Establishing a Tranquil Space in Your Home 8

Our publisher Shares her 
personal favorite space

When we were building our home 10 years ago, I had a dream of incorporating a sunroom porch after realizing that the homes I loved included them. I have always loved the character, the mix of rustic brick and large open windows letting in tons of natural light. Most importantly, I loved the idea of basking in the warm sun and my bare feet on the warm bricks. I wanted a retreat. A getaway. A spot where I could be surrounded by all of my favorite things. I had hoped to design a room that felt warm even during our cold winters.

We made a conscious decision to eliminate stereo and TV access to that room. It would be my quiet, relaxing and tranquil space.

To complete my room with everything I loved the most, I would need to paint it blush pink and white. Thank goodness I have an accommodating husband!  How many men would allow a huge pink room like this in their house?

This room has been a fun room that I can surround myself with my favorite things. Windows overlook wooded acreage from every angle and sunsets that change nightly. It is filled with decorating books, paint swatches, collections of design ideas, family photos and antiques collected from childhood.

My mother helped me to start a collection of miniature cups and saucers, and then I fell in love with romantic rose plates. I have always been

enamored with old black and white family photos and adored the classic style, so adding current family photos to the walls in black and white was a fun way to mix the old and the new.

What makes my room warm and cozy is the fluffy, silky gray rug on top of an all-brick floor and a few layers of textured throws and pillows. Even with the light color scheme and the overwhelming amount of natural light, the room is still the coziest in the house. Adding candles is the final touch that makes a room comfortable and fragrant. Vanilla, lavender and mint are favored in the sunroom.

I LIKE TO DESCRIBE MY SUNROOM AS A GLAMOROUS SHABBY CHIC STYLE. IT BECAME A COMBINATION OF FRENCH COUNTRY, SHABBY CHIC AND HOLLYWOOD GLAMOUR. I LOVED THE OLD ANTIQUES AND RUSTIC CHARM, BUT ANYONE THAT KNOWS ME WILL TELL YOU I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT THE SPARKLE TOO!