Decorating My Sunroom: A Little Update

by hookedonhouses on July 14, 2011

Just a little update on the decorating progress I’m making in our new sunroom. Those of you who followed along with me while it was being built last winter may remember how it looked right after the room was finished in December, when things were still pretty bare:

Brrr…makes me shiver just seeing that snow outside. It was a long, cold winter!

Since then we’ve been using an old patio table against the wall as a catch-all until we could afford some proper furniture:

Isn’t that a pretty scene? We were in the middle of assembling the chairs for our new table that day, which explains the big, empty box. You can see photos of the table and chairs here if you missed that post.

Since this has kind of become our new family room this summer, we decided to buy a 32″ flat-screen TV with a built-in DVD player to hang on the brick wall, and we needed some sort of console or buffet table to put under it. I knew I wanted it to be a painted table (not stained wood and not white), so the search began.

I hoofed it through furniture store after furniture store without finding anything that I was even a little tempted to buy. Everything we saw was so dark and serious (and expensive). Nothing remotely sunroom worthy.

Finally, I checked out Merridian Home Furnishings and fell in love with half of their inventory. When I spotted this little yellow table with two drawers–and saw that it was on sale for 30% off, which brought it close to $300–I grabbed it.

That’s how it looked when we first got it home and put the TV on it.

We tried to hang the TV on the wall, but the drill wouldn’t go through the brick at all. Our helpful neighbor Tony explained that we were supposed to drill the hole in the mortar, not the brick. Oops. He was right–it worked! Here’s how it looks now:

Imagine that–”House Hunters” was on!

I bought a bigger basket at Home Goods to camouflage the power strip and outlet on the floor. I’m also using it to store things like paper towels and placemats.

I’ll be playing around with what I want to display on the table, but I put a basket with some apples under the TV for now to hide some of the wires, at least, and that white framed photo of me with my daughter and my niece hides the Roku box. (Love that little thing. It lets me stream movies from Netflix, etc.)

I think the yellow table brightens up that dark brick wall. And it looks a heck of a lot better than that old resin table did here! So things are starting to come together.

Now I just have to figure out what to put on the other side of the door, where the birdhouse is. Some shelves would be nice. I still need a place to put my CD player.  Not that it doesn’t look lovely right here on the dog crate…

Yeah, I’m fancy like that. ;-)

By the way, for those of you who have asked, our pup Maizie is doing great. She gained some much-needed weight, healed completely from her jaw surgeries, is finally house trained, and is actually taking long walks on a leash now–something I never thought we’d get her to do! She keeps a close eye on me at all times, as you can see. (You can read her adoption story here–sad beginning, but happy ending.)

Stay tuned because we just bought an Ektorp sofa from IKEA for this space that we’re putting together. It’ll replace most of this wicker in the room and (hopefully) make it a much more comfortable place to hang out!

I also have a new rug ordered and am on the hunt for an ottoman so this one can go back to the family room where it belongs. Wish me luck, and I’ll show you how that turns out soon!

More deets about my sunroom here and here, if you want ‘em.

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Luciane at July 14, 2011 at 8:09 am


Every time you show your sunroom I see how many great changes you’re making! It’s such a comfy, welcoming place. I feel happy you guys enjoy spending time there!

Everything is looking so beautiful! I love the 1st picture!


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Amanda Eck July 14, 2011 at 8:11 am

What a lovely room!! make me want to sit a while and have a cup of tea and read magazines- or watch House Hunters ;-)

hookedonhouses July 14, 2011 at 8:22 am

Come on over, Amanda! I’m sure “House Hunters” will still be on when you get here. Ha.

Ricki Jill Treleaven July 14, 2011 at 8:14 am

Julia, I love the yellow table against the brick wall. Perfect choice! Have you been in Anthropologie lately? They have these rather large, cushy ottoman/cubes that are so colorful, and they are $198.00. I think it is a great price for what you get. I am thinking about getting two for our art studio.

Thanks for the update on Maizie. She is too, too cute! :D

Ricki Jill

hookedonhouses July 14, 2011 at 8:22 am

I haven’t been to Anthropologie this summer, so I’ll have to see what they’ve got–thanks!

melody July 14, 2011 at 8:16 am

your 32” tv doesnt look 32″ at all.. is it me or just the pic?hehe

hookedonhouses July 14, 2011 at 8:21 am

It must be the pic, because it is 32″. We measured for it and it was exactly what it was supposed to be, so the box wasn’t lying or anything. Ha.

Beth@A2Z July 14, 2011 at 8:19 am

Your sunroom is beautiful and your pup is so precious! I just read her adoption story. I am so glad she now has a loving family to dote on her. Poor baby :(. What a sweet survivor.

