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“Do you know what you would like to do for your birthday?” I asked my niece Regan. “I want to go to Claire’s and maybe walk around the mall and theeeeenn….” she said dragging out the middle vowel, “I want to go to your house and go swimming! Then I want to take a long bath and then I want to watch a movie” she said with excitement. This was a list she provided on the fly without preparation. She did not know that I was calling to ask her about her birthday and I was amazed at how quickly she came out with it. I waited a beat to respond and I finally said, “Well that all sounds good but we will have to see how the day adds up time wise. We may have to cut something if we run out of time….. and money.” I added with a laugh.  Amused at my niece, I hung up the phone and let my mind wonder to grand wish lists, the cost of the wish list, and how to spend the wish list money wisely. In the world of decorating there is always a wish list but you can’t move forward on that list until you know the cost. Let’s take a peek into a home  that checked off half of its wish list for the season and saved some for next year, somewhere just beyond the heart of The Villages.

  • Building a budgetAfter Light-Bright-and-Relaxing

To determine what your project will cost you have to get quotes so that you will have the numbers. I arranged for all the vendors that I use to come to my customer’s house and give estimates on everything that they were thinking of doing. We chose to do all of the living room and dining room because that fit the budget and would complete two rooms. They could see the change by dedicating that money to those two rooms giving them lots visual bang for the buck.

  • Paint

We did need to paint to warm up the space and it was time for the home to be repainted. We wanted a soft “light giving” tan with just a touch of peach.

  • Flooring

The room was wall to wall carpet but the homeowners wanted engineered hardwood. We chose Castle Stone which is a light oak. This wide planked flooring added light and warmth to the space. The flooring was abutted to the tile with no thresholds and therefore no tripping hazards.

  • Windows

This house has windows that run along the top of the room. They are narrow but still need to look nice. The best treatment for this type of windows is shutters. Shutters come with casement molding so once they are installed the window looks finished and complete.

  • French Doors

The large French doors that open onto the Lanai at the back of the living room looked too bare to leave alone. We decided to add stationary decorative side panels to add color and soften the space. We chose a fabric called Trellis and ordered them at 96” Long. We hung them 13 inches outside the window with the inside of the panel just grazing the casement molding. The effect made the windows look finished and the fabric added lots of pop to the space.

  • Furniture

All the old furniture had to go. The homeowner was ready to get something that they would love. We chose a sofa, two slipper chairs and one recliner for the man of the house. Also, for those sitting on the sofa a large ottoman fills the center of the room and can be used to prop up your feet. The colors for the furniture are neutral and the pillows add pop.

  • Entertainment unit

We purchased a new large entertainment unit to reinforce a strong focal point. This allowed the homeowners to get a much larger TV and have room for display of memories and treasures.

  • Rug

With the wall to wall carpeting gone, we needed a rug in the living room. A rug in this space delineates the living room and adds a soft place to land for the feet. Also, the rug helps cut down on echo. The rug was chosen by looking at the pillow and finding something that has all the colors of the pillow.

  • Art

We chose to hang a long rectangle picture titled Chairman of the Board by Gene Rizzo. This piece is a peaceful and well-coordinated with all the colors in the space.

  • Lamps

The lamps are two amazing golden pineapples, the universal symbol of welcome! They look great with everything in the space and the homeowners love them.

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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