A sunroom offers the best of both worlds: natural light without braving the heat, cold, or rain. Hattie Collins behind Hattie Sparks Interiors transformed a sunroom in an original 1900s Audubon house into a comfortable space for the client to read, decompress, and have a cup of coffee. She utilized texture, color, and a mix of vintage and new pieces to revive the space while honoring its original charm.


"The goal was to create an environment that felt warm, relaxing, unique, and not too precious," Collins told Adore. "The room was mostly built around a combination of the client's favorite textures — sheepskin, rattan, linen, and natural wood. The wallpaper served as a visually interesting base upon which to layer cozy, functional pieces. The original terracotta floors were a dream to design around, too."


The client's background is in biology and is very inspired by nature, so natural materials that evoked a sense of earthiness were essential. Collins incorporated plenty of vintage finds including the 1970s rattan bookshelf sourced from Palm Beach, the sheepskin rug, a feather juju hat, and the Thonet bentwood chairs. Accents from CB2, West Elm, Lulu & Georgia, and a tulip table from Room & Board complete the look. The true showstopper is the House of Hackney wallpaper installed by Women Who Wallpaper, a local install company servicing New Orleans, New York, and beyond. The playful yet sophisticated design — beautiful birds surrounded by flora — is a nod to the colony of parrots living in the backyard.


The transformation in total took about three months. While Collins only takes on whole home projects at this point, she likes to prioritize rooms within each home where the client will be spending a significant amount of time. "Focusing on a unique scheme for these priority rooms can often inform the design for the rest of the home, and it's really fun to watch things blossom from there. I don't think every room needs to be the star of the show — some are supporting cast — so a lot of time and focus goes into making certain spaces extra special and memorable, but still cohesive overall."