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Videos from Key West consistently fill my Facebook feed because the island businesses want to get tourism going again! I clicked on the video and listened as the Hemmingway house guide provided some history of the property to Facebook viewers. We followed throughout the house and learned why this house built by Asa Tift in 1851 can still withstand a category five hurricane. The guide took us through the life and many loves of Earnest Hemmingway and it would seem that the man liked change. He changed wives, homes, and geographical location with frequency but there is one thing that remained a constant in his life; his love of cats. The six toes cats at the Hemmingway home museum are all descendants from one cat named Snow White. This cat was given to Hemmingway as gift and its unique feature of six toes still lives on today. I think most people, like Hemmingway enjoy some change and variety in life and I think it is exhibited often in the world of decorating. Let’s take a peek into the master bedroom of a Gardenia in which we traded hot tropical hues for cool tropical blues somewhere in the heart of The Villages.
• Change but not everythingCool-Change Both-Dramatic-and-Light
The room was originally re-designed around a beautiful rug with red, pumpkin and warm tropical hues about two years ago. However, “She/They” woke up one morning and decided that “She/They” needed a change. Instead of highlighting the warm colors the homeowners decided they wanted the cool ocean colors filled with blue hues to create a relaxing environment.
• Keep all the furniture
There was no question that we would keep the furniture. All the furniture is Tommy Bahama by Lexington, so it was expensive! The homeowners loved the line of the bed and the look of the bed but we all agreed that it must be darker to achieve the feeling they wanted. We had all the pieces painted expresso color. This color is almost a black but with a brown base. It appears to be black but it is a hint softer. Once the furniture came back in the darker tone it looked so rich and amazing and twice as expensive! Love it!
• Mirrors behind nightstands
The first time I helped redo this room we added mirrors behind the nightstands and it brought the focal wall to life. In this bedroom the bed is on the wall without windows. I often use mirrors behind nightstands to create the feeling of windows and add light to a space. Also, it makes the lamps look more amazing!
• Lamps
The lamps were put in place on the first redo as well. They are large golden pineapples! The pineapple is the universal symbol for welcome and in some society’s a symbol of wealth, but most of all they are simply the most beautiful pineapple lamp that I have seen.
• Rug
The rug is one of my favorite and luckily the homeowners loved it too. The large palm fronds spread out in a fan fashion show teal and greens for an impressive display of foliage against a creamy light background. The rug was further enhanced by the bamboo floor and the dark bedroom furniture.
• The bedding
The bedding changed to all white and light. The homeowners wanted a bed that was quick and simple to make. They love staying at Marriott Hotels and they purchased a thin coverlet that is light weight and washable from The Marriott. To make the bed they only have to pull the coverlet up and add the three white Euro’s along the back. The finishing touch consists of two decorative pillows in front of the Euro’s and I don’t think it gets much easier than that in bed making. The look is simple but crisp and fresh. It looks like a bed at a luxury resort.
• The art
This picture is titled “Sea of Dreams” by Alan Maltz. The subject matter is a sunset taken through sea oats in Naples Florida. Who would not want to wake up to that each day? For this picture we asked the artist to frame it in a traditional frame. The weathered green of the frame and the silk black matting look amazing with the gold fillet and complement the art to perfection. The art is the perfect finish to the space.

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