Thursday, April 3, 2014


Oak Leaf Conservatories

Sunshine and warmer temperatures are making me dream of conservatories.

Palm House Conservatory Retreat

Tanglewood Conservatories

I love the way this looks right next to the pool, and it would be wonderful during the Summer months.  If I were really going to have a conservatory, I’d want it attached to the house, so I could also use it in the Winter months.  I’m not going to walk out into the cold to sit inside a conservatory.

Custom Pool House Conservatory

Tanglewood Conservatories

I do think it would be nice to sit inside, looking out at snow falling, or snow covering the ground.

A Hilltop Conservatory

Tanglewood Conservatories

And just sitting in a conservatory, enjoying a beautiful view would be wonderful.

Georgian Conservatory

Tanglewood Conservatories

I like the way it looks as if someone could practically dive into the pool from inside this conservatory!  With my clumsiness lack of coordination,  I can visualize me falling into the pool with a tray of food or beverages while carrying them to the conservatory!

Brick and Stone Conservatory

Tanglewood Conservatories

Parish Conservatories

Parish Conservatories

Aren’t they all charming?

Parish Conservatories

I’d want a telescope inside, so I could look up at the stars at night.

Parish Conservatories

I did a little research into the difference between an orangery and a conservatory.  Although an orangery was originally used for growing tropical fruit trees, the term seems to currently be used as an more of an extension and/or more permanent addition to your home than a conservatory. 

Parish Conservatories

Today, the structure is referred to as a conservatory if it is made entirely of glass, and as an orangery if other materials are used, so that the structure can be heated for year-round use.  Maybe what I’m dreaming of is an orangery.  With the Winter we’ve had, a conservatory wouldn’t have had much use, so I can understand why a conservatory is often referred to as a folly. 

Thank you for coming to dream with me.  laurie

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ANNE said...


Have a happy weekend Laurie!

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Laurie, each one is unique and gorgeous. I love them all.
The first is my favorite with the darker brickwork. So old world.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a great weekend.
hugs said...

Swoon!! They are all heaven!

Susan said...

So enjoyed the lovely pictures! I'm visiting over from Kathryn's corner! Thanks for sharing!

Sarah said...

Laurie, I dream of an orangery too. We have a small screened in porch that we converted to a year round room by adding French doors and windows with phantom screens. We can open the doors and windows, pull the screens across the opening and have a screened in porch again. Or, we can keep it all closed and enjoy it in the winter months. Just wish it were a larger room. Also love the idea of a glass ceiling which we don't have. Thanks for sharing the inspiration photos.

Katherines Corner said...

These are such beautiful conservatories. I hope one day to have a cottage by the water fingers crossed it will have a sun room.
Thank you for sharing your wonderful blog at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop ♥

Rough Brothers said...

Wow such wonderful conservatories. Love it. You can find some commercial grade conservatories here: