I always like to lighten up my home, particularly the sunroom come spring and, like most other seasons, I do that mainly with textiles. This room is climate-controlled, with light streaming in and changing continuously through three sides of windows, including the ceiling. It remains my favorite room in the house, mostly because of its light, but also for its unique quality of feeling cozy, yet expansive when needed.
On the chaise, a pillow and throw (previously used on my table in this post) keep me cozy when I sit in the sunroom, reading and listening to music - Pandora smooth jazz is my choice of late. The Parsons chair is one of two, interchangeable with directors' chairs I keep in the house, mainly as extra seating for when company comes. I have seasonal slipcovers for this chair, but for now, a simple throw covers it. Also, since most of these photos were taken just before Easter, you'll see accessories like bunnies and eggs, which have now been stowed away.
One new embroidered pillow cover, with my favorite summer bird, was added to my mix this year.
Along the back wall of the sunroom, I keep an antique bench that can also be used for seating in the sunroom if we have a crowd. Otherwise, I layer vintage and antique finds on it for visual interest from the long, horizontal view.
|Scale swap in the sunroom: (L) rustic, now at antique mall; (R) refined, previously in the office|
|Sunroom: Before (Winter 2016); After (Spring 2016)|
I bought the rug after Christmas from Pottery Barn, on sale, and with an additional 20% off. It arrived in mid-February, and I didn't unroll it until a month later, only to find a tiny flaw on a section that's under the chaise lounge. The rug was non-returnable as priced, but I called customer service immediately. They agreed to accept the return, but they only had one left in stock. There was a good chance the one remaining rug would be sold before my exchange could be transacted (or, I'd have to buy it now at the higher, current price). I really didn't want the hassle to have to package the rug up for return, either, so I negotiated another 20% credit on top of the sale and clearance markdown price instead. The rug is reversible, and can be used both indoor/outdoor, and so the flaw will remain unnoticeable - except to me. I settled, but the idea of PB selling an item that had clearly been flawed and poorly repaired without mention of 'seconds' or 'floor display' totally ticked me off. I don't have the advantage of having a local PB to visually inspect what I buy from them, so shame on them. I told customer service as much.
As I was preparing this post, I was reminded - when going through photos - I had also purchased one of their pillow covers in the new Malibu Patchwork line. It arrived, separately, and was returned for its poor workmanship. One side seam edge was noticeably wonky, with the patchwork design skewed, while the other side's patches were puckered at the crooked seams. My photos are terrible, but so was the pillow cover sent to me. This is unacceptable, and since they didn't bother trying to send first quality for their newest line, I didn't even bother with asking for an exchange, only credit.
|Pottery Barn's Flawed Malibu Patchwork Pillow Cover|
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