“News from your friend down island!” the subject line of my email read. I opened the email with excitement to see how Key West was doing since Irma blew through town. “KW remarkably, just had a major trim. Palms are fine but lost a lot of other green. Not much structural damage. Typical places took on water. A tourist coming for the first time would never know we got hit by a major hurricane; thanks to a bunch of awesome people working non- stop for 2 weeks. Cell reception is terrible right now. Talk to you soon, Terri”. Hoping to receive more good news, I opened Facebook to see the Hemmingway house reported that, “All are here, cats and humans doing great!” along with a picture of a tabby polydactyl standing beside Papa’s typewriter in his former upstairs studio. “We are open!” read the caption of Southernmost Café on the Beach with amazing before and after pictures. Finally, Blue Heaven reported, “We are all o.k. and can’t wait to see you soon.” The Facebook post read with a picture of a black and white cat lounging on the porch of Blue Heaven. It is a good feeling to know that one of your favorite getaways was not blown away and we will be able to return. This peace of mind allowed my thoughts to drift toward decorating. Let’s take a peek into the dining room of a Liberty model where the pops of blue look heavenly somewhere in the heart of The Villages.
The house was light and bright and the homeowners wanted to keep it that way. However, we still needed to paint the walls something other than the original color. The original paint was the contractor paint and very chalky. You could not touch the wall without making a smudge. We chose a wall color that was a bit deeper than the original color. The new color Patience 7555 is soft crème gold beige. It keeps the space lively and bright but also deposits a pleasant amount of color on the wall. I always recommend a satin finish because it bounces light around the space. Flat walls will tend to absorb light.
• Crown molding
The homeowners wanted crown molding. Since the ceilings were over nine feet, we installed the seven inch crown. Also, they have a ceiling tray and installed cove molding in the tray. We had the top part of the tray painted to highlight the space and make the molding pop.
• Window molding
The window in this model is very large. We wanted to highlight the window and soften it at the same time. We decided to define the window with casement molding. The casement molding is four inches wide because on a big window the molding has to be big to look right.
• Soften the window
In a room this big with ceilings so high we decided that stationary side panels would make a huge statement. The curtains are 108 inches long and purchased at a local retailer. I used two panels together on each side so they would look full and luxurious. Since we had the molding around the window, I decided that two small rods would be better than a long rod running all the way across the window. The rods are 28 wide and the panels fill them nicely. They look custom made for one quarter the price. I usually coordinate rather than match things. However, the curtains are an almost perfect match to the rug.
The rug is perfect in this space. These homeowners have traveled extensively and this rug is a National Geographic rug! The movement and lines are inspired by the crossing of the Grumeti and Mara in Africa. Each rug looks slightly different but they contain the colors sage green, blue, dark charcoal blue, with a hint of white to pop. The rug is eye-catching!
• Leaf in table
The dining room is large enough that the leaf can stay in the table. Even in small dining rooms I try to keep the leaf because I hate having to store a table leaf under the bed! I try to avoid that at all cost.
Usually, I place all the chairs around the table to keep the space looking big but that is not a problem in this dining room. We placed the two arm chairs on each side of the china hutch to help fill the room. The homeowner likes the “stuff” to stay at a minimum so using the chairs to fill the space keeps it full and functional.
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