We are delighted to bring you another DIY renovation, this time it’s the back sunroom that gets a makeover. Most recently the sunroom has been serving as a mobile workshop and storage room. We always had plans to renovate this room however it was a bit further down the list – until of course, April happened. Being confined to our home with social restrictions meant that now more than ever we were motivated to create a beautiful room that served as both a space for exercise, but also a secondary living area that provided us with a tranquil retreat. This particular makeover was your typical DIY, happening in stages and figuring it out as we went along. Not dissimilar to how we personally navigated our way through most of April and May. Some days we had energy, some days we lacked the motivation and on other days we went a little mad. But we got there in the end and created a truly personal ‘green’ room retreat that we both love.
When it came to the overall design theme of this room it happened very organically. The only decision we had both agreed to leading into this room makeover was that it was going to become a green room. We selected Dulux Powdered Gum from Bunnings. We are both drawn to the ocean and love spending time down the coast, so we wanted to bring some surf shack vibes into this room so that we could feel a bit closer to the coast whilst in the city.
The hero of the room are definitely the window furnishings that completely transform the space. Once a very daggy and uninspiring entrance to the garden, is now a zen and inviting zone. We opted for motorised block out roller blinds from DIY Blinds together with Sheer curtains. The combination of the two is very practical, as the roller blinds allow for complete privacy when necessary. The sheer curtains create a soft, tactile barrier that frames the space beautifully, enhancing the overall ambience and bringing a sense of calm to the room.
Your eye can not help but be drawn to the deep charcoal couch that sits proudly at the end of the room. The custom Rufus couch from Harbro furniture is low and deep, bringing you to a lower level to enjoy the view of the garden outside. The addition of Rufus created a secondary living area, adding more value to the space and how we use it.
The gallery wall was quite unexpected. I have created many gallery walls in my time so I felt quite comfortable putting it together. However, what I did not anticipate was the fact that I had actually forgotten how much artwork I had in our house. I continued to find and add to the collection as I went along and when I got to about 16 pieces of artwork I knew that I needed to just commit to fill the entire space. In the end, it was a total of 21 pieces, featuring a combination of mediums from a wide variety of artists including some personal photos and objects. To fill certain spaces I needed to have artwork framed in order to fit perfectly. For this, I went to customer framers, Framing to A T, who were exceptional – as I was able to specify exactly what I needed to complete the gallery wall, plus a good frame instantly improves your artwork so it was such a pleasure to have these pieces come to life in a new frame.
For more information on this renovation including all the products featured, stay tuned this week when we share our Complete Style Guide for you to get the look.