Month: June 2019

Spanish Colonial Restoration in Hollywood

Eight decades back on a whim, Jeff Olde visited an open house on a fairly elm-lined street he’d long admired. “I walked in the front door and was immediately taken with all the two-story entry hall with a sweeping staircase,” says Olde, a TV network executive. Then he called husband Alan Uphold who, without visiting the house, agreed to put in an offer. In just two hours the couple, who weren’t even trying to find a new home, found a new home, sold their current house and bought a new one. “It was only meant to be,” Olde says. “The home type of claimed us and we claimed it.”

Beyond the front entrance, however, the very best aspect of this house was that entry hall. “The remainder of this was mostly a wreck,” he says. “It was remodeled from the ’60s or ’70s and needed a whole lot of work”

in a Glance
Who lives here: Jeff Olde, Alan Uphold and puppy Bailey
Location: Los Angeles
Size: 3,900 square feet; 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths
That is intriguing: The house features over 40 authentic Spanish light fixtures.

Brenda Olde

This open area functions as a passageway along with an intersection involving the family room, the living area and the kitchen. It’s also a library, anchored with a large custom painted glass window. “It had been made by an old family business in Pasadena called Judson Studios, that has been producing stained glass windows for a hundred decades,” Olde says. “I took a picture of a crest from a different home and had them replicate it. I really like it. I look at it every day, and it warms up the home”

Olde believes the light to be artwork. “I actually wanted an authentic, amazing, old-world intimate appearance and feel to the home, and a lot of this comes through the light,” he says. Not one original fixture was retained, so everything had to be substituted. “It was nearly as pricey as the building, but they make the home.”

In total, the couple additional 12 antique chandeliers and 32 sconces, a mixture of antiques and reproductions. Many of the fixtures came out of nearby Ray’s Hardware.

The initial two light fixtures they added were fitting chandeliers found in an antiques store in Pasadena, California. “We bought these amazing yet heavy fixtures before we started building because we loved them so much,” Olde says. “We ended up nearly building certain rooms around these two light fixtures, which inspired the chambers” One hangs here from the library, and the other is at the kitchen pulling the two spaces together.

Brenda Olde

The entryway staircase convinced Olde to purchase the house. Shortly afterwards, he and Uphold decided to restore it to honor the house’s architectural roots. Their vision was for the home to stream from the kitchen throughout the library and the family room outside into the terrace and the pool, along with light as the central function of art.

They lived in the home for six months prior to hiring architect David Serrurier and builder Terry Richardson to assist with renovations. “It was good to have that time residing in it before we began building, because we actually got a feeling of how we would utilize the chambers,” Olde says.

Brenda Olde

The couple wanted to restore each room to what they believed was the first layout. “We took our hints from the few rooms on the primary floor that hadn’t been altered,” Olde says. “They were characterized by thick plaster walls that were extra deep in the passageways. So we adopted that thick type of castlelike character into all of the chambers to create this beefy Spanish look I like.” Most rooms were gutted down to the studs and rebuilt with this particular design aesthetic.

One of their biggest design dilemmas was hoping to make sense of this 1960s addition, which generated a huge, long room, “just like a giant bowling alley,” says Olde. Their solution was to divide the distance in two, making a living space in the front and also a family area in back.

Brenda Olde

These two red tufted leather salon chairs from Olde’s favourite furniture store, Mortise and Tenon, were the very first purchase for your home. “They make such a statement, and I am in the process of discovering the bits that move around them. I really like the hunt. I wake up at 3 a.m. considering what might move there, which compels Alan insane by the way”

As the couple adds new furniture and fireplace tile, they are redesigning the living space more for beauty than for comfort. “I need it to be a great visual, even when we do not go in it, because you see it so prominently from the chambers we do live in. I just enjoy its pure visual beauty,” Olde says.

Brenda Olde

This baby grand piano, a birthday gift to Uphold, is the centerpiece of the living area. Olde says, “Nothing makes me happier than to have a glass of wine and sit with the puppy and listen to him play and sing. Those are some of my favourite times together and the way we mostly enjoy that space, only the three people with songs.”

