Easy Home Makeover: Sun Porch

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I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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A few weeks ago, it hit me: our sun porch was ugly.



Ok, it wasn’t horrible to look at, but it wasn’t reflective of our style or the rest of our house. And what style it did have was just plain old boring. Clearly, our sun porch lacked style, but it was also a space that we never used because it wasn’t welcoming or comfortable. Basically, our sun porch needed a redesign, so here’s how we gave it an easy makeover.

Step 1: Out with the old and in with the “new”

First, Mal and I got rid of all of the furniture on our sun porch since none of it was working for us.


But, we weren’t about to buy all new furniture, so we re-purposed pieces that we already owned. We brought a loveseat couch up from the basement and washed the covers since they were a little mildew-y.


We also moved a chair from our living room and a trunk from our basement out onto the sun porch.

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Step 2: A room with a view

Then, we rearranged the furniture to give the room a whole new look. (This was actually Mal’s idea. He’s so smart.)

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Step 3: Pinterest inspiration

Once the main pieces of furniture were in place, I went to Pinterest for some inspiration. I created a “Sun Porch Ideas” board and started pinning things I liked, keeping in mind that our blue couch was the focal point of the room.


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Step 4: Shop until I drop!

With my Pinterest ideas in mind, I went to HomeGoods and bought all sorts of pillows, accessories, and even an accent table (is that what it’s called?).

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Step 5: Clean

I brought my purchases home (Mal liked them all!) and then it was time to clean the sun porch.

I told Mal to make sure he swept behind the couch”¦

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”¦because there was a little surprise for him. The skull!! Haha!

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I totally got him!

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Coming together”¦

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Step 6: “The rug really tied the room together.”

And, finally, we added a new chevron rug that my friends at Wayfair sent me. Of course, Mr. Nosy Pug needed to see what it was all about.

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Pugs are SO helpful.

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Just a heads up: I’m hosting a giveaway on CNC for this same rug next week. Keep an eye out for it!

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And here’s the final product!


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The pillow says: “And they lived happily ever after.” Aww, how cute.

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Now that the cooler weather is here, the sun porch is the best place to relax and read a magazine. In the summer, it’s like 200 degrees, so I’m glad we finally got our act together and redecorated it just in time.

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Doesn’t the rug just tie the whole room together?

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I saw a similar boot tray on Pinterest, so I made my own. The plastic tray is from a dollar store and the rocks (vase filler) are from Target. The whole thing cost me $11 to make!

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The umbrella holder is also from Target. It’s actually a huge 20” vase!

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I hope you enjoyed seeing our easy sun porch makeover! Here are some of our other home makeovers in case you missed them:



  1. I am IN LOVE with that rug! I’ve been seriously lacking in the motivation department when it comes to reorganizing and redecorating but seeing your blogs are helping. They definitely kicked me into gear with crossfit. Thanks for the motivation with multiple areas of what could be a completely lazy life..lol 😉

  2. That boot tray is awesome! I love it!!!!!

    I am having a seriously emotional week because I just cried over how cute Murphy is. Man, I need to pull myself together in a major way! LOL

  3. Love the accessories but I think the furniture arrangement is odd. Side tables don’t usually just sit alone. I would have put the couch against the window and then the chair where the couch is with the table next to it, with one of the lanterns and some flowers on it. Just my opinion though! Looks cute.

    1. I agree. And no offense but the style of the blue couch just looks awkward in a sun porch. But I like the rug and the pillows!

  4. The porch looks like a great place to hang out with a glass of wine and a good book. It makes me wish by front porch was closed it. Enjoy, it’s a great looking space.

  5. Oh it looks so cute!!! I love rearranging rooms, it just makes your soul happy 🙂 The colors you used are so cute, and give your sun room the perfect amount of pop. Jealous that you have a sun room to begin with! And don’t even get me started on that run! BAH! A-dorable. I’m thinking it would look awesome in my living room…just sayin’ 🙂

  6. I LOVE how you redecorated it! I think it’s super cute how the design on the tray on the table matches the design on the rug.

  7. I LOVE it!! It makes you want to hang out there and looks so inviting. I agree that the rug ties it all together! Can’t wait to have my own place to decorate and redecorate! haha

  8. Thanks for sharing your ideas! I really love the whole arrangement and the rug just rounds it all out. The boot tray is awesome…now I just need to get some rain boots. 🙂 I know…everyone has them so I will be the last to get a pair!

  9. I’ve never understood why people want to be critical for no reason. How bored you must be to comment that you don’t like the way someone decorated their room. Sad. I think it looks great Tina! Comfy couches like that are always used more than hard wicker/outdoor furniture!

  10. Is that an indoor/outdoor rug? I am looking for a rug for our living room and am tempted to get a multipurpose rug so it is easy to clean!!! I love Wayfair…I wish they would come decorate my new house for me! 🙂

    1. It’s just an indoor rug, but the one we previously had there is from Marshalls, and it’s an indoor/outdoor rug. They typically have a good selection!

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