The Sunroom Plans

mandi makes a sunroom

Now that we’ve finally closed on our new home, we’re ready to begin work making all of my plans a reality! The first room we’ll complete beginning to end will be the sunroom, because it’s a small space that will be a bit easier to tackle. I think having one chaos-free space (with a dining table to boot!) will be great for us, because we’re planning to move in to this wreck of a house in a week or two, and I have a feeling it’ll take a lot of effort to keep my sanity. :)

Each part of the process is so fun for me, but planning is the most enjoyable part for me! It is definitely a mentally consuming undertaking, designing for oneself. But so much fun! Once I settled on plans for each of the rooms we’re gutting, I found my mind much more at ease, and began sleeping better at night. That’s a relief because I need all the rest I can get during these days of hard work! (Check out my kitchen plans here.)

mandi makes a sunroom

The sunroom is a narrow 7′ wide and 15.5′ room in the back corner of our home, separated from the great room by a lovely pair of wood and glass french doors. It leads out to our currently un-utilized patio area, but we do plan to build bench seating and planters in that area in years to come.

I plan on situating a nice chair for reading on the side of the room where you can currently see a little plastic slide. It’ll be situated among a few houseplants and a side table for docking my coffee and books I’m currently reading. On the opposite side of the room (as seen below), I’d like to have a bench area with a small table and chairs for the kids to enjoy books, games, puzzles, play dough, and snacks. I plan to build the bench with storage inside, and will probably deck it out with plenty of extra pillows for comfy reading sessions.

mandi makes a sunroom

The soffit on this side of the room would be a perfect area to tuck in an upholstered wall to act as the back of the storage banquette. I had planned on just building a standard upholstered bench back, but then I saw this pink dining nook on Pinterest and it completely changed my life! Ha! Channel tufting feels very late ’70s, but in the right setting feels very ahead of the latest design trends.

sunroom banquette elevation

My goal for this space is to create a refreshing environment that feels comfortable but not cluttered, modern yet inviting, and very bright. I like a little minimalism, but also will never lose my love for mid century classics. A little bit of boho feels right for a sunroom space, so don’t be surprised if you see some embroidery, wicker, and other natural elements in here. It’s a place where plants and people can be equally happy. Aren’t those the best kinds of spaces?!

 

sunroom planning

  1. IKEA linen curtains
  2. White wicker pendant light
  3. Minimal fabric wall sconce
  4. crewel embroidered pill0w (vintage from this Etsy shop)
  5. Olle Eskell poster
  6. Faux marble tulip table
  7. Vintage wicker bucket chair from Main St. Modern
  8. Cowhide rug
  9. Flooring- Island Pearl Bamboo from Lumber Liquidators
  10. Wall color- Benjamin Moore Super White

sunroom chairs

Choosing a chair for the sunroom is bringing out my natural over-thinking tendencies and giving me sleepless nights. Quintessential first-world-problem, I know. But the channel-tufted banquette wall and the sleek tulip table are such statement pieces, I want to find a pair of chairs that both stand up to those bold elements, but don’t make the small space feel too try-hard or overwhelming, stylistically speaking. I can tell you now I am most drawn to chairs 1, 2, and 4.

My brother has a set of 6 original Bertoia chairs (chair #2), of which he’s only currently using four. He has offered to let me foster two of those chairs until the day he moves to a different home more accommodating of his collection. How fortunate I am to have a brother with such impeccable taste and generous spirit! But I am also very tempted by these chairs and need to keep a style in mind that I’ll need to one day purchase to replace my borrowed chairs.

  1. Thonet bentwood chair
  2. Replica Bertoia wire chair
  3. Rattan chair
  4. Wicker cantilevered chair
  5. Patterned chair
  6. Upholstered tapered leg chair

Have you been following along with my renovation videos on Instagram? They expire after 24 hours, unfortunately, but be sure to check them out from time to time! We’ve been busting things out left and right, and today I ordered countertops for the kitchen! I can’t believe it’s all finally happening! Woo hoo!

New Kitchen Plans

Mandi Makes Kitchen Renovation

You guys! In less than a month, we get keys to our new house and can begin demo on the kitchen I showed you last week. Can you tell I’m excited?! Doesn’t everyone draw up kitchen plans on autoCAD and draw renderings of renovations before closing on their new house…?

