Every now and then, I take my readers over to visit my mom Erika’s beautiful garden. But today we’re headed inside her house to tour her charming sunroom.
It’s my favorite room in her house and the one I always gravitate toward. But it was not always like that.
In fact, it was not always a sunroom.
A Porch Conversion
When Mom first moved into her mid century rambler, the sunroom was actually just a covered porch.
Even though the porch was in dire need of a facelift (as was the rest of the house), it was a nice place to relax on a warm day. But it wasn’t living up to its full potential. Mom could almost hear the porch begging to be enclosed and converted to a sunroom that could be enjoyed year round.
So that is exactly what she did. She hired out some of the work, and she had some help from my brother Dan. But she did much of the work herself – including installing the ceramic tile floor.
A door in the media room gives us access the sunroom. Let’s go back in time to right after Mom got the house. This was the media room then – and the door to what was then the covered porch.
The media room was probably the ugliest room in the house – and if this photo isn’t proof that Mom is fearless, I don’t know what is. (Actually, at the time I think we were all pretty excited about the potential of Mom’s cosmetic fixer.)
The Tour Begins
Of course, Mom immediately made improvements to the media room. This is the entrance to the sunroom now.
The sunroom is long and narrow, so Mom divided it into three zones.
The Tea Room
Coming through the media room door, this is the first area we see.
A corner of windows gives it abundant natural light. When I visit Mom, especially on a rainy day, there is nothing I love more than to sip a cup of tea with her here.
For a rustic contrast, Mom kept the original pine ceiling.
If we turn toward the bank of windows, we have access to the outdoors.
And here I must mention that my brother Dan did the interior finish work on all the windows and doors.
He did a beautiful job of trimming them, and it was good practice for the stunning dining room conversion he undertook at his own house a few years later.
The Reading Area
If we turn from the tea room, we face a teak bench. It serves as a reading area, but more importantly it helps to separate the potting area behind it from the tea room.
The bench divides and defines the spaces, yet it is low enough to allow ample light and a spacious feel.
Plus, no matter who you are, it is a nice place to relax.
The Potting Area
The newest addition to Mom’s greenhouse is the bench that my father built years ago. In my childhood home, this bench sat in the entry hall.
Mom replaced the cushioned seat with a laminate, added a little paint, and now the bench is part of her potting area. It stores potting supplies, and the top can be used as a work surface.
And from the tea room, we don’t see the potting soil, empty pots, or hand trowels.
But this is where plants are overwintered and tubers are started in Spring.
A shelf in the corner holds decor and plants.
It is still bright enough in this corner for the plants to thrive.
Sun-loving plants are placed near the windows.
This concludes our little tour of Mom’s sunroom. I hope you enjoyed it.
Now it’s time for Mom to relax a bit with her loyal companion before starting her next project. But knowing Mom, she won’t be sitting for long.
Here are my previous posts about Mom’s home and garden:
- Mom’s Secret Garden
- Making an Entrance
- Taking Walkway Lights to New Heights
- A Beautiful Update for Mom’s Garden
- Fall Dinner Party: Setting a Festive Table
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Did You Know
Mom is also a writer. She currently has two books available on Amazon: Year of the Angels, a touching historical fiction novel based on her real-life experiences during WWII, and Cries from the Fifth Floor, a fun paranormal thriller/murder mystery.
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