I clicked open my email and stared in fascination at the picture titled, “Endless Journey” the newest offering from Alan Maltz in Key West. The sky was the most beautiful cerulean blue met at the horizon by the clearest teal water, so beautiful it looked like blown glass. The sky was dappled with tiny puffs of white and running into the horizon there is a solitary dock that seems endless. The colors of blues and greens are a natural attraction because they are nature; and of the two colors, there is one reigning favorite across all nationalities and cultures. It is the color blue! Since blue is so popular and will always be, let’s take a peek into a Lily model that has been transformed and is now True Blue, somewhere in the heart of The Villages.
• The Plan
The homeowners request was to add some spice. They had begun buying things but it was not feeling pulled together or finished. They were unhappy with their sofa color and wanted a light look while still using color.
We had to paint because the walls were stark white. It felt very sterile so we decided that one color throughout would complement everything in the space.
We decided the color should be Rainwashed 6211. This color is a green based blue with a touch of grey to make it neutral. The color was selected from the fundamentally neutral line and it is therefore a soft neutral blue.
• Furniture placement
The dining room had a buffet against the back wall and a bar on the opposing wall. That was too much furniture with the table too. I suggested that we move the bar to the foyer. It was small enough to look like a foyer piece and serve as a bar. The great thing about a Lily is you don’t have to walk that much farther to get a drink with the bar in the foyer.
• Dining Room
Now that we cleared out the dining room we angled the table for a bit of interest and it does work well with the natural walk pattern. We could not fit a rug in this space, with the table at an angle, because to fit an 8x10 it would spill out into the walk path and create a tripping hazard.
• Dining room art and mirror
The dining room had three pictures on the wall opposing the slider. The pictures were small and had no color. We put a large arched mirror on the wall opposing the slider to collect all the light and the mirror looks like a window. We place two tall pictures of palm trees on the small wall in the dining room to add drama and color. We placed the buffet on the wall opposing the dining room and we hung a large ocean scene over the buffet.
• Living Room
The living room had a dark sofa that the homeowner did not like at all. They decided to sell it and get a much lighter sofa. This was a good idea since the lighter color sofa blends so nicely with the chairs. The two chairs have tiny stripes of tan and teal colors. We found a tan swivel chair in the guest bedroom put it in the living room to finish off the seating.
• TV console
Often on such a big wall the TV console looks so plain but we made it look finished. WE added a large six foot shelf above the TV console. The shelf draws the eye upward and creates a large focal point that is more to scale with the large wall. We hug a large clock above the shelf and placed greenery on one side of the clock and green starfish on silver stands on the other side of the clock. It adds visual interest and makes the space feel finished.
We chose a rug that is a solid greenish teal. We bought it in an 8x10 so that it would fill up the space. In the living room I placed the rug close to the console and just a bit of the rug under the couch. I like the walk way in the living room to have all rug or no rug. If we place the rug half-way into the walk space, someone could trip or roll their ankle.
• Candle Sconces
I love the candle sconces! In the Lily there is often a question of what to do with the space between the TV and the dining room buffet. We hung four PB candle sconces and they look amazing. The candles are electric and look like they have a real flame. They can be lit by remote control.
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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