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How to decorate a sunroom

Overlooking the garden, this Chestnut Hill space offers a quiet haven for reading and relaxing.

Chestnut Hill sunroom
Eric Roth
“It’s like being in a treehouse, since it’s elevated above the garden,” says Lynn Dayton. “Plus, there are so many shades of green.”
Eric Roth

The sunroom of Lynn and Bruce Dayton’s 1920 Federal Colonial in Chestnut Hill is where the couple go to read and escape the kids. “There’s no TV in there,” Lynn says, “so it doesn’t really appeal to them.” The sunroom — which underwent a full renovation back in 1999, transforming it from a three-season room to one they can use year round — recently got a makeover. Lynn, who owns Wellesley furnishings shop Dayton Home, took it from a pale blue to a space saturated in greens. “We wanted it to be grown up, but not serious.”

1 | Dayton reupholstered a pair of George Smith slipper chairs she already owned in a striped fabric by Kravet.

2 | The marble-topped end table by Jonathan Adler predates the 1999 renovation but works perfectly.


3 | A ceramic pot from Winston Flowers holds three of Dayton’s many orchids, which she collects and cultivates. “The sun and light are great; they love it in here.”

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4 |Elegant mirrored sconces from Niermann Weeks add a sliver of shine.

5 | “The bird and vine print is so subtle when the drapes are drawn,” says Dayton of the custom-dyed curtains.

6 | The grayish-green fabric of the Gustavian sofa is the perfect counterpoint to the spring-green shade of the drapes.

7 | “I didn’t want to introduce any more color into the room,” says Dayton about the coffee table, “so I needed some variation of white.”


8 | A wood tray holds Foo puppy figurines Dayton found in an antiques store in Savannah, Georgia, and ginger jars she uses as lanterns.

9 | Opposite the sofa, the chair and ottoman, which Dayton has owned for 25 years, were reupholstered to match the new decor.

10 | A Jonathan Adler vase holds tulips from Dayton’s cutting garden.

11 | The earthy tones of the silk and wool rug by Michaelian & Kohlberg maintain the room’s pared-down color scheme while the swirls add a lyrical touch.