The homeowners' new addition needs some design attention. (Lee Lancaster)
Q. We recently added an addition to our home — a sun porch/3-seasons/Florida room. It’s a glassed-in room, and we’d like to have a warm, relaxed, outdoors-y feel to it, sans bugs! Right now, it has a heavy recliner in it (borrowed from our living room set) and folding chairs as we are paralyzed by the decisions we face in how to decorate the room. The only elements we are married to are the built-in window seat, which we love, and this great slim table with a bench we just bought. I also love the wind chime hanging decoration. We appreciate any advice!
A. Arturo Sanchez and Barry Harrison of Art | Harrison Interiors in Royal Oak suggest creating an outdoor dining space and using indoor/outdoor fabrics on the window seat and chairs. “In the finished floor plan we provided, we oriented the table with the bench parallel to the exterior wall as to not obstruct the view out, and added three chairs to create an outdoor dining space, which will be great for parties and small get-togethers.
“To define the dining area, we recommend hanging a candle tray above the table. For the window seat, we want to reupholster it in an indoor/outdoor fabric with more depth of color that would pick up the green tones from the botanical print drapery that we recommend hanging in the corners of the sun room. Also, above the window seat, we think changing the sconce to a more adjustable wall lamp can help this area become a cozy reading alcove.
“The main seating area we envisioned is composed of four oversized, indoor/outdoor, slatted-back chairs with an octagonal upholstered ottoman, all of which could be placed on a large, 8-foot diameter, indoor/outdoor, sisal-like rug, banded in a faux leather tape. We are also using two ceramic green garden stools as accent tables for the seating area, which can double as additional seating at the dining table.
“We placed the television on the interior wall to protect it from the glare, and anchored it with an industrial-style console, which adds a strong architectural element. The ceiling is softened with a Benjamin Moore Monroe Bisque paint color to pick up the ecru tone of the drapery panels. The main windows (not transoms) will have woven wood shades in a tortoise bamboo, and we also like the idea of wallpapering the room in a vinyl grass cloth, not only for durability and texture, but also to pick up the caramel colors in the floor.”
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