The “Iris” is not just the name of a popular model home in The Villages and an “Iris” is not just a flower. Iris is a goddess and according to Greek mythology, her father was a marine god and her mother was a cloud nymph. I am sure you are wondering what you get when a marine god and a cloud nymph get together and you would be right if you guessed, the goddess of sea and sky, Iris! Though the color of the iris flower is often purple with yellow at the center the goddess powers are derived from the blue hues of sea and sky. Historically, the Greeks
have played a big role in design and architecture but who knew their goddess Iris would still be working so hard today promoting all things blue and peaceful. As I think about the prevalence of blue today, it occurred to me that many of the homeowners that love blue also own Iris models. Is it a coincidence or goddess power? Last week we studied the master bedroom of an Iris model that was many shades of blue. Now, let’s take a peek into the living room of the same Iris and see how the blue lightened to teal and the art represents sea and sky somewhere in the heart of The Villages.
We wanted a very neutral paint and we wanted to keep the space very light. The color that looked amazing in the space is a tannish, peachy, gold that I mixed myself. The color comes alive with the golden peach undertones while remaining neutral enough to work with all other colors.
The carpet was removed so that we could install amazing engineered hardwood.
We chose a product called Castle Stone that looks like reclaimed wood with a very light presentation. There are some variations in the color, and the character of the wide planks looks amazing. This floor hides dirt, is easy to care for and was installed with no thresholds. The floor is able to abut to the tile with no lumpy bump and therefore less of a tripping hazard.
We did need area rugs for softness and room definition. The living room rug is called Stipple Flower and is wool. The pattern is a flower described by designer but to me it looks like a sea urchin pattern. The space that is being used an office perch received a 5x8 jute and chenille rug that we laid on an angle. This angle helps to distinguish the space but it is clearly connected to the room. The foyer received a 5x8 splash of straight teal. We also laid that on an angle and it looks amazing.
• Furniture placement
The homeowners do like to recline. They purchased a dual reclining sofa in leather for the living room. This couch came with a charging station for the phone and I-pad built in, a super great feature! Also, remember to always buy wall hugging recliners since they take up much less room. We also, were able to buy a reclining chair that looks like a chair and not a recliner. We place two occasional chairs in the space rounding out the seating to six at all times.
If we need more seating, the bench from the office space and the office chair can be moved into the living room with ease.
• Office space
The homeowners did not want two eating spaces but they needed a place to perch with a laptop or an iPad, so we made a mini office space. The desk is very pretty and is a desk that does not lend itself to clutter. We installed the large arched mirror for light, and placed a bench under it. The bench is a great place to sit and share the computer because inevitably someone will be called to the computer to watch something on the computer and if you are the one standing it is no fun.
• Angled wall
The angled wall will become the family wall. We installed small shelves with coordinating frames on the wall. The homeowner will fill the frames with pictures of family but for now they look great with the bicycles in the frames. To get the project going, buy the frames first and then fill them. That way you have a better idea of the sizes needed.
The art is photographs of the sea and the sky by Alan Maltz, the official fine arts photographer of Florida! We hung “Sea of Dreams” on the wall opposing the office. In the office above the desk we hung “Clarity”, a picture that looks like you could walk into the ocean. The goddess Iris would be at home!
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