When it comes time to purchase a home, you might find yourself surprised by the deciding factors. Of course there is budget, location, and a little bit of luck. But there is also that intangible “feeling” that arises when you walk into your future home. A sense of familiarity, of belonging, or a good energy that comes in a whisper in the back of your mind: you’re home.
I was sold on our house the moment I walked into our sunroom. It was painted a sage green color, and despite the entire home smelling of faint cat pee, all I could see was the potential in taking what was already here and bringing it back to life. It would take 5 years to make the dream of turning an all but unfunctional sunroom into an essential room in our home a reality.
I’m so excited to share the reveal of this space with you today! It is a project that’s years in the making—one that Pella has invested time, resources, and energy in helping come to life. They came to my house when August was just a small baby and helped craft a way to bring the essence of the room that had begun to deteriorate.
We took our time deciding what to do. We went back and forth on HOW we would want to use the room and how much money we wanted to invest in making the flow of our home work. We looked at buying a new home and kept coming back to the one we had feeling like it could be possible to make this space work for us.
So we went for it. We knocked out the wall between our dining room and kitchen, which lead to an opportunity to further expand the footprint of our kitchen area (this is for another post!). We selected windows that would bring timelessness and quality that will stand for another 100 years, not to mention add huge upgrades in security and energy efficiency. We went with the Architect Series windows from Pella.
Once we decided to take down the wall between our living room and our kitchen, the next big decision was figuring out what to do with the floors. I was worried we would miss the visual impact of our encaustic tile from the kitchen and wanted to do a patterned floor in the sunroom. We ended up going with something classic with a bit of a twist—Chalk Dark RMB Porcelain Wall and Floor Tile from The Tile Shop. I am so happy with the size, pattern, durability, and color! We installed in-floor heating which means the room doesn’t need a radiator, giving us so much more flexibility in how we use the space.
It has been a month since we moved back in and life feels…a bit lighter. There is room to move. Room for flexibility. There is more Vitamin D in our lives. We’re moving from the outdoors more often, we’re using our backyard more often. We’re throwing impromptu dinner parties and not sweating the small stuff, simply because there is a little more room and a little more light for life to expand and contract.
A huge thank you to Pella and McDonald Remodeling for making this vision even better than I could have hoped for. We honestly couldn’t recommend them both enough. Stay tuned for our kitchen reveal, where we’ll talk with Jim McDonald about the evolution of our space, and why it is important to live in your home for a while before deciding what remodeling decisions to make.
Swing arm light fixture from Rejuvenation. Available in 4 metal finishes and made to order.$276
The pendant light situated above our dining room table.$549
Vintage-inspired wall sconce made with solid brass.$209
Solid brass pendant light by Rejuvenation, now on sale!$231
Retro-inspired light from Rejuvenation. Available in six different finishes.$503
Beautiful linen shade creates for ambient light.$423
Two-toned round stone planter from Amazon, for indoor or outdoor use.$70
Solid wood balls and black carbon steel frame, available on Amazon.$132
Woven basket with lid, handmade in Uganda from The Citizenry.$155
Cast brass house numbers in a classic serif font from Rejuvenation.$39
Black wooden counter stools from Rejuvenation, now on sale (originally $379)!$303
Adorable mid-century modern round table with two wood-leg chairs from Amazon.$105
Beautiful switch plate from Rejuvenation. We went with the aged brass.$25
A timeless update to any room, now on sale (originally $25)!$20
Made with heavy forged brass from Rejuvenation.$15
The hardware we chose for the patio door that opens to our backyard.$399
Crisp 90 degree angles create a streamlined look.$20
Love the unique hex screws on this switch plate from Rejuvenation.$20
Obsessed with the intricate metal detailing on these solid brass cabinet knob from Rejuvenation.$15
Gorgeous brass drawer pulls that we installed in a number of places around the kitchen and pantry.$49
The perfect way to secure a rug or runner, while adding detailed style.$55
Light and luminous softly shaded white by Benjamin Moore.Pricing Upon Request
Timeless paint color, steeped in tradition, by Benjamin Moore.Pricing Upon Request
Sherwin Williams paint color, suitable for interior and exterior application.Pricing Upon Request
The matte floor tiles we installed in our sun room. Available now at The Tile Shop!$10 / sample
BY Kate Arends - July 8, 2019
Thank you for being here. For being open to enjoying life’s simple pleasures and looking inward to understand yourself, your neighbors, and your fellow humans! I’m looking forward to chatting with you.
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