Brenda Olde

The family room includes lots of casual seating, warm carpeting and a entertainment centre.

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Brenda Olde

The dining area, which is adjacent to the entry along with also the kitchen, sets the palette and tone. Olde retained each of the walls the exact same neutral colour to create visual continuity. He says, “I liked it all just flowed together, so I painted it very creamy and neutral to create a light, open and free-flowing space. I wanted the light, tilework and furnishing details to actually pop.” He maintained the old reclaimed tile and dark wood for several of the flooring and ceiling beams. The one distinct color accent is a brilliant deep reddish.

Brenda Olde

Although lighting and materials were chosen to honor the heritage of a Spanish colonial, some concessions were made to the ground plan. “We opened up the kitchen so that it was just one large area in the middle of the home. This is not standard of Spanish design, but I needed the home to be livable from how we like to enjoy our own lives, which can be free and open.” Here is actually the view in the kitchen island.

Brenda Olde

The original plan for your kitchen was to go with bright, clean and traditional 1920s tiles. At the 11th hour, on a business trip, Olde discovered a wine cellar in Lake Como, Italy. He loved it so much, he immediately changed the kitchen plans to produce their own variant. The kitchen is now adorned into the ceiling with limestone tiles and black painted cabinetry.

Brenda Olde

“I found old reclaimed red floor tiles in Spain, this great putty-colored tile from Morocco to the walls and this awesome limestone for the countertops,” Olde says. The laundry and utility room off the kitchen is clad in the identical aesthetic. When asked about the kitchen appliances, Olde replies, “You mean in this area where the wine resides?”

All appliances: Viking

Brenda Olde

The master bedroom suite includes a balcony overlooking the yard. Much of the home’s art was discovered in Revival Antiques and the Rose Bowl Flea Market at Pasadena.

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Brenda Olde

The third upstairs bedroom comprises a attached en suite bathroom. The afternoon light flows in through French doors, and a balcony overlooks the front yard.

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Brenda Olde

The creamy palette is consistent throughout the home.

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The second upstairs bedroom.

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Brenda Olde

Three decades ago the couple put in a pool and landscaping to create an inviting private backyard, which has been the highlight of their home. A spa featuring Moroccan tiles doubles as a fountain. The bathtub separates the seating area from the outdoor dining room.

Brenda Olde

“We live in our family room and rear patio with fire pit. We hardly leave during the evenings, and we find lots of company constantly needing to come lounge by the pool with margaritas,” Olde says.

Brenda Olde

The home flows out of the kitchen throughout the library along with the living room into the terrace and the pool.

Brenda Olde

Uphold from the backyard with Bailey.

Brenda Olde

This exterior exudes warmth, comfort and beauty. A tiled terrace and greenery create an inviting first impression. “When they built the area back in the 1920s they had planned to bring a street in the back. But they changed the plans and gave all of the extra yard space to the houses on this road, so the whole lot was incredibly deep for Los Angeles,” Olde says. “We had a very big canvas that I believed we could really not merely restore, but also make better than the first. Due to the critical Historic Preservation Zone designation, the area has been shielded and frozen in time.”

Olde and Uphold love their neighborhood and the Grove is within walking distance, offering outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment. “Beverly Boulevard is just a short stroll into the north, and La Brea into the east has an entire series of restaurants and companies,” Uphold says.

Brenda Olde

Olde was attracted to old Spanish houses by the film Sunset Boulevard. “The character lived in this wonderful Spanish mansion, and I recall thinking as a young boy, ‘I wish to live there,'” he says. A self-described frustrated architect, Olde says he has obsessed over houses his entire life. “l will drive down a road and see a home I need to see and I only need to go knock on the door and see if they will allow me to take a look. As a kid, I actually used to do so — I’d ask them if I could use their toilet,” he says.

Olde pored over books of antique Spanish homes to aid with the recovery. The novels Classic California and Colonial California were his bibles. “I studied every photograph for layout ideas, a lot of that I’d replicated”

Brenda Olde

Olde crouches from the entryway. The following home project is completing the living space and enhancing the three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Olde says, “Our canvas is still lovingly painted. I believe I was inspired to create a mood, and I need the home to shine and draw you in.”

