wishful wednesdays {sunrooms/enclosed porch}

One thing this Lazy Lady does best is fantasize about the future.  I'm not very good at living "in the now," I'm always thinking about the next recipe we should make, or couch we should buy, or city we'll live in, or job I could have, and where we'll be in 1, 3, 5, or 15 years.  It's not really the healthy way to live, buuuut sometimes I come up with some really great futures. . . 

It's finally nice outside.  We've had some beautiful days but they don't last long, they're always sandwiched by a scorching day and a 40 degree drop with buckets of rain day.  But for the past week (knock on wood) it's been great, there's a threat of storminess just about everyday but so far the weather men have gotten it wrong.  Aaaaanyway, to my point, it's beautiful and sunny and all I want to do is curl of in a room of windows.

Living in an apartment can be pretty dark.  I don't know what it's like in all cities but here in Chicago everyone is squished so close together that the sun can only come in through the windows facing the street.  I remember one place lived in a few years ago, the window in my bed room faced the window in the stairwell (frosted of course).  Even in the middle of the day, if you turned the lights off, my room was pitch black.  This will probably be the first of many wishes about windows and natural light, it's just so hard to come by around these parts, I think about it all the time.

I started looking up sunrooms, and was overwhelmed by gorgeous spaces.  Some are for sitting, and some for work, and some are even for sleeping in.   Now a days any room can be wall to wall to ceiling to wall windows, but I'm limiting myself to the most common idea of a sunroom, a glass-enclosed porch/addition to the side of a house.

The cool colors in this room are so relaxing.  I love the painted floor, and that it wraps you in this calming blue-gray color.  It is also nice that this space is integrated into the rest of the house, i.e. the french doors opening from the breakfast nook.

This room is from the blog Young House Love.  I love seeing a room like this that has been re-vamped by the owners themselves.  Reading Sherry and John's blog is really encouraging.  So many other photos I find are of absolutely gorgeous rooms but they seem so out of reach.  Seeing a couple of real people take their own house and turn it in to something beautiful makes me confident that one day I will be able to do the same.

SF Conservatory eclectic exterior

Speaking of out of reach look at this beauty.  I would love to have a space like this.  You can hang out outside with your guests, have a little BBQ, and if anyone gets cold or if the weather turns they don't have to flee into the house, they can still be apart of the fun.  This just makes for a wonderful entertaining space.

Crisp Architects traditional

This space is actually very similar to one at a "camp" I went to in college (it was like outdoor art camp for grown-ups, where you'd earn college credit . . . it was awesome).  The main house had a wrap around enclosed porch that had spaces for sitting and for eating, just like this.  Although it wasn't nearly as clean and put together as this one considering it was covered in art kids living in the woods.  

Blackstone Edge Studios - Philip Clayton-Thompson traditional porch

I never said it had to be a big space!  Even if a little sliver of the house was surrounded by windows and the nature around you (or the big city buildings around you depending on our location) would be amazing.  Having a view like this wouldn't hurt either.

How about you?  Do you already have the perfect sun-filled sitting spot? Or, do you live in dark apartments like me?  
Tell me, I want to know!


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