Brighter Sun Room Reveal

1.18.2016

Now when I walk in the sun room it is like a breath of fresh air and it calms me. Who knew a new wall color and a change in the decor could do that? Don't get me wrong I still love color, but this is the room I live in and work in and I just wanted it a bit different. By going neutral with the walls and removing the red checked drapes I can use whatever color I'm in the mood for now with the accessories.


I know many of you loved the red checked drapes, but they limited me to certain colors in here so I replaced them with the cheapest and easiest source.....drop cloths.

A blue and white jar of yellow gerbera daisies certainly make the room feel cheerier on these cold winter days.



An old bread board gives me a sturdy foundation for a vignette on the tufted ottoman.

I am really drawn to blue these days. The plaid pillows have a tiny stripe of yellow so that is why I chose the yellow flowers.

The apple picking bucket is now a magazine holder.

Not a lot of other changes. I still love the stacked baskets.

I already had all the pillows in my stash



I swapped some lamps around and put this one here. I love how the black shade pops and it goes with some other blacks in the room.

I told you in this post that I moved some chairs from here to there and these khaki tufted chairs have come full circle back to the sun room where they started when I ordered them.

I bought them from overstock.com and they aren't the most comfy, but neither were the Pottery Barn chairs I used in here.

This room was an add on to the house and can get pretty cold. We did connect our heating system in here, but it just isn't  enough tons to adequately heat or cool this room. I have to use an electric heater, but added quilts are sometimes needed, too when we have way below normal temps.

 As I change out colors in here with accessories and I can also swap artwork from my stash.


So for now I'm decorating with blue in here, but I'm sure this will change some time or I can use different blue pillows and accessories in here for a new blue design.

Have a fabulous week!

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  1. I love it Kim! I'm thinking about trying white dove in my kitchen when I have it repainted. The room really looks bright and relaxing. You can bring the red checked curtains back in for the 4th of July or something. I love the drop cloth curtains. I just covered 2 kitchen chairs with drop cloth and painted a grain sack stripe on them. They look fabulous. I think I may make some pillow covers too. I just love the way you use what you have to change things up. You need all that stash that you showed us the other day!

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    1. Thank you, Sandy. Drop cloths are so inexpensive and yet have that nubby texture.

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  2. Your sun room is even more beautiful than before! I love the blue touches, especially with the yellow flowers.
    Eilis@MyHeartLivesHere

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  3. I'm going to Lowe's today for 2 drop cloths,just said last evening needed heavier curtain in bedroom to make a bit cozier in colder evenings. Do you sew pockets or use clipss? The room is shades of grey,greige and blue and the beige will make a nice fit. Thanks and your new room is lovely with all your treasures .

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    1. Joyce, I use clips since I don't sew. I bought the 6 x 9 and they are only $10 each. Can't beat $20 for drapes.

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    2. Our Lowes in So. Cal no longer carry the good (Blue Hawk) drop cloths, some very cheap seamed variety....its sad....I have used the good ones as drapes in the family room and recovered furniture....the cheap ones are thin and do not wash well.....

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  4. I love your sun room Kim....reminds me of mine. I, too, have drop cloth "curtains" in the sun room as well as my dining room, I added a 20" border of black at the bottom of the ones in the dining room and a white "border" to the ones in the sun room....it's amazing how "expensive" they look!

    I never thought to use my little electric heater in the sun room but I'm going to do that to make it more comfortable.

    Have a great week Kim!

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    1. Judy, I like your border ideas for the drop cloth curtains. I may add something later.

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  5. Kim, I didn't think I could love your sun room more but this lighter look is lovely. Thanks for the tip on the drop cloth curtains. sb

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  6. Love this refresh! I try to stay neutral with my rooms so I can change up all the things you mentioned-pillows, artwork etc. it helps to be able to change my look when I'm house bound with the snow and freezing temperatures! I love all the textures and layers you have added...will be looking to add some more to my rooms! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. I am a huge lover of color, but the older I get it seems I want brighter and more neutral. Thanks

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  7. Kim, what is the significance of the 1918 pillow? That was the year of my mother's birth. Just curious. Love everything you've done.

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    1. That pillow was made from a real grain sack. I bought it at an antique mall. Thanks

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  8. Love the lighter and brighter new look! Your accessories bring the warmth and texture into the room. But then again, I have loved all of your versions of this room!

