Since we bought this house it has been a back porch, a bathroom for our renters, a laundry room for us and most recently an empty walk through. When we moved the mini mimosa studio (behind you in the picture above) we decided to put the laundry room in its place which left this pass through without purpose.
Growing up my dad's house in New Orleans had the best sun room. It was full of plants and natural light and I spent most of my time playing and reading there. I had a vision to recreate that great old sunroom in this tiny purposeless space, a place for reading, writing and listening. The key ingredients had to be natural light, plants and a much needed bookshelf.
before : to gain more room we tore down this temporary wall we'd built to close in the laundry room.
before : looking into the mini mimosa studio pardon the disaster #kids
I painted the ceiling a gold luster and Charlie painted the white paper lantern which both give the room a little personality of its own.
during : the built in bookshelves around the door to our bedroom aren't there and the tiny old bathroom window hadn't been replaced yet.
after : we opened up the space by taking out the walls we'd filled in where the original back porch had screened in arches.
Another key ingredient is the lounging sofa. My friend Catherine Arensburg of Simple. Honest. Designs has been my long time partner in scouting great vintage finds. She picked up this incredible sofa for $30!!! in Mobile for me and baby sat it till we finished its home. (Thank you Catherine ;)
The whale screen print is by my talented friend Mikaela Fuchs of The Hungry Fox
after : night scenes from the outside in
after : more plants, trash & treasure scored macrame hanging planter and $10 lamp from an antique store in Slidell.
before : view from kitchen into sunroom
This whole project was as diy as it gets. Dawson built the bookshelves, framed in the window sheet rocked the old wall, I finished the sheetrock, textured and painted everything and we both, along with our friends (you know who you are) tiled the floor. We invested more time and effort than money which was a bonus because it didn't really take much of either. I can't believe we didn't do this sooner, it's easily my favorite room in the house.