Thursday, March 6, 2014

Sun Room

Today I am being featured at A Stroll Thru Life in Marty's new series called Pulling It all Together.  So hop on over and check it out!  Then come back here and see a room in my home that I just can't pull together.

Do you have a room in your house that you just can't get right?  I do.  It's my sun room.
 
It originally was going to be my office, but the room is literally so SUNNY that it is hard to read the computer screen.  So I moved my office into the den, you can read about that here.
 
So, now I have a room that is sort of a reading room/photography studio.
 
 
The room is really small, it is 9'x7'.  Two walls are completely windows. 
 
 
 
One wall has the book shelf and a pretty glass pocket door.
 
As I mentioned, I use this room as my photography studio when I am taking food pictures.
 
This room just seems bare naked.  I have been thinking about it for this past year, and I might add some curtains.  Maybe not.  I might add an area rug.  It just needs something.  I might paint the book case red.  And then do a better job styling it.
 
Any suggestions?


33 comments:

  1. Hi Penny, The sun room could use some warming up. (no pun intended) I agree that a rug would help and some plants. I like what you have done so far. That chair looks so comfy. I would be reading in there. If you put too much in there it would look even smaller. Some attractive but subtle shades might be a good idea. That way you can control the natural light... if need be.

    xo, Jeanne

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  2. I would keep that little room all to myself! I've always wanted a little sunroom to paint in. It's a great little room to take a nap in or read good book. Since you photograph in there, how about collecting some old cameras to display. I would paint the bookcase too.
    How about displaying an old camera on a tripod in the corner.

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  3. You get really nice light in this room Penny. Perhaps a seagrass rug, and white tab curtains or bamboo shades. I've fallen in love with that "Houston" look I see on Cote de Texas. I also like Jeanne's idea of a plant. You have great taste, so I know whatever you do it will look fantastic.

    Hope you have a lovely weekend,
    Sam

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  4. Looks like the perfect room to just go in and de-stress. I think a nice throw rug would add the right amount of dimension and color to the space. Love the wall color!

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  5. Such a beautifully bright room, I love the light.

    Jen

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  6. A nice rug, a throw and fresh flowers....I'm so in that chair with a good book...I so in that room when I need some quiet.
    I really love this room!!

    Hugs!

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  7. I think the room could use some softening. Some puddled drapes around the windows might be nice as long as they don't inhibit too much light since you use it for photography. It's great to have a small space that is all your own.

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  8. Swap out the heavy upholstered furniture for wicker. Green plants, especially a nice big fern in the corner where the two windows meet (and I would use a wooden plant stand rather than a wicker stand). Paint the bookcase, as suggested.

    As odd as it sounds, I think it's the upholstered chair that makes the room feel cold.

    What fun!

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  9. I forgot to add that I would paint the walls sky blue so that they will blend more into the outdoors and become less obvious.

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  10. What a cheery sunny room. I would love to have a room like that to paint in. If I were you, I'd maybe add an area rug, and I like your idea of painting the bookshelf red. Drapes might do nicely too at the windows. Maybe even some plants since there is so much light! I know you will come up with some wonderful ideas. You always do!

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  11. What a sweet space Penny...I would add an area rug to make it more cozy. A pretty fern in the corner near the window would look great too.

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  12. I agree this is a hard little space to pull together Penny. My take - for what it's worth - no curtains (especially if you plan to continue photography in there), but yes a tall living plant in between the windows. How about a round rug to soften the rectangle, a plain color pulled from that great chair/ottoman with maybe a border, but no fringe! Above the windows hang some round plates, again to soften all those sharp angles and make the window less stark. Keep the three art pieces but hang in a straight line, about the height of the one on the right. Yes, paint the bookcase red and stand the books up straight or lay some in flat stacks and add some decorative accessories on the stacks so the bookcase looks less utilitarian.

    I can't believe I'm telling you all this - you who decorate so beautifully always!

    Sorry I didn't have time to do Tasty Tuesday this week with all the mess going on here - maybe next time.

    Love ya -Mary

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  13. A nice room.

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

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  14. I had a sunroom very similar to yours. I had in it two chairs with a table and lamp between them so two people could read or chat over tea. Lots of plants. Paint the bookshelf black. And yes, an area rug to tie it all together. I agree with the comment that wicker chairs would look better than heavy upholstered ones. I am undecided if curtains would be an improvement. Sometimes just the blinds are enough. At any rate, the room is adorable and having a cozy space to read is the best!

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  15. Penny, you dear person, I cannot imagine you being stumped on how to pull a room together. I've watched you for years now and everything you do has a touch of the artist in you.
    I have confidence that this room will be stunning when you finally really get going on it. Yep! NO doubt at all! :)
    Love,
    Mona

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  16. Love the idea of an area rug -- and painting the bookcase red sounds like an inspired idea. How about a solid colour or a coordinating silk stripe throw cushion in the chair? But even as it is, it looks like the perfect place to curl up with a good book or a magazine. xoxox

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  17. It's a charming room with all the light. I agree with Mary's suggestions about painting the bookcase red and adding a rug.