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    1. Thanks, Jane. I'm loving the lighter look so much more.

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  9. Hi Kim, Love the new look - you always amaze me how you can swap things around and have everything look so fabulous. I need to refresh some of my rooms now, lol. Thanks!

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  10. Oh my goodness, Kim! I love it! My favorite thing is, of course, those blue plaid pillows! I just can't get enough plaid in my life!

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  11. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful room! I also like the placement of the curtain rods ... Adds visual interest. Need to try that in my living room. Stunnng as always, Kim!

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  12. It looks great. Very soothing, but those red checked curtains rocked my world.

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    1. Yes, I loved the red checked curtains, too, but have been using them for many years in the house and just need a break.

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  13. It's a fabulous change! I think it's a lot more fun when you can switch up colors in a room- it keeps things interesting:) I love your apple picking bucket!!! Have a great day, Kim!

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  14. Love the new sunroom look, especially your new drapes. I'm thinking about using drop cloth window treatments in my family room.

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    1. Thanks, Melissa. I'm glad I remembered drop cloths as drapes. So cheap!

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  15. This space has always been my favorite in your home Kim and even more so now! You make me want to re-paint my entire house!!!!! Love, love, love!

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    1. Thanks, Vel. It makes me want to repaint, too, but not until I can pay someone down the road.

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  16. I hemmed drop cloths for our screened porch and just love them too. Now they have a little mold on them. Do you think just spraying with a bleach mixture will work or should I put them in the washer with bleach. Any help appreciated. Love what you've done with your sunroom...though I loved the red & white checks too. You are a wonderful decorator Kim...good work!

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    1. I always wash mine before hanging them. It makes them softer.

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  17. Love the new look of light and bright....and love the idea of using the bread board as a tray on the ottoman....So loving the room with the blues!!...Great transformation!

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  18. Hi, Kim, love the changes to your room! I'd love to shop your "stash"! Seriously, where do you store everything? I find I have no room to consolidate things and when I find things hidden away, it's like finding a new gem! Ha!

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    1. Jo, I just posted where I keep my stash. Just click on the highlighted "stash" in this post and it will take you to that post.

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  19. Kim,
    I love the lighter, brighter look in your sunroom! My Mom has a sunroom on her house that was a add-on and it stays chilly in there also during the winter months. Instead of using space heaters, she bought one of those cute mini-stoves from QVC several years ago and it looks darling in there. Hers is red but they come in all different colors even turquoise. It really puts out some heat for a small, compact stove.

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    1. We really don't stay too cold long enough to justify a stove. The electric heater is a quick and easy temporary need. Thanks

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    2. Hey Kim,
      These are really nothing but little electric heaters as well but they have the look of a little woodstove. I should have been clearer in my explanation. They really are cute, small and light weight so it makes it easy to move around.

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    3. Oh, I see. I may need to check those out.

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  20. I have been making paint color and surrounding furniture neutral as well....It just feels calm....
    I slipcovered my sofa in the living room with a neutral linen and repainted the dining room with a "stone" that has just a touch of beige/gray in it....very calm and warm....
    Neutral is just right....
    Nancy
    wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes, lighter neutral colors is what I'm loving for now.

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  21. I love your sunroom, Kim! Especially the pop of yellow, which reminds me that spring is just around the corner. I just put out my yellow throw pillows last week. It perks the drab winter right up!

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    1. Yes, yellow certainly brightens up a room. thanks

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  22. I have always enjoyed how you use red in your home, but I love what you have done with removing the red from the sunroom. It is very soothing, relaxing and inviting!

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  23. I love the new lighter color. I still see lots of color in there because of your blue pillows and bright yellow flowers. I know you prefer some color. You will enjoy having a neutral space to change up your accessories in. I just met with a friend yesterday who is moving into a new "old" house. She asked me for advice on decorating etc. I told her to make the body of the house neutral and use accessories for color. She liked that idea. I'm looking forward to helping her with furniture placement etc when she moves at the end of the month.

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    1. Yes, you know I will always have some color.

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  24. Kim, I have always loved blue and your sunroom has just the right amount of color! I know you will enjoy the beautiful new background as you work! It is truly a calm and peaceful space! Pam @ Everyday Living

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  25. Ahhhhhh....so soothing. Love using drop cloths for curtains. Did you wash them first to make them softer?

