking sage and painted a very light golden tannish color. The room took a breath and came to life.
We added white wainscot around the living room to tie into the dining room and the foyer. The white wainscot helped to brighten the room and add architectural detail that is very prevalent in decadent old Florida style. Wainscoting, crown molding, and window casing will always look amazing and never go out of style!
• Window casing
The windows had shutters and side panels hung outside the shutters. They looked nice but to brighten the space and add light, we removed the side panels and added headers to the shutters. By removing the side panels we see the side molding of the shutters and the header ties into that molding creating the illusion that the window is higher and brighter than before.
• Furniture placement
We needed to open up the room so that it felt inviting! The natural focal wall originally had the TV on a console and a clock above it. The TV feels like a black hole in the wall when it was the focus of this room. We moved the sofa to the natural focal wall and the placed a loveseat beside it on the slider wall creating a faux L shape sectional. We still had room for the leather chair angling in toward the space. We purchased a new Entertainment center and placed it on the wall opposing the slider. It looks amazing! We were able to place another chair and ottoman angled in toward the room beside the new entertainment center. All the tables have an expresso or black stain which really pops against the white wainscoting.
• The art
The art is amazing! The homeowners wanted Audubon birds and historic Florida palms. These pictures are classic and rich looking and big! We used big art over the sofa and created a powerful focal point that has the visual strength to balance out the entertainment unit.
• The Lamps
Think decadent gold! We used two golden pineapples on each side of the couch and a hammered copper lamp with a black shade between the leather chair and loveseat. The lamps are big, beautiful and classic!
• The rug
The rug is so beautiful! We increased the rug size to ten by fourteen. We love the tree of life pattern on the new hand knotted wool rug. The black vegetable died base pulls depth into the room and promotes visual cohesion; the green, gold, red and orange tones creating the pattern stand out well and all the colors of the rug can be found in the art.
Zebra of course! The print is classic, neutral and the prefect pillow to pull it all together!
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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