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  18. All three! A rug and some curtains would make it feel less bare and can you even imagine me not suggesting you paint the bookshelf red? :>)

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  19. Definitely curtains. One panel on each window that would pull away from the corner. And a rug, with texture more than color.

    I'd add plants; nothing too hard to keep. Maybe one on top of the bookcase, and another in a pretty pot or basket on the floor.


    Blogless Peggy

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  20. Our "WHAT?" room is my hubby's office. I can't seem to get it right. He needs new furniture for one thing AND to consolodate a bunch of crap he has and doesn't need.

    I'd probably put a nice rug in there, Penny. It would also be a nice room for some plants with all that sun pouring in there. xo Diana

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  21. I love all the ideas! We had a super sunny breakfast room in a house we built way back when. Almost too bright. I painted the walls a grayish blue, kind of dark and I couldn't believe the difference. It kinda soaked up some of the brightness. And I loved the white trim around the windows, it made a nice contrast. I agree with many, a nice area rug and some plants and of course a red bookcase! Mimi

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  22. Plants, curtains, rug, and a couple wicker chairs with pillows that have fabric that ties in with the curtains and rug. Curtains should be minimal. A little table in between the wicker chairs to set a drink on. This room could be very homey and functional for you too. How lucky you are to have a sunroom! I would go with a botanical theme for the fabrics in this room...

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  23. Hi Penny, what a darling reading room. Love your comfy chair and ottoman. I think a rug would add a cozy feel with a few plants and maybe some window toppers. Not cover all the window just raised enough above to pull it together leaving most of the window showing for that great light you have. A little tray on the ottoman with a teapot and cup might be nice.
    Can you tell I'm a stager?? LOL
    Have fun I know whatever you do will be gorgeous.
    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs

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  24. Hi Penny...yes, I would paint that bookcase red, get an area rug (nothing too light since it's already bright in that room), sew some beautiful valances only for the windows. It would be great to find or build some plant shelves for under the window trim and add plants there. Pretty things on the shelves along with a few books would be wonderful too...and I see Celeste mentioned a tea cup on the little table...I think that would be grand! :)

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  25. Oh...forgot to mention...I love the chair and ottoman right where it is!! ♥

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  26. Penny what a bright room and the light is perfect for photography. A rug may be a great idea and some curtains to bring in another pattern maybe with that beautiful chair. Maybe textured panels???

    Cynthia

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  27. Okay, here is my two cents worth.

    I would add a neutral sisal rug with black binding. I would never cover those gorgeous windows, but I would add some type of valances.

    I would paint the bookcase black to pick up on your lamp and frames - and possible sisal rug binding. I would use the one solid wall as an art gallery by expanding your hangings.

    And, lastly I would see if I could put some type of backless bench in front of the window. Maybe something with a black frame and rush seat.

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  28. Bench ideas.

    http://www.ballarddesigns.com/dorchester-benches/42913?SourceCode=BDSBT1

    http://www.atgstores.com/bedroom-benches/j-hunt-home-fr1483-florence-bench_9770325.html?af=2615&cse=2615&gclid=CIqEiMqJgb0CFe1QOgod9hsArA&gclsrc=aw.ds
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    http://www.plowhearth.com/acacia-wood-rush-seat-bench.htm

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  29. Keep the chair cozy and comfortable, whatever chair you decide upon! It will be fun to see what you do. What plants adore the light!

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  30. Penny, this looks like a great little space. How nice to have a room with all that natural light. I love the idea of painting the bookcase red, then style it with books and special objects. I'd hang the paintings in a vertical row, one above the other. Keep that comfy chair and ottoman, but add a rug. I know you'll work your magic on this space. '-)

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  31. Your little room is wonderful! I would love to sink in the chair with a good book - I'd stay there awhile. You could 'decorate' with some vintage cameras or some of your photography since it's your photo studio. There's a lot you can do - and I know you will. Can't wait to see more. Loved reading about your living room over at Marty's place.
    ~Adrienne~

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  32. You always do something lovely Penny and I've no doubt you will this time too. But I do know what you mean about some rooms that you just can't get "right". My first thought when I see that space is to remove the blinds and perhaps some panels from floor to ceiling at the edges of the windows. It looks like an incredible view and almost like you are in a tree house. I could also see putting the chair in the corner where the bookcase is so you could face the view and perhaps put a built in window seat under the windows that are open to store your books. You've got lots of ideas to work with I'm sure. I'll look forward to seeing how it all come out.

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  33. I love a home that has at least one tiny room to snuggle up into. If you are using this room for photography then I'm not sure I would add curtains, although they would certainly warm up the look of the room, as would an area rug. I know that whatever you decide to do that it will look smashing! xox

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