Amanda @ Serenity Now July 14, 2011 at 8:21 am

I’m so happy that your room is coming along, Julia! Such a warm, comfortable spot. I’m glad you mentioned Maizie…I smiled when I saw her peeping in for the first photo. She is a lucky pup!

MissCaron July 14, 2011 at 8:22 am

Lookin good! Love the updates! Glad the pup is doing well!

Midwest Magnolia - Melissa Lewis July 14, 2011 at 8:36 am

Looks great Julia!!!! You did such a good job. I would totally be out there all the time:)

Lesley @ The Design File July 14, 2011 at 8:44 am

Julia – You’re doing such a nice job. I think the room is going to be so warm and cozy and perfect for hanging out with the family. The yellow table is my favorite part so far and I love it against the red brick. So pretty. Can’t wait to see the sofa in there too. Congrats!

Lynn July 14, 2011 at 8:48 am

I am in love with your little yellow table. :)

Great space you have there! It reminds me that I have an enclosed front porch that needs some serious attention (only my husband has always thought of it as the dumping place for all his grubby things, golf clubs, etc. as he comes home – so I’m always doing battle over the place that gives people their first impressions as they enter our house!)

Linda @ Lime in the Coconut July 14, 2011 at 9:07 am

Oh lovely! Isn’t it great to have all of that extra space? You’ll love the sofa, too!
Did you ever consider painting the brick white?? Just wondering?

hookedonhouses July 14, 2011 at 9:16 am

No, I haven’t seriously considered painting it. The rest of the room is so white that I actually like the contrast. I’d never say never, though! :-)

Bonnie July 14, 2011 at 9:29 am

I love the porch! That yellow table is adorable and I’m so glad your puppy is doing so well. Enjoy the summer1

shelia July 14, 2011 at 9:40 am

Hi Julia! Oh, your sunporch is looking wonderful! Love that you were able to hang your TV on the wall and free up space to poke stuff all over that darling table!
Glad your little doggy is doing well and what a little cutie.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Jenn July 14, 2011 at 9:41 am

I have “sunporch envy”. What a beautiful spot to sit and enjoy morning tea or a glass of wine in the evening. I can’t wait to see your finished room (but really, are rooms ever finished?).

melissa @ the inspired room July 14, 2011 at 9:54 am

What a lovely room you have there! It is fun to see things progress!

And aw, that Maizie is so precious!! Thanks for the update!

Rachel July 14, 2011 at 10:19 am

Love how the sunroom is coming together!! My inlaws just built a screen porch and it makes me wish we had some sort of 3 season room. Can’t wait to see the finished product!

Rick July 14, 2011 at 10:25 am

Your sunroom is coming along. I know what you mean about getting a sofa an it being more comfortable than wicker. My wife chose 2 loveseats for our sunroom when we bought our house. Her thinking is you can’t fall asleep reading the Sunday paper on wicker.

Maizie looks great. Makes you wonder how you ever got along without her.
My four Mercedes, Kricket, Oscar and Brinkley would want a play date if you go through Wisconsin. The pups have been “helping” put in our flowerbeds and need showers too.


Jackie W. - Kanasas July 14, 2011 at 10:26 am

Thank goodness for Tony’s ….

shabby July 14, 2011 at 10:27 am

love it and yes i agree with you the contrast of the brick just works! plus it will get not have to be cleaned as much as if you painted it white!
what a fun and cozy room!
i loved the snow peek ’cause it is so hot here that we are over it!! 100 plus temps for over a month!
happy thursday!
((oh i was trolling the mls list in my town last night and thought of you when i saw some of the photos..what were they thinking?? lol))

Linda @Deeeda July 14, 2011 at 10:33 am

What a beautiful sunroom, especially with all the green space outside the windows! Looks so peaceful and inviting!

Your pup is adorable! So glad she’s getting better. :)

Thanks for sharing. I love your posts! :)

Brenda July 14, 2011 at 10:44 am

Great decorating job, Julia. I love the contrast of the red brick and the yellow table.
How about a bookcase filled with books and games, for the other side of the door? Your new sofa will make everything comfy cosy. Enjoy!
P.s. Maize is adorable!

Sally July 14, 2011 at 10:45 am

Oh, I agree about not painting the brick! It’s coming along beautifully, and love the table. :)

laney July 14, 2011 at 11:15 am

…just beautiful…i remember being so happy for you when you wrote you were getting a sunroom…and this is looking better than great…you are blessed too with that wonderful view…the yellow table is just exactly right…as is the televison (aren’t neighbors and friends priceless)…you have a vision… and that is the important thing…(about the snow…it has been so hot and atlanta this summer that snow looks pretty wonderful to me)…

Noelle July 14, 2011 at 11:19 am

So pretty Julia! It looks so welcoming and relaxing….enjoy the rest of the summer on your porch, before that dreaded snow comes back :)

Kim July 14, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Julia, the sunroom is looking great. I love the personal touches you have made with the room so far. You have great taste. I can’t wait to see what the sunroom will look like when it’s all done.

