28 Oct Spring Avenue Sunroom, Part 3
Well, it’s been over a year since I posted the first two blog posts in this sunroom series.
In part 1, I shared my research of those colorful indoor/outdoor spaces that you find in Mexico, which served as inspiration for our sunroom redesign.
In part 2, I shared several design schemes I was contemplating, and as promised, it is time to reveal the winner!
And the winner is…
Once I found a giant hot pink rug, I knew that the pink, gold, and teal scheme had to be the winner.
On top of this rug, you will find a cozy seating area perfect for conversation, napping, or zoom calls. As I mentioned before, the wicker furniture will not fit through the doors. So the painters gave it all a fresh coat of black paint. New cushions were made for the sofa in a Sunbrella daffodil yellow fabric from Silver State.
The beauty of the explosion of color represented by the pillows is that it can change over time. Anything bright and exuberant that I put in the mix will work.
The piece de resistance of this whole seating grouping is the coffee table. It was originally a stained wood coffee table that inhabited my in-laws’ living room in pristine condition for many years. Then it came to my house, where my son proceeded to bang his trains against it and generally abused and dented it.
So Mindy Carrara of Wicked Pickle Revival sanded it down for me and painted it Sherwin Williams Green Bay.
Then, my mother, Joan Greenstein, who’s an artist, painted the most beautiful design of birds and flowers for me based on the Otomi tradition of Mexican embroidery. Otomi embroidery motifs typically incorporate animals and plants native to the Tenango area in central Mexico. Click here to learn more about Otomi.
My Mom also created this beautiful piece of artwork.
Because the glass surrounding this room is single-paned, the room has pretty much no insulation. It’s basically only comfortable to sit in in April and October. Cue the new electric log set we installed in the fireplace opening, which can be controlled with a remote.
Cattle art above the fireplace is from Target.
And the fireplace is festooned with pompoms from DiscoverMas.com.
This idea came from an image on HGTV’s blog:
And you can learn more about authentic Mexican pom poms over at their blogpost.
Finally, I knew I needed a big wow factor on the wall that faces you when you enter the room. In our previous post, we talked about how this dresser was trash picked and previously painted blue and white by my mother. Now it’s a warm amber color called Gold Coast from Sherwin Williams.
Big splashy art by Kimberly Godfrey is the true focal point of this vignette.
I had this art shipped as a rolled canvas from the UK and then stretched by a picture framer here in Pennsylvania to minimize shipping costs. I scooped up lavender and yellow Kate Spade picture frames at Homegoods, and got one of my teal vases from a giveaway pile on the curb!
Reusing items is one of the ways we can design responsibly. As always, sustainability is a focus here at down2earth interior design and it played a major role in this sunroom’s redesign with the help of some paint and time. Have you repurposed a found or inherited piece of furniture? What was its history? If you’ve breathed new life into a piece and loved it, you know just how satisfying a solution it can be. Who wouldn’t love having something uniquely theirs in their home?