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sunroom transformation

Hi there!

Long time, no blog!

Life has been so crazy.  So wonderful, so stressful, so fun, so exhausting.  I guess I could dedicate an entire blog to just a life update 😉

feel free to skip on down if you don’t need the update or the details behind the house!

But here’s the skinny.  I got pregnant.  Then quickly after, we bought a house, gutted said-house, sold old house, completely renovated new house, moved into new house (albeit not quite complete) the week of thanksgiving (8.5 mo preg), I ended up having a kidney problem and needed to be induced 3 weeks early, so then I had a baby the week of Christmas, and have been living the newborn (+toddler) life, while trying to finish completely unpacking, organizing, and decorating the new home.  SO here we are, with a 5 week old baby and a new house etc. PHEW.

If it sounds like a lot, it’s because it was/is!

A little background on the home though:  we bought the home because it had great bones.  A ton of potential and a ton of land.  You don’t find the kind of land we have in the city we live in now very easily and that was a huge one of my husband’s hot buttons, and became one of mine when I envisioned our girls running and playing in the back yard.  This house checked all of the boxes (potential-wise) of what we wanted in our long-term home, were we to ever find it.  It is older, though, and we built our last home so didn’t quite know what to expect, were we to renovate it.  We decided that we loved the idea of having a home that had character and wanted the challenge of making it into our dream home, while keeping some original details.  For the most part, we changed most things – gutted it.  We opened walls up, closed in others, built a pantry and a large master closet from scratch.

And et me just tell ya, it was a friggin’ undertaking.  I guess I should write another blog on what it’s like to renovate an entire home.

But TODAY, I want to share one of our favorite rooms – our sunroom.  And while it’s quite the transformation, it is still one of the rooms that is an homage to the original home.

Honestly, when we first walked the home, I thought this room could be a waste of space.  The room was pretty ucky when we first bought the house.  It was completely closed in with 2 faux doors and 3 real doors, not counting the door to the exterior.  The cedar planked walls were a lot of wood, and the tile floor was, as Isla used to say, “askusting” (disgusting).  It was dark, closed off, and dated.  But, we saw potential.  The planked walls looked like something and we thought maybe we could make it work with some serious Kilz paint.  “Could they pass as a shiplap with character?!” – we wondered.  Figured we could just dry wall over them if not, but have wanted to keep some of the original details of the home in some capacity to keep the character.

So, here’s what we (our freaking amazing contractors) did!

We had every interior door ripped out, along with the trim around them.  Ripped out and replaced the trim around every window, the baseboards ripped out and replaced, and replaced the door to the exterior, but kept the large window pane to keep the light.  Had the two skylights and every bit of cedar walls painted white.  The tile floor was broken out and we ran the wood floor that’s throughout the entire first floor, sans laundry/mudroom, through so it was cohesive and flowed easily.  We chose a light white oak floor with warm undertones and it really pops with the white walls.  And throughout the entire house, we added white blinds, which especially pop in this room since it’s full of windows.  The dated ceiling fan was replaced by a white one with white blades, to keep everything light and bright.

For the main focal point of the room, we selected a blueish grey couch, that coordinates with other major parts of the first floor (I was a gal with a plan!).  We added gold floor lamps, to match the light fixtures and hardware that are a focal point of the home.  But we also have tried to add some warmth throughout, like with greenery, cream textures, whicker, etc.  The coffee table is the only thing I couldn’t link because we had it made on Etsy years ago, but it’s a handmade piece that was living in our old basement for the last few years and we are happy to have that back in a focal point!

Enough, enough already, right?!  Here’s the before and after!!

DIRECT LINKS TO EVERYTHING HERE + BELOW:

sofa // sleeper sofa // arm chair // 6×9 rug // globe gold lamp // gold floor lamp // three bulb vase // flower option 1 // flower option 2 // cream button pillow cover // patterned pillow cover // patterned pillow cover 2 // Personalized Our Adventures Map // side table // marble + wood coasters // test tube bulb vase // whicker basket // succulent filler // flower vase // white ceiling fan // Home Body book 

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sofa // sleeper sofa // arm chair // 6×9 rug // globe gold lamp // gold floor lamp // three bulb vase // flower option 1 // flower option 2 // cream button pillow cover // patterned pillow cover // patterned pillow cover 2 // Personalized Our Adventures Map // side table // marble + wood coasters // test tube bulb vase // whicker basket // succulent filler // flower vase // white ceiling fan // Home Body book 

Questions/thoughts/comments on the remodel?

Leave them below! 🖤

xo, tess

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  1. Mom
    January 28, 2020 / 2:42 AM

    WOW wow wow gorgeous 👑🌝