Lori-Anne July 14, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I love how this room is shaping up! I’m especially fond of that sweet yellow table. Thanks for keeping us up-to-date on the process :)

Renae July 14, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Hi Julia,
Just a little tip you might find useful for your cords. If you take a 3M hook and attach it to the back of the table (on the skirt just above one of the legs) and then lightly drape your cords over it (since they’re already bundled together you could use the zip tie that’s holding them togther to hang on the hook) and then where they run down the back of one of the legs, put a piece of painters tape over them and voila, you can’t see them hang down (though you might be able to see the cords on the floor but really, who cares about that? I just switched from a closed in night stand to a table with exposed legs (sort of like yours) and it was KILLING me that I could see the cords. Careful not to bend any wires, the 3M hook thing worked like a charm!! :) Everything’s lovely.

hookedonhouses July 14, 2011 at 1:38 pm

I hadn’t thought of that–what a brilliant solution to the cord problem! I’m going to try that. Thanks, Renae!

Pat July 14, 2011 at 12:31 pm

You’ve sure added a lot of living space with the wonderful room, and I love the view to the woods. I’d say that was a pretty smart choice!
I love the yellow table. Every time I read your blog I want to get rid of something of mine and replace it with something of yours!
Oh, and I loved the tip from Renae about running the tv cords down the table leg!

Karena July 14, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Julia I love what you have created!! The table under the TV is perfect. very comfortable space for family time.

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Dawn July 14, 2011 at 1:03 pm

The sunroom is coming along beautifully! I’m jealous because we still have a deck and it gets buried in leaves and debris in the fall and spring – a mess to clean! And it’s too buggy to sit outside in the summer. I am dreaming of a sunroom or screened porch.

I just love Maizie and am happy that she has a loving home. She’s a sweetie!

Bre July 14, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Julia! The sunroom looks fantastic! It just keeps getting better and better. I have to admit, while I love the yellow table, my favorite addition to the pictures is adorable Maizie. Her photo bombs are too precious! Give her a big hug for me, I am so happy to know she is healthy and thriving with you and your family. Keep the sunroom updates coming!

Maaike Quinn July 14, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Boy, I love this room! It’s so beautiful now. Also, I really like that birdhouse! If I were you, I’d leave it there :D

And I’m so happy Maizie is doing great!

anna see July 14, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Loving your new space! And I’ve always wanted an Ektorp!

Kristen @ More Than Mulberries July 14, 2011 at 4:20 pm

It looks like it’s coming together very nicely! What a great space!

Lisa Antoniou July 14, 2011 at 4:58 pm

The sunroom looks great!
What about a low long rectangular wicker basket or old wooden box with low greenery in it to put on the little yellow table under the tv ?… big enough to hide all that needs to hide. Maybe place a couple of little white ceramic birdies next to it ? I think it would tie in great with the yellow and greens in the room.
Also what about putting the little boom box in the bird house? too weird? not the right size?Yes, I’m the girl who is always drilling holes in things to place telephones and other appliances in pieces of furniture or the odd wooden box to hide them! “Hey, is that antique milk crate ringing”? ….no it’s just the phone! Ha!
I have the Ecthorp couch fom Ikea in my living room and have been very happy with it. Here in the tropics of Australia it really does the trick!
Your blog continues to help me handle living way down here. It inspires me so much!
Enjoy your sunroom!

hookedonhouses July 14, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Interesting ideas! Thanks, Lisa! :-)

elsieb July 14, 2011 at 5:20 pm

You room is so pretty. But I am writeing about sweet Mazie. We have 2 shih tuzs and they are the only dogs I have been able to house break. And believe me I have tried with many breeds. I can leave my 2 several hours and they gave never had an accident. How anyone could have harmed that little sweetie I just can’t understand. Must be a monster.

hookedonhouses July 14, 2011 at 5:57 pm

I don’t understand it, either. She’s truly the sweetest little thing. Hurts me to think about what she must have gone through before we adopted her!

Karen T. July 14, 2011 at 6:45 pm

I like your new table & think you were right not to do a stained wood (too dark) or white (too predictable) painted table. I am so, so glad that you got the Ektorp sofa from Ikea & hope you love it. I can hardly wait to see how it looks in your room & what slipcover(s) you chose.
I would do whatever I had to do to hide the TV & component cords. (That’s just one of my pet peeves even in my own home.) If the 3M hook works like Renae suggests, then good. (I’ll have to try that one myself.) If not, they (Best Buy, etc.) sell the molding strips in which you can encase your cords then adhere the strip to the wall & my understanding is that you can also paint the strip to match your wall color so it won’t stand out like a sore thumb. You could get an even taller basket or add greenery to the basket to hide the cords.
Personally, I like the birdhouse on the other side of the door. However if you don’t like it or need storage space, then Brenda’s idea to get a bookcase for games & storage could work. Maybe it would even be deep enough to hold your CD player. But while you may not want to “matchy match” the color of the bookcase to your new table, you probably still don’t want a stained wood bookcase.
These are just my humble opinions, and I’m anxiously wait to see what you do.

