Saturday, January 8, 2011


A little summer in the middle of winter

It's cold outside and everything looks bleak.
I find myself wishing for a conservatory.

A room to bask in the winter light and fuss over indoor plants.

I looked for photos of conservatories with winter showing through the windows outside

but couldn't find but that first one.
I can imagine all of these as a warm spot in the middle of a cold winter.
I think this one would be perfect on the back of my home.
I think one of these rooms would help me get through the winter blahs.
One seems to have raised Nicole's spirits.
I've always loved this open air conservatory as seen in Country Living long ago 
but I guess it wouldn't do during the cold months.
I started thinking about conservatories after seeing examples on Tara Dillard's blog.

Tara just finished her own conservatory made of salvaged materials.
If you haven't been by her are in for a treat.
She has lots of ideas and photos of beautiful gardens and landscaping.
I know I go there and dream of what my own yard could be.

I can't wait for spring and to make some changes outside.

I finally got all my Christmas stuff packed away.
I had to take a shower immediately afterwards.
I was itchy from all the glitter.

Harvey started on his diet dog food this week.
Well, they all started on diet dog food and they LOVED it.
I hoped they wouldn't like it so much.
But anyway....after four days on it...
Sally got sick. 
I forgot about Sally's sensitive stomach.
The diet food does not agree with it.
She is now on a diet of rice to try to get it back on track without a visit to the vet.
We'll see how that goes.
It's always something.......


A Whole Lotta Magic said...

So sorry to hear about Sally; hope the rice will do the trick!

Hang in there!


Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Hope your pup feels better soon! I've bookmarked this pretty post! I love the pretty railing on the first photo and would love to add it to our three season porch, which has similar styling! As much as I'd love to sit out there and enjoy the winter scenery, the reason you don't see photos with winter is that it's so cold in there...probably 15 degrees right now. Maybe for milder winters, but we are going to figure out an auxiliary heat source to extend the use! Thanks for the inspiration!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Beautiful images! There is a house I always drive by that has the most beautiful conservatory.....I daydream every time I go by. Hope you're having a great weekend.

Amy Chalmers said...

I share your love of conservatories. Someday I hope to have one..I would adore having a space like that. Now Nita, come over and look at the sketch I made of your house! I am giving one away as a gift to any of my followers as well!
I hope you like it!

Dawn said...

This post is why I follow your blog...absolutely beautiful...I must have one...Dawn Suitcase Vignettes.

Chrissy said...

So sorry to here about your pup, hope the rice does the trick. I loved seeing all of those warm looking conservatories. I would love one of those, will definitely go check out the blog your referenced.
Thanks for sharing!

The Gilded Cherub said...

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The Gilded Cherub

Unknown said...

Conservatories always make me think of the board game Clue. Miss Plum did it in the conservatory with a candlestick.

I am sorry poor Miss Sally is sick. I hope you get to pass on a vet visit. My daughter took her dog to the vet for a hot spot and it ended up costing her over $250. That is highway robbery. $40 to shave the dogs tail, 3 kinds of antibotitcs, a cone, etc. when all the dog needed was s benadryl.

I guess the vet did it in the office with a bill.


Cindi Myers said...

I'd like to have a conservatory.
Or a four-season porch
or even a heated breezeway.
I'd hang plants and chandeliers and scatter the floor with dog beds!

I'm a BIG believer in saving on vet bills! If I didn't work for a vet I couldn't afford the prices! I guess that means I can never quit!

Anonymous said...

Love the idea of a conservatory with chandeliers!
Hope your doggie gets better soon.

Allison said...

The images are all gorgoeus. I have always wanted a conservatory and maybe one day......I can always dream! Wouldn't it be fun to decorate and espace to during the winter? I hope your little Sally is feeling better. Rice usually helps my little guy get back on track. On another note I love Nicole's long dress in the photo of her sitting on the steps. All that lace.... so pretty.

Kym said...

So sorry to hear about your poor dog.Hope all is better soon. Iadore the conservatory images, they are divine. It would be lovely to have one but I think it would be too hot for our Aussie summer. Thanks for sharing! Kym

Olive said...

I cannot imagine how much one of these would cost but they are gorgeous. Have you ever seen the one at the Biltmore House? It is something serious. Hope Sally feels better♥

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

These are all so beautiful! I have a 'Florida room' and it has windows on 3 sides...stays so nice and warm year round! I love all of the light, it's my favorite room of the house! ♥

The Gilded Cherub said...

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The Gilded Cherub

Connie in Hartwood said...

You have gathered some beautiful inspiration here. The first photo is my favorite, by far. The Country Living conservatory has been in my own inspiration file, as pages torn from the magazine and carefully squirrelled away, for years now. I LOVE the look!

My greenhouse is designed to be a conservatory ... when I finally finish it. It took two years to gather enough windows to make it work, and the windows are still sitting in the shed. The greenhouse is wrapped in plastic so I can use it for the roses even though it's not technically finished. It's a wonderful place to spend a chilly day, with temps indoors easily exceeding the outside temperature by 40 degrees on a sunny day.

Lamp Tramp said...

Sorry to hear that Sally couldn't handle doggy diet food! Hope Harvey is able to shed a few. Doxies can so easily put on the pounds. My daughter's had the same problem. Good luck Harvey, I sure sympathize with you!
Those conservatories are just dreamy, I've always wanted one also. I loved Tara's. Wonder how difficult it would be to build one similar?

JoAnn S. said...

hope puppy is well soon.they do bounce back. as for being overweight my doggie was a beggar and with his big brown eyes he was hard to refuse but if I had it to do over again I would have refused the treats. We all do what we can dont worry about it as they know you love them.
as for conservatories, I simply love them, would love to have one. right now I only have some forced bulbs as my little bit of spring.

hugs JoAnn

Victoria said...

So beautiful! I'll never have a real life one but someday I do want to make a miniature one.

I hope your furbaby is feeling better! Do you follow Debbiedoos blog? She's having a Pet Linky Party on the 24th, you should do a post on your precious ones for it:)

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Betsy Brock said...

Those conservatories are so charming...I love the way they look attached to a house!

Teresa@1800 Farmhouse Rd said...

You always have the most wonderful ideas and post the most beautiful pictures. I love all of the pics, but the first one is my favorite. Just love the style and all of the windows and trim. I hope Sally gets better. I always have such a tough time getting my babies to eat the rice (which is why I add a little bit of chicken broth). My vet stays on me about Sophie's weight.

Stacey said...

Can you imagine having such a beautiful spot to sit and drink hot chocolate on a day like today? I'm watching the snow outside my window (here in Edmond). Hoping for lots more!