Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Sunroom


Good morning!

My husband and I have been busy trying to find furniture to fill our house. We want to have the basics in each room. The accessories are going to have to wait. So, no rugs, fun little trinkets or accent furniture pieces right now. Luckily, we have been able to add furniture to each room to make them comfortable and functional.

Today, I am going to share our sunroom with you. This room is MY room. I share with my husband and guests of course but this is my reading/lounging room. It is so cozy at night and light and bright in the mornings. This is the only room where I will be able to have my pretty white furniture. Between my husband, the dogs and .... me the white furniture just isn’t practical for our everyday life. Plus, when kiddos are in the picture it would be even more difficult to keep white furniture looking clean. I know there are slipcover pieces out there that I could use in other rooms but I would be ripping that cover off and cleaning it constantly. I just don’t want to do that because it would drive me crazy.

Where was I? Oh yeah, my special room J My husband and I had been thinking about the best setup for the room. What furniture would be best? Chair, couch, coffee table? It is hard because this room is so little. We also wanted to provide as much seating space as possible in order to create a spot for intimate area where guests can chat.  We measured and taped out options on the floor. We decided a sofa a small chair would work well. No coffee table but rather a side table. After that decision had been made we hit the furniture stores and found a floor model about 50% off. It had a few little smudges but nothing professional cleaners couldn’t get off (followed by a good dose of scotch guard). So, we took the plunge and bought the sofa and chair. Aren’t they pretty?


So...because this room has such pretty white couches we decided to add a little something to keep the pups out. I came home one day to find muddy paw prints all over the chair and sofa. As you can probably guess I was kinda annoyed. To remedy this problem my husband ordered a baby gate. Eventually we want to get a glass paneled door to go there but since we would have to have the the door custom made (since all of our walls and doorways are crooked) we went with the cheaper option. It isn't the worst looking thing ever and we decided we would need it someday in the future anyway.



To fill in the rest of the of the room we took an old brass lamp and sprayed it a light gold to tone down the color and put on a drum shade. I am thinking this shade could use a face lift and a splash of color. This is on the list of future projects.



We had a little side table we inherited from family. It was the perfect size and is made of bamboo so it works in the sunroom. The color was a peachy white-washed  color though. So, we decided to add a pop of color and painted it green. I think it works perfectly and compliments the room.




 I love snuggling up in a blanket when I am reading, even in the summer, and I needed a place to hold all of our throws.  So, I checked out my little stack of gift cards left over from our wedding and hit up a few stores. While browsing around Pottery Barn I found the perfect Big Basket to hold the blankets. The price was also mismarked to a lower price and after talking with the manager we were able to get it at the discounted price. Awesome! With the gift card and the lower price we only had to pay $20 out-of-pocket. Not too shabby if you ask me. When we were walking back to our car with the basket, my husband kept having people make comments to him about the basket. “Is there a snake in there?”, “That’s a big basket, did your wife pick that one out?” “What is that for?”. It was pretty funny.


My husband had the idea of putting my drafting table in here for drawing, painting, crafts, etc. I plan on painting the legs sometime soon. I am debating on what color I want to do though. Gray, blue, green to match the table??



I absolutely love this room!

There are a few "odd" areas of this room though.

Like this random space. I am not sure what I am going to do with it. Shelves? Pictures? Who knows.


Another issue is this wall. This is what you look at when you sit down on the sofa. Not a nice view. Like I mentioned earlier this was the best configuration for the room. We did try having the sofa pushed up against this wall but it hung over into that nook on right side of this photo where the drafting table is located. Also, we got a lovely view of the neighbor's garage and driveway which gave us no privacy. I would prefer not to read my book and wave at our neighbors every time they pulled into their driveway. I have a few ideas in mind of what I might do here. I am thinking art, maybe a tapestry,etc. Only time will tell.


That is it for now.

Before


After



It is a work in progress but I am so pleased with the furniture in here.


Have a wonderful day!

7 comments:

  1. I think you should have one of your photos blown up and framed for that wall! Love the sofas as well.

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  2. I love the new sofa and chair. The room is looking great!
    Wouldn't a built-in bookshelf look great in the corner of the room? It would certainly give it the feel of a cozy reading nook. Maybe adding trim to a premade bookcase to make it feel custom would fit the bill.
    Can't wait to visit this room in person sometime!

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    1. Thanks for the idea. A bookshelf is one I have been considering. I can't wait for you to visit sometime soon...I hope :)

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  3. It looks great Meredith! I'm so glad I have discovered your blog!!! :)

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    1. Thanks Lyndi! I'm glad you posted a comment because your blog is super cute!

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  4. (friend of your dad's) I think some shelving to hold books you want to read& magazines would be great for the short wall. As far as the short wall with the big blank space- maybe some photography or since you paint- maybe you could do a mural of some sort? Something at sunrise/sunset and warm- so even in the cold winter you can be transported there as you snuggle up and read.

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    1. Thanks for the suggestions! I will definitely keep those in mind when making plans.

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