Decorating My Sunroom: Finally Pulling It All Together!

by hookedonhouses on August 10, 2011

Ready for another sunroom update? This is how my new Ektorp sofa from IKEA looked in my sunroom last time I showed it to you. Everything was still looking pretty plain and white, so I wanted to bring some color into the room and brighten things up.

I ordered a rug from Dash & Albert that I’d had my eye on for a long time. Here’s how it looked on the website:

It’s an indoor/outdoor rug that’s easy to clean and UV-treated, which is just what I needed. It’s called Lighthouse Sprout, and I bought the 6 x 9 size for $298. I thought that was a great deal.

I also ordered some fun pillow covers from So Sarah Sews on Etsy that I fell in love with. Everything finally arrived and is in place, so I thought you’d like to see it. Ta-da!

I was a little concerned because it’s an outdoor rug that it might feel kind of stiff or plasticky, but it’s not. It really soft. Love it.

And the pillows that Sarah sewed for me are really light and fun. I actually ordered the wrong size at first (they were too big), but she graciously made new ones for me that are exactly right and refunded my money for the first order. Thanks, Sarah!

Things are looking very summery and citrusy in here now. Very lemon and lime.

Still on the shopping list for the sunroom:

  • a new ottoman (this black one belongs in the family room)
  • two chairs (the wicker and rocking chair are pretty old and beat up but will do for now)
  • a bigger end table to replace the small green one
  • shelves or some sort of storage against the brick wall

But it’s getting there! To recap, the sunroom has evolved from this, back in December when construction on it was complete:

To this hodgepodge of old furniture we used all winter:

To how it looks now that we have the new sofa, table and chairs, etc:

This summer has been so HOT that I am grateful every day that we decided to close the room in and add A/C (the project started as a screened porch and sort of…evolved).

I took these photos on different days, which is why some things are moving around.

It’s truly my “happy place” now. We didn’t even take a vacation this summer because we decided we’d rather stay right here and enjoy our new room… :-)

Do you have a “happy place” in your house? Where is it?

P.S. You can see my post about the sofa and how we put it together here, and see the post about the new TV and yellow console table here.

*11/11 UPDATE: Check out how it looks now with new ottomans and a few other changes I’ve made here: My Sunroom in Fall.

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Luciane at August 10, 2011 at 8:29 am

Your sunroom is one of my favorites things on your blog! I love seeing the updates and how beautiful you made this space. I’m LOVING the pillows, rugs and the sofa! You have such great taste, Julia.

Thanks for sharing it.


Luciane at

Lindsay August 10, 2011 at 8:30 am

Love that rug! Going to check out their site right now! The room looks great and is really coming together!

bermudaonion (Kathy) August 10, 2011 at 8:31 am

It’s very inviting!

Becky @ Farmgirl Paints August 10, 2011 at 8:32 am

you couldn’t have picked a better color scheme, so fresh and clean. love it julia…beautiful job!

Linda @Deeeda August 10, 2011 at 8:35 am

I love the colors and the bright, fresh feel….a ‘sun room’ in every sense of the word! What a lovely place to hang out!

LeAnn August 10, 2011 at 8:38 am

Hi Julia,
It looks delicious!! I love Dash & Albert rugs and was just on their website last night to order a new one for my kitchen. I love the pillows but then I am a pillow fanatic. I have gotten several pillows from etsy…it’s a great place to go for pillows. I would feel like I was on vacation all the time. Mind if I stop over….LOL!

Eileen August 10, 2011 at 8:42 am

The pop of color with the rug and pillows is beautiful. The great thing about the white couch, is it can be the backdrop for many different looks, including this great “citrus” look for summer. What a great room! I wouldn’t want to leave it either.

Stephanie August 10, 2011 at 8:45 am

It looks fabulous! I just want to curl up on that sofa with a good book and a glass of sweet tea right now.

Dianne August 10, 2011 at 8:46 am

I love it!!!! The rug is sooo cute…good job

the 7msn ranch August 10, 2011 at 8:49 am

The mattress-ticking rug is so stinkin’ perfect, I can barely contain myself. Must have.

Bethany August 10, 2011 at 8:52 am

That ceiling is begging to be yellow!! I love those pillows.

Kelli August 10, 2011 at 8:55 am

I love what you’ve done! This space is so inviting! Cheerful but still relaxing! :)

Grand D August 10, 2011 at 8:56 am

Great job and I am sure it was fun. I like projects such as this.

neena August 10, 2011 at 9:03 am

I adore your sunroom! We are currently getting estimates to have one put in at our house!