As I mentioned last week, this unassuming ’80s house totally caught me by surprise, but when I walked in the kitchen, I was fully inspired by the bones of the space and immediately envisioned what I wanted to change. Drawing it all out is my way of being sure of decisions and feeling confident to pull the trigger on all of the purchases and demo that we’ll want to do the moment we get the keys. It’s pretty overwhelming, renovating a house, eh? I’m delighted to finally have the opportunity, though, and still can’t believe this is actually happening!

Mandi Makes a New Home

Above you can see how the house is currently, and I’m sure you can tell it’s definitely not our style. Not only that, but it doesn’t fit many of our needs. I can’t wait to get my hands on the space and work some magic in here, but for now, I wanted to share all of my plans with you! I’ll be doing this for each room we renovate, drawing plans, sharing my furniture and fixture selections, and talking through the process with you all. I hope you find it as much fun as I do. :)

Kitchen Perspective Rendering

Throughout our home, my goal is to create a bright and friendly feeling space with fun, casual furnishings alongside more traditional, chic fixtures. I’m really looking to strike a balance with a variety of styles I enjoy, including ’70s modern, traditional arts and crafts, Scandinavian, American mid century, and just a touch of boho.

kitchen accessorieskitchen accessories

Our house was built in the late ’80s and has traditional elements such as raised panel doors and cabinetry, standard builder-grade trim, turned spindles and banisters on the stairway, and glass paneled doors. I’d like to keep those elements and blend the traditional vibes into the other styles I enjoy, a prospect with both terrifies and delights me. I’m a little worried mixing so many styles will prove to be a delicate balancing act, and any wrong move will make it all feel disjointed and poorly planned. But I’m probably overthinking it, and as long as we only include elements we truly love, I think with the restrained color palette I’m using, it’ll all be good!

1. 4 light globe chandelier
2. Globe pendant
3. Wood drawer pull
4. Wood cabinet knob
5. Lippa chair
6. Flip clock
7. Vintage art from Simply Chi
8. Bar stool

Kitchen Before - Plan View

Formal dining rooms aren’t really our thing, so when we looked for houses, we were wanting a kitchen area that was big enough to fit my heirloom dining room table. This house had a formal dining room, but as it is tucked away in the corner of the house beside the kitchen, we thought it would make the perfect play room. Only problem is, the kitchen was too cramped to fit our big dining room table. Not to worry! I spent a little time putting all of the existing cabinets into autoCAD and rearranged them to better suit our furniture, moving the stove* to another wall in the process. I’m so excited to be able to utilize our existing cabinetry, which means less waste and more money to spend on other areas.

*We already have to run a gas line to our new gas stove, so moving the stove won’t be too difficult, providing the floor boards of the floor above the kitchen run horizontally to the exterior of the home, so we can easily tuck the stove vent in between the floor boards. We’ll see about that when we move in!

Kitchen After - Plan View

In addition to making room for our table, moving the stove means the hood vent will no longer be competing with the kitchen window, which had previously made the space feel imbalanced. I’m a lover of symmetry, so the new window wall elevation is giving me all the feels! I’m also excited about removing the large cabinetry on the refrigerator wall, making way for a slimmer open shelving system, installed from floor to ceiling for storing glassware, serving dishes, and dry pantry goods stored in pretty glass jars.

I’ll still want a closed pantry area (which I’ve never actually had in a kitchen before), so I’ll be removed the cabinet around the corner in the kitchen which currently has a wet bar inside. We’ll be drywalling it in to make a real closet fitted with floor to ceiling shelves for uglier pantry items, like cereal boxes, canned goods, and all that jazz.

I have a few DIY projects up my sleeves for this space, and am excited to be sharing them with you this June and July over at A Beautiful Mess! Among them includes easy ways to make and instal floating shelves, how to instal a pantry wall like the one I’ve planned, and lots more! (I don’t want to ruin any surprises. Ha!)

Kitchen Elevation

It looks like a lot of white, but I think the heaviness of the floor-to-ceiling wooden shelves on the wall opposite of the window will really warm up the space. I love a balance of cozy, earthy wood tones with the bright, clean feeling of glossy white and shiny chrome. Of course, all the white will also provide a great background for an open shelf full of white, wood, and glass dishes I’ll be storing for every day use on the window wall.

