When Chip and Joanna designed a home for Matt and Leigh Ellen Club, they wanted to give them a space to enjoy time with family as well as summers at Lake Waco. In her design blog, Joanna shares that her favorite room was the sunroom, a space that was added during the renovation. While it was small and the design is subtle, “I can picture them drinking their morning coffee or reading a book by the fire in this cozy, quiet room off the kitchen,” she writes. She brought a sense of old-world character and shares these tips for bringing the look and feel to your home:
Set an Intention for the Space
If you’re planning on adding onto your home, Joanna recommends identifying a purpose for the room so that the design will serve your needs appropriately. “What I love most about this space is that it’s intended to be enjoyed in the slow, intentional time found in the early mornings or on weekends. This home already had a formal dining room and living room, so this sunroom is more about family than entertaining,” Joanna writes. She achieves this goal by designing the space with comfortable chairs and a quaint breakfast table with bench seating.
Maintain the Character
The fireplace is the focal point for the room, and Joanna made sure the rest of the room’s design was consistent and didn’t distract. The german-schmear finish and antique mantel kept with the raw texture of the space, so the room felt like a natural extension of the home and not a recent addition.
Use Elements With A Story
The terracotta flooring in this room was salvaged from a chateau in France. “It doesn’t get more storied than that,” writes Joanna. If you’re striving for an authentic feel, look for reclaimed pieces that achieve that goal. Even subtle details, like trim, wall color and hardware make a difference.
Be Mindful of Light
When you add onto your home, you often take away windows and that can darken your existing spaces. To make sure not to steal natural light from other rooms, Joanna was mindful about choices. She installed a double-sided china cabinet between the sunroom and kitchen that let the light to flow through. “Design additions like sidelights, double sided bookcases, French doors and windows would also accomplish this same goal,” she writes.