I am so excited about the way our sun room looks right now. Usually when I put away the summer look in that small solarium connected to our kitchen and great room, I bring out the wool blankets, flannel fabric, and plaid pillows. But this year’s look was inspired by a blast from the past – literally. A few years ago I bought some wool plaid sport coats at the thrift store and made pillows with them. They were inspired by the Ralph Lauren look (I love me some Ralph) of paneled rooms, dark wood, traditional rugs, silver, old photos, etc. Ralph had some great pillows in my favorite wool fabrics, but there was no way I was going to pay several hundred dollars for a pillow. So, I came up with an alternate look but still with that old world charm. I got the look by using sport coats.
While Ralph’s pillows were regular pillows, I didn’t disguise the fact that my pillows had a previous life.
After I made the pillow, I took the cuffs and patches and appliqued them to the top. The back has an envelope style closure made from a painter’s drop cloth. I tied the opening shut with suede ribbons that were in my ribbon stash.
The brown pillow is the newest one, and I made the others two years ago.
They set the tone for the rest of the room.
I shopped the house and my storage shelves for the rest of the accessories to get color and texture.
This great lamp started its life as a cream can on a farm near where I grew up. My mother painted a scene on it, and the colors are perfect for fall. The bowl of balls came from ebay a few years ago.
The painting that I did of a fall leaf on a park bench in Paris fits right in.
I always say silver is like jewelry for a room. I put a postcard of a fall painting by Monet in this silver-toned frame. It adds a little sparkle.
I eat breakfast in this room when the weather permits. It’s nice having some fall flowers to add more color.
This odd looking thing started its life as a grain scoop, and then my mother decided to tole paint a little scene onto it. It’s chippy now which makes me like it even more.
It makes a perfect candle holder.
It’s nice to have a blanket to put over my legs if it’s a little cool.
The French wash bucket stays in the room all year.
This was its summer look.
And here is the fall look again. With the change of a few accessories, including the sport coat pillows, the room now is cozy for the cool weather.
Thanks so much for stopping in. We’ll see you back here tomorrow.