Gray Doesn't Have to Feel Cold....Sun Room Tour

1.29.2020

Years ago you would not find me decorating with gray in my home. I was always drawn to color, but somewhere along the line, as I grow older, I started loving more neutrals including gray and a lot less color.There's still plenty of color around here. I don't want an all white or gray home. I still love warmth and contrast and especially antiques.

 I have always put gray and feeling cold together, but I 'm here to tell you that gray doesn't have to feel cold. Let me show you ways to warm up a mostly gray room.

Sun Room Tour




After hanging onto my Pottery Barn basic slipcovered sofa for twenty or so years and many slipcovers I decided to replace it. The slipcovers that PB sells are quite expensive and did not last long even though I bought the washable ones. After much looking I chose a Restoration Hardware slipcovered sofa in the prettiest neutral color. It is not washable, but hopefully no accidents will happen and if they do I'll have to have it cleaned. I protect the seat with a throw to keep it clean longer from Miss Bailey's dirty paws. This is not a sponsored post in any way, but what I like about RH sofas is they offer different lengths and depths of their sofas and I chose a shorter one in here which gives me a bit more room for the end tables. I don't miss the extra inches at all.

Now, my tables aren't against the sofa and walls. The fabric of the sofa and the chair are so very similar. They are an oatmeal color.

Using brass is a great way to add some warmth and of course burning candles. These burn on the nasty rainy days.

Live plants add life to what could come across as a cold room. I separated the plants in here from a basket of plants sent to my mom's funeral. I tucked them in pretty vases or bowls and I'm doing my best to keep them alive.

Colorful flowers add a punch of color in the room. These were picked up at the grocery store. I love to use old pottery as vases.

Texture, texture and more texture warm things up. I love how the pattern in the rug looks like a sweater pattern. Several nubby pillows and  throws around the room are an easy way to add warmth.

Doesn't this say come grab this throw and curl up here with a good book?

This pillow is a vintage batik hmong pillow cover I ordered. Y'all know my weakness for pillows and pattern is a key factor for me. I'm looking at pillows from different sources than Pottery Barn. I have so many of their covers.

The thick nubby gray ones with tassels were found in a local shop.

This vintage mudcloth cover was also one I ordered. I seem to be drawn to these pillows made with vintage fabrics.

One of the main things I wanted when I ordered a new sofa is the bench seat instead of separate cushions. No cracks for anyone to sit or lay on.

Another plant is placed in this gray striped planter to add a touch of modern on this vintage marble pastry table. The striped linen pillows on the leather chairs are from my stash.

The shorter length of the sofa keeps this table from being pushed against the window. Now it's a perfect fit.


All the warm wood and the pair of leather chairs help the room from feeling cold, too.

I hope y'all gathered from inspiration on how gray doesn't have to fell cold.

Today is ten years from the first time I hit that publish button for this blog. It has been a heck of a journey and I never new I would still be at it this long. I'm not pumping out posts daily just to be posting something. I'm just sharing as I feel inspired to. I am on instagram almost daily so catch me there for home updates and things going on in my life. Thanks to all who are still here with me or to anyone who is new for following along. It's not a blog without readers!

Hopefully someone is coming by today to look at my current front door and sidelights to start on the next project simultaneously with the kitchen project. 😁
We seem to like a big mess around here.







19 comments:

  1. Kim - Love the sunroom, and those leather chairs are so pretty.

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  2. Great choices in your sunroom! I would spend my days in there. Congratulations on ten years of writing!

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  3. Absolutely love your sunroom in all its various looks! As I age, I’m going much more neutral, too. I wonder what that is? A quest for serenity? Great suggestions here to warm up any room!

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  4. Congrats on your 10 year anniversary! I’ve been following along for almost that long. Thank you for sharing.

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  5. Kim, generally, I am no fan of gray, I think it has to be done right in order to be warm and wow, you nailed it. Your sunroom is simply outstanding. Elegant, charming, cozy and if it were in a magazine, I would be ripping out the page and pinning it to my wall. Now, I'll just go pin it instead...and 10 years?! That's quite an accomplishment. I may not always have the time to comment, but I enjoy reading everything you share. Congratulations!

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  6. I'm not a fan of gray, probably because I look like death warmed over when I wear it! Your room, however, looks lovely. I suspect this is my favorite room of your house, but I'm a sucker for rooms with lots of windows!
    Congratulations on your 10 year anniversary! Thank you for sharing and inspiring!

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  7. I never write but Iam always with you for many years and the reason I dont write is becouse my inglish is not so good, love your house :)

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  8. This room gives me sunroom envy. When me moved to our current home 6 yrs ago that was the one thing we talked about wishing the house had and that maybe we would add one. So far we have not done it.When and if we do your decor will be my inspiration.Today we are painting a guestroom bath so I guess we like a project going on too.

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  9. Very pretty Kim! I’ve been a fan for a long time and long before Instagram I admired your style on Pinterest. I use more neutrals now myself, but I do love color.

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  10. Happy Anniversary! I haven't been reading your blog for ten years, I'm not sure I knew about blogs ten years ago! But,I'm pretty sure I remember you from the Rate My Space forum. I'm anxiously waiting to see your renovations because I know everything will be fabulous.

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  11. Congratulations on you 10 years of blogging. I’m a big fan.
    What is the wall color in the sun room?

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  12. Happy 10 years!! I love your posts and have "borrowed" several of your colors around the house for mine. I love the sunroom! Where did you purchase the rug from?

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    1. It's a Dash & Albert rug from annieselke.com. I got it on clearance and not sure it's still available.

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  13. Not sure if my comment posted. Is your chair and brass floor lamp from RH? If not, can you let me know the source? Thanks!

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    1. The chair is from houzz.com and the floor lamp is many years old from the RH outlet.

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  14. Love the rug! I just got one of my antique brass candlestick out to use. Thanks for the idea.

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  15. Thanks! Is there a name for the chair? Or can you provide me with a link?

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    1. The chair is from houzz.com and is currently not available. It is called the Brussels club chair.

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