It is easy to lose yourself in a great photograph that evokes emotion and transports you to another world. For a moment the “world” was the waters of the Dry Tortugas and the large photograph was titled, “Clarity”. These islands were first discovered by Ponce de Leon and they were named for their great turtle population. They are called dry because there is no fresh water on the islands. In the surrounding waters of the Tortugas chain the treasure of the Atocha and her sister galleon Santa Margarita were found by Mel Fisher and his company. These Islands are rich in history, treasure, turtles and birds. If you get a chance to see these crystalline waters one day it will be worth it! So until then, let’s take a peek into the room that received “Clarity” on the matter somewhere in the heart of The Villages.
• The front door
We decided that this Ivy model needed a fun front porch entry. The door was already painted a persimmon color and they had two black Adirondack chairs. We placed an indoor/outdoor thin 5x8 rug parallel with the door. This rug makes a luxurious statement and a large pop of color upon entry. These rugs dry fast because they are thin. Also, they are washable with a pressure washer. The rug added navy blue and green stripe on the ground and the simple thing that pulled it all together was to add two pineapple pillows to the Adirondack chairs. The pillows have all the blues in the rug and a touch of the persimmon from the front door.
The foyer was bare so they purchased a teal cabinet as the entry way table. We added a 5x8 rug to the foyer. The Ivy looks best with a large rug in the foyer.
This often shocks clients but once the rug goes down they will not go back to a smaller rug. The rugs need to be in scale with the space, just as cabinets on walls are to be in scale with the wall.
• No TV
These homeowners did not want a TV in the living room. They wanted the room to be all about the view. Without a TV the room has so many options for furniture placement and I love what they did with the space. The furniture was angled to look out and see the view. The room feels very large and spacious.
• We Want Color
The homeowners did a great job with what they had but they were seeking more color. Color can be intimidating so here is how we did it.
• New Rug
We added a rug called Dress Blues. This rug is layers of blue blended in a wave like motion that is reminiscent of the sea. This rug added a huge saturation of color to the space bringing in the blue life. The homeowner’s ottoman looked amazing on the rug. I love the addition of two seafoam trays to the ottoman; their color ties into the new artwork.
• New side tables
We added in two new side tables that were a bit larger than the current side tables and they had a mid-century modern look that tied into the two midcentury modern chairs.
• Two new lamps
We added two lamps as well. These lamps are hand blown glass art and the colors are perfect with the rug, pillows and art.
• New Art
The art is the highlight. The picture is titled Clarity and it was captured in the waters of the Dry Tortugas. It is a calming presence in the space and yet a great splash of color.
We removed the ficus tree and moved the palm into its place. Resist the need to fill every corner. It is ok to just have space!
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