Karen T. July 14, 2011 at 7:00 pm

That’s “anxiously WAITING…”, not “anxiously wait…” (from 6:45 PM). I also wanted to add that whether you leave the birdhouse, go with the bookcase or whatever, it would be fun (as long as it looks balanced with the TV side of the door) to hang something on the wall on this side of the door.

Holley July 14, 2011 at 9:05 pm


Now I have a question: How did you manage to drill through the mortar? Any tips? I ask because I want to replace my mail box and the new one has different dimensions so we will need to drill through the mortar to hang it.


hookedonhouses July 14, 2011 at 9:12 pm

When we bought anchors made to use with brick walls, they came with the drill bit to use. Good luck! :)

Andrea July 14, 2011 at 10:24 pm

We are actually hitting Ikea this sat to pick up an Ektorp for our sunroom =) Your yellow table is perfect!

Dean July 14, 2011 at 11:55 pm

Lookin’ good! You’ve got the magic touch :-)

Jenny July 15, 2011 at 12:54 am

I’m so happy Maizie is doing well! She is so sweet!

The room looks awesome, that table was perfect for the room!

Nita July 15, 2011 at 2:11 am

I love what’s outside, that wooded area, lovely. The room is looking good, but the cutest thing in the room is that doggie. Isn’t she cute?

E. George July 15, 2011 at 2:20 am

Hi Julia your sunroom is looking beautiful so far, I can just imagine what it will look like at Christmas time – did I say Christmas? Over here in some areas that have snow at this time celebrate Christmas in July they get to eat what you guys have for Christmas lunch/dinner. Til next time Esther from Sydney… PS Maizie is beautiful she is one lucky dog.

Karen T. July 15, 2011 at 5:07 am

I earlier suggested hanging something on the brick wall above your birdhouse. When I went back and looked at your room pics again, however, I noticed that you still have what was your porch/patio light on this wall. So, I’m not so sure what (if anything) would look right on this wall. Wonder if matching sconces on either side of the door would work? Hmmm. Maybe. Maybe not.

Carla July 15, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Lookin’ good! Glad to hear Maizie is doing better as well, she is a cutie!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) July 15, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Julia, I love your new table! The yellow is so cheerful and so perfect for a sunroom. That’s a great price, too…way to go!
Maizie is sooo cute. I’m so glad she is doing well. I didn’t realize about the jaw surgery. She is so blessed that you adopted her. What a sweet, sweet face!

Jessica July 16, 2011 at 1:27 am

The perfect sunroom with the perfect accessorie…sweet Maizie!! She looks right at home and very comfy (love the way her head is tilted a little). All those windows are fantastic…and the touches you brought intot he room really made it special…it looks airy and cozy all at the same time…well done!
Have a wonderful weekend…
xo J~

Donna July 16, 2011 at 7:49 am

It looks very comfy.. I’m doing some research to transform our living
room.. you gave me a very nice idea. great job!

Magali July 17, 2011 at 7:03 am

What a nice room it is. And I would never have dared the yellow table… Shame on me! It looks perfect against the brick wall! I suddenly feel a need for a yellow table!

Richella at Imparting Grace July 19, 2011 at 7:42 am

Oh, Julia, I love this space! You were brilliant to put a TV out here–why not go ahead and claim this as a real hang-out space? And the yellow table is wonderful.

I’m looking forward to seeing your sofa out here. I’d love to know what you think about IKEA furniture. I haven’t been to an IKEA in 24 years. . . I have a feeling their stuff may be better than it used to be. (Not that it was bad 24 years ago–just very utilitarian.)

If you just need a small ottoman for your space, you could make one like mine ( Easy, sturdy, and almost free, it’s a fun project.

I’m glad to see Maizie looking so hale and hearty. She’s a darling pup! How wonderful for her and for you that you were able to adopt her.

hookedonhouses July 19, 2011 at 8:57 am

Love that you made your own ottoman out of a cooler, Richella–very creative! :)

Jodi from New Jersey July 20, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Looks great , Julia. Let us know how the Ektorp sofa works out, I have my eye on one in the chocolate brown.>>>>Jodi

Arleen August 27, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Love everything you’ve done so far. I’m really happy that you choose the white sofa, as white is my favorite color. I’m looking forward to see what your next endeavor will be!! Hope it’s white!!!!!

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