I pulled back the cardboard covering of the large picture to reveal the bright red canopy of the tree captured on canvas. The picture is titled “Branching Out” and the canvas is sixty inches wide. Have you ever seen a Royal Poinciana Tree? The blooming season has begun and will go through the end of May. The blooms will stay on the tree through at least July or August and provide beautiful pops of red against the bright blue sunny skies of most tropical islands. This tree is native to Madagascar but has been cultivated in many tropical islands to provide the amazing beauty that it brings. Legend and Lore of St. Thomas Christians on the island of Kerala tells a story of a small flame tree near the cross on the hill named Golgotha. They believe that it was the blood of Jesus that turned the blooms red and they serve as memorial to that time. So then it is no coincidence that the blooming season is upon us and island skies will soon be accented with flamboyant red canopies along winding tropical streets. Let’s take a peek at one Flame Tree captured in oil hanging in a lovely Lantana living room somewhere in the heart of The Villages.
• Lantana Living Room This living room has only one wall! It can be a challenge because virtually everything in the space is floating. Also, if you are not careful, the sofa can get too close to the kitchen bar and leave no space to walk. We can solve these challenges by keeping the furniture set up cozy but open.
• Entertainment center
We chose to have and entertainment center to house the TV and have a bit of display space. The key to making this work is to NOT center the entertainment unit on the wall. I always place the entertainment unit down a bit to the left of the space or nearer to the column that creates the opening to the master bedroom. I do this so that I have more room to place furniture in the space. Since there is really nothing to delineate the space, I like to use as much of the space as I can.
• Placing the seating pieces
I know that the tendency is to place the loveseat facing the sliding doors with a sofa table behind it looking out to the view. However, this divided the room in half and made the space feel smaller. I placed the sofa across from the entertainment unit and the love seat adjacent to the sofa in front of the sliding glass doors. When you walk into the space the room is open to receive people not keep them out. The loveseat does not block the view because you can still see over it when you are sitting down. The loveseat and the sofa create an L shape in the space and we were able to place a side table that will service both seating pieces. The recliner was placed on the other end of the sofa looking toward the TV at a slight angle. We place a round table in that space since angling the chair created a pie shape and round fits pie shape best. We were able to nestle in one chair by the entertainment unit for a nicely rounded out entertainment/conversation space. The room feels open and inviting. The space can comfortably seat seven.
We placed matching lamps on each side of the sofa and a coordinating lamp at the end of the loveseat.
We placed a beautiful 8x10 rug in the living room to delineate the space without blocking anything. This rug is also a necessity to help soften echo from having so much tile.
The large slider is the homeowner’s window on the world and it is a great world to see! We cased out the large sliders with big white molding to frame the picture of the view outside. The sun does shine in at sunset very strong so we installed slide view treatments. This treatment is a honey comb blind that moves vertically to block out the sun. When the slide view is not in use, it stacks back nicely blending into the molding and practically out of site.
The walls are painted Rain washed. The beautiful green based blue highlights the outside and increases the view exponentially.
• Royal Poinciana
The royal Poinciana tree hangs on the wall beside the slider. This piece is eye-catching and complementary to the view. It is hung so that when visitors come thru the front door they are drawn into the space.
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