“Design is an opportunity to continue telling the story, not just to sum everything up.”
A sweet gal named Mary Lynn (from Ohio) recently wrote me asking for some design advice for her 3-season porch. She told me she wanted to change everything, and sent me a few photos of the space. I popped this one into Photoshop…
…and had some fun creating a new vibe for her to *hopefully* be inspired by:
Here’s the interactive version for those on desktop computers. Just move your cursor on and off of the photo to see it “presto change-o”:
She said they were up for painting the brick, so I suggested coating it with a fresh color like Sherwin Williams “Natural Choice”.
Besides the hanging bed and Sugarboo Designs wall art (and a not-really-a-real-thing-but-I-would-totally-buy-one-if-they-existed sisal “hide” on the floor), all the “stuff” in my inspiration photo came from PotteryBarn.com, just because I love them, and they’re products are always the easiest to cut out and paste. Oh, wait. The ceiling fan came from BallardDesigns.com. Keep in mind though that any of it could be swapped out for totally different pieces (style/color-wise) or less expensive/secondhand versions of what’s there.
For instance, Caitlin from Desert Domicile made a table similar to the trunk that I showed as a side table:
Click here to see her DIY steps: Winter Pinterest Challenge- DIY Trunk
There are TONS of DIY suspended sofa projects online, too. In this particular sunroom, if I went with a suspended sofa, I would make sure it isn’t any deeper than a regular sofa is. Kind of like this one, at Serenbe:
I love the idea of taking an actual sofa and turning it into a suspended sofa, too:
This one by Julie Couch is pretty fabulous:
I couldn’t find any photos of them online, but I think it would be awesome to suspend an old sofa like this:
I’m sure that one is very expensive, but I have seen lots of similar ones at estate sales and flea markets that were very affordable. I don’t know how exactly it would be strung up, but I’m sure there’s a way to do it! 😀
The awning stripe drapes in my inspiration photo could be “DIY’ed” too. Check out these that Beckie at Infarrantly Creative made:
Click here to see her step-by-step tutorial: How To Paint Stripes On Curtains
Hers is actually the stool version of it, but it could easily be modified so that it’s a low, long coffee table/ottoman.
The art, hutch and lamp could all be scooped up at secondhand, or DIY’ed too. As for a less expensive version of the ceiling fan in my inspiration photo, I thought this one, “Latham” by Hampton Bay (available at Home Depot) would be a pretty good alternative:
The blades are a little more “cherry” (I’d paint them a more neutral brown), but it’s priced at $134, and the nickel part could be sprayed with galvanized spray paint for an even more industrial look.
Same goes for the “Metro“, also by Hampton Bay at The Home Depot:
With a couple coats of (silver) hammered spray paint, that baby would look more like the galvanized inspiration fan in a jiff!
Hope those ideas help to get your creative gears turning, Mary Lynn. I can’t wait to see how y’all continue the story!