Saturday, July 27, 2013

Florida Room: Before and After

In case you have been wondering what the bright and cheery room I have been posing in...take a peek into my "florida room". That's what we call it around here, but it's also known as a screened in porch, or sun room I guess. I like the way florida room sounds, and went for a tropical vibe so we could have a getaway all year round! It's also an excuse to decorate with plastic flamingos, my favorite. 

The first thing I  found was the rug on gilt, and went crazy from there. The furniture I got on double sale at Crate and Barrel, and kept it basic, it actually looks a lot like our indoor furniture! The curtains are a marimekko fabric I found at the Crate and Barrel outlet for under $5 a yard. They are an oversized floral print called OONA. I think I got around 18 yards for 6 panels of fabric. Right now they aren't sewn, I just stapled them for the summer. We still have a bit of work to do in the cornices before curtain rods can go up. 

It was really tough to find the right kind of fabulous fabric for the pillows. I finally stumbled upon a twin size quilt on clearance in Marshall's for $22. Another bold floral print, but somehow it all works. I used 18x18 pillow forms, cut 19" squares used 1/2" seam allowances and closed them with invisible zippers. I've put in about a million invisible zippers but for still used this video as a reference, it really helped and I love the lady in the video. My pillows came out perfectly! I used two different kinds of trim, JUMBO orange rick rack, and this fabulous neon pink pom poms. 

It's been really great spending time in the new room, reading or even doing some hand sewing outside. And make sure to check out the BEFORE pic below. YUCK! (yes that is astro turf, very classy)

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  1. Big improvement! S much more cheerful and a room you'll want to spend time in now.

  2. Such a beautiful room! I really wish I had your knack for decorating - you do such a great job!

    1. Thanks Gail! you have a knack for everything

  3. See I'm just not surprised that there was astro turf in the room. When I was growing up this was the height of home dec fashion...and since I don't live that far from you I can imagine this since I've seen it even in homes of some older people in my old neighborhood.

    You did a great job with your Florida Room!

  4. Your room is beautiful! Can I come over & hang out? :)

  5. Your room looks gorgeous--so bright and cheery!

    Also, I feel like it's no coincidence that bright floral fabric is named oona :)

  6. This is so fun - I just love the idea of a Florida room! Your flamingos really make it.