I am so excited to share our sunroom with you today! This is one of our favorite rooms in the house for so many reasons, and it was initially one of the features that made us fall in love with our home.
We use our sunroom as a space to keep plants, entertain and unwind (it has earned the nickname Club Rosé…haha). It is also a creative space for me to paint, my favorite hobby.
I’m going to share all we’ve done to update this space, but first, a walk down memory lane! You can see the before photos of this room here, as well as our first update here (which had a very different color scheme that didn’t end up working out).
This post is in partnership with one of my favorite brands, West Elm. I have been a longtime fan-girl of West Elm, so having an opportunity to design a room with them was SO motivating. They currently have a collection with Dusen Dusen and Eric Trine (other brands I love), and I mixed a lot of pieces from that collection with the main collection for this room (plus vintage and things from years of flea marketing, of course).
When our home was built in the seventies, this room was an actual porch with open air, according to the house plans the previous owners left. And we aren’t sure when, but we believe that windows were added at some point as well as an air unit. So this is the only room in our home that doesn’t have regular heat and air. Since it doesn’t have heat, we don’t use it from around November until it warms up in the spring (around March or so) each year. During those months, we relocate the plants, and it can be extremely cold.
For that reason, when we open it up every spring, it’s the BEST FEELING EVER. And we tend to use it a lot and really savor it through the warmer months. We like to have happy hour out there and sit out there and snuggle with the dogs when it rains. I also use one corner of the room as my painting space, and I’ll show you that below.
This room is adjacent to our dining room, breakfast room and our living room, so I didn’t want to put another table in there or a sofa. I wanted to do something kind of different, but that would still be nice for entertaining—maybe playing a game of cards or sipping some cocktails. So I decided to do a floor seating concept with pillows and a coffee table. It’s so fun!
Let’s talk about this coffee table for just a second. It was definitely love at first sight. The gray marble is just so pretty! And it’s completely different from any other marbled surface in our home. I am in love with the high contrast and the deeper tones—they really complement the brass base too!
Here’s a pulled back shot to show this whole side of the room. Plants are a HUGE part of my decorating style and our life here in this home. I truly enjoy keeping plants and caring for them. Watering them each week is my favorite ritual. I just feel like they make our home feel so much more alive and fresh and full of positive energy.
These spun brass planters are just bananas! I mainly have white planters and a few plants inside wicker baskets, but adding just a few gold accents really makes the room feel cohesive with the rest of our home.
This pillow situation makes me insanely happy! It’s so fun and casual. I like how it’s just a little bit different from the the other living areas. And this rug ties in perfectly to make sure it’s a really comfortable space!
This tiered planter is just amazing!
In the corner with windows on both sides, I set up my painting stuff. It’s insanely magical at night with the string lights on and so inspiring. This little loveseat is perfect because it’s not really good for my back to sit hunched over paining on the floor for hours.
This toucan planter makes me smile!
Oh—and be sure to follow our Instagram because I’ll be sharing some videos of how cozy this room feels at night on stories this week! xxoo -Elsie
Credits//Author: Elsie Larson, Photography: Amber Ulmer, Project Assistant: Collin DuPree.