My husband and I just celebrated our 20th anniversary and he is still full of surprises. He decided at some point during our trip to Charleston that upon our return he was going to build a bar by the pool and he would do it himself! I did not take it seriously because when you’re on vacation and rested, dreams are hopeful and anything is possible before you get home. So, when I walked out to the lanai and saw the new bar he built I was surprised how fast he built it and that he could build it! “All we need is the granite and this will be a backyard paradise!” He said with a very proud smile. Making a big splash he jumped in the pool and left me to admire his handiwork. While looking everything over, I couldn’t help but wonder, “What is it with men and bars?” I can almost guarantee that when a man does not have a bar he is contemplating, he will have a sound system! Let’s take a peek into a bachelor paradise designed with a sound system in mind, somewhere in the heart of The Villages.
The homeowner was in agreement that the walls needed warming up! I was elated to hear that he was open to painting. We covered the main area of the Begonia with a soft creamy peachy tan color. This is a color that I mixed up myself from several different paints. The color brightened and warmed up the space.
• Crown molding
Crown molding for the homeowner was a must. We used seven inch crown because his ceilings are over nine feet. When the ceiling is high small molding get lost but the larger molding pops and looks more impressive.
The existing window coverings were a honey comb pull down blind that lets in filtered light. He does not open these blinds since the view through the windows is another house. To make the windows appear finished we trimmed them out with casement molding and added a header to the top of the window. All the molding was painted white to tie into the window treatment. The window looks finished without looking heavy or too feminine.
• Furniture position
The couch, side tables and TV were in position before I arrived on the scene. Once the furniture was put into place, the sound system was installed based on the position of the furniture. It would have been way too much trouble and money to change since there were six speakers! If you read my column with frequency you know that I do not often set furniture up in this position in this model. However, we can make the space look great even if we have to leave the sofa floating in the middle of the room.
• TV Positon
The TV is placed between the two windows but in this case does not look dark. The console that the homeowner chose is light and helps to keep the wall light. The windows have only the filtered light coming through them so it keeps your eyes from interpreting the wall as dark. Tip: When light is shining toward you whatever is in on the wall will look darker. This is one reason that I stick to light window treatments or white molding.
The couch is a dual reclining sofa for maximum comfort. When buying a reclining sofa or chair be sure to get a wall hugging reclining sofa. This allows the sofa or chair to take up less space when in the reclining position. Tip: Never buy bonded leather! Always be sure that you are getting real leather. Bonded leather will peal over time. Also, never sit on a leather sofa with suntan lotion on your legs or arms, it will yellow the leather.
• Side chairs
We were able to place two side chairs in the room to round out the conversation area. They are easy to move if needed and comfortable also. Each chair has a side table because you never want a guest to be stuck holding their drink.
• Two lamps
The homeowner needed only two lamps in the space. We placed them beside each chair.
• Wool Rug
We placed an 8x10 rug in the living room space. That size is perfect for the furniture layout. Also, we placed a 9x12 rug in the dining room. This model is a Begonia which is very open with all tile flooring. Tip: Sound systems sound better when there are soft textiles like rugs to absorb sound and cut down on echo.
• Amazing Art
Hot off the press and straight from Key West we hung “Beach Dream” by Alan Maltz on the second largest wall in the space. The homeowner loved this picture and enjoys watching golf and looking at his beach dream. Tip: For more sound absorption art can be applied to acoustical panels which helps make the sound system sound better.
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.