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Around the House // The Sun Room

‘Around the House’ is a little series intended to document the (slow) decorating progress in my own home . Like most people, decorating my home is an organic progress -adding and tweaking, as the need arises or inspiration strikes. No big bang reveals here…this is real life. 

When we moved into our home two years ago, there was an awkward room off the kitchen.  I say awkward because it is a very small space (only 7′ wide by 11′ long) with 4 windows and a bay window (!).  The two previous owners had used this space as a dining room but the space was way too narrow for a proper dining space.  See?

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DECORATING TIP:  Ideally, you should allow 36″ between the walls and the dining room table (or other furniture) to allow chairs to be pulled out easily. 

Here is how the space looked when we moved in.  Already a little better with all the furniture removed.

Sun room before

This was the view from the kitchen:

Sun room from kitchen

After living in the house for a while and discovering how we use the space (occasional eating, lots of colouring/crafts, some reading and relaxing), we decided to build a bench under the bay window using IKEA cabinets for built-in seating.  I won’t give you the step-by-step, but if you’re interested in DIY’ing a bench using IKEA cabinets there are plenty of tutorials online (we used this one). Oh – and that’s the royal “we”. My husband did all the construction.

Bench building

Once the bench was installed I had a firm 3″ bench cushion made in a super-durable denim coloured fabric and added several Sunbrella cushions (kids + spills/crumbs/markers/paint requires stain resistant fabric!)

Two weekends ago I decided it was finally time to get rid of the beige walls.  The honey coloured floors, in combination with the beige walls and sometimes harsh afternoon light, made the room way too yellow for me.  The beige had to go.

Inspired by this bright and airy sun room by Emily Henderson, I decided to go with a cooler palette, to give the room a fresh and breezy vibe. I selected Benjamin Moore’s Mt. Rainier Gray from their 2014 Colour Trends palette. A soft bluey-gray.

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Doesn’t the blue make the white trim pop?!  So refreshing.

Sun room 2

The room gets a TON of light and as a result, plants do very well in here. My fig tree has sprouted about 2 feet since I bought it. Now I’m trying my hand at succulents.

Sun room 4

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Sun room 3

I’m much happier with the “finished” space. I use quotes because I’m already planning on switching it up in a month or two once our littlest guy starts crawling. Since the room is right off the kitchen I think it’d be great to use as a small playroom so I can keep an eye on him while working in the next room.

And since I love a good Before + After, here you go:

Sun room before

Sun room 6

 One day of painting was totally worth it.

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[room of the week] royal blue

Royal blue normally isn’t my thing.  But when I saw this room, I thought ‘yesssss-I could handle that.’

The soft greys of the walls, gorgeous carpet, club chair, and accent pillows totally tame that eye-popping royal blue sofa.  This photograph also reminds me that I really do like an all-glass coffee table.

Speaking of coffee tables, I am so jealous that this blogger scored one of the round marble topped tables I have been coveting.

(image: style at home)

white & bright week- nurseries & kids rooms

If you already have white walls and white furniture, don’t stress over which colour to paint the walls in your child’s room or nursery -consider keeping the room fresh and bright with white.  Neutral doesn’t mean the room will be blah.  As a matter of fact, white is a fantastic backdrop for a rainbow of colour and loads of personality.

How stimulating!

 

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[room of the week] Spanish bohemian guest room(s)

Yesterday was a happy day – my April issue of Canadian House & Home arrived. I’ve only had a chance to do a quick flip through but this one image caught my eye:

What a charming nook!  Piled high with cushy colourful pillows, this alcove is the perfect spot to curl up and read a book in this home office-turned-guest room. I love the combination of the rustic desk and the modern rolling chair. And the layered colour on pattern on colour creates a casual bohemian vibe.  I thought this was the perfect room of the week.

But then I saw a second guest room in the same house:

Hello! Similar to the first guest room, this one ooozes vibrancy with a bold combination a fuchsias, greens, and pops of yellow. These gorgeous fabrics come from Kathryn Ireland‘s newest textile collection and really help the designer achieve that perfect Spanish Mexican-meets-Moroccan vibe. And look at those side table. And the art.  Love.

 

(image: design by Kathryn M Ireland, photography by Victoria Pearson)

blue monday

So apparently today has been named the most depressing day of the year.  It’s cold and dreary. Your bills from Christmas are arriving in your mailbox. You realize you’ve already broken your New Year’s resolutions.  I say to heck with it and stay in bed.  Especially if your bed looks like this….

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[inspiration board] green & brown nursery

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been working on my son’s new nursery.  I am taking inspiration for the room from a fun green/brown/gray foam play mat I purchased.  I want to keep things in a natural palette, working with the espresso crib and changer he already has. To do so, I am using soft greens, browns, and whites.  To warm things up, I’ll add some wicker and linen accessories. I have settled on the room colour and that will be Benjamin Moore’s ‘Nature Lover‘. I’d like this room to grow with him and not be too babyish, so I have chosen a few owl accents.  It’s not done yet but for now, here is a preview of my design board….

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what to do with a mustard sofa?

In the interior decorating business, we’d all love to have clients with bottomless pockets. However, that isn’t reality and inevitably we will have to work with a client’s existing furniture. This is my current design dilemma.  I recently moved into a new space and to keep costs down I need to keep my existing sofa.  The big question is — why did I buy a mustard sofa in the first place? Completely dissatisfied with what I have to work with, I did a quick search for some inspiration….

So the good news is, there is hope! I need some neutral walls (done), a great rug (in the works), and some new throw cushions (time to go shopping) to tie it all together.

(images: ellen silverman photography, decorpad, larry laslo designs)