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Design Challenge: The Florida Room

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Posted by Abby Branham

The loss of daylight has me thinking of sunnier places.  When I was younger, I had the opportunity to travel throughout Florida – from the Panhandle, down the West coast, all the way through the Keys and around to the East coast.  For many years, I considered moving there.  On cold, dark days like today – Florida is on my mind. Miami and the West Coast of Florida, home to white sandy beaches and warm Gulf water, hold a special place in my heart.   I highly recommend exploring either area if you are looking to move to a warmer climate.  And if you need a realtor, a good place to start is Douglas Elliman Real Estate.  The good folks at Douglas Elliman Real Estate recently contacted us here at Button Jar to decorate our very own Florida room!  We are, of course, honored, and are happy to share with you our plans for a Florida room that anyone would want to call home no matter where you live.

I have a sun room in my home, which is a Florida room of sorts.  Florida rooms are typically characterized as an additional all weather room with many windows, which creates a space with a lot of natural light and fresh air.  Here are some examples of Florida rooms just so we are on the same page.

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Beautiful, bright and sunny, right?.  A Florida room is a great place to gather, relax, and unwind.  Sounds lovely, and the good news is you don’t need to live near the ocean to create this oasis. Here is my design board for how I would decorate my “Florida room.”

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Seating

Seating is a critical element of pulling together a comfortable and inviting Florida room. I love the modern, comfortable look of the Peggy Mid-Century Terminal Chaise Sectional by West Elm.  The blue gray color is light enough to brighten a room and neutral enough to pair with brighter, bolder accessory colors.

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Because Florida rooms are full of big beautiful windows, I would add some additional seating with window benches.  They are great for extra storage and creating a comfy place to read or just to look out the window and enjoy nature. It is very easy to create customized window benches, and for a DIY tutorial visit my earlier post here. You start with a base, like this IKEA Besta bookcase in a Walnut effect light gray finish.

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And then you add a seat cushion. To brighten up the space, this Maritime Modern Red Knotty Plaid fabric that I found on Etsy would be perfect for the window bench cushion.

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For additional seating and a spot to place your favorite beverage in between sips, I picked this jute and hemp rope pouf ottoman from Overstock.  I love the natural color and it looks pretty great with the knotted pattern in the fabric that I picked for the window bench seats.

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Accessories

In my opinion, you can never have enough pillows or throw blankets.  They are an easy way to change and/or spruce things up without overhauling a room, which is another reason I love neutral colored furniture.

I wanted to choose a sea creature for my Florida room, because what is more nautical than a sea creature?  I am in love with this Navy Octopus Pillow cover and this linen cotton blend pillow cover both from Etsy.  Both will pair nicely on either the couch or window benches.

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Because I anticipate many naps are taken in Florida rooms, I would also add this large curved basket by West Elm, to hold plenty of warm and soft throw blankets for guests to grab.

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Artwork

For a statement piece, I would incorporate this awesome DIY 6 panel Octopus canvas by Heather from Southern State of Mind.  It is so cool and is a fantastic compliment to the octopus throw pillow.

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Natural Elements

And finally, I’m a lover of all things green, so I’d be remiss if I didn’t add an organic pop of green to my Florida room.  This faux broad leaf palm from Pottery Barn is exactly what I was looking for.   It look tropical and helps to bring the outdoors inside.

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So that’s my start on designing a Florida room that I would enjoy.  Other elements that would be terrific to incorporate are some window coverings in case you need privacy and a nice indoor/outdoor rug to help ground your seating arrangement.

I hope that my design inspires you hat you don’t  need to live in Florida to incorporate this type of all-weather space in your own home.

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