Every house needs a Sunroom ...

If the warm spring teases Kansas City has been dangling in front of us have you salivating for spring jackets, green grass, and sunshine (it’s a thing guys, remember?), then boy do I have a blog post for you!

 

This sunroom in Brookside began its life as a humble concrete slab patio, but the owners are so full of warmth and hospitality that they knew they would need a new space for entertaining that could serve many purposes. After several client meetings and a lengthy process with the city, we landed with the design that you guys see.

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I really connect to this space as it has all of my favorite things: vaulted ceilings, wood paneling (done right!), concrete floors, and handmade tiles (courtesy of Cle Tile). The central focal point of the room is another love of mine, the pot-bellied stove. We went through many different design ideas for the fireplace, ‘trying on’ stucco or tile, and landed on the black stove as a way to center the room and draw the eye upward towards the vaulted ceilings to give this smaller space an airily grand feel. As a final step, we also polished the concrete floors, to make certain that no space was left unloved in this renovation.

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Adding the benches to either side of the fireplace was done specifically with the idea of entertaining in mind, we wanted to be able to have a lot of seating but didn't have the space/desire for a lot of furniture. This will keep the room functional when not in use for entertainment, and provide extra seating by adding pillows and blankets when guests are in the home. If you missed last weeks blog , this room is a perfect example of transitional textiles. The more neutral tones of the room mean that the room can develop with the seasons, owner’s mood, day of the week, with just a new pillow or two on the benches. Easy! This room is still a little too chilly for plants, but I can’t wait to see what this looks like loaded up with greenery in the spring/summer, windows thrown open, sun drenching the floors…I can practically smell it, can't you?

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Hopefully this completed project inspires you to spend some time looking at your own spaces for ways to bring the lightness of the outdoors in, and if you ever need help making that happen in your own home…I know a couple ;)

Spring Refresh ...

When it comes to decorating your home, I like to think of it just as you would if you were getting dressed. Sure, you need to make sure your body is well taken care of, but slipping into that favorite pair of jeans can elevate your entire outlook from good to amazing. The same can be said for ‘dressing’ your home. Of course you want to make sure your sub systems are in perfect order, but the real fun comes in the form of an easily changed design element: textiles.
 

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To be quite honest, I'm not a "Holiday Decorator," I don't change over my house for each new Holiday and I am not one for themes. I do, however, love a good update as the weather changes with my textiles! A pillow here, a throw there, maybe some new cozy (or lightweight) bedding. Like my outfits I like my base or foundation to be neutral and classic, but where the fun comes in is the accessories or in this case the textiles!
 

Adding throw pillows to a couch might be one of the easiest and quickest ways to add visual interest to your space, as well as freshen it up from season to season. Options are essentially limitless when it comes to color, shape, texture, etc. Some of my personal favorites come from Brookside-based home-décor haven, Golden & Pine, which is always rich in perfectly curated pillows.

Pillows from Golden and Pine

Pillows from Golden and Pine

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The other go to area I love to freshen up is my bed and this season my go to is Blush Linen Duvet by Cultiver Goods and found at Golden and Pine. It is seriously the softest fabric, found in the most beautiful shade of creamy pink and the best part, the more wrinkles the better!
 

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Pillows from Golden and Pine, Bed from Anthropologie

Pillows from Golden and Pine, Bed from Anthropologie

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When it comes to sprucing up for the seasons, feel free to take inspiration from your closet! Shibori, Watercolors and light shades in the spring, juicy bursts of teal and pops of white in the summer, rich oxblood tones in the fall, and sumptuous velvets and faux-fur in the winter. If you are like me and not a huge holiday decorator but still like to change the vibe of your space, look no further than a fresh pillow collection or bedding to do the job.
 

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These are 3 pillows I have had for a little while and serve as my neutrals, I love this 1 pop of color and pattern we paired with it which made this scream Spring!

These are 3 pillows I have had for a little while and serve as my neutrals, I love this 1 pop of color and pattern we paired with it which made this scream Spring!

Just like your personal attire, your home is a facet of you. I highly encourage you to view your home not only as your happiest safe haven, but also as yet another opportunity for self-expression and style. Changing your outlook from what looks ‘trendy’ to what patterns, colors, and textures inspire you will guarantee that your home absolutely radiates with joy and style.