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Guest Groups: Crushing on Orange

There is no denying that the color tangerine is a hot trend right now. If you call it coral, tangerine or orange, the color is guaranteed to bring some life to any space. This collection is filled with simple and realistic ways to add a pop of this color to a room. With everything from a simple throw pillow to a statement carpet, you might get a crush orange also. — Courtney from A Thoughtful Place

Tangerine Tango is Pantone’s 2012 color of this year

West Elm

Turned-Leg Nightstand, Vermillion – $249

I love the traditional turned legs on this bit paired with the more modern drawer front. I’d love to use this alongside a sharp white bed or in a small entryway.

Cost Plus World Market

Orange/Red Damask Throw – $39.99

The damask print gets a great update with this bold color. I’d use this on the arm using a neutral chair or sofa. It would be a tiny touch of color without a significant commitment.


Wise Ol’ Canister, Orange – $128

I like the whimsy of this canister. I’d love to utilize this in my black and white kitchen. It’s certainly a fun way to conceal those biscuits.


Monogrammed Coral Chevron Print Throw Pillow by Tootledoo Designs – $35

I love a fantastic monogram. Should you add one to an orange chevron pillow, then you have a fantastic combination. I’d love to see this on a crisp bed.


Suffolk Chair – $999

What is not to love about this chair? I’d use this in a living room beside a neutral sofa. I would also throw a pale cream throw on it to add more texture.


Format Orange Tray – $39.95

This tray is an simple way to infuse orange in your room with very little commitment. I love that you can set it out for business or use it every day to host magazines and new flowers.


Henri Dining Chair, Pink – $168

I’d pair these seats with a fantastic rustic farm dining table. I love their little scale that allows for more seating around a large table.

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Gradiated-Stripe Cotton Rug, Tangerine – $19

This carpet has so much personality. The stripes are timeless, and I love the brand new color. I’d use this at a family room or playroom to bring some additional color.


Smoldering Hues Shower Curtain – $118

This shower curtain is feminine and fun. The ombre cherry color could add a sense of whimsy to any bathroom.

Modern Decorative Pillows – $20

I enjoy that I can add a dash of orange with this throw pillow. I am also fond of the button depth.


Pouf Ottoman Floor Pillow Chain Links in Bright Orange by Anita Scasa – $75

Swoon. If a bright orange pouf doesn’t cause you to smile, I don’t know what’s going to. What a fantastic ottoman for a neutral-based room or for additional seating in a family room or guest room.

The Container Store

Intelligent Stockholm Office Storage Boxes – $9.99

I love using these containers to hold past issues of magazines, in addition to my printer newspaper. The vivid colours pop from any background.


Curvy Chrysanthemum Vase – $28

I secretly would like three of them. I’d love to down them the middle of my dining room table with white linens and white flowers indoors. The color combination in the vase makes me swoon.


Knitted Blood Orange Pouf – $89.95

Kick your feet up on this, or pull it up for additional seating. I’d love to bring a dash of color to my living room with this.


12-3-6-9 24″ wall clock – $79.95

What’s it? I’d certainly use this as an addition to a black and white gallery wall. It would likewise be a whimsical addition to a playroom or child’s bedroom.


Sunflower Medallion Knob, Coral – $8

Yes, please! I can not wait to bring these to a freshly painted white dresser. I love to add just a little unexpected color and allure into a simple piece.

Quad Persimmon Stool – $129

I enjoy these pops of persimmon for under the table. In a little space they’re super handy to pull out when friends stop by. I would also utilize two together as a coffee table setup.


Vintage Shabby Orange Industrial Bookends by Orange Door Vintage – $19

I love these. They are such a sweet way to add a pop of color, and I love the classic feel. All these are good for adding just a little bit of this industrial fashion into your space too.


