Tamara's Before Photos: The Room with Many Lives

Tamara's Before Photos: The Room with Many Lives

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Tamara Gavin
Oct 28, 2014
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You are looking at my favorite room in the house, the sunroom. Can't you tell how loved it is? Unfortunately, it has looked like this—or variations of this—ever since we moved in two summers ago. But it hasn't always been the case...

See, we actually bought the house 7 years ago and redid this room back then. This is the "true" before. This is what the space looked like at closing.

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It's a great space with wonderful windows and french doors to a covered porch. It was an addition that the previous owners made; here in North Carolina sunrooms were a popular addition to brick ranches like ours twenty-five years ago. It just needed some simple updates. The tile was a commercial-grade utility floor tile that you would see in a restaurant kitchen. Durable but ugly, and I didn't like how it made that room feel cold.

So in 2007, we replaced it with carpet, since we couldn't afford hardwood, and painted the walls a calmer blue. Sorry for the low quality pictures, this is all I have from back then.

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Being a young couple at the time, we had a couple of slip-covered sofas in there with some yard sale tables and a TV. We used it as our family room and loved it. We played with our puppy in there, had our first Christmas tree in there, and watched many episodes of LOST in there.

Then, after just a couple years, we moved to New York. We rented the house out in the meantime, knowing one day we'd move back.

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And when we did last year, we had to rip the carpet out. After four sets of tenants living in our house with kids and pets, it just wasn't salvageable. I was also seven months pregnant and needed that carpet gone asap. We didn't put in new flooring, however, and the room became a storage room for boxes and clutter.

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It's been that way ever since. Earlier this year we decided to add a bathroom to our house, which changed the layout to this space a bit (you can read more about that here) and though the project isn't finished yet, it's getting there. Basically we added a wall in the sunroom, which you can see in the recently taken picture above. By the way, the tile you see by the french door was the one area that we kept the tile, but it's going to be replaced with hardwood floors.

Essentially the room is a 20'x11' rectangular room with 6 windows and a set of french doors. My idea is to turn it back into a family room for watching TV, but it also needs to serve other functions as well. It needs to have my desk and work area and also serve as a guest room when we have visitors. It's also a sunroom so I would like it to have lots of plants. And lastly, it will be a play room for my one-year-old, just as every other room in my house is, whether I like it or not.

I realize I have a lot to do for this Style Cure. I mean, we don't even have floors installed yet. But we're moving full speed ahead. We've already installed the electrical wiring and just finished with drywall. This next week we'll install the hardwood floors and get to painting. And *fingers crossed* after that we'll install a new interior door to the space and put in baseboard trim.

I'm so excited to finally have this room back and to have the Style Cure help me out! Check out my inspiration from the weekend and the ideas I have for this space on Pinterest. I look forward to seeing your before pictures!

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