I can’t wait to start demo as soon as we close on the place the first week of June! Stay tuned. :)

We’re Buying a House!

Mandi Makes a New Home

You guys! Something absolutely crazy is happening in my life. On Saturday, April 1st (yes, April Fool’s Day), I asked Phil if he wanted to go to an open house for an amazing 1970s house I found on Zillow that had a CONVERSATION PIT in the living room! He said, “Sure!” We talked about how fun it would be to move, how ready we were, and how we should probably start getting our house ready to sell. Not that this ’70s house would be “the one.” But you know, this was a fun idea, and it made us realize we should probably gear up to sell our house and move on to the next adventure.

Fast forward to the next day, we attended the open house and fell in love. Should’ve seen it comin’. We wanted to put an offer in, and we were even pre-approved for a mortgage to do so. But we decided this was financially stupid, seeing as how we weren’t even close to being ready to put our house on the market. Two mortgages? Yeah, no.

So, I got on Instagram, shared the day through live videos, and then ended the day telling you all that we were going to put our house on the market in two weeks. Maybe we could get it on the market in time to put an offer in on that amazing ’70s house! Crazy, right?! But something even crazier happened the next day.

A friend of mine texted me to tell me he knew someone interested in our house. I let her see it that evening, and she was very interested. And Phil and I were very excited. That week, I barely slept. I worked on our house night and day, preparing it to sell. I wanted to move, and I wanted to move badly. Well, six days later we entered into contract with the absolute perfect buyer for our home, and had been crushed to find out our dream home was already in contract as well. Wow, what a whirlwind! I had been emotionally to the moon and back (and then back to the moon?) and while I was sad to have missed out on what I knew would’ve been an amazing house, I was excited about taking our time to find a new house, as we saved money while living with our parents while we waited. How many months would it take? We didn’t know. The thought of waiting and not knowing if or when to settle made me very stir crazy. Would we ever find what we wanted and in our budget?!

Mandi Makes a New Home

But then I found the above images on Zillow for a house I had scrolled past countless times— its lead image showed a boring looking home which lacked curb appeal— nothing about its exterior photos that would lead me to think this could be “the one.” I remember (because it wasn’t that long ago— ha!) clicking through the photos thinking, “Hmmm… I could work with that!” And Phil said, “You could work with that, but do you really love it? Is it really ‘the one’?” I said, “No, probably not.” But I made an appointment to see it the next day anyway. And wow— it was so perfect for us!

We had made a list of qualifications for our dream home, but figured we’d not be able to find a place that met all the criteria. At least, not in our price point. Still, we needed to start somewhere. So here’s what we put on our list:

An entryway separate from the rest of the house, a large kitchen open to a dining area big enough for my heirloom farmhouse table, a private office for Phil big enough for a sofa and chairs for his mentoring and Bible studies, an office for me that was big enough to work on all of my crafts and projects, a large great room with high ceilings, a basement with potential for finishing down the road, a room the kids could call their own (to house most of their toys), three bedrooms, two baths, a two car garage, a decent yard, not on a busy road, in a nice neighborhood, and a house that was asking for cosmetic upgrades, but didn’t need big renovation done. WHEW! What a list, right? And did I mention, our budget was around 175k? Ha!

Well, what would you know, we sold our house and found that exact house (that met all of our criteria and then some— partially finished basement, 3 and a half baths, and a three car garage) and got it for the exact price we were hoping for! We are basically in shock. So much is changing so quickly, and my far off house dreams are coming true in such a short amount of time. I keep thinking I’m going to wake up and find out this was all a really fun dream. (Please don’t pinch me.)

Mandi Makes a New Home

If all goes according to plan (we trust God that it will), we’ll be  closing on our new house at the beginning of June and will be starting renovations on the first floor immediately. We are ripping out all of the flooring material, removing much of the cabinetry in the kitchen, rearranging the cabinetry to move the oven to a different wall, and oh, so much more! Check out my video tour of the house on my Facebook page here, and see my inspiration images for the house below. So excited to share this entire crazy journey with you guys!

click images to see where I found each one

white living room earthy accents

Floating shelving around floor to ceiling fireplace

Open Pantry System

california modern

velvet banquette

gray lower cabinets, white and gray subway tile

neutral kitchen with floating shelves

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