Welcome to my sunroom! I get a lot of questions about it from readers wanting to know everything from how big it is to how well my Ektorp sofa is holding up.
It’s been 2 years since I shared any summer photos of it, so I thought it was time to invite you back in and answer some of your FAQs while I’m at it…
We had a screened porch at our last house and I missed it a lot when we moved here. I also missed having a big family room (ours is on the small side). So we built this 17′ x 18′ addition onto the back of our house at the end of 2010 to give us a little more indoor-outdoor space to hang out in.
Take a look!
Inside My Sunroom
Originally we planned to build a screened porch, but the project grew
into a full-blown additional room that we can use year-round.
We spent the extra money to insulate it and add a heating and cooling unit similar to what you’d find in a hotel room. It’s behind the sofa where you can’t see it unless you look over the back of it.
We only use it when absolutely necessary, though. I’d rather open the windows and turn on the ceiling fan most days.
It’s fun to entertain out here, that’s for sure.
But I also eat lunch out here every day in the summer and love
spending time alone with a good book on the porch whenever I get a chance…
I’m always mixing things up out here.
Sometimes I use a couple of green storage ottomans out here instead of the cedar chest:
I’ll bring out the orange and gold this fall…
…and red and white for Christmas:
But let’s not think about that now.
Right now I’m pretending that summer’s going to last forever…
I get emails all the time from readers asking about my Ektorp sofa from IKEA. They want to know if I still like it and how I keep it looking white when I have kids and a dog.
Here’s how it looked the day we bought it in 2011:
You can see my post about our decision to buy this sofa and putting it together here.
Is it perfect? No. But it’s great for a casual space like this where perfection isn’t as important as practicality and comfort. And it’s holding up well for a couch that gets a lot of use and cost us less than $1,000. I’ve taken many a nap on it over the past few years since we bought it and give it two thumbs up. 🙂
I’ve heard other people complain about what a pain it is to wash the slipcovers all the time, and I’m like, all the time? One blogger said she pulls them all off and washes them once a week. All I can say is that their standards are a lot higher than mine! Ha.
I probably only wash mine about once a year. One thing I learned was to ditch the sticky lint brush that I used to use on it (it left sticky residue that was attracting more dirt and dog hair) and now I just go over it with a hand-vac now and then.
I spot clean in between washings, and when that doesn’t work, I flip the cushions over. (Don’t tell!)
When I do wash them, I spray any stains with stain remover first and then run the washer with hot water. I dry them a little in the dryer and then put them back on while they’re still damp. It’s pretty easy and they come out looking bright and white again each time (no bleach necessary).
I bought a backup set of slipcovers at IKEA since they’re so inexpensive but haven’t had to use them yet!
On my wish list for this room are a couple of new, comfy chairs to replace the old green rocker and the white wicker. We spend so much time out here that we need seating you can really settle into for long periods of time…
Another question I get a lot: “Why don’t you paint your brick wall white?” Apparently it really bothers some people, but I like the red brick. I think it adds some warmth and texture to the room. So it’s staying.
I hear from a lot of readers who are planning to build their own sunroom, and a common question from them is whether I would’ve done anything differently.
The short answer: yes. I wish we could’ve gotten different flooring, for one thing. It was the final big expense and we had very little left in the budget, so we went with this basic gray tile.
And if I ever get a chance to build another sunroom in my lifetime, I’d make it a little bigger so we could fit an outdoor kitchen and stone fireplace. Maybe someday. But for now I’m pretty content to hang out in this one.
Update: To answer another question I’ve been getting from several of you who are building your own sunroom, the windows are 58″x 58″.
Thanks for stopping by! Do you have a room in your house that makes you happy? Where’s your favorite place to spend time with your family — or a good book?
Shelley @ Calypso in the Country says
I have always loved your beautiful sun room and I really appreciate how you’ve answered those questions. I always like to know the size of rooms. It can be so hard to tell in pictures. We have been toying with the idea (for way too long!) of building a sun room off of our kitchen but we cannot decide if we want it to be the eating area or just a lounging area. Of course that whole decision is keeping us from our real goal of renovating the kitchen! If we put the eating area in the addition we could use the previous eat in kitchen area to make the kitchen larger….too many decisions… I will just stare at yours a little longer!