Vicki August 10, 2011 at 9:08 am

It’s looking super cute! I love the green and yellow pops of color. Very nice! I really want to build a sunroom off our living room! But, that will have to wait for a few years.

Lori August 10, 2011 at 9:21 am

Love Love Love the green and yellow! Perfect colors for a sun room!

Susan August 10, 2011 at 9:22 am

It’s coming together beautifully! Love the couch and your cushions. Looks very inviting and I know you’re enjoying your new space!

Janelle August 10, 2011 at 9:25 am

The rug is fantastic, Julia! I love the 7-up color scheme. :)

Maddie August 10, 2011 at 9:29 am

Dash & Albert outdoor rugs are the best!. I bought a blue and white one last year and it looks great after juice spills, pet accidents, melted candy, etc. Just clean with detergent on a cloth and if its really stubborn, use diluted bleach. It looks like new!

Mom in High Heels August 10, 2011 at 9:43 am

It’s lovely! Very comfy looking. BTW, IKEA makes an EKTORP ottoman (at least the ones in Europe have them).

Sheila August 10, 2011 at 10:00 am

Truly lovely! You’ve convinced me about the Ektorp. And how funny that you got that rug from Dash & Albert — I’m looking at the very same one in blue! :) Great minds, ma’am. Enjoy your sunroom! :) (And, btw, one of my happy places is right here, reading your blog.)

Jenny August 10, 2011 at 10:10 am

I love it! That rug is awesome!

Lori-Anne August 10, 2011 at 10:16 am

Looking good, Julia!

Marie August 10, 2011 at 10:21 am

Beautiful! Love the rug and throw pillows!

Nichole@40daysof August 10, 2011 at 10:36 am

Beautiful! I love Dash & Albert rugs.

Janice Mahon August 10, 2011 at 10:42 am

So beautiful. I wish I could just plop down, read a book and twiggle my toes.

Joan August 10, 2011 at 11:03 am

The rug and pillows really make a difference. It looks so inviting!! I can see why you stayed home!

polly dove August 10, 2011 at 11:17 am

YAY for a new happy place!!! I LOVE IT! I recently recovered my living room sofa and it looks just like that. The girl who recovered it suggested the fabric I used from WalMart … it was only $4.80 a yard! Gotta love those deals! Your sofa, the pillows, the rug – SO cute! Enjoy Julia!!!! xoxo

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) August 10, 2011 at 11:38 am

Julia, it’s really coming together beautifully! Love your new rug…there’s just something about a stripped rug! :) The whole room feels so fresh and inviting!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) August 10, 2011 at 11:40 am

Julia, you must have caught the rug on sale. It’s $298 now. :(

hookedonhouses August 10, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Shoot. I ordered two rugs the same day–another one for my dining room–and got the prices mixed up in my head when I was writing this. It was $298 for this one. I just corrected it. Thanks for catching that, Susan!

shelia August 10, 2011 at 11:49 am

Hi Julia! Oh, I’m loving your sunroom! Love your new pillows and the rug! It’s quite big and you’ve made it look so wonderful.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia 😉

Erin August 10, 2011 at 11:54 am

LOVE this space, Julia! I wouldn’t want to leave! I’ve had my eye on a Dash and Albert rug for a long time too. They have so many great ones to choose from. I’m happy to hear the outdoor/indoor rugs aren’t plastic-feeling, that was my concern!

Janette@The2Seasons August 10, 2011 at 12:13 pm

The rug really adds some spark to the area. Good job!

amy August 10, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Looks great!! I love the bright colors. I was wondering about the unit you used for ac? Does that also provide heat? We are looking at one of those combo units for a project and appreciate any insight. Thanks!

hookedonhouses August 10, 2011 at 1:27 pm

That’s right, it’s a combo unit that has both heat and AC, like one you’d find in a hotel room. We love it. It heats and cools the room really quickly so we don’t have to leave it on all the time.

Spring August 10, 2011 at 12:33 pm

I love that rug! And your pillows are so cheerful.

Bre August 10, 2011 at 12:51 pm

What a beautiful sunroom, Julia! I adore your rug and the pillows lend a festive touch and the perfect pop of color. I am *obsessed* with chevron so I am definitely heading over to the Etsy shop! Your room is really coming together, it just gets better and better! My happy place? It would have to be either the porch or the balcony, I love outdoor living areas and the view is gorgeous!

