Wednesday, April 10, 2013

It's Sunroom Time

I've been sitting in my favorite room and it's the perfect season for it. 
My dream for this room came from an article I saw in Victoria Magazine years ago. I originally thought that we could make the walls completely out of old French doors. 
Bill had something more finished in mind. 



We enclosed the space so we would have a quiet place to sit during the kid's teenage years. We finished this project about 10 years ago. We already had the roof. The foundation needed to be beefed up a few inches, but Bill did the rest by himself. 



He did the walls and windows and we tiled the floor, together. His brother helped with the electrical. 
Sheetrock was the worst part.
This room has gotten some tweaking in the past year. 
I painted the walls Urban Putty by Sherwin Williams.
I painted some furniture and recovered the little settee.
I re-did the little school house desk, now a plant stand. 

I love this room.
It is a great place to play with decorating styles. 
It used to be the family "meeting" room when we needed to have a serious talk with the kids. Our house has small rooms so this space gives us a few more feet to spread out. It's perfect for overflow seating during holiday get togethers.

I usually put a drink station out here. 
I am not afraid to embrace my country decorating roots in this space. 
It is a little more casual and laid back.




In most of the country this would be considered a three season room. It is not vented for heat or air conditioning and therefore it's not factored into the square footage of the house. But it is about 110 square feet.
It has a window unit for the summer but even with a small air conditioner it gets too warm on July and August afternoons. 
We can use it all winter except on days when it is in the teens or below. That doesn't happen too often in Texas. We have a couple of little heaters out here that keep it toasty on other days.
I really love it in the spring. 
 







Corrugated Sheet Metal Ceiling
I am not really a tea drinker but what do you think? Would you like to come by for a cup and a cozy chat?





44 comments :

  1. Your sunroom is lovely! I love how you have it decorated. The hutch is wonderful!!

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    1. Thank you, Kathy. My husband made it for me. :)

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  2. Oh my, what a BEAUTIFUL space, Katie!

    Jeanette

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  3. Good Morning Katie, I love your relaxed style in this room. There are so many interesting items to look at. I adore your settee and the caned chair which you have painted white is "right up my street". Safe to say, I love it.
    Have a lovely day.
    Best Wishes
    Daphne

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  4. Having a sunroom to relax in is such a great feature in a house! Yours is very nice. I know you must be enjoying it this time of year.

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  5. I would love to have a little room like this! I love the colors and brick...definitely looks cozy and laid back. I could enjoy a nice glass of iced tea in there.
    I'm curious, I don't recall reading, but the ceiling panels...are they corrugated tin with paint on them OR did they come white, like that?
    If you painted them would you mind telling us how you did this and got it look so great?
    Thanks, Pat

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    1. It is corrugated metal. We primed and painted it before we put it up and then touched up the holes after we put it up. We just used primer intended for metal.

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  7. What do I love ?
    1. The stack of picnic baskets - how fun!
    2. The star quilt - great design and faded colors
    3. The red chest - anything red!

    But most of all, I love the title of your blog. I teach a program to point students toward college. I tell them that they will need to go to college if they want their lives to be different than their parents. They watch their parents work 3 or 3 jobs to barely survive and have very little fun. I am going to use the line, "college will give you a life with sprinkles on to!" But only for 55 more days.

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet, sweet comments. That inspires me. :)

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  8. I love your sunroom, I want one I think everyone should have one. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. It would be a beautiful space to enjoy a book , a cup of tea and a visit.I love the sofa you covered and the picnic baskets.
    Great job!
    Carolyn

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    1. Thank you, Carolyn. I love the picnic baskets too. They are great for magazine storage. :)

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  10. No wonder this is your favourite place to be, this is a gorgeous room! I love the old shcool desk.

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  11. What a lovely sunroom! I can understand why you'd want to stay out there - it's so lovely.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  12. I would love to have some iced tea or a Diet Coke with you on that sun porch! I love all the pieces you've chosen out there. I wondered the other day if you live in Texas. We moved here last summer after being gone for 23 years. I get excited each time I find a blogger who lives here. :)

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  13. What a WONDERFUL space!!! I love all of it, especially the hutch!!! I would love to join you out there, I don't drink coffee or tea either:):) I'll bring a soda:) XO, Pinky

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    1. Thanks, Pinky. We call it coke in Texas. :) Everything is coke. It was very confusing when I moved here from N.Y. Thanks for stopping in.

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  14. LOVE your sunroom! Such a sweet spot, I wouldn't want to leave...
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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    1. Thanks, Cindy. It is hard to move out of there on a beautiful spring day. :)

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  15. Your sunroom is so bright and cheery. I'd be spending a lot of time in there too!
    Mary Alice

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  16. I love, love, love your sunroom. I think this is where I would spend all of my time. You have it decorated to beautifully and yet it is still so inviting to just come in and relax. I would love for you to link up to my Inspire Me Tuesday party that is ongoing. - - -http://www.astrollthrulife.net/2013/04/160th-inspire-me-tuesday.html

    This is definitley something to Inspire others. Hugs, Marty

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    1. Thanks for the invite, Marty. Thanks for hosting such a great party.

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  17. Your sunroom is beautiful!! Love all your decorations... I would love for you to link up at my craft party! Just follow the link....http://sew-licious.blogspot.com/2013/04/saturday-show-licious-craft-showcase-27.html.

    Marti

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  18. That would be my favorite room as well! I want a sun room so bad - of course I would need sun to make it work! Love your furniture.

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    1. Thanks, Karen. I am sorry you don't have much sun. It is wonderful in the rain though too.

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  20. The whole thing looks great! It looks quite snug and cozy, and I like the fact that you can just convert it to a dining area for those intimate family celebrations. About the heat thing, have you considered changing the corrugated metal roof? That may be the thing absorbing too much heat, and it will tend to trap the heat in during the summer. Just a suggestion. :)

    Barrett Elmore

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    1. It is fully insulated. We got a new air conditioner and it is doing a much better job cooling things off.

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  21. What a great space! You have so many interesting pieces in the room.

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  22. I soo like your beautiful sunroom, Katie! The white paint made it look refreshing and inviting. And the best part of it is the fact that you built it together with your husband. It's sounds amazing that your sunroom was founded with both love and labor that you share.

    Angelina Garcia @ Archadeck.com

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  23. Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures of Sunroom. It's really nice. If you want more design of Sunroom then you can contact us.

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  24. This sunroom looks lovely! You definitely have a flair for unique decorating style. And I love the fact that you guys did it by yourselves! It must mean so much more to you now because you built it yourselves. I love how it now looks so spacious and airy, and how the sunlight filters through the window and hits the room in such a nice, glowing effect. Good job!


    Aldo Finney

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