The Morning Room

Welcome to the 223rd Metamorphosis Monday!

Do you have a room in your home that’s your absolute favorite spot to be in the early morning? My upstairs family room is that room for me. You may recognize the next 2-3 pictures since I’ve shared them before here on BNOTP.  This room is a cheerful, bright room, but early in the morning it’s truly a sunny, happy spot to be.

Create Upstairs Family Room from Bonus Room


One of the reasons this room is so bright during the day is because it has windows down two sides: a pair of windows on the end where the painted window hangs and two dormer windows across the front of the house.  One of those is visible in the picture below.

Create Upstairs Family Room from Bonus Room


A view of the room looking back toward the door. I’d love to add hardwood flooring in here some day. This is the only room in my home that still has carpeting.

Bonus Upstairs Family Room


Come Morning: A Beautiful Metamorphosis

Each morning, this room is transformed.  I tried to capture it in this photo for you but photos never really do a space justice.  The east sun streams in through the double windows all morning long and the entire room is one giant ray of sunshine.  You can see hints of  that beautiful light across the sofa and rug in the picture below.

Upstairs Family, Bonus Room


Remember when you were very small and drew pictures in school? One of my favorite scenes to draw over and over was one picturing a house with lots of windows and a big, green, leafy tree in the yard.  Always, tucked up into the far corner of the picture, was a bright, yellow sun with lots of long sun-rays shining down.  Come to think of it, it looked very much like the banner for this blog. I never thought about that until just now. Some things never change, do they?

Anyway, I really wanted to share with you how this room FEELS each morning.  Not just how it looks but how it feels.  That can be a tricky thing to do.  Somehow I got lucky and the camera captured a few of those magical sunbeams shining down.  Do you see them all through the picture below?  THIS is how this room FEELS each morning, just like a giant ray of sunshine.  When you open the door and enter the room in the morning, the sun wraps its arms around you in a big sunshine embrace.

Create Upstairs Family Room from Bonus Room


As the morning wears on, the sun moves higher in the sky but the room stays nice and bright throughout the day.

Create Upstairs Family Room from Bonus Room


Do you have a room in your home that goes through a big metamorphosis each day?  Is there a special room where the sun shines down on you welcoming you to a brand-new day? I hope your day is filled all the way up to the brim with sunshine, so much sunshine it spills over flooding your soul with an abundance of happiness. Hope your whole week is that way, too!

Upstairs Family, Bonus Room


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  1. Susan, What a beautiful spot to greet the day and enjoy that beautiful sunshine! It’s a welcome sight this morning for us since we’ve had a weekend of rain and more today! Thanks for hosting πŸ™‚

  2. I love to see the sun beams coming through the windows. Such a reviving feeling and full of warmth. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Your home is lovely. Have you ever thought of having a Bed and Breakfast?

  4. What a beautiful morning room! Thanks for another party! Life to the full! Melissa

  5. Susan,
    I LOVE your cozy room, especially the blue and yellow theme! Gorgeous!
    Thanks for hosting! Hope you have a wonderful week! Blessings, Gloria @The Resourceful Gals

  6. Mary from Virginia says

    What a beautiful room! There is nothing like sunshine in the morning. Today we are soaked with rain that will be with us for a couple of days. I’ll have to look back at your pictures to get my sunshine fix!

  7. Hi, Susan! How are you feeling? Your morning room is beautiful! I can see why you love it so much. It is perfect! Thank you for hosting this wonderful party. Enjoy your week!

  8. Such a nice room, love all that sunlight!!!
    Thanks so much for hosting!!!

  9. I do have rooms like that and start my day off in those rooms. The sunshine fills me up!!

  10. Ooh, love those sunbeams shining through the windows! I would love to spend every morning in that room!

  11. Susan,
    Thanks so much for hosting!!


  12. It is funny how we tend to repeat what we like…often subconsciously…your story about the house tree and sun is adorable, of course that’s what you choose for your banner! I loved your words about how a room “feels” rather than how it looks~the feeling is what a home is all about anyway…Thanks for getting my week off to a bright start!

