Saturday, February 25, 2012

House Tour: Sun Room

As you know by now, I'm a huge believer in mixing colors and patterns in my style. 

I think it adds character and I love when you can expect the unexpected.  When we built our house, my husband EG had his man study included in the plans so he could work at home when needed.  My dream was to have a sun room with windows from wall to wall.  This was to be my study.  It has since become the room we call "the relaxation room."  It's one of the only rooms in our home that doesn't have a TV mounted to the wall. 

Welcome to my Sun room Tour   

The first decision I made in this room was the rug.  I love Company C and loved the pattern and color choices of this rug.  This set the stage for the rest of the room. 

This Anthro chandelier was on sale and I knew I could find a place for it in my home.  I grabbed it before the room was even finished.  I love the circle bulbs over a traditional candle shape because they add a pop of modern to an otherwise shabby chic style.

Sometimes it's hard to "get style right" the first time...initially I had the ceiling painted Benjamin Moore Spectra Blue and the main walls in Benjamin Moore Posey Pink (to match some of the colors in the chandelier). 

It looked more like pepto bismol primer paint so we updated with a deeper turquoise blue (thank goodness!).  Now the ceiling and main walls share the same color with slightly different hues

The sofa has a faint pinstripe of mint green and beige.  Subtle but still adds a layer of pattern.

I love love love Trina Turk Home accessories so added these pillows for an extra pop. 

I found the Oly Pipa Cocktail table at Layla Grayce.  It reminds me of Christmas Ribbon Candy.  Yummy.

And of course, every coffee table needs Grace Bonney's d*sponge book!  I'm so inspired with what she has been able to turn Design Sponge into.  She had no formal design training and...well I could gush about Design Sponge all day long. Ahhh...some day maybe that will be me.

These chairs are custom Lee Industries by Lillian August.  I'm all about using a contrast welt to add extra definition to a chair. 

The bird pillows were spotted by my sister in a cute little homeshop in Kennebunkport

I'm glad she urged me to buy these because now they remind me of our annual summer trip to the beach. 
The oblong pillow is Pier 1.  It looks handmade and I love that about it. 

The console is Bungalow 5.  I love the details of the nail heads that surround the perimeter.  Remember my post about Foo Dog's? Here are my foo's!

Here's my Vivi
She's a ham
And clearly she believes
in mixing patterns too!

I bought two matching Bungalow 5 side tables for both sides of the couch.  This seems silly but it wasn't until the last few years that I realized it's important to the eye to have symmetry in a room.  Pair off a bed with two side tables or two matching lamps.  Now of course there are ways to play with symmetry so it's not so cookie cutter.  I'll discuss that in future posts. 

The fun in decorating is in the details.  Sometimes they're the last to get the attention

Accessories can be a pretty bowl of fresh flowers.  Fun coasters.  Always birds.

Meet our family pet.  I fell in love with him when I spotted him in Home Goods.  My kids are all about dogs.  But we will never have one.  EG is deathly allergic (please don't tell me about the hypo-allergenic dogs...he starts sneezing even when you speak of them).  This is the closest we'll ever get to the real thing. 

Accessorizing does not have to be expensive. 
I found the lamps with the basket weave lime shades at Home Goods for $25 each.  Steal!

Jonathan Adler, Lonny Mag (RIP), my favs!
(thought Lonny was only an online mag?  well I think I'm the only sucker that paid $30 for one issue because I desperately have to leaf through the pages of a magazine)!

My homage to One Kings Lane.  The signature Elephants.  There was a time when I think I seriously needed a 12 step program to break my habit of buying something from them weekly...(Read more on my thoughts about OKL here)

My little guys
Vivster and Jackers.  These were photos I took and had them put onto canvas as a Father's Day present for EG last year.

Remember my love of Massimo Vitali prints? 
Here's where mine will go someday!

Hope you enjoyed the tour. 
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Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tour of the sunroom. Feel relaxed just looking at the pictures. Love all of the light in that room and your choices for colors/furniture. job well done.

Karen said...

This room is so cheery, no wonder you call it the "relaxation" room. You've done a wonderful job pulling it all together.

Anonymous said...

love all of the colors in this room!

C.A. @ How To Be A Heroine said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS! Love your style. I have that same JA book sitting out as well. :) You've totally inspired me to overhaul our little sunroom porch. It's about 5% the size of yours - so I'll need to get creative! xoxo,

Angie K. said...

I'm visiting from House of Turquoise. I love this room & all the gorgeous mix of colors! It's total eye candy - I could just eat it up! On a side note, I'm allergic to dogs & always get the hypo-allergenic speech from my dog loving friends - that there is no way I could react to them; however, I do - the exact same as 'regular' dogs - no difference. I feel guilty because my son begs me for a dog. :( He has a collection of ceramic dogs - may have to check out HomeGoods to see if they have that dog head - it's lovely!

Anonymous said...

What color did you paint the sunroom walls? I see the ceiling is Spectra Blue and you mention the walls are a deeper version in the same hue. Beautiful color combination and fantastic design!

Heather Moore Grahling | Vivid Hue Home said...

@Angie K--Thank you for the wonderful words about the sunroom! It's one of my favorite rooms in the house because it's so fun with color! And I know exactly what you're saying about dogs! You should definitely keep your eyes peeled aat Home Goods. They crop up in the accessories from time to time! Thanks for reading! oxoxo Heather | Vivid Hue Home


You can only be happy in that the mix of high and low!

Diane at Perfectly Imperfect Life said...

LOVE that rug. Looks like maybe they don't sell it anymore? Do you happen to remember the name of it?

Heather Moore Grahling | Vivid Hue Home said...

@ Diane at Perfectly Imperfect Life the rug is company c "Savoy Cerulean in Blue." I found it in their Fall 2009 catalog, page 16.

I haven't seen it recently and would bet it's not made anymore, though you may be able to find it online somewhere.

@Anonymous: I'll double check the other blue color. It's Benjamin Moore.

Thank you everyone for the wonderful feedback on the room!

cathywhatisoldisnew said...

I found you from your your guest post today. Beautiful sunroom. Love all the color! You may want to stop by my blog and see the color used in a cottage I am posting about from Kelly's Island on Lake Erie. I think you will enjoy it. I am your newest follower!

Jessie said...
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Jessie said...

I love this room! It's cheery, bursting with happy colors and textures, which are all the elements that I like.

There are so many things I like in this room. The white coffee table, the console, the lanterns, the pillows and the ceramic dog are all my favorites.

Thanks for visiting and following. So glad to find your blog, I am your newest follower! :)


Heather Moore Grahling | Vivid Hue Home said...

@ Jessie: Thanks for the wonderful comments on the room! And thanks for following me! I love that I found your blog thru the ORC and can't wait to see how things progress over the next few weeks!

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

You are killing me! What don't I love about this room?! I'll be coming by to steal that coffee table from you btw. :)

Unknown said...

Heather, this sunroom is a magazine must-feature! I love how you played with the colors of your rug and incorporated them in the room. It brings out a relaxing mood for the family, and its beauty doesn’t give any intimidating factor. It definitely deserves to be called the “relaxing” room!

Leif Clancy