Before and After: This Small Sunroom Gets a Makeover

It’s not that uncommon for a Chicago walk-up to have a spare room where the back stairscase leads in and out. But more often than not it’s poorly insulated, unfinished, and serves no greater purpose than storage space. My cofounder Danielle’s apartment, however, is one of the rare jewels where the back room is finished nicely with white painted walls and tiled floors. Fancy stuff, right? Not to mention it opens up to a roomy deck! It really was beaming with potential.

Like so many others, she was using it for storage. But having grown up in the Midwest, I knew that with a little TLC this room could be the perfect spot to curl up in a cozy chair and watch summer thunderstorms roll in. She agreed it would be a great extension to the outdoor living space and a much-needed spot to work on scorching summer days when it’s too hot to be outside.

Naturally she didn’t want to spend a lot of money, but lucky for us, a brand new HomeGoods (a staff favorite) just opened up nearby in Lincoln Park, and we were granted early access to the store before it opened to the public last week! HomeGoods provided just what we were looking for to create a beautiful, functional sunroom.

A few key elements Danielle wanted to really make the space hers:
• comfortable seating with a footrest to kick back and relax after a long day
• an indoor herb garden for healthy meal planning
• an overall aesthetic that blended well with the rest of her neutral, minimalistic design

So I pulled a few inspirational images from Pinterest and we got to work!

Watch the full before and after styling transformation in the makeover video below!


This post is sponsored by HomeGoods but the opinions within are those of The Everygirl editorial board.