Blue + White Sunroom

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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Going Green: Botanicals on Display

July 14th, 2015

Winter, spring, summer, or fall, there is one subject perfect for any wall: those leafy green botanical prints that bring the outdoors in for a display of greenery year round. Botanical illustrations have been around for centuries but their appeal remains timeless, even as modern artists find new ways to express the features of leaves we love in sketch or watercolor or digital forms.

It’s universally known that the effect of green plants on humans is stress reducing. If you lack a green thumb for keeping the real ones alive indoors or simply have a desire to surround yourself with leafy plants, look to art and illustrations to make it so.

I attempted my own version of framed ferns years ago, they were simple and pretty and lasted about a year but eventually because of their organic nature and lack of any preservative turned brown, boo. Oh well, there are hundreds of alternatives.

The options for display vary; keep it classic with a balanced set of prints hung equidistant from each other or opt for an artful arrangement of botanical prints in an asymmetrical display. I’m inspired by botanicals framed traditionally as well as modern gallery wall collections.

framed fern art prints

   

veranda large scale botanical prints

  

framed ferns velvet green sofa

  

symmetrical botanical art collection

  

botanical leaf art print display

 images: my deer art shop / veranda / harper’s bazaar / oliver and rust / vt wonen

  

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