Dec Home C1 2012 Modern Morocco Collection – $9.99

This is an excellent collection of bits that adds a punch of persimmon. I love the shape of the lamp and would place it in a bedroom or living room. The lantern and cushions are vibrant and might even look cute in an outdoor terrace.


Rachael Ray 1.5 Qt. Whistling Teakettle, Orange – $29.99

Don’t forget about your kitchen. I’d leave it out on the stove top to accessorize the space. I enjoy the posh look of it, and the fun color adds a lot of personality.

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8 Master Bedrooms Where Everyday Is King

While flipping through house design magazines, I’m often discouraged by the master bedroom inspiration. The looks are often heavily designed and do not appear to fit in with my everyday way of life. My husband and I have five kids, and a few of them make their way into our area a few nights. It doesn’t make sense to have loads of cushions, furniture and pricey art strewn about to have tripped over.

The other day when searching for thoughts here, I was amazed by the number of stunning casual bedrooms. I’ve picked my favorites and can’t wait to share with you what I learned from every one. These notions can be implemented into real spaces. Let’s begin!

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Although I said not wanting to buy expensive art to get tripped over, I don’t have any issue with it being displayed on the wall. The piece displayed in this image is so stunning and really sets the mood for the room.

Everything I heard: Purchasing one amazing art piece can take a room to a completely different level.

Nightstand space comes at a premium. Publications, clocks and telephones all vie for room.

Everything I heard: Wall-mounted lights over the nightstands make a great deal of sense in smaller spaces.

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Bedding is pricey, especially once you discover the ideal duvet, pillow shams, throw pillows and so forth.

Everything I heard: Keep the bedding simple and splurge on great fabric for curtain panels along with a few throw pillows.

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They say less is more. They are right.

Everything I heard: If your area has great architectural bones similar to this one, you do not really need much more. The space speaks for itself.

I’ve frequently thought of a neutral color scheme as being boring and safe.

Everything I heard: Neutral colors can be calming and invoke a feeling of restfulness and peace.

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When I think of custom drapery, my thoughts often envisions thick cloth overpowering a room.

Everything I heard: Once done right, custom drapery, like these Roman sunglasses, can include a degree of simple elegance.

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Area rugs are frequently used to tie a space together. I really like this carpet is the room’s focal point.

Everything I heard: Should you discover what you love, like this bright rug, adopt it. Build a room around it.

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Broadly speaking, most nightstands are square or round. Who says you’ve got to follow these rules?

Everything I heard: when you’ve got a table that has an appropriate height to be a nightstand and goes with the room, make use of it. Even if it is a rectangle.

Inform us: what’s your trick for a beautiful bedroom? Please share insight and photos below.

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Sourcebook: Eclectic Style

Eclectic design is all about the mixture. It is tough to choose an individual item and state,”That is diverse.” (even though it’s not impossible, as you’ll see.) Eclectic is all about putting pieces together in an area that contradict and juxtapose another without competing or overshadowing. This appearance doesn’t feel as designed as a traditional space, but it’s still harmonious. Below are a few ideas for choosing bits which have the potential to be diverse, but the mix is up to you.

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Cost Plus World Market

Multicolored Ikat Toss Pillow – $24.99

A neutral sofa can place on diverse airs with a mixture of daring and patterned cushions. Adhere to a loose color palette when mixing and matching, or move for a devil-may-care strategy and throw a lot of colors to the mixture. (For that appearance, actually pile’em on.)

• Brightly colored pillows abound at World Market.
• I am always sending clients to Etsy for affordable cushions.
• Browse plenty of cushions in the Products section

Urban Outfitters

Telephone Keys Wallet Rug – $18

Quirky conversation pieces add an entirely new layer of interest to your own design. It could be a lamp, funny thing, piece of artwork or even a rug.

• Find this and other tongue-in-cheek designs in Urban Outfitters.
• Fun and diverse pieces for entertaining could be found in Orange and Pear.
• Check local antiques stores or garage sales for one-of-a-kind bits which make you smile (such as a wacky cookie jar).

