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Garden Room Seating

home expansion phoenix garden room blogger Diana Elizabeth phoenix arizona white walls sherwin Williams transoms above French windows black honeycomb shell dresser buffet

I realized I never really photographed the seating area in the garden room – I had a few photos but I never posted much other than the images from the skylight before and after. However I didn’t think this room was done until we found the additional side chairs and the perfect pillows!

We finally feel like this room is 90% done – and when I say “this room” I am referring to the seating area in this room and when I say “we” I mean “I”. Behind the couch is the Murphy bed area and we still want to add a folding table and chairs for extra seating or workspace. So we I will be working on that in the next few months.

expansion in house with skylights and lots of windows. Murphy bed for guests

You can often find me sitting on this couch – in fact I am blogging right now sitting right in the middle rewatching Outlander (which is currently on Netflix, but just the first two seasons). Anyway, this area pulls me away from my office, it’s so hard to want to work in my office sometimes when this sunny, bright space and comfy couch with a nice TV is right there calling my name. But enough about that, you may want some details about this space.

The bright green stripe wallpapered closet to the left can be seen in detail in this post, and you can get a better look at the Murphy bed area here.

drift wood coastal coffee wood table bamboo shades in white room living family roomPillows: Etsy (antelope print + velvet) / Coffee table: The French Bee (similar) / Cream lumbar pillow: Target

We picked up most of the furniture before the space was done – the couch from Pottery Barn Outlet, and the rug as well. The coffee table and the gorgeous white and black bone dresser from my favorite local store The French Bee. Owner Michael usually buys only one unique piece of furniture from market which makes it truly a unique piece to own.

I am very picky about pillows and their covers. I almost spent $200 on a single pillow designer pillow until I found the exact same print cover (but better) on Etsy for $80!  I also must insist you trying a lumbar pillow for back support – it really helps with those late nights on the couch blogging *wink* I prefer down-filled pillows and if you can’t find prints you love and you want a designer look, look to Etsy! They are worth the wait and supporting a small business owner. The costs might seem steep but the textiles and quality are beautiful – I have been so thrilled with my purchases. I’ve bought six pillow covers from three Etsy shop owners. Here are the stores I frequent: 3BModLiving, WheatonWhaleyDesigns, and PillowTimeGirls. Most of our down-filled pillow inserts are from Pottery Barn and are very affordable!

I didn’t intend to have so many indoor plants in this room but it is one of the brighter areas of the house and the pots looked so great here so I decided to leave them. They are thriving in this room!

black and white honeycomb bone dresser, wood square panel wall

I had originally wanted a pair of white cloth covered rotating chairs, but they were $1400 each and then I wanted the spindle chairs and that was so difficult to decide if they would work until I found the two side chairs on Overstock (similar same line) and I was so relieved because we had bought a different side chair and it was too bulky for the space and we moved it to Benjamin’s office which we also need to remodel.

I also wanted the chairs to be low profile and more airy feeling so the space felt lighter. They are comfortable too which is mandatory for every item we own – I want guests to sit and stay a while, there is no bad seat in the house, not even the dining room chairs! The white tassel pillows are from Ballard Designs.

black and white honeycomb bone dresser, wood square panel wallblack and white honeycomb bone dresser, wood square panel wall

The large metal lantern is from Pottery Barn, the garden stool from The Home Depot I took it from outside and decided inside would be better! I took the fan from the kitchen and used it in the garden room. I’m pretty good with it for now.

The blinds was a tough one – we though about curtains and rods but then I realized I placed a sconce right smack in the middle my French doors (my own addition last minute) and it complicated where the curtains would rest when they were drawn. So, I found these inexpensive bamboo blinds for the French doors from Houzz and added hooks. They are perfect in size and also removable when I need to shoot for special occasions like for the blog or if I want them off during parties (to avoid the cords getting tangled up). For the other windows I bought the matching style in a larger width and I thought I could saw them but my handyman said it didn’t work when he tried, and instead he had to hand cut them – but it worked great!

expansion in house with skylights and lots of windows. Murphy bed for guests expansion in house with skylights and lots of windows. Murphy bed for guests

We planned on mounting the TV and bought the TV mount that stretches all the way out from the way and can turn to the side – so if you wanted to watch TV while sitting at the dining table, you could.

We haven’t yet, but we could.

I also thought it would be great if I could pull the TV further out and work out behind the couch.

I haven’t yet, but I could.

expansion in house with skylights and lots of windows. Murphy bed for guests

And finally, this is the view from the dining room into the garden room space. If you turn the corner and see the Murphy bed, to the left is the new bathroom. I hope that gives you some space perspective.

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Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive antique shopper. You can typically find her in her garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party.

6 Comments

  • Jenni

    Hi there! I am wondering what fabric from pottery barn this is? Love the room so much!

    • Diana Elizabeth

      Hi Jenni, We got it from the outlet so I’m not quite sure, but it’s a woven linen cotton blend. I can see white and tan criss crossing on it if that makes sense. :) It’s upholstered so it’s not a slipcover.

  • Colleen

    I want the antelope pillows I went on Etsy and can’t find the exact thing. Can you give me a specific shop where you got them from?

    • Diana Elizabeth

      Hi Colleen, if you go to the blog post a link directly to it about three photos down :-) look for antelope a pillow Link.

  • Arabella Williams

    I am in love with this room! Usually I am a glutton for more is more colour, but this tasteful confection of soft harmonious palette is glorious.

    • Diana Elizabeth

      Hi Arabella, aw thank you!! I can appreciate color too! Thanks for your sweet compliment, I love how you worded it :) xo!

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