Summer HillTraditional Sunroom, Devon
The kitchen in this Georgian House (c1830) has a cute dining space and delightful views over the gardens and to Dartmouth and beyond. Colin Cadle Photography, Photo Styling Jan Cadle
What Houzz contributors are saying:
1. Where does the natural sunlight fall? This may seem like an irrelevant question or an odd place to start, but it’s actually pretty important. If you avoid areas because of too much sun, or a lack of it, you may not maximize the full potential of your space. So track the sunlight in your new home — ideally, before you move in — and plan your activities in your spaces in line with the sun’s rhythms. For instance, if you like the morning sun, it may be ideal to set up an area to enjoy the sunshine with your breakfast and morning newspaper. This area doesn’t have to be in the kitchen. Similarly, if you like to watch TV in the afternoon, be sure to orient the TV and seating to avoid afternoon glare and overheating.
Do you notice the framing here? In this case the wicker weave was applied to a classic bentwood-style chair frame for a similar contrast of thin weave and thick frame. This indoor-outdoor look works even if you don’t have a vast, luxury-size estate, as in this little dining nook (view of rolling hills not required).
9. Take advantage of expansive windows. If there are any corners in your home with plenty of windows, consider creating a permanent relaxation spot. That might mean a table and two chairs for enjoying tea for two, or it could be an armchair for morning coffee and gazing at the treetops. Whatever your view, being able to see the sky is a massive mood booster, and all that glass will translate any sunshine into a gorgeously warm glow. More: Simple Pleasures: Savor Summer’s Last Hurrah10 Ways to Cozy Up the House for Fall