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Rug 4 – $280

Using classic rugs can be a excellent way to add an eclectic vibe to your room. Even if the carpet is a little too small (true antiques frequently aren’t in contemporary standard sizes), layering it on a natural-fiber rug such as jute or sisal can create an intriguing combination.

• Find this and other rugs in the Shoppe From Amber Interiors.
• Locate a rotating choice of classic rugs at Furbish Studio.
• Browse Kilim Rugs (not all antiques, but lots of cool stuff).


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Unusual upholstery may quickly turn a fairly basic bit into something diverse. Choose a totally different style of cloth from the style of the chair (here, you see a rustic quilt cloth on a really modern silhouette ).

• Shop this appearance at Elte.
• An unexpected shot of color provides exactly the exact same impact, as in bits from Horchow.
• You can find this effect with almost any chair: simply have it reupholstered. Shop Lewis and Sheron cloths such as ideas.

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Portica Canopy Bed – $1,399

I like to keep big-ticket items impartial, even at an eclectic space. With a simple bed it is possible to get a lot of different appearances with bedding, art, rugs and even a canopy if you receive a canopy bed such as this one — perfect for somebody who probably enjoys to alter it up.

• Get this and other simple designs in Room & Board.
• you are able to discover great essential fashions at PBteen.
• The basic fashions at Ikea are just begging for some customization with bedding.

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Moroccan Leather Pouf – AUD 199

Eclectic design is not afraid to borrow heavily from cultural influences. While of course bringing home pieces from the world travels is the ideal, it’s not frowned on to receive the vibe through the Tnternet. Begin with a pair of Moroccan poufs and work your way around the world.

• Table Tonic has a great pouf (and kilim) selection.
• Locate African kuba fabric at Wisteria.
• The Loaded Trunk has a massive choice of Mexican coverlets.

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Lola Accent Table by Arteriors Home – $575

Interesting accent pieces paired create for a great diverse layout. If you would like to play it safe with all the primary bits (sofa, etc.), small tables can be a terrific way to add an eclectic look to your furniture.

• Shop these brightly colored tables (and lots more) in Tonic Home.
• You will find tons of accent tables to sift through on Overstock.
• A fun range of tables are located in AllModern.

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Designer Sketch: Susannah Devine

“Hidden pockets and key passages have always intrigued me,” says Susannah Devine. Though her projects lean more toward a modern fashion, Devine’s imagination is often triggered by mechanical artisans of the 17th and 18th centuries. This unexpected passion is one of many that creates her refreshing appearance.

The Houston interior designer is half of RD Architecture, a firm that specializes in LEED-certified jobs. Though Devine has a passion for all things green, her objective is to split the misconception that designing and building green has a certain appearance. “Material selection is a variable, but green design is based more on the way you construct than what you build,” she states.

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What is the most fascinating thing you are working on now?
I love the diversity of styles. Our remodels utilize the existing style of the home and unite it with the distinctive person style of the homeowner. Not one of our jobs can be described accurately with a single word. The terms “contemporary” and “traditional” alone are very obsolete.

What is a fresh way you are using a fresh color or substance now?
I’d like to start using more dual-functioning materials, such as cork. A cork wall covering kids’ playrooms, music rooms or home offices provides some benefits. It functions as a tack wall for artwork or work in advance. In addition, it’s regarded as a renewable source.

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The most significant thing on your desk is …
Oh, that’s easy! My earbuds. Music is a link to the soul — and of course my work mode. The type of songs I listen to depends on what I am working on — classical, rock-and-roll, country, rap and everything in between.

My ideal client is … A homeowner that knows and appreciates the elements and principles of design. One who challenges us to push those boundaries and functions with us collaboratively to create that particular haven they call home.

Where on earth do you wish to go next? I’m working on a project with a local artist to record the neighborhood around our office. A number of the amazing 1940s houses have fallen into disrepair, and a number are marked for demolition. These older houses have more character and presence than many new houses. It is tragic that many will not survive. I am hoping that our locality has a renaissance and we can get involved in the restoration of some of those architectural treasures.