  13. It does look like a perfect place to begin your day. I feel that way about our sunroom.

    Thank you for the sunshine wishes. I wish you joy, too.

  14. Hi Susan! I love that room…especially all the blue and yellow…my favorite colors! Add some plates on the wall and it’s perfect! I hope that you are doing better and that Max is tolerating his treatments well…hugs…Debbie

  15. Susan, I’ve always loved this room, but it does look beautiful with the morning light coming in. I can see why it would be a favorite morning place. I love that plate rack on the wall. Thank you for hosting. laurie

  16. Thanks so much for hosting, Susan. I love your “morning room”. Have a wonderful week!

  17. Linda Page says

    I love your plate rack. I have several blue plates in an arrangement on the wall of the dining room. I also have a blue and white oval platter that is old and from England and several Delft plates and other antique blue/white plates from Indonesia that are old in that wall arrangement. Love your room.

  18. So nice to have sunshine with my first cup of joe. Its raining and dreary here.
    Thank you for starting off Monday on such a positive note for all of your friends.

  19. WOW, your morning room is beautiful! I love it. My kitchen is my favorite morning room because just as yours does it faces the East and the sun streams in through my large glass door.

  20. Joyce Richardson Ciccolo says

    Just wanted to tell you how much I love this room. You have my colors and taste, even my blue & white dishes.

  21. Susan, I love your room! Your photos beautifully captured the feeling of the sunbeams. It would be very hard for me to leave that room in the morning!

  22. Yes, my sunroom has tons of light and it’s the perfect place to welcome the day. What could be better?!

  23. Mary Johnston says

    Hi Susan,
    love this sunshine!
    I have so much shade, so my two favorite places are my open front porch and my deck. I love to see the early sunshine filtering through the trees—have yet to capture the essence of that in a photo
    Thankful, you are feeling better, and hope Max is too.
    Blessings, Mary

  24. Thanks so much for another party. What a great way to start the day. Love the light you get in your room. Nothing like starting the day with such a pretty sight.

  25. Thank you so much for hosting Susan!

  26. Hi Susan! I can see why you love that area in the morning! Your sun beam photo is so expressive – warm – glad you caught it to share with us.
    I always appreciate your link party,

  27. What a beautiful post this morning, Susan! You really captured the sunshiny feeling of your room & your words were beautiful too, especially the last two sentences. A very nice way for your readers to start the day & week.

  28. Thanks for hosting. Your room does look like a happy sunny place πŸ™‚ Little Bit

  29. Very bright and cozy ! Love the blue and your stained glass in the window. Cute bunny. Great place for a cup of tea and the morning paper. Our morning room is our eating area by the kitchen that overlooks the backyard and pool. It is all white . We have a round table with chairs and a love seat . The wall are plum. Tha is our cozy room for the early morning inside. Your room looks very inviting. Thanks for sharing.

  30. I have a room just like that, Susan. My whole living room is flooded with sunlight in the morning. I have a crystal obelisk in a vignette in there which catches the suns rays and sprinkles rainbows throughout the room too. I love it! Your pictures are so great. Love the one where you were able to actually capture the suns rays!

  31. Such a cozy room! Thanks for sharing and hosting πŸ™‚ Have a fabulous week. xo

  32. Thanks for hosting! Wishing you a happy, sun-filled week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  33. Thanks so much for hosting! Have a great week!

  34. Beautiful room Susan! Thanks for hosting, hugs Biljana

  35. Your upstairs family room looks like a cozy place to read a book and enjoy the morning. Thanks so much for hosting!

  36. I have a sunny family room, too, and spend every morning there. I can’t imagine not waking up with the sunshine! (unless it’s cloudy, that is. πŸ™‚ Thanks for hosting today!