Kim August 10, 2011 at 1:07 pm

What a beautiful sunroom! If I had a place like that, I wouldn’t want to leave either. I love the bright yellows and greens. They make the room look very cheery. My favorite place? The front porch and firepit. They are both peaceful places to be.

anna see August 10, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Dee-lightful! I love it!

Judy August 10, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Love your sunroom….love the pillows!!

Thinking of how you can just change the pillows, add a warm throw and voila! ready for fall/winter!!

Jodi from New Jersey August 10, 2011 at 1:50 pm

So pretty! I love all the woods around, the autumn will be gorgeous! Thanks for showing the Ektorp sofa also, I’ve had my eye on that one.Enjoy !

the cape on the corner August 10, 2011 at 2:42 pm

love your sunroom! my sunroom is my happy place…that’s exactly what i call it! and my friend is thinking about redoing her bedroom in these citrus and lime colors…i’m going to send her to see this!

Lisa From Georgia August 10, 2011 at 2:56 pm

I LOVE your sunroom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Everything you have done is wonderful! The pops of fun and happy color are perfect and make it so inviting. It is definitely one of those spaces that I said I love…where you want to “plop” down on that big, comphy sofa with a dear friend and share a visit and a sip of that pink lemonaide, or…….. take a nap! We are big on naps!

Pam August 10, 2011 at 3:13 pm

The Sunroom is wonderful. I love the greens and yellows. I would love to have a sunroom but where I would have to put it would be high up off the ground and I really dont know if it could be done but yours is just so great. I would be spending so much time there I would really get nothing done. Good luck with the decorating cant wait until you share some more pictures.

khrynna August 10, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Great room, and I love, love, LOVE the dog!

hookedonhouses August 10, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Maizie is definitely the best accessory in the sunroom. :)

Kristen @ More Than Mulberries August 10, 2011 at 3:58 pm

I love the yellow and green, what a cozy and cheerful spot. I think I could manage to do some magazine reading and napping there! Getting ready to send you an email full of pictures, I hope you don’t hate me for it! :)

Amanda @ Serenity Now August 10, 2011 at 4:06 pm

It looks fantastic, Julia! I love your lemon and lime color combo. You have really pulled things together quite nicely. :) My “happy place” right now is the mini van, which sounds odd, but I wrote about it today. 😉

Dawny August 10, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Your sunroom is my happy place! I guess it’s time to freshen up my own place, eh? But your room makeovers give me great ideas. Congratulations on your new room.

Jennifer August 10, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Great colors–that wicker chair is screaming for some bright yellow spray paint!!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy... August 10, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Amazing what a rug can do.

Mary August 10, 2011 at 7:08 pm

What fun! Love the sofa and the rug is gorgeous – you had a lovely vision for this room and it shows :)) Enjoy

Christyne Butler August 10, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Well done! Very cheery and happy! We’re getting ready to totally replace the front porch on our home (at 111 years old I think the old girl is due for a face lift!) and I can’t wait to add some personal touches (lke a resin glider I’ve had my eye on forever!) and make a happy place for myself!

Joni Webb August 10, 2011 at 8:13 pm

omg- this is the cutest ever! my daughter is going to buy that exact sofa for her apartment. the cushions look so full – did you change them out? i didn’t realize how good it looked. that rug !! those pillows!! itall looks fabulous. job well done.

hookedonhouses August 10, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Nope, didn’t do anything to the cushions. They came that way!

Lesley @ The Design File August 10, 2011 at 10:01 pm

I love it! The colors are gorgeous. You’ve made some really nice choices Julia.

Dawn August 10, 2011 at 10:10 pm

I have a thing for striped rugs and green-and-white is a real weakness. I picked up a green-and-white striped rug for the kitchen a while back and love it.

And I have green-and-white striped cushions that I special-ordered in a catalog many years ago for my white bar stool chairs that look perfect in the breakfast nook.

I adore the pillows that you got and bookmarked So Sarah Sews page. :)

Your sunroom is shaping up beautifully! I am dreaming of a screen porch one of these days but that also might evolve into a sunroom. Either way, I’d be very happy.

le@thirdontheright August 10, 2011 at 11:20 pm

just fab Julia – love the indoor outdoor rug – great colours ! well done best le xox

Karen T. August 11, 2011 at 2:34 am

I really love your new rug and your color scheme. Great job!

Ellen August 11, 2011 at 6:57 am

I love what you’ve done – I could staycation in that room and be quite happy! That rug is precious!

