6/23/11

How Our Sunroom has Evolved

Wow, I hope everyone is having as much fun as I am with this HUGE party!  I'm soaking up ideas like a sponge.  I set up Pinterest just in the nick-of-time to have a great place to save all the wonderful ideas & there are a TON!  If you haven't checked out this Blog Party or posted to it, you simply must do that -- don't miss out on the fun.



Our sunroom has become one of our most favorite rooms in the house & is always in-use when we have company and entertain.  It didn't start out as a very user-friendly space, however.  Unfortunately, I wasn't blogging back then & taking "step-by-step" photos of this remodel;  but it was a simple screened-in patio in the beginning.  Nothing was safe in the space because it was either way too hot or so windy that all surfaces were constantly covered in dust.  It took some convincing, mainly in the form of whining, but The Man finally relented & agreed to enclosing this space.  His main requirement was that it have as many windows as possible to allow light into the rest of the house.  We bought super-insulated windows, had them installed, and away we went.

I truly am a very, very lucky lady to be married to a multi-talented (not to mention sweet, kind & loving) man.  The first thing he did was put in the tile flooring, doing a much better job than the professionals who did tile work in other parts of the house.  We have been so happy with this tile choice & love the darker wall tiles for accent.


The Man also built this large closet which you've already seen numerous times, so I'll spare you.


At this point we weren't exactly sure how we wanted to use this room, so we just used some odds and ends of furniture, including an outdoor glider.  We lived with "lack of decor & room personality" for several months before making some furniture purchases.


Oh my, how embarrassing!  By-the-way, the white wicker chair is the one I also posted about for this party earlier in the week.  First it was white, then red & now black.


The walls started out white, but we realized that was way too stark, so we painted them a soft buttery yellow.  I was using this little leather chair & ottoman early on, but didn't want to have leather in this space that gets so much sunlight.  Abby liked it, though!


Finally we decided on some furniture.  Bought the sofa (it's so comfy), a little glider rocker for me, and a bar table for having meals out here.


The bookcase had been residing in our bedroom, but I decided to move it to this little corner.  It was already this sage green, so the color was perfect.


We had this huge mirror that was in this house originally over a bar area, which is now our dining room. We started to get rid of it several times, but just didn't do it.  The Man knew I had always wanted a mantle to decorate, so he attached the mirror to the wall, framed it out, & added the decorative mantle below it.  The corbels had actually been on our house in Scottsdale, but we removed them to update the roof-line.  Amazing that we still had those kicking around in the garage, but we both liked the shape, just not on the outside of the house.


I hung some hand-painted (by The Man's aunt) plates.  They were perfect for this space. 


The view from our bedroom.


This became my happy little blogging spot last September.


The Man made the window sills nice and wide for plants.  I haven't had a plant that didn't do extremely well in this space.


Our sunroom was finished before we did the backyard landscaping, but once that was finished, both spaces just enhanced each other.


This is an old sewing machine cabinet that my MIL gave me.  It has made a perfect side table, & as long as I keep it oiled, it seems to do fine in all the sunlight.


The Man is already talking about making a sunroom at the new house.  I'm all for that!  It is just such an "easy livin" kind of space.  I hope you've enjoyed the tour, and as always, thanks for stopping by.
CAS




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