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A little further down in the same house, you see the dining room.  I must say, I do truly hate wall to wall carpet in a dining room.  But fortunately, we had already decided to tile this whole house so an area rug should pull some colors from the adjacent space easily.  The thing that bothered me about this dining room most was the unusually low bar height on the right that connected to the kitchen.  This was a mistake by the builder (unless it was built for kids or really short insult intended there!)  More of the same bland pastels which only belong in a baby's room or on Easter eggs.  Remember, you want to repeat colors when you can in order to create smooth transitions between rooms.  As an example, you may start with sandy beiges, reds, blues, browns and greens in the first room you enter into the house (as was the case with this design.)  As you move through the house, pretend you have a kaleidescope and have all colors at the beginning.  Then, as you walk through the house, you might keep those same colors but change the distribution in each room.  As we go through to the sunroom, I already know I am going to paint that room predominantly blue, keep the beiges and browns but I might perhaps drop the red as a good example of the kaleidoscope.  That makes each room "different enough" but yet also "connected."  I never paint rooms in a house completely different colors because it will end up looking like your great-grandma's patchwork quilt.  Again, find that leading pattern in which you like all the colors and then work off of that to select your colors and you won't go wrong.  Why "guess" when you can work off of pieces like area rugs made by folks that do nothing but design color schemes.  Again, pay close attention to the undertones and watch those carefully but have that all important leading pattern first and foremost to work off of.  


These were all some great Craigslist finds pictured here except for the area rug, which we purchased on Overstock.  I must admit is is a little small for the area but it was so perfect in every other way (price and color) so we went with it. Though you cannot tell from the picture much, it has just a touch of blue in it and all the same colors we have been working with.  The mirror was $20 from Goodwill and those six chairs with the looped back design were a phenomenal find at $35 each.  I saw some like them in Frongate magazine for $399 each.  A lot of people here in Florida end up inheriting furniture and because it isn't their style so they donate these pieces to the Salvation Army or Goodwill Stores.  The hanging pendant light fixture we paid retail price for from Lowe's at $99 minus a 10% discount.  Well worth it and it does not impeded the water view.  Of course, no tropical setting is complete without trees and foilage.....all found on Craigslist. Sometimes, I have been looking for other pieces, like a sofa, and I can talk people into throwing trees in for free.  It's great when that happens and a lot of folks on Craigslist are moving and they need to get rid of stuff. Tropical and British Colonial are my favorite themes but without trees, flower arrangements and lots of lush greenery, it is almost impossible to achieve.  Never forget, it is these kinds of accessories that will make or break a tropical design. I also loved the antique hutch which the owner already had as it fit right in and added old world elegance to this area.  I also found the floor vase at Goodwill for $10 and the bamboo sticks for $2.00 each.  I like adding a few quirky or whimsical pieces near something that looks "serious" or "heavy."  Boho Chic is all in good fun! 

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