TCJ: Your sunroom is a space that is truly a thing of envy! We can’t get enough of the natural light that pours in from the walls of windows. You’ve shared that the room’s layout is an odd one with it being such a long room. How did you work around the layout to utilize it in the best way?
AA: The previous owner used that room as more of a greenhouse with indoor/outdoor carpet, and she had it shut off with additional French doors. We wanted it to be more of an extension to the home, so we made it just that! With the addition of hardwoods, paint, and furniture, we achieved more living space. We knew with such a long room that it would be important to divide it up visually with furniture. Our kitchen also had a dining room, so we just played musical “rooms” with all the layout—made the kitchen with an island, moved the dining room to the sunroom, and created a little family room on the other side.
TCJ: You have marble surfaces throughout your home as countertops, floors, and so much more. What’s your best advice for people considering getting marble but scared of the risks of damaging it?
AA: I was nervous about this, too. But I decided despite the risk it was worth it. I do think I needed to be ready that it would show wear and tear occasionally and be OK with that. I try to clean up messes quickly, use cutting boards, rugs when necessary. Most importantly, when it does get damaged, I look at it as character and proof of us enjoying this pretty material instead of something that looks bad.