Q. Hi Jordan,
I have a really nice enclosed front porch, but it’s a bland room. What do you suggest for a small space like this?
A. I’m kind of obsessed with sunroom decor myself lately – my favorite room in our new house is a kinda-sunroom just off of the kitchen with big windows that overlook the backyard, and since I figure that’s where we’re basically going to live, I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about how to decorate it.
What I think makes the most sense for us is to use the sunroom as our dining room (and make the “formal” dining room, which we would otherwise never use, an office/playroom area), but what would be more fun would be to have it be a casual eat/work/play area.
Or this (love that rustic box-as-table).
In all three of these shots, there are two main things that really stand out: a gorgeous table with lots of personality (go low if you prefer a living-room feel, or choose a high table if you plan to use it for work or eating), and great pillows with beautiful patterns.
For a cool (and affordable) table, try WorldMarket (I love the two pictured above – the Tribal Carved Table is on the left, and the White Basanti Hexagon Table is on the right), or pick up something used on CraigsList and give it a little TLC, if necessary. Try surrounding your pick with mismatched chairs painted in a calming shade, and add some bright pillows for color.
I also want to point out this room, which I love because the owners weren’t afraid to make bold choices and mix styles. I recently saw tables (really more “stools”) just like this at a HomeGoods summer preview, so if you’re in the market for fun pieces that’s a great place to check out.