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    1. Yes, Penny I did wash them first. Thanks

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  26. Love it, your new decor absolutely awesome! Always love seeing what you decorating, such a treat!
    Nancy

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  27. I had a lady make slips for my sunroom furniture (cushion covers) and we used dropcloths. I washed and bleached till they were a lighter color. They have worn like iron and I love them! You are right - they have a great texture. We have a separate small unit in our sunroom for heat/air. Kind of like a motel unit. Works great year round.

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    1. Yes, love the texture of them and the price.

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  28. Well, I'll probably be the only one that says this, but I think you need some color (blue?) border/pom poms/something on the drop cloth curtains so the fabric doesn't just blend into the window. Just my thought. I've always liked those chairs in there.
    Brenda
    Brenda

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    1. Yes, I know color would look best, but I don't want to be limited on changing the colors with accessories in here for now. Who knows I may trim those or completely switch those out in the future.

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  29. Love your sunroom Kim and the new paint. I totally agree with you about limiting yourself with certain colors on accessories that you don't want to change often. That's why pillows are versatile and make for any easy room change.

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  30. Kim....so refreshing and pretty!

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    1. Thanks, Sherry. Means a lot coming from you the pro! :)

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  31. Kim love, love, love the new color, so fresh and calming.... I am going to go buy a sample of that color to paint our dining room table... I have been looking for a "white" that is not too cool, not to cold, you know like the 3 bears.... just right. I think I may have found it. I love that you have a art stash.... we too have a art stash, and are continually putting up pictures in new a new room. Those of us who are obsessed with decorating must have OPTIONS lol, have a wonderful day, coming to you from RAINY, thank the LORD, French Gulch California..... blessings Curtis & Sherrie.

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  32. Hello there Kim, I have to say that your room is perfection. Really, I wouldn't, couldn't change a thing. You have the "eye" that I wish I had. Keep it up, your post make me so happy and give so many of us inspiration.
    If you dont mind...a question. I'm painting my lower kitchen cabinets Paris Grey from Annie Sloan. I can't decide on a white. The kitchen opens up to living room. I think I need a white that has grey undertones to go with the Paris grey. Am I right? I put paper white in a big spot on the living room wall....maybe to much grey. Ok....my question, does the Dove white have more yellow undertones? On the chip it doesn't look so, but on your wall it does look so. Dont get me wrong, yours looks beautiful. My husband said he would only paint these 18' walls once, so I have got to get this rught. Any suggestions welcome. And, I'm so glad I found you. Debbie Mae

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    1. Debbie, there really isn't any yellow undertones in the White Dove. It has a touch of gray undertones. All houses and lighting are going to look different. You must try samples on your walls first on different walls and watch how it changes in the light during the day and with lamp light before making a decision. What looks good in one house may not look good in another. Best to try several different whites first. Thanks and good luck.

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  33. Oh my goodness Kim, I really thought I couldn't love your sun room any more, but men, this new look is absolutely gorgeous!! No matter what you do, it is always stunning!!

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  34. I will miss the red checked curtains, but love what you have done here.
    I'm wondering what color your trim is. I'm hunting for the right white and am considering White Dove. So I'd love to know what you used with it. Thanks! Kathryn

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    1. All the trim in my house is Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore. Thanks

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  35. I don't know how you do it but every single time you redecorate the sunroom I like it better than before. You can do no wrong in that room!

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  36. You are amazing! You always find new ways to make this room so beautiful! I love the blue and the new fresh wall color. Have you mentioned before where you got the rug. It looks pretty comfy yet has some texture and I have been searching for one for my family room. Thanks!
    Shelley

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  37. I just found an old post you wrote about the rug and I see that it is a Mohawk. I also see that I was the first person to comment on it back in August! I guess I have been looking for a new rug for awhile...thanks!
    Shelley

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  38. I loved your sun room before, but the transformation is also beautiful. It's light, bright and serene.

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  39. Kim, that's so true, the plain backdrop allows you to give the room a new color palette at any given time! I've always admired how you go about paint, fearless! The room is as always, gorgeous!

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  40. Love love love the new look in the sun room. Blue is one of my favorite colors. Beautiful as always Kim.

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