Sunday, September 21, 2014

Florida Sunroom

Encaustic cement tile floor, made in Mexico. Movarian star light fixtures, second hand Moroccan rugs. The doors at the far end were purchased long before construction started and the room was designed to fit them. They came from India and are apparently over 100 years old.

Three years ago, we bought a vacation home in Florida. We are hoping to one day spend the winters here, but for now we try to go every couple of months when work schedules permit. As Canadians, we are allowed to spend 6 months a year in the USA, so the long term plan is winter in Florida and summer in Canada. Which means we want the Florida house to be well suited to hosting our family who also want to escape the Winters.

The house had a screened porch with a leaky tin roof, no access to outside, and was basically unusable, except for bicycle and junk storage. Because the house has just 2 bedrooms, when both kids, DIL and baby visit, someone has to sleep on the sofa. My intent was to build a sunroom and bathroom that could double as a spare bedroom when we had guests. The room is long and narrow. 2 Palette beds flank the one wall, providing comfy sleeping for 2 guests, as well as a long, loungey area for reading and for napping. One end has a large old desk, and the far end houses the bathroom.

Here the beds are dressed in Kantha type quilts made in India. Patio doors lead out to deck and pool. Goose neck sconces provide extra light. The fireplace came from a house in New Orleans. I had it tiled in cream handmade Mexican tile. Tile from Mexico sometimes has a paw print in it. Laid out in the run to dry, dogs and chickens sometimes leave a print in the wet clay. One of these pieces had a paw print. I told the tiler to make sure he used it in the middle. He misunderstood and cut out the print and used the tile on the corner :(.  Peacock Mirror weighs a ton..The Raz Man was not happy hanging that..


So now we have a "guest room/sun room". Perfect timing because another Grand Baby is on the way!

15 comments:

  1. Congratulations on the expanding family! Your sunroom is very pretty and I really like the colours and textures. Gorgeous lighting too. I'm sure your family will enjoy this new space, both day and night.

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  2. I love opening my computer and finding you there! The sunroom is amazing .. I thoroughly endorse your 6 months here / 6 months there plan. And congrats on the new grand baby, they are the best! Mine are now 21 and 18 in two days!

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  3. I love the way you've put it all together. I like the idea of the paw print in the tile even if it was accidental - what a shame the tiler misunderstood you and cut it out. Lots of congratulations on the happy news x

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  4. Oooh lovely! And Ooooh, another grandbaby! Congratulations on both accounts. When is the due date?

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  5. You made my day....seeing a post from Razmataz! Love what you're doing to the Florida house. And another Grand! How grand! So nice to hear from you again. be well!

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  6. cozy and comfortable and the blue is perfect! and baby makes four! woot!

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  7. Love your new room and the baby news too!
    Happy to see you here today!

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  8. You are a fabulous decorator. What a great use of space.

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  9. Love your relaxed style and that gorgeous floor!

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  10. Beautiful tiles! And congratulations on the upcoming addition!

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  11. What? No peek at the bath?? LOL. The room is lovely - blue is one of my favorites, but I tend to be a chicken and just accent with it. And congrats on the new grand! We are up to number 6 here, and it's still exciting!

    DeeDee
    www.KidNeedsAKidney.blogspot.com

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  12. Oh really? How wonderful! I also love this new area in the FL house. Xoxo Ann TBL

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  13. I am getting caught up, better late than never right?! I love your sense of style and how you have turned your Florida home into an amazing oasis for you and your entire family. Too bad about the puppy print tile though!

    xo Kat

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  14. Oh how wonderful! I peeked in at just the right time. So happy for all! ann

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  15. I might buy a new house which is very small and charming and cottage-like. I am going to study all of your photos and use many of them as guides to decorating the new house . I want charm and cozy this time :)
    I bet it is nice and warm there, we just had our first snow of the season .... aaarrrgggghhh.

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