Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Sunroom Makeover - An Office Space

All Photos - The Grower's Daughter

My sale is now over, and I'm left with a few "holes" in my house. Actually, to be honest, this year I'm left with quite a few holes! That's always a good thing. It means that I get to replace old pieces with new ones and tweak the look of my house a little bit more.

One room that was left quite sparse was my sunroom.

If you follow the link below, you can see how it looked prior to the sale.

I had picked up a few new pieces that I knew I wanted to incorporate into my house, but I wasn't sure where. As I was moving pieces back inside, this room just kind of came together. I have been lacking an "office" space that I really want to be in. I previously had one upstairs, and at the time, had one in our basement. Neither were where I wanted to spend any length of time. I want to be near Willen while I'm writing and I don't want to feel like I'm locked away somewhere. However, doing all my work on our living room couch, or at the dining room table was getting old (and messy).

I sold the daybed that was in the room before, and moved the wicker chairs outside as they were looking a little tattered. The sunroom became a free space. I didn't want a sitting area - we never used it unfortunately. I didn't want an entrance - we're now accustomed to using the front one. So, what to make of it?

After moving a few pieces around, using mainly what I already had, this is what I came up with. A workspace. I have to say, I'm extremely happy with how it's turned out. It's simple, clean and useful and houses a few of my favourite things.


The space is open again, which is great for traffic coming in and out of the back door. Even though we mainly use the front entrance, we use the back door. The previous space didn't allow for easy access which was beginning to get annoying. This is much more efficient. Oliver has already found a new favourite nap spot.

I moved this old rocker up from the basement and threw on a couple of my old pillows. It's a lighter stain and it matches the wicker nicely.

I had this old wicker trunk sitting around in the basement. It's empty, but I'm planning on moving some storage boxes with old files inside it. Since they don't require easy access so it will hold them perfectly. The old frame is one of my favourite pieces, as is the old European water can.

The is an old cottage table that I painted Heavy Cream by Martha Stewart. It's simple and is the perfect little writing desk. The French bistro chair is the most amazing shade. It's a sort of grayish linen colour and was found at The Country Living Fair (photos to come soon!). An old black desk lamp was brought up from my office downstairs.

Trying to keep things simple, I added a small cream ironstone pitcher and a dainty little ironstone sugar pot to hold clips and things. A simple vase with pencils is the only hint of office, aside from the computer, in the whole space. I like that.

Similarly, I kept the decor simple and just added a small glass cloche with a rustic nest to incorporate more of the natural elements in the room. It matched the displays on the shelves nicely - another nest in a pedestal glass cloche, a small clay bird, old white corbels, and a shadow box housing speckled quails eggs.

The windows make the space light and airy.

To fill out the rest of the wall, I added an old white window with rusty hardware on either side of the desk, and an old sap bucket with a boxwood plant inside. It's adds some green to the room and keep the room light and natural.


  1. Oh wow, I love how it looks now!!! So crisp and clean with the perfect vintage treasures!! Just beautiful.
    Have a wonderful day.

  2. This is the perfect room for writing or just enjoying some alone time. I love how simple and pretty it is. Well done!


  3. oh my goodness maria i love it! it's perfect! it makes me want to redecorate immediately : ) gorgeous!!

  4. It's so bright and pretty! I love the little white desk, and the way the natural baskets and plants and white paint play with that...


  5. It's very JDA-inspired! Love the airy simplicity of this room! :) I'm Pinning this one!

    xoxo laurie

  6. well done, this room is as welcoming as they come.

  7. A great new use for your room. Love the little desk/table and I think my favourite part is the pair of windows with boxwoods.

  8. Gorgeous! I love your style and am your newest follower!
    I'd love you to visit and say hi :)

  9. My dog also loves to lay down in front of the window. I think they enjoy the light from the sun that comes down.

  10. Congratulations on your superb home office makeover! One can truly become more productive in there. Thank you for sharing.

  11. Oh my, I would love a sunroom-cum-office that looks just like this! There is this charming blend of an airy and comfortable sunroom and an elegant vintage office with all the furniture and decors. It would be great to retire in this room after a day of working and just relax on that rocking chair. =)

    Leif Clancy

  12. You know, this is the kind of office space where I wanted to work. It’s simple yet inspiring! I like the natural light that comes in through the room, which made your working environment invigorating. Everything feels so natural here. Good job in transforming this space! +Clayton Steadham


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