A Seaside Sunroom Makeover
See how Designer Candice Olson transforms a city home's sunroom into a beachy, seaside oasis.
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The ceiling also needed some attention, so I added character by creating faux beams and incorporating a pre-finished tongue and groove paneling system. I painted it all a creamy white for a real cottage feel. For a little drama, I put up a huge, tropical-looking ceiling fan with woven bamboo blades and antique brass trim.
I created areas or "zones" along each wall. One, I left as a wall of windows leading to the backyard. I turned the second wall into a seating area with a few high-backed, linen lounge chairs and a coffee table. Along the third wall, I installed a series of creamy cabinets that house a media center and lots of storage space.
I turned the fourth wall into the room's focal point. I took the existing fireplace and gave it a modern facelift by removing the hearth, squaring off the façade, creating a surround in wood moldings and adding a rough sand-like finish that has the appearance of limestone.
Then it was time for fabrics and furniture. Along the fireplace and cabinetry walls I created an L-shaped arrangement of window seating. Other furnishings, which I placed in the center of the room, included a gorgeous velvet blue/gray sofa, a wood coffee table and two brown leather chairs, all nestled atop a beautiful area rug that grounds the room in lakeside luxury.
The room had many windows of differing heights, so to bring them all together I put up both roman blinds and full-length drapery panels in a sunny, nature-inspired pattern. I added some halogen track lights and put up a few dramatic hurricane fixtures.
After some final accents and accessories, this sunroom was ready to shine. With nature-inspired fixtures, finishes and furnishings, I created a modern but cottage-like atmosphere for Heather, Brett and Adelaide that will remind them of the beach — even when they're stuck indoors.
(Interior decorator Candice Olson is host of Home & Garden Television's Divine Design. Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service.)