Now it’s getting fun… I thought as the girl at my table shrieked and yelled out the name of husband’s friend and classmate. Embarrassed, he lowered his head and began eating his food with gusto; as if he wished he was invisible. “You know, I did not want to come to this reunion but now I am so happy to be here and watch this play out.” I said to him with a Cheshire smile. My husband arrived with his plate and she shrieked again yelling out his name and Scott looked as if he wanted to cut and run. He sat down and began eating quickly to avoid eye contact with his loud and excited classmate. Meanwhile, the young lady began telling everyone very loudly how much she had liked them in high school and what nice guys they were. She wanted them to know how good they looked then and how good they look now, with lots of emphasis on how good they look now! I leaned over to my very uncomfortable husband and said, “What good fortune for you at your 30th reunion, you guys have your own personal cheerleader!” She looked at me now and said, “I hope you don’t mind but I was so quiet in high school and now I just don’t care!” I shook my head knowingly like I understood hoping that she would move on to her next victim. Just then the music started and she shrieked, “I love this song, anyone want to dance?” she said to all at the table. I feigned knee pain and everyone else dispersed to the get drinks. In retrospect the reunion was a little more fun and exciting for me thanks to the “wild child” at our table but I wondered in the world of design, do we want that much wild? Let’s take a peek into a comfortable kitchenette nook of a Lantana that was inspired but “the wild” but feels calm and inviting somewhere in the heart of The Villages.
The feeling we wanted to achieve in this space was that of a comfy nook for morning coffee and paper reading. It also acts as a great place to perch in the afternoon to browse the web.
The homeowner decided to place a bench with a back in front of the shutter to act as seating for two. Having the back on the bench allowed them to place two large zebra patterned pillows that add a great deal of visual punch, inspired by the wild. Finally, they added two extra chairs to the ends of the table for extra seating.
The window was covered with a shutter as the treatment. The homeowner added a header above the shutter creating the illusion that the window is taller. Adding the header also ties the window into the sliding glass door visually. They look the same and that provides visual cohesion along the back of the Lantana which is very pleasing to the eye.
We decided that symmetry would look best in this space so we stacked the mirrors on each side of the window. The mirrors are great because they add light and they look like metal art as well.
• Side tables
The side tables are actually two small desks finished in black. The black adds visual depth and ties into the zebra print. The hand turned legs on the desk look very world traveled and Tommy Bahama!
• Elephant lamps
I love these elephant lamps! They are a modern interpretation of an elephant and they are finished in soft gold for an elegant touch. They sit atop a black base which ties into the other black touches. They are look amazing and world traveled!
The chandelier is a soft golden linen look that is perfect for the space. The drum shade is pretty and yet it does not impose itself in the space. Instead it acts as the perfect light giving complement to everything else. I love the look!
• No Rug
We decided that a rug would be difficult in the space and unneeded.
The way the table is turned to be parallel with the window rather than parallel to the slider would make even a 5x8 difficult to place.
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