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Saratoga Design Column: Three-Season Rooms For The Win

Our brand-new Design Editor gets right to beautifying your Saratoga house.

New 'Saratoga Living' Design Editor Sue Waldron's three-season room. (Sue Waldron)

When I was asked by the Saratoga Living team to come on board as Design Editor for the magazine, I couldn’t say “yes” quickly enough! My love for all things décor began at a very young age: I’m a self-taught Saratoga Springs decorator/designer and a huge advocate for repurposing, rearranging and looking at things you already own with a fresh eye. I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to be featured in several national and local magazines, including Saratoga Living, and won an award for best interior décor/design in the luxury category of the 2018 Saratoga Showcase Of Homes. And so, it’s my absolute pleasure to share my passion with you.

One of my favorite rooms (especially as we “shelter in place” during this year’s temperature rise) in my house is my three-season room, and in the spirit of the spring season, that’s where I’ll begin. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, a three-season room is a space attached to your home that’s not heated, is full of windows (or screens) and is enjoyed spring through fall. Here are a few ideas for freshening up your three-season room (or, if you don’t have one, your porch, pergola or gazebo) after its long winter nap.

Bring The Outdoors In
Of course, we all love three-season rooms, because they give us the feeling that we’re outside. Take advantage of all the natural sunlight by adding a few mood-lifting plants—you’ll feel more in touch with nature.

Add Some Color
Because of that outdoor feel, wrought iron and resin wicker furniture are perfect for these areas. But don’t be afraid to add some personality to it with a fun coffee table or end table in a bright color. Adding a colorful indoor/outdoor area rug, even if your space is carpeted, will also bump up the cozy factor.

Make It Cozy
Speaking of cozy—go all out. Add some fun pillows, a super-soft throw blanket for relaxing on cooler days (or nights), some battery-operated candles for ambiance and a hanging swing, and you’ll have the perfect spot for relaxing or entertaining. 

Now, All That’s Left…
What’s a three-season room without plenty of seating to enjoy your family’s and guests’ company? A table and chair set is a must for game night, as well as coffee on Sunday morning or dinner with friends. After all this work you did, it’s only fair to show it all off—at your next post-quarantine gathering, of course.  

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