  37. What a perfect place to get cozy in! I think I’d curl up under a quilt and read all day. Thanks for hosting the party. Cindy

  38. Oh my goodness Susan, your having such great guests this week! I’m gonna do my visits right now! Thank you so much for this interesting meme. Have a super week.

  39. Oh, I got so excited, lol… Our family room, or den, it’s like yours..very clear and sunny and I’m always there!


  40. Thanks for hosting again this week!

  41. Susan, Thank you so much for hosting your always Wonderful, Metamorphosis Monday!!! I always feel so Blessed to have something to come share with you! I’m celebrating my one year blogging anniversary and feel so lucky to have “met” you.. I hope you are having a wonderful week!!
    Hugs and Blessings,

  42. what a lovely and peaceful room….
    ahhhhh! Great for cuddling up with a blanket and a good book…

    Have a happy Monday…. πŸ™‚

    hugs x
    Crystelle Boutique

  43. Susan – Your morning room really is a lovely place. My house is open concept so I guess my favorite place in the morning would be my corner of the couch in the great room. It is on the east side of the house so the sunrise on that side is often breathtaking. Thank you for hosting once again! Blessings, Patti@OldThingsNew

  44. LOVE how sunny this room is! Great room to have coffee in and wake up to the day. Thanks for your hardwork hosting each week.

  45. LOVE the sunny room. Mornings in rooms like that are PERFECT!! I love the stained glass on the window, too. I just made one for a window I love and it just adds to a sunny window. Your house is so cozy!!!

  46. Thanks for the Party!!!!

  47. Thanks for hosting! Have a wonderful week.

    Jennifer @ Decorated Chaos

  48. Love your “morning room”…it must be so wonderful sitting in that room in the morning to reflect on the new day basking in the brilliant sunshine…can make anyone very happy!….My entire home gets lit up in the morning as the back faces East and every room (with the exceptions of a few bathrooms) have french doors…I love getting up in the morning before the sun rises to see the rooms transform…As my mom would say, “it is a great day as I woke up and saw the sun”
    Have a wonderful day Susan and thanks for hosting!!!

  49. Helen Holshouser says

    Since it is pouring rain here this morning also, I am especially enjoying your wonderfully sunny room! Especially the sunbeams! Our current home only has one South facing room that is very sunny most of the day! The rest of the house opens to the North, with no windows hardly on the East and West! I have just recently taken over the one sunny room as my office! Yea! I love being in here to read and write. I also love blue and yellow, my favorites, so I love and feel inspired by your room! It is amazaing to me how different it looks from the angle where you see no honey clored furniture and see the beautiful blue plate rack! I love the furniture, just saying , it is like a different room, and it is all delightful to the senses! Thanks so much for sharing! Helen

  50. What a great cozy spot…mine is my back porch…overlooks my pond & flowers and the birds are always out bathing an signing…a cup of coffee and a favorite magazine and I’m a happy girl…I transform into a morning person when it starts to warm up..the sun raises over the back of the house in the morning…and it’s always toasty out there in early spring…just the way I love it..hope your week is off to a good start…gloomy & crappy here..i think for the week =^(

  51. I just LOVE your morning sun room! I had one of those rooms when we lived in South Jersey – it was a porch off the back of the house which was all glassed in with floor to ceiling jalousie windows. It has off white carpet & I just loved sitting there looking out on nature – it was so beautiful – just like your morning room! Love the photo with the sunlight – great photo to catch those rays like that! Just curious – where does Max plop down – I know he must just love that room like you do! Have a great week!

    • Thanks, Faith! Well, Mr. Max usually hangs out wherever I am and much of the day, that’s in my office. So he’s a good bit of the day in my chair here in the office. I take him out onto the deck and porch when we have warm weather days. We’re having more of those now, thankfully. Your porch sounds wonderful! πŸ™‚

  52. Love the sunshine ray pictures… Those chairs look so inviting… I’d never leave that room! Bet it’s neat on a rainy day, too….

