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Regan’s little head lay serenely on her hands that were folded beneath it. She was out! She had been watching a video at the table and she could not stay awake another minute. She surrendered to sleep with the video still on and when I found her that way I snapped the shot with my phone. I can’t ever erase this photo of a moment in time because in that photo she will always be four years old. My niece just turned eleven and is developing her own “Opinions” on everything. My opinion on that is sometimes I long for the age of four again! I ran across the photo while searching for a before picture of a peaceful bedroom that I wanted to share with you and when I saw it, the memories of my young niece flooded into my mind. It is not that I don’t love the “why can’t I?” all the time and the “I don’t understand why I am in trouble?” arguments but four was so easy! In the future to deal with the approaching tween and teen difficulties, I will just pull out my phone, stare at that photograph and remember that we cannot suspend growth but we can suspend a precious moment in time. If you could have a peaceful moment suspended in time where would it be? Let’s take a peek into a peaceful master bedroom designed around a beautiful photo by Alan Maltz titled, “In time suspended” somewhere in the heart of The Villages.
• Wall color Mirrors Mirrors Mirrors
The room was already painted and I liked it very much. It has a purple base with a hint of blue. It is a very restful color but because it is darker we needed to add light to the space.
• Crown molding
The crown molding added a pop of white around the top of the room. The molding gave the space a fresh bright contrast color that draws the eye upward and makes the space look finished and elegant.
• White curtains
We added bright white side panels to the two windows on each side of the bed. The bright white popped against the darker wall color and the white panels softened the space. We hung them ten inches outside the windows so we did not cover any light and it creates the illusion that the windows are larger and brighter.
• White duvet
A white duvet is the base bedding. It is the spread that is laid down first and because it is white all the other bedding will pop against it creating a dramatic effect.
• Semi-custom bedding
The photo above the bed is very specific and I knew it would be hard to find store bought bedding to tie into it. It seemed like everything we tried just did not measure up to the photo. We decided to have custom Euro’s made for the back of the bed and custom king shams made to go in front of the Euro’s. We then chose one fabric to make a single pillow to go in front of the king shames to finish off the top of the bed. All the pillows were stuffed with faux down to achieve the decadent rich look of custom bedding. We had a bed scarf made to lay at the foot of the bed to tie into the Euro’s. All of this bedding on a layer of white looks amazing. Notice how the Euros along the back blend right into the base color of the photo so that the eye moves seamlessly up to the photo. I know that I usually use white Euro’s but in this case I wanted the top of the bed to blend with the art and I think we accomplished just that!
• The art
The art is amazing! The piece is titled, “In Time Suspended” by the official fine arts photographer of Florida. It is a sunset on Drayton Island and I love the colors. The room had to be designed around this piece because it is the star of the show.
• Mirrors
This model is a Gardenia. The master bedroom has a large wall with no windows. We can always create light by adding mirrors and that is just what we did! We added three mirrors along the large wall and it has a dramatic effect. In between the mirrors we added hurricane candle sconces and the candles can be operated by remote control. The big black frame around the mirrors looks great will all the black furniture. The end effect is that the space looks high end, elegant, and yet the bed looks so comfy you want to jump in.

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