Home Improvement

Blue + White Sunroom

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

*This post in partnership with Smith & Noble window treatments.

This is my most favorite room in the Las Vegas house because of its abundant natural light, high sloped ceiling, and arched entry. This space was originally designed as a formal dining room but currently I am using as a more casual sitting room or sunroom.

I have future plans to add built ins on the far wall and swap the table for a larger desk so that it can function as a home office for future tenants/renters, but today it’s lovely just as it is, filled with a few thrift store finds, some accessories, and beautiful new window treatments from Smith & Noble.

This room sat empty for the longest time, acting as a storage space but I decided it was time to make it a more welcoming place to sit and relax with morning coffee or afternoon tea and a stack of magazines or a laptop.

blue and white sunroom and window treatments

Here is a reminder of what the space was like when we bought the house, since then we’ve changed the flooring to tile and freshened with paint and swapped out the light fixture. I think you’ll agree the window treatments are much improved!

sunroom dining room before

I’ve partnered with Smith & Noble before because their window treatments are such high quality (their plantation shutters are so well made, I’ve also featured their unique wave fold drapery for a sliding door.)

Today is a third feature and one of my favorite kinds of window treatments, the layered woven shade + decorative panel combo which works in just about any space you can imagine from bedrooms to dining rooms.

blue and white window panel


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Shelter Family Room: The Plan

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Today I’m excited to be sharing another space I’m working on this month, it’s a family media room for an emergency shelter in my hometown. Longtime readers know each year I donate my time to my local Committee on the Shelterless (COTS), a non-profit that provides services to prevent and break the cycle of homelessness for children, families, and single adults. This shelter I’m working with right now is known as the COTS Family Center, it has 11 rooms and serves homeless families with children.

Last year for COTS I helped pull together a work clothes closet, the year before we painted a shelter exterior, the year before we remodeled two kitchens, this one and this one, the list goes on, find all of the posts and projects from the past here.

This year I offered my design services to create a family/media room for the emergency shelter Family Center, each room is shared by a family in crisis. The length of stay at the shelter ranges from three to six months, depending on the difficulty families have finding housing. 

I reached out to World Market as a sponsor for this project and being such a generous brand, they agreed to provide the all of the furnishings for the space !! THANK YOU WORLD MARKET! This will be the family room that all families share, but the purpose is a relaxing space for the parents since the children have a separate play area. Children are allowed of course but the room is mainly to serve the adults.

Here’s a picture of the space taken two months ago, since then the flooring and baseboards have been installed and the room has been painted. As you can see it’s a blank canvas so I’m excited to create a cozy welcoming space!

cots image


I sketched a space plan to give you an idea of layout, it’s a long narrow room so I’ve broken it into two zones, a reading/laptop zone with a table at the back (I found a pedestal at a thrift store and I’m refinishing it) then pairing it with two World Market wingback chairs. In the center will be the sectional sofa/rug/media stand combo and I’ll decorate around the pieces shown below.


cots shelter family room


I wanted this space to appeal to all so the pieces are neutral, comfortable, and practical, but included among the basics are a combination of texture, color, and patterned accessories. Below are the main pieces I’m planning on including, I’ll surprise you with the smaller accessories when I photograph the completed room.

world market shelter family room

Triton High Back Chair x 2 / Shadow Flower Curtains x 2 /  Sapphire Harbin Accent Table / Large Scale Zoey Map ArtHarrow Media Stand / Charcoal Abbot Sofa / Ball Drapery Rod / Tonal Hooked Rug 6 x 9 / Bamboo Floor Lamp

I’m pulling it together this month and will have a full room reveal in a few weeks, stay tuned!