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I laid my head back on the chaise Sunday afternoon and stared into the bright blue sky. The water fountain bubbled and I felt like I was in my own paradise. It is amazing that I have lived in this house for eighteen years and never really looked up to study the sky above my house other than the stars at night. In the span of one hour I counted five planes that flew so high there was no sound, just sun gleaming off the metal birds in the air up there. I could feel a disturbance in my peace fast approaching as the sound of a certain tweens feet ran toward the pool. My niece Regan jumped in before I could protest leaving me covered in cold droplets of salt water. I was hoping that if I lay in the sun and got hot enough I would want to jump in but that little shower let me know it is still too cold. After I let my niece know how much I appreciated that splash I turned my eyes back to the skies and let my mind wondered to the world of decorating. There are places up high in homes that need attention, the tops of the cabinets being the most prominent. Let’s take a peek into a Lantana and a Gardenia and see what we did to finish the cabinets somewhere in the heart of The Villages.
• LantanaTop-of-the-cabinets-of-a-Lantana
This Lantana has the refrigerator by the hallway to the laundry room. There is not much decorative cabinet space above the cabinets so we keep it simple. We placed two large decorative birds at the top of the angle. The birds are looking toward a group of glazed teal pots at different heights. We softened the hardscape items by placing greens in a dark brown pot. There is an iron sphere descending to another blue glazed pot. The low blue glazed pot hides the outlet in the corner and finishes off the collection. We only filled that space over the refrigerator with a collection of items that work together and fit the space to create interest. The rest of the cabinet tops we left free of decoration which keeps the space feeling light.
• Gardenia
In a Gardenia or a Begonia you can be dramatic if you dare! The long space above the stove is a great place to display art. The wall behind the cabinets is Charcoal Grey and this homeowner liked a modern look. We decided to display a large picture full of color above the cabinets. We chose Free Spirit to be front and center and the picture really creates a bold display. The bright navy blue of the sky blending into the bright teal of the water is striking. The sandbar at the bottom of the mangrove tree looks like it is lit from within. This is great place to display something so striking and large. We placed a large metal pot full of greens above the pantry to fill the space. It is best to have large items and less of them.
• Play up symmetry
In the Gardenia, when the cabinets are stacked high, they are symmetrical so it is best to work with that symmetry. We did that by placing a yellow blown glass disk high on the middle cabinet. This disk visually ties into the yellow sand in the picture and into the backsplash below. We did not want lots of different stuff above the cabinets with the yellow disk however, we did want to soften and highlight the disk. We did this by placing silver grass pots exactly the same on each side of the disk on the smaller descending cabinets. Now the eye does not get distracted by lots of different objects.
• Lighting
Above and below cabinet lighting is very important to highlight all the pretty things.
• Hot tips for above cabinets
Use art as your focal point when you can and place objects around the art.
Group like items because the eye likes to see similar things together.
Use grass in pots as a softening effect.

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