  53. This was a wonderful post. I do understand what you mean about the FEEL of a room. I swear I am solar powered. We have a thing called “June Gloom” where I live. When the sun is not shining I am gloomy.

  54. What a beautiful room! Thanks so much for hosting πŸ˜‰
    Jamie @

  55. What a lovely morning room, Susan. I can feel it! Thanks so much for hosting us!

    Jeanette @ Creating a Life

  56. Gorgeous! I love how the light is falling in that room. One of my favorite rooms in the house is the upstairs sitting room in St. Augustine. It gets light from two adjoining rooms and has one window and French doors that open onto a porch. Light comes in through the window and across the sofa and is SO pretty. I also like the colors of the fabric. They are so happy.



  57. Beautiful! I too, drew the same picture as a child. Also with a sidewalk and pretty flowers lining it. Is that Sugar Cookie on the walls? I think I must do a room soon in that color. I’m also a nut for blue and white–always catches my eye. My morning room is the eat-in kitchen table facing two large east windows and an apple tree where the birds entertain me while they have breakfast!

    • Thanks, Jerilyn! That’s so cute about the house you drew…love the idea of the walkway with flowers. πŸ™‚ Actually the paint in that room is another very similar old Duron color called. Tea Biscuit. The Home Depot on Roswell Road in Marietta has the formula…not sure if you can get it anywhere else since it’s such an old color. It’s very similar to Sugar Cookie but a little lighter and less buttery in color. Love the sound of your morning room!

  58. I love your sunny room, it is so relaxing. Love the wall color and the blues. That is my favorite color scheme…blue, yellow and white. You certainly achieved serenity here. I this where you and hubs watch tv in the evening? I would think it is equally cozy at night as well and that looks like a tv cabinet on one wall.
    Thanks for sharing this beautiful room again.

    • Ginger, there is a TV in the armoire but on the rare occasion I watch TV, it’s usually in the kitchen while I’m eating lunch. I watch some in my office now that I have one in there.

  59. Thanks so much for hosting another great party!

  60. Unfortunately I don’t have a morning sunny room. But in the spring and summer my small front porch get morning sun, perfect for a cup of tea. Thanks for shooting again this week, Laura

  61. Susan, your room looks like what I would love to have our gameroom grow into. It’s been lots of things over the years with ping pong, Ebay items, etc. It does get the early morning sun on the front side, just as it rises over the mountain we live on. And then the back window gets the evening sun. I need sunshine…we’ve had lots of fog the past 2 weeks!

    Thanks for sharing your morning room and inspiring me to get my room organized asap.

  62. Such a beautiful room, Susan. I can see why you spend your mornings there!

  63. Hi, Susan. Good to be here with an urban metamorphosis! Thanks for hosting. I’ve admired this room many times from your other posts, but with the sunlight it’s so warm and inviting! I have a favorite room/time of day that I’ve wanted to blog about too–you’ve inspired me to get going on that! πŸ™‚ ~Zuni

  64. Mary Stone says

    Yes, sunshine pouring into a room like yours is such a blessing and a good way to start the day. I love all your rooms you have such a talent for decorating. BTW, how are you feeling after your bout with E-coli? Did you ever find the source of your contact with it? I prayed for your healing. It was frightful to read of your experience and I can only imagine how frightening it was for you. My daughter wants to know how Max is. I hope this question about Max is not ill timed.

    Warmly, The Old Elf (Mary)

  65. Susan,
    I love your morning room, dear friend!!!
    The transformation that it goes through in a days time is amazing, indeed!!!
    Our living/ dining room is on the West and does the same thing!
    Have a marvelous week!!!

  66. From where did you get the wonderful alphabet mat under the chest? Love it. Love the light that surrounds each piece of furniture too. Our bedroom does that most mornings. Thanks for sharing.

  67. Your Morning Room is wonderfully cozy looking! Love your sofa. I know this is an older post but where is your sofa from? We are very casual at our house and I am looking for a sofa just like yours for our living room. Thank you!

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