Ricki Jill Treleaven August 11, 2011 at 7:29 am

Julia, your sunroom is so pretty *and* cheerful! I am so happy for you!!! I am still loving your pretty yellow console table, especially with the rug and throw pillows. 😀

Yes, I do have a happy place in our home now! We redecorated our tiny, 11′ X 10′ formal living room. We turned it into an art studio for my youngest daughter and me. We are enjoying it so, so much.

Have a great rest of the week!

Ricki Jill

Noelle August 11, 2011 at 8:01 am

So pretty!! Love the pillows and the rug!!

Kristin S August 11, 2011 at 8:03 am

I love it!

I have an Ektorp chair and ottoman and am inspired by your white. I’ve alwyas been afraid to take off my red cover and put on white for fear of plain but you showed me I can do it!

That room makes me want to grab a book and curl up in that corner.

Cindy August 11, 2011 at 8:57 am

LOVE IT, Julia! I don’t know that I’d ever leave this room! August 11, 2011 at 9:32 am

I am so jealous! I don’t have a dining room in my house, just an eat-in kitchen, so I am unable to have large holiday dinners. I want someday to add a sunroom to the side of my house and use as a dining room. I have a large wooden dining set that is in a Swedish country style and it kills me that it is packed away in the garage! Just out of curiosity – what are the dimensions of the room? – Lana

hookedonhouses August 11, 2011 at 3:56 pm

The sunroom is 17 x 18.

deidre August 11, 2011 at 11:51 am

the sunroom looks GREAT! i’ve enjoyed watching it evolve and come together. those pillows and rug are fantastic.

laney August 11, 2011 at 12:14 pm

…a beautiful happy place indeed…the perfect place to make memories throughout the years…and that is what home is all about…

Nita August 11, 2011 at 3:24 pm

It looks great! Then you can change pillows for the seasons and holidays. How many times have you washed the slipcover? :) I couldn’t do that with these cats, but I might get that sofa with a pattern or other color one day. Love it.

hookedonhouses August 11, 2011 at 3:57 pm

I have only had to wash one of the back cushion covers, and that was after “The Chocolate Pudding Incident” last month. One reader said she washes hers monthly. I don’t think I’ll be quite that vigilant, though. Unless more pudding gets smeared on it, I’ll probably wait a few months!

Laura August 11, 2011 at 6:18 pm

It looks beautiful and fresh! Definitely a place I would love to relax in. In my little place, I just love to relax in my bedroom… the only place that is not littered with toys and can stay white and clean! Lx

kasey August 11, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Some of the colors aren’t my taste, but its not my room now is it. It is so beautifully done now, and looks so comfy and cozy–the perfect place to curl up and read a book on a Sunday morning with coffee and pastries. I do like the rug, out of my price zone but i”m going to bookmark it as someday I want a space like this. Enclosing for AC certainly was a bit of brilliance. I really like the table under the TV; speaking of, the tv is the perfect size for it you want to watch something but doesn’t take over the room.

su August 11, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Really love what you’ve done with the place my friend…have you tried that
bleu-berry crepe and ice cream desert yet?! heehhh….

love it!

Dean August 11, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Love it! Looks great. I don’t know how beat-up the rocker is, but I would leave it. It just looks right to me with the black ottoman and the white sofa and walls. And I love a good rocking chair. :-)

Linda in AZ * August 11, 2011 at 10:29 pm

*** DY-NO-MITE, Julia!!!
As my darling Grama used to say “You sure did put your THINKIN’ CAP on for THIS project!!!”…

MANY congrats on a most successful transition (!!!) ~~~ the way you searched for better deals/prices, FOUND them annnnd ALSO ended up NOT SACRIFICING STYLE for $$$, is SO ADMIRALE, & I love the results!!!

It’s such a HAPPY space, and Y*O*U made it that way!!! Sharing a nice “cuppa” with you, in here, would be so nice with all that wonderful greenery outside!!! I’ll bet your neighbors enjoy it alot too!!

Warmest wishes,
Linda in AZ *

Char August 11, 2011 at 11:52 pm

Beautiful!! I’m inspired to add a sunroom to our house now. Do you mind sharing the dimensions and any advice? Thanks!

Char August 11, 2011 at 11:54 pm

never mind, found them!

Calico Child August 12, 2011 at 1:07 am

wow julie it is truly gorgeous I love it the colours are so fab :)

Sunrooms South Jersey August 12, 2011 at 7:41 am

Great job with the sunroom project! Also didn’t realize IKEA had such cool looking furniture…

Debbie Summers August 12, 2011 at 7:59 am

Julia – Your sunroom looks fabulous… Love the bright and cheery area rug!

