You’ve decided it’s time for new windows. You envision how great they’ll look. You imagine how comfortable your family will be. And you anticipate how good you’ll feel about staying on top of your home’s maintenance. There’s just one thing standing in your way — the shopping process.
Several months ago, Kate Arends and our expert team began work on a huge renovation of her St. Paul, Minnesota sunroom. As the lifestyle blogger and marketing guru behind the successful blog, Wit & Delight, Kate has been dreaming about this new space for years. Today, we’re excited to give you a sneak peek of this talented designer’s sunroom project, along with some of her favorite design inspirations and styles.
Pella: Describe your design style.
Kate Arends: I would say my style is a hybrid between a few styles... I like to call it "Boho Scandi Modern"... if that even makes sense! I love classic pieces but enjoy a clean backdrop and lots of natural materials.
What motivates and inspires you as a designer?
I believe spaces have a strong effect on our subconscious. Spaces can make us feel loved, welcomed, accepted. I always want people to feel at home in a space that I design, which is why our studio feels more like a loft apartment than an office space.
Tell us about the new sunroom project.
This project is all about the windows! I purchased our house because I fell in love with the sunroom, but the windows were falling apart because they weren't cared for properly. We talked to a number of people about how to match the original look of the space and Pella had just the style we needed with all the modern technology I had hoped for with its Architect Series® Reserve line of windows. The space itself is really about showcasing the design and architecture of the space, so the decor will be minimal and cozy and designed to take in the view.
Design mockup of new sunroom
What are you most looking forward to once the project is complete?
We are still waiting to kick off this space but I can tell you it will make our house feel not only bigger but more functional. With the added comfort and security features of Pella’s recently upgraded Insynctive technology, these windows will essentially make this room another living space for our family to relax and enjoy the view into our backyard. I can't wait!
What 2019 interior design trends are you most looking forward to?
I am loving that natural wood is coming back in cabinetry and windows. Designers are really bringing these neutral/warm tones back in a way that still feels bright and modern.