By: EricaTokyo Cappucino      


There is nothing more relaxing than being in a room that makes you feel like you are outside all year round. A place to take you away from all the madness and chaos that life brings on a daily basis. Well, at least in my life that is! Just recently I made an addition to my home that most would call a sunroom. At first, I wasn’t sure if it was a room that I would be using often since I have three kids and work a full-time job. I wouldn’t be enjoying much sun with a schedule like mine. But I have to say, it is the best investment I have ever made!

Having this room has given me a reason to take time out of my morning and evening to just sit back and relax to prepare for my day ahead or to reflect on the day I’ve had, (usually with a glass of wine by the evening). My day usually starts at around 5am to prepare for getting the kids up and ready for school and myself ready for work. So every morning when I wake up, I step into this glass filled room and watch the sun rising or listen to the birds chirping to get me started. It has to be the best way to wake up in the morning. At night when dinner has been made and served and the kids are getting ready for bed, I step out again to look at the stars or just catch up on some reading.

Now, although this room is an escape from my everyday life, I do have some issues. It is a sunroom, so there are many windows where sun pours in, which is great for me, but not for my new wood floors and furniture I have invested a lot in the room. I didn’t think of that at the time when the room was built and now I’m not sure how to deal with it. A friend of mine mentioned putting up draperies that would block the light out when I needed, but I am not one for cleaning so I’d rather not have something that will collect dust.

I looked into some options that I thought were interesting that were very stream lined and would help prevent the UV rays from fading everything. Some people call them sunweave shades or solar shades. They allow light to come in but take out all the harsh rays that are damaging to floors and furniture, and still allow you to see through. I actually have the Boston skyline in my sights so I would hate to block that every morning if possible. These shades roll up on a roller with a pull chain and are made of a vinyl, which would be easy to clean, (even for someone like me). I think this is the direction I will be going in, and I will let you know how it turns out!