Remember back when you were thinking of coming to Florida? What was the one image that kept coming into your mind in relation to this great state? I hope you answered palm trees! I know that some think it is Flamingos but palm trees are the reigning king. There has never been a season in my fourteen years of decorating that palm trees have not been present in some way or another. The official state tree as designated in 1953 is the Sable Palmetto Palm and is native to the southeastern United States, Cuba and The Bahamas. For this reason I thought palm trees would be fantastic as the center piece for a guest room. Let’s take a peek into a graciously large guest room in a Liberty model that would make any visitor green with envy somewhere in the heart of The Villages.
• A panoramic view
The picture is titled, “Wish You Were Here” and it is stunning! The sky is a deep azure blue with feathery white clouds. In the horizon the sky meets green water and the sand is snowy white. In the center of this scene on the beach we see four amazing palm trees being whipped in the wind and the sentiment scrolled on the bottom reads, “Wish You Were Here”. This picture is the inspiration for the entire room. We will pull the colors out of the piece and spread them around the space.
The homeowner wanted warmth but not too much color. We chose a color titled Patience 7555 by SW. This color is a soft creamy color. It does not have too much gold or too much tan; it is just creamy and balanced. It did the job by warming the space and making the walls feel finished. Tip: Contractor grade paint is chalky and thin. You would be amazed how much repainting two coats of a light paint in a satin finish on any wall can do for a space.
• White furniture
The homeowners like white furniture with the shutter look. I agreed and they purchase a set that arrived the next day! They purchased one queen bed and two side tables. I like that the side tables are a bit taller than average so that they meet the side of the mattress. They also purchased a media console for the wall opposing the bed. This will be great to provide their guest with a TV and add a bit more storage to the space.
• Purchase a good mattress
I always encourage homeowners, to purchase a good mattress even though it is a guest room. They may want to use the space for naps on occasion and that is when they will appreciate that added luxury.
A good mattress needs great bedding! We chose the bedding to go with the art piece, “Wish You Were Here”. I know that I usually do the a white bedspread and roll back the top spread but I did not think this bedding needed that to shine. The soft palm fronds against light green blue look spectacular with the art. We chose two Euros at the back of the bed as a strong pop of color that coordinated with the lamps and complemented the bedding. We placed the queen shams that came with the set in front of the Euros and finished off the bed with a white pillow trimmed in burlap with green sea turtles embroidered on it. Finally, we placed the little pillow that came with the set in front of the sea turtle pillow to round out a coordinated and inviting look.
The lamps are made of mouth blown green glass. Each lamp will have variation because of the artisan man made nature of the color moving through the glass as it is fashioned. I love the way the lamps and the Euro pillows pull out the green color of the water in the photo above the bed.
• Windows casement
The windows in this house are all large. We decided to make them feel more finished, we would install large casement molding all the way around. We accomplished this by applying four inch casement molding all the way around the window. To finish the look the casement molding and the inside return of the window had to be painted white. By having everything white from the casement molding to the inside of the window it creates the optical illusion that the window is entirely trimmed out in wood, but at one quarter of the cost.
• Window treatments
Since this guest bedroom is so big we decided we needed a little more warming up! We accomplished this by hanging stationary window panels on each side of the window. We hung them so that they would not cover the casement molding but still look amazing and warm up the space. The high window required a window panel that was 108” inches long. The color of the panels is perfect with the bedding and makes the room feel casual but elegant and warm. We hung the stationary side panels on separate rods that were twenty seven inches wide.
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