I’m not sure if the French drink much Gin, and we certainly don’t indulge. So what’s up with the weird title? Well, this room inherited its name from a Gin loving friend who used to pop over to enjoy the last of the sun for a tipple or two. The French part was a style I embraced in my first apartment, which has uncomfortably moved over to our house.
I say uncomfortable because my style has changed over the years, and I blame HGTV for this!! 🙂 Unfortunately, our furniture budget has not evolved with this renovation journey, and it’s now up to me to get creative with what we already own. In a strange eyebrow plucking way, I love the challenge of creating a room that we both love and for our friends to enjoy!
I had to forage deep into my blog archives to find these original sunroom photos. We got rid of the squeaky cane furniture, but we are keeping the French Louis chairs that Paul and I upholstered.
Can you see why this is the best room in the house? Even on a bad Wellington day, the sweeping sea view is spectacular. I must have timed this day right with my camera!!
Here is a mockup of the furniture layout with photoshop. The only items we have to purchase in the room are the sconces, a side table, and a picture for the right wall. We own everything else.
Our recent purchase from Mr Ralph. We chose a softer pewter finish.
I found this artwork on a US site called Artfully Walls. They have great specials during the holiday periods. My heart is swooning over the double-bead wood frame.
Please take a look at this 30-second video I created in SketchUp. I love this programme (now that I have gotten over the pain of learning it). The room is measured to scale, so it’s an excellent way to test how the space might look and feel before you sign up. We won’t be getting purple chairs though….
Since the last study room reveal, Paul has wasted no time framing up this room. I always seem to catch Paul in a contemplative stance, and I bet you he is thinking, holy heck, why me?
Our sconces arrived yesterday, and Paul has hung our mirror. The mirror is another project we did together. Well, I say we, but I only purchased this mirror from a second-hand shop (I was told it was a window frame from Dunedin Railway station). Paul fixed it up and painted the frame Farmhouse White, and then our dear friend Allan who is a glazier, put the mirror glass in. How lucky I am to have all these people on my team!
Unfortunately for Paul, I saw an arched niche in a magazine, and I thought it would mimic the arched mirror beautifully. Boy, did I have to beg for this additional design feature? It’s a first for Paul, building and curving the Gib to fit the arch. Hasn’t he done well?
Initially, I wanted to do a McGee, California-cool-styled room, but our budget has forced me in a different direction. I thought I might feel down that I couldn’t pull off a uber-chic room, but nevertheless, I take comfort that when I look around the room, I see us. The space reflects what we have worked together on, it blends both of our styles, and it also reminds me of my time living and working in France many years ago. As Todd Henry once said, “why be a cover band.” Do your own thing!
Merry Christmas to you all. May 2022 bring you happiness, health, and wealth! It’s been an absolute pleasure creating these monthly blogs for you. Thank you for giving me your time and your support.
Big Virtual Hugs!