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“Do you remember your Christmas play last year Regan?” I asked “Yes! It was about living Christmas 365 days a year.” She replied and the look on her face showed that she was wondering where I was going with this. “Well, you have made some big requests this year, and I was wondering if you felt like you had lived the Christmas principles all 365 days of this year?” She waited a beat looking upward toward the ceiling as if the answer would drop from the sky and replied, “Well, I can’t answer that, because we have not had all 365 days yet.” Looking very satisfied with her smart answer, she ran off to finish decorating her room. Later that night I thought about the idea of Christmas 365 days a year and how that relates to the world of decorating. The majority of my work is helping people create a new home here in Florida after a lifetime spent elsewhere. It is a gift when I can create a space that makes them feel like home all year long. Let’s take a peek into a Lantana Model and see how we created a space that looks great throughout the year and for Christmas it looks extra special with added Holiday Cheer, somewhere in the heart of The Villages.
• ChallengeAnother-View
This homeowner wanted color and Bling! She had been buying things to finish off the house but it never quite felt pulled together or finished to her liking. She loves the look of online retailer Zgallerie which is dramatic, and filled with color. We created a space that is full of sparkle and bling, while not locking her in to any one particular color.
• Paint
The walls were painted not that long ago, a beautiful lively green and she wanted to keep the color. I liked it and thought we could work with it. The only problem with the green was it did not show well because there was an absence of light in the space. We needed to capture the light and use it!
• Catching light
We caught the light by using mirrors. The Lantana always has a wall opposing the sliders. A large mirror on that wall catches the light and throws it back into the space making it look much brighter. The light in the mirror makes the beautiful chandelier shine! She chose the arch mirror, as many do, because it looks like a window not just a mirror.
• Mirrored buffet
The wall opposite the dining room in Lantana is large. The sofa table that was on the wall was too small in scale and had lots of negative space below it. Negative space is empty space that can cause a visual imbalance. The large piece of metal art hanging over the sofa table was visually heavy because the sofa table had negative space below it making it feel visually light. The mirrored buffet captured light, added visual weight to the space, and provided so much shine and bling!
• The buffet wall
Above the buffet, we hung a large ocean scene to add a strong pop color. The wall is so large that we added floating wall sconces on each side of the picture. These wall sconces, in highly polished silver are stunning and more stunning when the candles are lit.
• Red chairs
We placed two red chairs in the space; one on each side of the buffet. Again, that wall is so big that having nothing there felt weird in this space. So we decided that it needed more. Though the chairs are red they work in the space because the reds in the chairs and blues in the picture are in the same hue value. They are both jewel tones and therefore have the same brightness.
• Piano
The piano was turned with the keyboard facing the wall. This took up way too much space. We turned the piano around so that the back of the piano nestled in to the corner of the space. This opened it up and the piano looks better and more inviting now.
• Red rug
We placed a red rug, again in jewel tones, beneath the piano seat and it looks amazing! It provides texture and sound absorption in the space.
• Piano wall
The wall beside the piano is a great place for art the complements the other art and colors in the space. We chose two modern abstracts that pulled all the colors in jewel tones and added more colors. They look great and though they are not water related it is o.k. The art works together because their common ground is colors. All the colors in the space can be found in the two abstracts.
• Christmas 365
The red will look great year round. However, should the homeowner want change, we placed royal blue chairs in the living room by the TV and those could be placed by the buffet. The rug is a 5 by 8, so that can be changed out as well. This room could easily have many different looks!

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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