Boy, can I relate to that, Shelley. It takes me forever to make decisions like that because I go back and forth and over-think all the options. Can’t wait to hear what you end up doing with yours! 🙂
Emily Clark says
Pretty, happy spot! Good to see your house–and you 🙂
Thanks, Emily! 🙂
Patty Day says
What a delightful room! I love it! You have adapted it so well to ALL seasons!
Thanks, Patty! 🙂
WHY does red brick offend so many people? LOL! I personally love it – I have it in a few rooms in my house and while there is one room where I plan to whitewash the brick, the rest of it is staying – it feels very warm to me and cozy. And if I paint it and don’t like it, I’ve heard it’s very difficult to remove.
I don’t know, Deb, but you’d be amazed how many people ask me about it (or flat-out tell me, “You need to paint that brick white!”). Ha. Now, if it were a brown brick or a color I didn’t care for I probably would paint it, so it’s not like I’m against painting brick in some cases, but I like the red. 🙂
Aubry T says
My sunroom is currently a woodshop lol, the hubby is making the vanities and cabinetry, and some furniture. Hopefully I’ll get that sunroom back someday!
These pictures do help with furniture placement, since the shape is very similar. I am very envious of the chest/coffee table and the little metal side table, very cute!
I’ve got my fingers crossed for you that you’ll get yours back soon, Aubry! Although it doesn’t sound bad having a husband who can build furniture and cabinets for you in the meantime. 🙂
Kate F. says
Julia, thanks for this update. I found your blog two years ago and have always loved this room. It was definitely a big inspiration for our sun room project which we have been working on for the past year. Our seating area was just finished last week, can you tell that I was inspired by your white couch, striped rug, and yellow accents?
Oh, fun!! I love how yours turned out, Kate, with the blue-painted ceiling and navy striped rug. Smart idea to cover the furniture with Sunbrella fabric, too. Thanks for sharing!
You’re right to keep the brick as-is, I think. You’ve already got enough white. I love how you can change it with the seasons. We added a screen porch to the back of our house a couple of years ago and we LOVE it! My husband was lobbying for a three season sun porch, but we live in Virginia where the summers are hot, we don’t like air conditioning, and it’s just the two of us so we have plenty of cool weather seating options. Anyway, it’s wonderful and we wonder why it took us so long!
Looks bright and airy and warm and cozy all at once! Your Ektorp looks great, ours looks AWFUL and we’ve only had it as long as you! Ours is in our living room so it gets a ton of use, plus our 20lb cocker spaniel sits on the back of it like a cat, squishing the back cushions in so it looks super frumpy. I also picked the more khaki colored slip cover which just looks a little dingy now and has some weird color differentiation going on after washing it a few times. I think if I get the white slipcover, somehow plump the cushions back up and regulate it to a spot where it doesn’t get as much use (or our dog doesn’t sit on it all the time) it can hang a bit longer! Still worth the money though!
Hi Sara! Ours probably does get a lot less use since we’re not using the sunroom as much in the winter. Too bad about the discoloration of the khaki slipcover. That’s disappointing. Our dog likes to sleep on top of the sofa cushion in our family room and it’s perpetually saggy like that. I occasionally buy more batting to plump it up, but it’s seen better days!
Richella Parham says
I’ve always liked your sunroom, Julia! I’m so glad that you went ahead and made this room a sunroom instead of a screened porch. As much as I like my screened porch, there’s so much of the year when I can’t use it!
Thanks for the review of the IKEA sofa. I love the fact that IKEA offers products of fine quality for such reasonable prices. Not every piece of furniture needs to be heirloom quality, right?
