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I have achieved my fifteen minutes of fame! Well, my big van did! Actually, it was two seconds that I have played over and over for fifteen minutes! Last December we headed to Key West to pick up art I had purchased from the Alan Maltz gallery. We arrived at Southernmost on The Beach in the late afternoon ready to get our room and get to dinner. However, when we pulled into the parking lot a huge passenger bus seemed to be clogging the traffic flow in the lot. “How many people are in that wedding party?” I said to my husband in exasperation because it always feels awkward to be sitting in a big van and unsure of where you will park. “What? How many people do they need to film this wedding party?” I said becoming more frustrated as ten camera people spilled out from the pool gate into our driving path. Then I could see that a line of people were ready to start walking while the cameras rolled. “Do they expect us to sit here while they walk to the bus?” I asked to the air and my husband. Finally, a man popped out stopping the people and corralling the camera crew while waving us through. Relieved, we whipped around and did the back out and pull in routine to get the big white van into the tiny spot. That is the routine that I watched on national television Monday night on the reality show, “Southern Charm!” As the cast of characters walked to their passenger bus my van is in the back left corner of the screen backing in and pulling forward! It’s not much but it is something to brag about! Speaking of bragging let’s take a peek at the makeover of a Williamsburg living room that is worth bragging about somewhere in the heart of The Villages.
• Lighten upAfter-is-Light-Bright-and-Airy
The request from the homeowner was to lighten up the space and update the look. This would require painting, re-arranging furniture, purchasing some new furniture and the addition of molding.
• Paint
The paint in the “before” picture was a pretty caramel color. However, the brown undertone absorbed too much light so we lightened the space with one of my special mixtures. The color that we used was a tannish, gold, peachy tone that really brightened the space.
• Addition of wainscoting
We added wainscoting all the way around the room to add a pop of white and complement the other molding that was already in the space. The wainscoting is painted totally white to keep it bright, classic, and visually calm. Also, we added headers to the existing shutters to make the windows look more substantial and finished.
• Move entertainment unit
The large entertainment unit originally set between the two windows. When there is a dark object between two windows with light coming into the windows. The human eye will make the object darker against the light. Cameras work in much the same way, which is why dark objects should be on wall without windows for their best impact in the space. We moved the large entertainment unit to the wall opposing the sliding glass door. Now, the light is shining on the large wall unit and the color looks lighter and it feels less imposing in the space.
• Open up the room
Now that the room is open we can place a sofa on the wall between the windows. We purchased a sofa in a lighter fabric and a matching love seat for the wall opposing the entertainment unit. The sofa and loveseat create a faux sectional. We purchased a new recliner in a coordinating tan color and placed it at an angle near the loveseat and facing the TV. The sofa has the original side tables one on each side and the original coffee table in front of the sofa. We were able to add an occasional chair angled beside the entertainment unit and faced it inward to see all the other seating. This rounded out the seating area in the space.
• Lighting
The lamps are the original lamps because they were perfect for the new look.
We added in accent lights to highlight the new art as well.
• Art
The art above the sofa is a Free Spirit by Alan Maltz. The lights make the water around the mangrove look as if it is glowing. To complement Free Spirit we hung “The Calling” and “Walk on the Wild Side” together above the loveseat. These birds are also by Alan Maltz and they look amazing!
• Rug
We needed a large 10X14 rug in the living room so that we could cover the outlet that is in the floor. This rug is perfect in the space because it has all the colors in the room in soft tones. The rug looks updated and elegant and so does the room!

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

P.P.S Be sure to visit our home decor store, "The Finishing Touch" for your home good needs.

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