Carolyn August 12, 2011 at 1:03 pm

It is lovely. I am on my way over to take a nap on your couch. :)

Destiny August 12, 2011 at 6:41 pm

You made wonderful choices and the room turned out absolutely lovely; so warm and inviting.

J. Castilleja August 13, 2011 at 12:03 am

If I seemed a little bit upset in my previous post, I didn’t mean to be. What I did mean is that while most of us hope the homes next to us will be well loved and maintained by twins of ourselves, that’s not what happens. Others move in, have their own ideas and express them. This is a GREAT thing. Nothing like having a recent guest say, yeah you live two doors down from the PINK MANSION or the house w/ the statue of an elephant in the DRIVEWAY. Each neighborhood has it’s quirks. In conclusion, I do think that plastic flamingos are the absolute worst thing that could happen to any neighborhood:) ANYWHERE

Judy August 13, 2011 at 4:03 am

I love what you have done with the sunroom! This is definitely a place I would like to relax with a cuppa and good book. Well done!

Jenn August 13, 2011 at 8:12 am

I love the colour palette you’ve chosen, Julia! It’s so bright and cheery for the summer months. You could easily change out your accessories to warmer shades when the colder season(s) arrive. You have such a flair for using recycled pieces. I have “sunroom envy”.

Gwynneth August 14, 2011 at 4:21 pm

It’s definitely nicer than anything I have (which is NO sun room!) but I’d lose the green, only because I have a thing against it. Also, I’d ditch the striped rug (they make some very nice Oriental-looking ones for outdoors now)–more green! And you could use some plants! Think: Old Victorian ladies and a conservatory (my grandparents bought a house like this, with the old ladies still IN it!). I really WISH I could say nicer things, since I LOVE your blog…but just pretend I’m Greg House, and psychologically unable to lie and say I like something when I don’t! (I really am that way, to my sorrow-sometimes).

All in all, very nice. Very CLEAN.

Amy from China Shepherdess August 16, 2011 at 7:34 am

This room looks like a lovely retreat. Congratulations!

kthnxbye August 16, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Love it!

Jessica August 16, 2011 at 9:20 pm

My first thought was ‘what a happy room’! The rug is so perfect, and I just love all the bright colors! A very happy place indeed!
xo J~

Fan August 17, 2011 at 7:28 am

Just came across your sunroom site. Love it. We are in the process of doing the exact same thing. Our room is almost the exact same size. I couldn’t find on the site what type of windows you installed. We have been comparing but are totally confused. What company did you go with?

Elisha August 17, 2011 at 9:39 am

Looks really great Julia. I especially love the beadboard ceiling!

Kristen @ Joyfullythriving August 18, 2011 at 6:23 pm

It looks lovely, Julia! I love the glass of lemonade on your side table. I’m ready to pull up a drink and join you there! I hope you and your family continue to enjoy the sunroom for many, many years.

leanne August 22, 2011 at 7:36 am

Wow! What a deal on the sofa. I am now considering the Ektorp for my sunroom. I am concerned about assembly and comfort. Are the cushions as comfy as they look in the pictures?

pam @ becolorful August 22, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Your sunroom reminds me so much of ours. It is always fun to see what you are doing here. The walls of windows and the colors are so similar so it exciting to watch when you change yours up. My sofas are showing signs of sun fade and soil so it won’t be long before I will have to make some changes in this part of our home too. In the meantime I am enjoying your space evolve. It looks just so great.
Pam @ BeColorful

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Cindy November 10, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Your sunroom is so bright and fresh. It looks great and I agree that you should NOT paint the bricks.

Kim December 13, 2011 at 10:56 am

Hi Julia- I am likely going to buy a similar DASH & ALBERT rug for our living room – in the play area where the kids have a table and their toys. I just wanted to know how you liked yours so far. We are also probably going to get the washable one too… Thanks!

Sue Shattuck February 23, 2013 at 3:43 pm

You,r whole house is stunning – just my style & filled with COLOR! If I see one more all white/cream room, I am gonna puke! It is not a warm inviting feel. Yours is an example of excellence in color!

hookedonhouses February 23, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Thanks, Sue! I love color, too. :)

Sam April 6, 2013 at 8:26 pm

You have amazing taste and style. That dash and Albert rug was an amazing choice!

hookedonhouses April 7, 2013 at 7:12 am

Thanks, Sam! I do love that rug. :-)

Gabrielle July 19, 2013 at 8:55 am

I love the colors…it turned out fabulous!

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