Hi Richella! I really don’t know what we would’ve done without IKEA. We spent our entire budget building the room itself, so we needed to find some less expensive furniture options, and the Ektorp fit the bill. For about 6 months we had an old card table and folding chairs out there. Ha. I’d really love to get a couple new chairs now. I found one at Crate and Barrel today that I liked but it cost 3 times as much as the IKEA sofa (*cough*). Not sure I can bring myself to spend that much!
Lovely. I can actually feel the breeze and taste the gin and tonic……
We built a sun room as part of our house back in 2001 and have loved it. Right now we are using it for our grands as their playroom when they come to visit. Your sun room is so inviting and I love the red brick.
How nice to have a space like that for the grandkids!
It’s gorgeous as always! 🙂
I love your green and yellow pillows. Can you tell me where you got them? I’ve been looking for some just like them. Thanks!
I had a seller on Etsy make some of them for me in the fabric I wanted several years ago. Others were just bargain finds at Target!
Ruth McArthur says
I adore sunrooms and wish I had one (here, way off in foggy San Francisco). I think you and your sunroom (and daughter and doggie!) are both (all!) adorable. I haven’t commented in some time so I just wanted to express my gratitude again for your blog, your enthusiasm, and your willingness to share your own home and design adventures, struggles, and successes with us. Enjoy the rest of your summer days in your delightful sunroom (which brings a bit of sunshine to all of us)!
Thanks, Ruth! So nice to hear from you. 🙂
Just lovely. Wonderful reading space. I have Beautiful Ruins in my tbr library stack right now. My grandmother had a room like this. Not decorated like this, hers was straight out of the seventies. But had the couch seating area and table area. I loved it. When visiting in the summer this is where we slept. Actually it is where we spent most of our time.
I really enjoyed Beautiful Ruins. It was one of those books I started reading on a Friday night and couldn’t put down!
Esther George says
Hi Julia I can feel the warmth and hear the laughter in this beautiful room, wouldn’t change a thing. Thank you for sharing beauty. Regards Esther from Sydney. PS to Lily I have watched Frozen twice love the movie not sure about the song and I love the bedroom she discovered.
Hi Esther! She loves that movie — and the song! So do I, actually, although I wish the song wasn’t playing quite so frequently in our house these days. Ha. 🙂
LOVE your sunroom!
When I first saw the photos I thought how lovely it would be, to read a good book at that table while eating a refreshing pasta salad! It also seems a great place for book club meetings. I have sun-room envy Julia!
Had to laugh because we had pasta salad in the sunroom for dinner tonight. I’ll invite you over next time, Autumn! 🙂
What a lovely room!
I love your sunroom and modeled ours as close to yours as I could! I will send you a pic someday. Thanks for the inspiration, love your blog!
Ooh, I’d love to see it, Meg! 🙂
I agree with you and love the warm look of brick and would never whitewash it. I don’t understand that trend at all.
The sunroom is looking beautiful and Maizie looks right at home and as adorable and sweet as ever!
Some day I hope to get a screened porch to replace the deck but right now that is just a fantasy. : )
Thanks for sharing Julia! That is a very pretty photo of you :-), and I love your sunroom. I wouldn’t paint the brick either!
Thanks, Karen! I’m glad so many of you are siding with me on the brick (no pun intended — ha).
You know my motto is that there is never enough color. Were it up to me, the whole world would look like a mosaic made of broken Fiestaware shards. Yet your sunroom always makes me appreciate a little white. Who knew white could be so _cozy_?
Thanks, Beth! I think all the green outside the windows helps keep the white from looking too stark. I love watching the leaves turn colors in the fall, too. 🙂
Well, I’m on the paint the brick white side of the camp. But I prefer lighter and more neutral spaces, with just a few dark accents or colors. But vive la difference! It’s a lovely room either way. Thanks for sharing the info on the Ikea sofa. I’ve looked at those so many times–but wondered how they would really hold up.
tara dillard says
Sad thing about pictures vs. being there in person? Those not liking your red brick would probably adore it in person.
Some things do not translate well in photography. Even the best photographer/equipment.
Have been in incredible gardens thru the years that do not photograph well, yet on tours they are the favorite.
