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“This table is a big behemoth blocking this room.” I said as a general observation of the space. “Oh but I love my table and I love the way that it curves around the couch” My client said with disappointment that I chose the table to pick on. “I love the table too!” I said but you want an open look and we can’t have an open look until we open the space”, I said lifting my shoulders and turning my palms skyward in a physical gesture to say “sorry but its true”. “Since you only have one wall in this Lantana living room, what if we thought outside the box? What if we decided we don’t need an entertainment unit? Is there a rule?” I said with excitement gaining, I went on. “The things you must keep are the sofa and all the chairs since you entertain often, right?” I asked. “So the TV can become the art on the focal wall (the only wall) and we can keep all the seating and have a wide open room, buuuuuuutttt…… the table will have to go in order to accomplish this.” I looked at my client with a combination of excitement and expectation and finished my presentation with a final thought. “Remember, you must give to get, so think of all you will be gaining by getting rid of the table.” So let’s see what these homeowners achieved by getting rid of the beloved table in a Lantana somewhere in the heart of The Villages.
• Move stuffAfter It-does-not-even-look-like-the-same-Space
Sometimes when a concept is being discussed it is hard to visualize. We called in the husband and asked him to help us move stuff. Once the table was out of the way and the sofa flipped to the large wall, everything clicked. The husband was on board and we were off and running. Talking about things is important but at some point the talk has to stop and the moving has to start. So if you are considering a concept don’t just talk about it, move things around to see if it will work.
• Sofa
The sofa is oversized and slightly curved. It fit perfectly on the large wall but we set it slightly off-center. We had to do this so that we could flank the sofa with the two palm tree chairs. We achieved seating for five on one side of the room.
• More chairs
When the homeowners are watching TV they sit in two recliners opposing the focal wall. We placed a swivel chair on each side of the recliners opposite the palm tree chairs. The furniture is set up like two half-moons facing each other. This allowed for a large and inviting opening to draw visitors into the space and the room feels twice as large for entertaining. Total seats in the space are nine.
• Side tables and coffee table
We placed a side table on each side of the sofa with two lamps for extra light. The coffee table is large but feels light in the space. The round shape of the coffee table lends itself to movement alleviating all sharp edges in a high traffic area.
• TV
We did not like the idea of just hanging the TV on the wall with nothing around it. However, we did not want a big bulky box to hide it. We created a strong focal point to highlight the TV by placing black framing on the wall. We filled the inside of the black framed area with grass cloth to tie into the green on the walls and provide texture. Once that was done, we hung the TV inside the box. The TV can be art when entertaining by having a stationary picture or the picture can change too! The TV looks amazing and is highly functional. All the components are in the master bedroom. The TV communicates to the components with an Infrared receiver that is run by a remote. The TV is not limiting the function of the space at all! Instead, by thinking outside the box we have added function and comfort to the room.
• Lighten and brighten
One final thing we did to enhance the space was to remove the orange cornice boards. The dark boards appear darker against a light filled slider and act as large eyebrow across the top of the windows drawing the windows and the light down in the space. We trimmed out the windows in large white molding and the view was now picture framed that draws the eye up and out. This creates the illusion of larger windows and a greater view.

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

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