Apples and Cinnamon filled the air and the entire house smelled like fall. I pulled the flakey, golden brown, crust filled tray from the oven and my mouth began to water in a Pavlovian response to the warm food. I could only let it set for five minutes before giving in to desire and my first bite was oh so heavenly! It was the perfect amount of crust to apple ratio balanced by a touch of whip crème. It was not apple pie that I was eating but a new idea (at least new to me) from the food network; apple slab! If you are someone who likes a bit more crust than a traditional apple pie offers than this is for you! As I began my second piece of apple perfection my mind wondered to the world of decorating. Often, we hear that less is more but what if you would like just a little more? Let’s take a peek, at two entryways that invite you to come in and see a little more somewhere in the heart of The Villages.
• The Gardenia entryway
This is a Gardenia that was turned into a Begonia because the owners added a golf cart garage after market. The entry way is a bit more narrow and elongated due to that change and perfect to act as an inviting outdoor foyer.
The wall on the right hand side of the entryway is very large and high. I suggested we put a table on the wall that was made for outdoor weather.
The only tables that we found were made of resin and the color of concrete. The table made of resin was great but not the color. Once the table arrived I painted it with stain to darken it. Once applied, the stain will dry with more depth than paint can offer and the table looks more like wood than cement or resin. I applied two coats of stain to get it to the right darkness level. The stain also has a sealer in it that acts as a protectant from the weather.
• Large mirror
As if we could not get enough of the arched mirror, I have found yet another way to use it! We installed a 48”wide by 72”High mirror on the front porch above the table. The mirror looks amazing with the table and makes the entryway feel wider and brighter!
A rug will finish off the space! The rug must be an indoor outdoor rug made of polypropylene. This will allow the rug to dry successfully and quickly in the sun. I usually buy very thin rugs because the thinner they are the faster they dry. If you cannot find a rug that fits your space, then buy a rug that is close and have it cut down.
The homeowner placed some greens in a pot set out a woven bowl of earthy spheres. The table does not have to be filled up to look great; just a few things act a great complement to the table. The table will be great for holiday decorating and a wreath can be hung on the mirror as if it was window.
• Laurel oak entry
The second entry shown is a large rectangle and great place for large indoor outdoor rug. We placed a 5’x8’ striped rug in the entryway and it came to life!
The rug is reflection of the colors that you will find beyond the door and it is striking!
• Two chairs
We placed two black Adirondack chairs on each side of the door. Black is neutral and dramatic so they go with the rug and the front door for visual punch that gets your attention. We placed two pillows in the chairs with pineapples on them. The pineapples have all the colors from the rug and the door so they visually tie it all together. The pineapple is the symbol of hospitality so they are perfect for an entry way!
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
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