Love the view out the windows over your sofa. Vanishing Threshold…
Garden & Be Well, XO Tara
It’s true. I’ve often found that I like rooms better in person. Or the opposite is true — something that looks fabulous in a photograph doesn’t always feel good to live in. Thanks, Tara!
I love your sunroom. We have an all weather sunroom on the back of our house too and it was one of the main deciding factors in which rental home we picked when we moved here (even though the rest of the house is in dire need of a renovation). We absolutely love it and use it constantly. We use it mostly as a playroom but have the Ikea Karlstad sofa in there for seating as well. So wonderful to sit in there in the winter with the snow falling all around us feeling warm and cosy (it has big windows on three sides).
My daughter says it feels like a snowglobe on days like that. 🙂
Your sunroom color combination is so Happy and Cheerful, just love it. So interesting about the all the couch questions and how yours has held up so well. I vote to keep the red brick too.
Thanks, Sue! Here’s hoping I didn’t jinx it and the sofa falls apart tomorrow. Ha.
Nice and upliftting sunroom 🙂
I’m not from the States, so could anyone please tell me the difference between a sunroom and a screened porch>
Hi Seraphina! A screened porch is just a porch that has screens on it to keep the bugs out but let the breezes in. A sunroom has windows so you can either open them to let the breezes in or close them to keep the bad weather out. It’s more like a real room that you can use year-round. Ours, for instance, has heat and air conditioning, whereas a screened porch wouldn’t. Hope that makes sense! 🙂
It does help, thank you
Now, I feel like I need one!
I always enjoy your site.
Keep up the great work
Claire L.B. says
I remember when you were first posting about your sunroom! I’ve been reading for a few years but just recently started posting and I love the sofa and glad to hear that it is holding up and is comfy. Also, I’m not a fan of painting bricks and I rather like the red brick 🙂 I would be spending a ton of time out there, too.
carrie s g says
Beautifully decorated! Looks like a place I’d spend all my time.
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I love your bright and beautiful sunroom…I especially love that you have a chaise configuration so that you can relax with a great book or just enjoy the view and company!….
Thanks, Shirley! You have a beautiful sunroom, too. Love your tole trays. 🙂
Love, love this room! My favorite season is Fall, I keep thinking how beautiful it must look at that time. Great book you read, Beautiful Ruins. Thanks for recommending A Hundred Summers, it was a perfect vacation book.
Glad you enjoyed A Hundred Summers, too, Nancy. That was one of my favorites!
I would so live in that room! We had a sun porch in our first house and it’s the one thing I truly miss. We ate all our meals out there and our cat spent half his life out there. We loved it!
Pets really are drawn to rooms like this. We used to have a cat who liked to sleep in the screened porch at our last house, and now our dog Maizie takes naps in the sunroom.
Today we were sitting on the sofa together (me and Maizie) and a deer walked right up to the window and peered in at us. She stared at us for the longest time. I think she wanted to come inside!
Nancy Austin says
I love your sunroom and if I had an opportunity to build one, I’d think about mimicking yours only a little smaller. I was raised in a house where we had one, but it was just called a “screened in porch.” I loved it and spent many hours out there playing board gamses with my brothers, reading, or eating meals with my family.
The sad part for me is that I’ve never had a room like that since and in my condo complex, they won’t allow us to put one on the condo so I’m stuck. You are blessed to have such a gorgeous room. I love the color scheme and the white wicker. Also, changing the color scheme for the season is a great idea. I really enjoyed seeing what you have done with a beautiful space.
What wonderful memories to have of playing board games and spending time with your family on the screened-in porch. I hope my kids have similar ones they take with them someday. Thanks, Nancy!
Just love your sunroom and love the way you change the colours for the seasons. I am new to being a blog follower and it’s nice to know there are so many people like me that love to look in to see how others decorate. I love the way you chat to us, it feels like we are there chatting over cups of tea! Keep up the good work.
