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Irma will not stop a pre-Christmas visit to Key West! So, in Eight days I will be where the blue of the sky meets the green of the sea! I love to go this time of year because the sunsets move to the south end of the island. We stay at Southernmost Beach Resort and we are able to watch each night as the sun begins its decent and graces the island with beautiful color in the sky. The island collectively slows to an even more relaxed pace and there is always the sound of the mourning dove somewhere in the distance. The winter sky at night offers a canopy of brilliant stars and we love to walk around and see the homes decked out, sparkling and waiting for Santa. In my world of decorating, I get to deck out homes in “The Florida Look” just in time for Christmas. Let’s take a peek at an Oleander model we just finished, somewhere in the heart of The Villages.
• ChallengeAfter-is-florida-Country Looks-Light-and-Bright
The homeowners wanted an update with an infusion of Florida but they did not want to get rid of everything. We decided to get new seating pieces, new paint, and window treatments. Also, new art, a rug, and lamps would update the space. Many of the pieces that were in the space had a bit of country flare such as Longaberger baskets, a bookshelf and a few great antique pieces. The one color that the baskets shared was touches of navy blue. We decided that navy blue would be a great accent to bridge the Florida art with the country pieces and it looks great!
• Paint
We decided to go light and bright with the paint. The color that complemented the space best was Patience 7555. This is a great blend of tan, gold, and crème that create a color that is soft but lively. The room felt so bright and fresh when it was repainted.
• Shutters
This model has a large window at the back of the space. The valance looked like a heavy eyebrow drawing the eye down and cutting the window by a third. The shutters were installed in white and made the window look big and bright. The top of the shutter is white and invites the eye to move up to the pretty arch.
• Crown molding
We added seven inch crown to add a pop of white and draw the eye up. This make the space look more finished and the crown looks amazing.
• New seating pieces
The homeowners bought a new sofa in a fabric called navy rubble. This is a durable woven fabric with navy and white blended. The homeowners wanted an ottoman but they both wanted to use it. Rather than buy a big ottoman we had an upholstery company custom make two smaller ottomans in a complementary fabric. This worked best for them because they sit on the sofa at times and in the recliners at times. The new recliner is a wall hugger so that it takes up less walkway space and we placed it where the brown recliner used to live. We moved the brown recliner to the end of the space so that reclining in it would not impede the pathway.
• Rug
The rug is an 8x10 and has various colors of blue with navy being very prominent. This rug acts a visual anchor that delineates the space.
• Lamps
We went big on the lamps because the tables were big and the room could handle it. The homeowners chose two big golden pineapples that symbolize hospitality and the gold looks amazing the space.
• The art
The art is titled, “Free Spirit” and it is the “tie” that pulls it all together! All the colors in the room can be found in the picture. The navy blue high in the sky, the gold at the root of the mangrove and the teals in the horizon of the photograph are all found in other things in the space.
• Each side of the window
We placed a little cabinet on one side of the window and small bookshelf on the other side of the window. We placed the sofa table in front of the window and it made the large walkway space fell more defined while adding a nice focal point to see in front of the window. Above the cabinet on the right, we hung a water color of the St. Augustine lighthouse. The water color works well with all the pieces and reinforces a casual feeling.
• Shelf above TV
The homeowners had their TV sitting on their console and it did not seem visually strong enough to balance a space. We added a floating shelf above the TV to draw the eye up and make the area feel more in balance.

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

P.P.S Be sure to visit our home decor store, "The Finishing Touch" for your home good needs.

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