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I propped myself back on my elbows and let my head turn upward until all I could see was spacious sky full of stars, and light. The sound of fireworks broke through the warm night air, and the hum of voices grew to collective oohs, and aahs with each new explosion of light. The bright tendrils dripped toward earth as each blast dissipated and a new one took its place. I watched the fireworks display and reflected on this Independence Day that birthed a most unusual nation so many years ago! A nation full of people from many different backgrounds all coming together in this melting pot that we call home. It is often said that our strength is our diversity as a nation but what about in the world of decorating? How do we bring diverse and different items together to create a cohesive and comfortable home? Let’s take a peek into a Begonia model that mixes folk art with a touch of coastal charm somewhere in the heart of The Villages.
• Common GroundMirrors-Reflecting-each-other
The way to bring unlike decorative items together is to find common ground. What would folk art and coastal art have in common; color! In the before picture the issue above the cabinets is scale. The spaces are filled with things that are too small. Often, placing decorative items above cabinets is just a matter of filling the space with things that are the right size and things that are visually cohesive.
• Above the pantry
The space above the pantry is large so something large has to go in that space. To keep it simple, I put a large basket of green fern and it fills the space nicely.
• Above the microwave
Above the microwave is the largest run of cabinets creating a perfect space for a long and rather large picture. We chose a watercolor by Gene Rizzo titled “Chairman of the Board”; the quality and softness of the watercolor mixed well with the folk art and rustic pottery of the homeowner. The picture introduced soft sandy tans and soft teals with a hint of gold that tied into the other things used in the kitchen space. The homeowner had a triple grouping of birds that worked with the sandpiper picture as well.
• The high low cabinets
The area above the counter top and near the kitchenette has a high and low stack of cabinets. We placed two antique vases on the small stacks and a fish platter popped teal above the center cabinet. A light colored wooden duck sits atop the angled ending cabinet.
• Kitchenette
The kitchenette has two large walls. We hung Gene Rizzo’s, “Sanibel lighthouse” watercolor on the wall near the cabinets. The colors look great and correlate with the soft colors above the cabinets.
• Add light
In a Begonia there is only one small window in the kitchenette. The large window that would normally be in front of the table in a Gardenia model is not there because the Begonia model has a golf cart garage. No problem for us, we add the window back into the space by placing an arched mirror in the kitchenette and the dining room. The two mirrors reflect each other and add the light back into the space. It makes the Begonia look amazing!
• Above the refrigerator
We used a collection of large antique pots that used to be on the floor on top of the cabinets above the refrigerator. We also, hung the homeowner’s sunflower and added a folk art black swan to complete the space. It looked great finishing off the space with a collection of unique things.

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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