Welcome, Jennifer! Always nice to hear from new readers who are kindred spirits. Thanks for taking the time to say hello! 🙂
Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says
Julia, I love your sunroom…such a great spot and you’re view out the windows is wonderful! Loved seeing how you change it up for the holidays! Thanks for sharing how you like the white slipcovers, they sound very manageable to keep white and that was so smart of you to think ahead and buy an extra set. I love the exposed brick…gives the room another dimension. So glad you didn’t paint it!
Thanks, Susan! xo
I love your sun room and the way you decorate it. It looks beautiful. I also love your brick wall the way it is. It adds character to the room.
Julia, since we live in the same neck of the woods, I’d love to help when you decide to do tile in your sunroom. I work at Daltile, part-time in Blue Ash. It would be fun to share decorating ideas. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
Do you really? That’s fun! I’ll have to come see you next time we have a tile project, Melissa. 🙂
Hi Julia. I’m visiting your blog after reading and viewing your favorite room on Kim’s Savvy Southern Style blog. I ‘m a Buckeye too. What part of Ohio? Your sunroom looks so lovely. My parents’ home had a sunroom and Mom chose navy, green, and white as her decorative colors. Our children enjoyed reading, playing board games, and eating lots of ice cream with my parents in that room. Unfortunately, we had a large deck added instead of a sunroom. Retirement was in the near future and I didn’t want to invest in its cost. Big regret! Hopefully our neighbors’ trees will be a salvation in a few more years. We need a break from the sun even using an umbrella.
Hi Sandy! Nice to hear from a fellow Buckeye. I’m in the SW part of the state. Love the idea of navy and green in a sunroom. I might have to mix it up and try that in mine someday! 🙂
Thanks Julia for sharing your beautiful happy sun room.Im so jealous (that you can use it year round) I have a screened in deck that sadly becomes useless in cold weather thought it is nice to stand under shelter when it rains or snows. Dont paint your brick. Its such a pop of color & character. Id love to hang out in that room all day reading, dreaming & drinking..tea of course! ha ha ha. Really you did a great job!!Your whole house is very nice. 🙂 PS did you see my tweet about doing some Vanilla Ice Project houses? He does awesome things & its hard to find on the internet (though Im sure You can)..Thanks!
I did see your tweet! I haven’t watched his show for a while, so I’ll have to check the schedule and see what he’s up to these days. Thanks!
Alie B says
Your family room looks wonderful and fresh, Julia! I can see that being a great spot to curl up with a good book. My favorite place to read is at the cottage, in my oversized, shabby chic chair.
Oversized chairs are the best. I’m hoping to find the perfect one to read in on my porch! 🙂
Judy Jennings says
Bought two more slip covers, one red and one a wild blue pattern from eBay that Beth talked me into, but I haven’t used them yet. I just haven’t gotten the nerve, after a year, to buy the Ikea sofa for the living room, because I’m just not sure it will have a living room look or how it will hold up there. Do I really want to fluff cushions continually after “someone” (no names, but you’ve met him) flops down?
AND, my corduroy one in the family room HAS to be ironed (loud groan). You tricked me by putting yours on damp! ???? Ironing the thing is a long process. I need a maid.
All I really want is a reasonably priced wing back (which doesn’t exist any more).
The corduroy has to be ironed? I wouldn’t have thought that would be as high maintenance as the white cotton. I use that Downy Wrinkle Release Spray on mine, iron a bit of the skirt if necessary, and kind of pull the wrinkles out as much as possible with my hands, but I don’t mind if it looks a little rumpled. You definitely want to put them on a little damp to make sure they don’t shrink too much. Makes them harder to get back on if they do (I’ve heard from people who learned the hard way).
Good luck, Judy! xo
I’ve followed your beautiful sunroom evolution from the beginning. By the end of this month, I hope to pass the final inspection on my own (much smaller version) screened porch. It took 3 years to build by myself but I love it! I sat out there at lunch today and watched the hummingbirds at the feeders. I know how much you and your family must love yours and thank you for sharing such clear building progress pictures!
Yay! That’s so exciting, Cathy, and really impressive that you built it yourself. I’m so happy for you! 🙂
I just wanted to say I adore the red brick too.
