West Cobb resident Christin Lott never would’ve thought to hang lanterns in her newly-renovated sunroom, but the unexpected accessory — courtesy of interior designer Meriwether McAdams — adds a bit of flair.

BY NICOLE PRICE // PHOTOGRAPY BY ERIN GRAY CANTRELL

“She always has a little element of surprise,” Christin said.

With the help of daughter Kathryn, also an interior designer, Meriwether transformed Christin’s gloomy screened-in porch into a bright and airy space fit for year-round use.

The project is one of several they’ve completed for Christin and her husband, Michael, who initially didn’t see the need for an interior designer but has grown to appreciate the renovation process.

“I think he’s actually more addicted to it at this point than I am,” Christin said.  

FROM THE GROUND UP

The room’s most important feature is the Trex flooring, a costly but rewarding part of the renovation.

“By far, the largest expense of the project was changing the decking from traditional wood to Trex decking, a composite material that is no maintenance,” Kathryn said. “This allowed not only for the room to stay dry, but also created dry space below for another living area.”   

KEEP IT IN NEUTRAL

The duo employed a neutral color palette, sticking to a long-standing compromise with Michael.

“We basically had already done the living room and the family room that’s off of [the sunroom], and it’s very important to have that flow taken into account. We pretty much went neutral with all the major pieces of upholstery and then added the color — the pops of color — mostly in the living room, actually.” Meriwether said.

The main furniture pieces were manufactured by Lee Industries and selected for their dual functionality, serving a traditional and practical purpose with removable slipcovers.

FINISHING DETAILS

An outdoor rug from Surya anchors the room, while a piece of driftwood adds a natural element. But it’s the abstract painting, framed by Pottery Barn lanterns, that breathes life into the room.

“The art’s really what makes the room and it really is the finishing details that were important to [Christin],” Kathryn said.

The result is a casual, comfortable space with a bit of “oomph.”

“Honestly, this is why you hire a decorator, because in your mind you know what you like and what you think you want, but to actually achieve it — it never turns out quite like you want,” Christin said. “The only thing I would say I probably gave [Meriwether] is a color scheme. She gets all the accolades. I just pay her,” Christin said.


DESIGN DETAILS>>Cost of renovation: $35,000

Timetable of renovation: Two months because it was completed in conjunction with the kitchen, but could have been finished in two to three weeks alone

Square footage of sunroom: About 325 square feet

Flooring: Trex composite decking

Color and brand of paint on walls and trim: Sherwin-Williams’ Van Dyke Brown SW 7041 and Accessible Beige SW 7036

Furniture: Lee Industries

ON TREND>>Slipcovers that are comfortable and washable are popular.

“Outdoor furniture is not cheap; it’s just as much money as indoor furniture, so being able to switch it up with slipcovers and being able to switch it up for seasons, even, is really important,” Kathryn said.


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