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Do you still draw, or is everything on the computer now?
We use CAD for the practice of producing and documenting a design. To exemplify volume and mass, Google SketchUp is a great tool. RD uses that with great success to help clients understand the human scale and points of view within a design. However, I favor quick hand sketches in perspective to identify the three-dimensional aspects of details for cabinetry and custom furniture. I also do color studies of exterior and interior elevations. Ink renderings and photography are also private hobbies of mine.

Which famous architects could you love a chance to utilize?
Frank Lloyd Wright comes to mind first. His style is beautiful and timeless, but it’s his approach to design and his philosophy of natural architecture that’s most in line with my own views. He exploded the “box” of traditional idas. Instead, he confessed the way the home responds to the environment along with the spirit and psychological well-being of its occupants.

Above: One of Davis’ fireplace designs for a client, installed just recently.

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What inspires your designs?
Each client brings her or his own nature and eyesight once we start a job, and we draw for inspiration. We’re the firm you hire to realizeyour particular style. Designing this manner requires an open minded, out-of-the-box, problem-solving style to discover the right solution for each design problem.

Favourite traditional furniture bit?
Midcentury furniture designers had the right idea about the stability of form and function. I love Saarinen’s Womb Chair.

Who is one of your favourite artists?
There is a local Houston artist who has recently come to be a popular. Justin Garcia’s art actually moves me. His paintings have a silent strength, a soothing voice with something real to say.

Where’s your go-to location for inspiration?
— and I am not just saying that. You men are the very first place we go along with the very first place we recommend for clients to go to gather images for inspiration. Your site is extremely user friendly. Please don’t ever make it complex. Simple is sometimes better and more effective. And that goes for design as well.

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Jean Dufrense | Danielle Wallinger | Lea Hein | Noel Cross

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10 Beautiful Sunroom Design Ideas

Sunrooms are magical spaces which are constructed on the side of the house with the most sunlight, and they typically have floor to ceiling windows or glass walls in order to fully let in the light and warmth of the sun. The best part about window cleaning is that they allow you to enjoy panoramic views of the outdoor setting of your home while remaining completely protected from the weather elements.

There are as many different sunroom designs as there are people who own them. Some have glass roofs while others don’t; some prefer them with rustic brick pillars while others favor a contemporary minimalist design where the focus is more on the setting and the light than on the décor.

However, what makes sunrooms so appealing and unique is their ability to welcome the sunlight in such a way that you feel as though you were outdoors while maintaining the comfort of being indoors with relaxing furniture. And the best part is that you can incorporate blinds to cool certain parts of the room while still enjoying the outdoor-like feel of the space.

If you’re thinking of including a window installation into your home’s design, then you’ll love our list of top 10 inspiring sunroom design ideas.

1 – Use it as an alternative dining room: While most homeowners prefer to have their sunroom as the main or second living room, others use it as a second dining room during the summer time.
2 – Incorporate a fireplace: Installing a modern fireplace in the sunroom is a great way of keeping it warm and cozy, even during the cold winter months.
3 – Skylights: Skylights can enhance the feeling of being outdoors, as you’re able to enjoy panoramic views of the surrounds and the sky at the same time.
4 – Bright curtains: Light-colored curtains help to maintain the light-filled ambience of the sunroom, while still providing protection from the sun when it gets too harsh.
5 – Add some flowers: There’s nothing better than some vibrant plants and flowers to bring the outside in and enrich the experience of a sunroom.
6 – Use it for entertaining: The sunroom can also be used as an entertainment area for your guests, complete with comfortable chairs, maybe a piano, and a useful coffee table with some books perhaps.
7 – Large windows are a must: As the name implies, the whole point of a sunroom is to enjoy the sunshine, which makes large windows an ideal way of making that happen.
8 – Comfortable furniture is essential: A sunroom is for relaxing, so you want it to have comfortable furniture for you to sit and lie down in while enjoying the surrounds in absolute relaxation.
9 – Try a glass roof: Allow light to come in through the walls and the ceiling by opting for a glass roof in addition to glass walls.
10 – Work from your sunroom: Some people install a small working desk in the window repair to create an inspiring and light-filled ambiance in their working environment.