Kristen @ Joyfully Thriving says
Simply lovely – in all seasons. You designed a lovely room for your home – that I’m sure the whole family enjoys!
Yup, definitely with ya and keeping the red brick 🙂 I’d forgotten how much I like the ceiling in their. Also, please Julia, and I realize it may not be available any longer, but where did that adorable yellow wire basket come from?! I neeeed one 😀
Hi Jonia! I found that in the Crate and Barrel catalog several years ago. It’s one of my favorite things. 🙂
Okay, first “I like the ceiling in their”??!! I think someone hacked my computer and posted for me lol Thanks for the info on your basket. I did peek, just in case they had another 😀 Alas, they did not. I did however discover other equally adorable baskets/bins for other uses and they now ship to Canada without any surprise customs fees upon delivery! I think they may want to start advertising with you!! 😀
As many questions as I get about that yellow basket, they should bring it back, for sure, and I’d be happy to help them sell it. Ha. 🙂
Hi Julia- always love your newsletters. Your room is lovely. Love the green stripped rug and I think you can never go wrong with a white slip covered sofa. The lovely windows draw all the greenery of your garden in. I could happily sit in your room with a cup of tea and a good book.The room has that casual, comfy feel but is still elegant. That’s my style too. I don’t like walking into rooms that make you feel that you have to be careful all the time. I have a white slip covered sofa and I wash covers about once every three months. We use it every day.
I had my covers made. Only thing is that they made slip covers a bit too tight and it is a bit of a struggle to get them back on. So if any readers are thinking of getting them made I suggest they make sure that there is enough give in them to get them on and off easily. Personally I like the bricks and would not paint them solid white but I saw something interesting in a magazine the other day. The owners had painted their dark bricks in a light white wash which gave them that aged shabby look. That could be nice. Best wishes Nina
I like the look of white-washed brick. I neighbor did something similar and it was really pretty. Thanks, Nina!
The Country Girl says
What a fresh and pretty room! White, green and yellow is a winning combination and you have put them together beautifully! Love the autumn and Christmas makeovers as well!
Thanks, Country Girl! It’s fun to switch things up out there now and then. I can’t believe it’s almost time for fall colors to come out!
Brenda E. says
Please do no paint the brick wall white. It looks great the way it is. Love your Sunroom!
I’m glad you like it, too. Thanks, Brenda! 🙂
Brenda E. says
Hi, Dashed off my last comment pretty quickly. Sneaking a peak at work! Love your sunroom and I think that you should leave the brick wall as it is. I just found this site a few months ago and I love it. I can relate when you talk about decorating on a budget. Definitely a fan now!
Thanks, Brenda! Nice to hear from a new reader and kindred spirit! 🙂
Teresa M. says
I love this room! I also bought this sofa for my daughter when she moved into her first apartment. It’s a very nice sofa.
Have you thought about spraying it with Scotchguard? I have a fabric head board and used it. Having two cats I think it helps.
I forgot to mention that I did spray it with that when I first bought it. I never think to do it again after washing them, though. I wonder if it has to be reapplied? Thanks for reminding me about that, Teresa!
Martha Ridenour says
LOVE, LOVE you sunroom and would like to know where you found your green strip rug. My son and his wife just bought a new home and have a beautiful sunroom and that rug would make it shine!!!
I myself am think about the Ikea sofa and from your comment looks like the white slipcover is not that hard to keep clean.
Keep the blogging coming!!!
Hi Martha! It’s a Dash & Albert indoor/outdoor rug. Here’s the link to their site: https://dashandalbert.annieselke.com/c/FA2
Just wonderful! And I agree with you that the brick should remain au natural! Lovely and livable.
