I love driving home since the Belleview Beltway has opened for business. Usually, on the cusp of twilight I have been treated to some of the most fabulous sunsets along that new and winding road. The trees beyond the fields of cows create a line of soft foliage backlit and appearing in grayscale against a coral bloom in the autumnal sky. The sun has set and left behind a bright line of hot orange just above the tree tops. The hot orange gives way and softens into a bright coral band that creates pink on its outer edge as it blends with the light blue canopy of sky. I set my van on cruise control once I am past 110th so that I may thoroughly enjoy this view each night that it is given to me. I love the colors of autumn and winter sunsets the most. They are vivid with more spectacular colors than summertime. In world of decorating I love working with the colors of a vivid sunset but can it be done without a picture of a sunset? I was challenged by a client to use a picture of flowers to inspire her guest room and she wanted the coral to pop! Let’s take a peek into a Lantana guestroom that is reminiscent of an autumnal sunset even though flowers were the inspiration somewhere in the heart of The Villages.
• Complete overhaul
Usually, I try to use things that we can re-use but we got rid of everything in this space. The style of the room before was eclectic antiques with a nod to country but the homeowner wanted a completely different look. We used the picture above the bed for inspiration and everything ties into the colors on the canvas.
The room was a country blue and had been for many years. The homeowner revealed that she did not really like the blue and did not want that anymore. We chose my paint mixture that is a peachy, tan, gold mixture. This paint offers a light color and it brightens any space. I love the color of the room and I think it looks bigger.
• New furniture
The homeowner had previously owned oak side tables and an oak dresser. We could have painted some of it but it still would not be quite right for the look she was trying to achieve, so we bought all new. We used a local retailer and it was delivered in a week! She wanted a Tommy Bahama shutter furniture look and she wanted it to be all white. We purchase two side tables, one headboard, and one media cabinet for the wall opposing the bed. Total investment on the furniture was less than 1500.00. Also, we attached the headboard to the wall which creates stability and allows the bed to be moved for cleaning!
The bedding is white! We used a white bed skirt, and a white coverlet as the base look. Since this is guest room we wanted the bedding to be washable. In order to pop the coral, we purchased three coral Euros which look amazing, and placed them along the back of the headboard. This pops the coral off the white headboard. WE placed two white queen shams in front of the coral Euros and for the final layer, a striped coral and white pillow for the finish. The little green pillow adds a touch that ties into the picture the lamps and the bench. Finally, we purchased another queen coverlet in coral and folded it up at the base of the bed. This provides a band of color that really looks nice and adds a dash more of the coral color.
The lamps are blown glass and gorgeous! The color at the base of the glass is green and moves into shades of purple. We found that having the depth of color on each side of the bed makes the space look richer. The purple and green can both be found in the picture and we love seeing that color out to the side.
The homeowner decided that she would like side panels instead of new privacy treatments. This window is perfect for side panels in white. We hung the rod the entire length wall. This filled the niche perfectly and when you can hang wall to wall no finials are needed. The white panels graze the outside edge of the window and give the space a perfect finish.
The bench came from an online retailer and it looks stunning! The green leather of the bench looks perfect with green in the lamps and the art above the bed.
This bench comes in handy in a guest room because the guest can place their luggage on it as well as sit.
• No TV for these guest
We did purchase a media chest but will not likely use it. Instead we hung a picture titled, “Afternoon with the Girls”, from Key West! The frame is custom made by the artist and is very unusual. We loved all the coral that the frame provided it allowed us to deposit the coral color on the other side of the room.
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