Florida is more than a state; it is a state of mind. Like water working its way into every crevasse it encounters, Florida gets into your soul. No matter where you are from, the longer your flip flopped feet stay on Florida ground the more complete the transformation becomes. Occasionally, the seas may rage but Florida will embrace you and make it better with bright sunshine skies. There will be the experience of joy when seeing sand hill cranes fly in unison, their large graceful wings silhouettes against the twilight sky. Most nights in Florida we are blessed with beautifully colored sunsets and with each moment that takes your breath away Florida gets deeper into your soul. I sat inside my shuttered up house listening to the wind and the rain trying to keep my mind off what was happening outside and lost myself in thoughts of decorating. When it comes to decorating, Florida has so much to offer, it is no wonder that so many of my clients want to celebrate the Florida life. Let’s take a peek into a home that has done just that somewhere beyond the Heart of the Villages.
• Fireplaces in Florida
This home was built in 1986 and has a built in fireplace that really is quite common in Floridian homes. The fireplace is on an angle but the mantle is too high to place a TV above it. We placed a 55” TV on the smaller wall opposing the couch. Together the fireplace wall and the TV wall create a large focal point opposite the sofa.
• Furniture placement
This room is used mostly for TV watching, so it was important that all the pieces of furniture have an accessible view of the TV and the Fireplace. We placed a massive sofa and two comfy chairs in the classic “u” shape so everyone can see the TV or the fireplace. The sofa is a “snuggle in” sofa because it has two rows of pillows and they are all filled with down. The two chairs are comfortable but different. One of them is a recliner that does not look like a recliner. They were all purchased from different collections but coordinate well. The ottoman adds comfort and function. TV watchers can put their feet up and have the remote laying on the center of the ottoman’s movable hard surface. This keeps all the remotes from getting lost inside cushions.
• One more angled wall
The wall next to fireplace (pictured) is opposing a door and lots of light comes into the space from the door. We placed 96” arched mirror on the wall and created a light filled corner that looks like a window.
Above the fireplace is a painting of a sandy shoreline filled with palm trees and sailboats in the bay. I am not sure where this bay is but it looks a lot like St. Augustine so we went with it!
• Bahia Honda
This is Florida for sure! Above the couch we placed, “Bahia Honda Sunrise”. This is a photograph of the sun rising on Bahia Honda in the Keys. The photo looks lit from within and is by the official fine arts photographer of Florida, Alan Maltz.
• Crown molding
The crown molding is seven inches and stained mahogany. This color of molding pays homage to a Cuban flavor in architecture. Often in Cuban décor the walls are white with dark molding creating a rich and tropical feeling in a space. Also, we had the shutters died mahogany to coordinate with the molding.
• We cannot have white walls.
Since we cannot have white walls the Cuban inspirations stops with the molding and we painted the walls Rain-washed which is a neutral green based blue.
• Pop Navy
We decided in order to pull the coastal look into the space we would highlight navy blue. A beautiful rug laid on an angle to draw the eye into the space is complemented by navy blue pillows with white coral print.
• More navy
For a custom touch, we had the pillows that came with sofa covered in a cream and navy print. This is an easy way to create a semi -custom sofa. Also, we covered a cornice in the same fabric as the pillows to tie into the sofa and enhance the custom feeling. Occasionally, I will do a fabric covered cornice.
• Re-purpose armoire
We had an amazing armoire that was not able to adapt to the TV. We moved it to a vacant corner in the space and it looks wonderful and holds various items for storage. Also, the top of the armoire has a collection a ginger jars that looks very unique.
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