Like you, I swap items for the various seasons of the year. Rather than a sunroom, our home was built with a solarium so we upgraded the laminate the original owners chose to wide planks of hand-scraped, solid strand bamboo. I switch from barn red slipcovers and Euro shams on the down pillows to snowy white linen for spring and summer. Then it’s easy to add seasonal touches with accent colors. Style of decor? British Colonial, which encompasses dozens of exotic arts, furnishings, et cetera. My husband enjoys our Indonesian daybed and teak “lazy chairs” (not to be confused with La-z-boy recliners) from Tahiti. Accent pieces are from India, Africa, the Carib. Oh, I scored a flamed mahogany cocktail cabinet from 1930s England at an auction so my husband can extend some hospitality to his friends (had the wet bar ripped out of our family room which is now our formal guest salon).
We’ll be choosing white plantation shutters soon for a bit of privacy on dark winter nights and to provide light control on blazing summer days. White cotton voile sheers in the summer will soften all those windows. I swap those out for heavier, warmer drapes during fall and winter.
Our home is formal traditional so it is very important that my husband have a more casual space on our main floor. After all, he lives here, too!
Truly, thank you so much for sharing!
Ooh, it all sounds lovely! I enjoyed hearing what you’re doing in your home with British Colonial. The plantation shutters should be perfect (love those). Thanks, Frenchie!
I love it, but when I see too much white, it makes me so sad. I think the room would have so much more pizzazz and vitality with the walls painted with some color. Maybe a green? Something to bring the outdoors in, I’d say.
I must disagree with Susan. I find white refreshing and serene. And for obvious reasons, it can’t be beat for versatility, leaving ALL options open for accent colors, accessories, et cetera. Indeed, I have seen very effective decor which included nothing but true, bright white and cream for all textiles, trim and walls. Quite dramatic yet subtle simultaneously. Simply luscious and luxuriously simple. Let’s hear it for WHITE!
I am finishing a guest room for my granddaughter. Everything is ivory, black and white. Not the least bit cold with the 1800s French brass bed, shabby chic crystal chandelier and ebony accent furniture with intricate bone inlay. A bouquet of flowers and a bowl of fruit add color. And, of course, I can inject yet more color with a cotton thermal blanket folded at the foot of the bed, throw pillows, neck rolls, et cetera.
Yes, let’s hear it for WHITE! White porcelain, white linen, white trim, white silk lampshades, et al. It is every bit the equal of classic black.
Have to say, I love white, too. Interesting how everyone sees things so differently, though, isn’t it? Thanks, Frenchie! 🙂
I am receptive to every style even though, when pressed, I will confess that certain eras/trends would not be right for my home or for my personal aesthetic sensibilities. I know many people recreate the homes of their childhood because they want to evoke those same wonderfully nurturing feelings. I thinks that great but always encourage friends to be certain to add their own touches that are meaningful, based on their personal journeys in life–literal or emotional. Generally, the things you love all get along well together.
Bottom line? When others offer suggestions to change the sun room, it’s actually a compliment. They’re able to “enter” that space and long to make it their own.
I like that! And I think you’re right. Well said!
I love your sunroom and so I are using yours as my inspiration to finish our 14×18 sunroom. I What color of white did you use on the trim and wood? Thx, Mary
Thanks, Mary! Well, I’m not sure what color it is, exactly. I just told the builder “white,” and that’s what he painted it. Wish I’d thought to ask him which specific brand and color he went with!
This is such a gorgeous space! I love it. It’s so bright and cheery.
I’m curious as to what size throw pillows you have — I noticed on one of your earlier posts that you originally order them too big. I’m trying to buy throw pillows for my ektorp sofa and having a bit of a dilemma about what size to get!
Rey de Leon says
I find your website very interesting and informative as well. I’m also planning to put up a solarium or sunny room. I’m from a tropical country Philippines. And since I am a big fan of the TV series Charmed (which you also featured here), I am thinking of adapting its solarium.
I love the one on Charmed!
Kathy Griffin says
I like your room. I would like to know what you can tell me about the ceiling–materials and construction.
I watched the workers painstakingly hang lots of thin strips of wood on the ceiling and then paint them, but that’s about all I know about how they did it. It took them a couple of long days to do it. I was surprised they didn’t use some kind of prefab beadboard for the job like you see them sell in sheets at Home Depot. Glad you like it!