How do you transform your home with small details?

Posted November 21st, 2019 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Uncategorized
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Mike and Molly have been coming to Tanglewood for over 15 years to create the home of their dreams. From extraordinary conservatories and skylights to carefully crafted window walls and nooks, they have created a legacy; a reflection of their passion for art, gardening, and animals.

Molly’s latest vision was to transform the staircase leading to their bedroom into a well lit area with beautifully stained glass windows.

“They are the best team we’ve ever worked with! Thank you so much for making this happen, the windows are SPECTACTULAR!”

-Molly

Watch the progression from design to installation.

Staircase Window Progression from Tanglewood Conservatories on Vimeo.

Are you envisioning your next home addition?

We’d love to hear about it. Share the details of your project online or give us a call at 410 479 4700 to speak with Jennifer.

Tanglewood’s President speaks about business and workforce development

Posted November 5th, 2019 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Uncategorized
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Why is President, Alan Stein, speaking out about business and workforce development?

“Over the years, as Tanglewood has grown, the organizational structure of our team has not always kept up with our growth. If you’ve ever started or owned a company, you might recognize these growth signs…

Our bookkeeper… jumped in to take on HR… then safety… not because it was her job, but because she was there!” This haphazard approach to organizational planning held us back until we started to use a ‘Clean Sheet’ approach to building THE RIGHT team for our business.

It has allowed us to build many more beautiful, light-filled conservatories for the people we serve!”

Alan recently spoke at the 2019 Manufacturing Innovation Conference with Steve Lantz of MD MEP on a ‘Clean Sheet’ approach to organizational development.

According to Steve, “as companies grow, they are often not positioned to support the long term growth of the organization. Throughout the growth process, different maturity points require an evaluation of the organization, the positions within the organization and the people and talent required to fill those roles.” Alan spoke about how Tanglewood used the “Clean Sheet” process to identify the positions and tasks required to support the organization moving forward.

We are excited about the opportunities for our clients and team members as we continue to grow! We have some great projects coming up. See what else is happening within Tanglewood!

Our Sustainability Efforts

The Palm House on Lake Michigan

Modern Skylights – An Effortless Merge Between The Indoors and Outdoors

Is this really you, O great and beautiful Crystal Palace?

Changing The Next Generation Workforce

Legacy Conservatories

Posted October 23rd, 2019 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Uncategorized
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Are we building a boat?!

Though it may look like the hull of a great ship, it is actually the steel framework of a 1,500 SF PALM HOUSE!

Tanglewood’s on site installation team is working hard to ensure our clients can enjoy this breathtaking, water-front view year round!

Check out how far they’ve come!

Legacy Conservatories | Palm House from Tanglewood Conservatories on Vimeo.

Have you been following this project?

This Palm House is an elegant creation from another time – the 19th Century. Inside, full size palm trees and a seating area with a grand fireplace will create an oasis for mental, physical, and spiritual health.

CLICK HERE to read more about the project!

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2019 Events | A Celebration of Art & Architecture

Posted October 9th, 2019 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Community, Dynamic Glass, Events, Get Inspired, Insights, latest, The Arts
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Image courtesy of Melanie Biehle | Seattle Refined

Are you a lover of art, architecture, and nature?

Since the 19th Century, people have been drawn to the transparent nature of conservatories. They allow us to feel more connected to the natural world without being exposed to the elements. Today, architects, builders, and even artists, such as Dale Chihuly, continue to design and build conservatories to create this inviting atmosphere.

In Chihuly’s latest exhibition at the Franklin Park Conservatory in Ohio, Chihuly: Celebrating Nature, art, architecture, and the natural world collide in a bold, colorful expression!

“I want people to be OVERWHELMED WITH LIGHT AND COLOR in the same way that they’ve never experienced.”

DALE CHIHULY

At a young age, Chihuly became fascinated with old-world conservatories and greenhouses and began to travel the world to study them. Years later, as his passion grew, he began to host art exhibits inside the great botanical conservatories around the world, bringing art enthusiasts and garden lovers together to experience both in a new way!

If you haven’t already, visit Franklin Park Conservatory and EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC OF ART UNDER GLASS! For more information about the exhibition, click HERE!

CLICK BELOW to stay in touch about upcoming events, projects, renovation ideas and trends, garden escapes and more!

Changing the next generation workforce

Posted September 5th, 2019 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Community, Tanglewood News, Untangled Minds Foundation
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Imagine… changing the life of a high school student in one semester

“My son was the type of kid who never really had any direction. Because of the AMP program, he’s more sure of himself and what he wants in a career.”

Tanglewood’s non-profit, the Untangled Minds Foundation, developed the AMP program to build the next generation workforce. See what this mother had to say about her son’s transformation and the amazing AMP program.

Do you want to know more about the AMP program? Visit untangledminds.org or email untangledminds@outlook.com.

Let us know your thoughts!

Health by Design: A Profession Promoting Health and Healing

Posted August 22nd, 2019 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Conservatory Projects, Get Inspired, latest
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Do you remember when homes, schools, offices, and even hospitals and wellness centers were designed to minimize the “distractions” of the outside world?

As we further understand the health benefits access to the natural world have on our well-being, architects and designers have embraced the inclusion of nature as an essential element in their designs.

“Roger Ulrich’s research documenting the healing power of nature in the clinical context of a hospital was a watershed moment for the design industry.”

Architects and designers create spaces that transform the atmosphere of a room; the blend of building and nature promote health and healing; they make us feel happy, safe, and motivated. Increased exposure to the natural world provides vitamin C, increases energy, improves our mood, and has even shown to increase productivity. In a later study, Biophilic design: Strategies to generate wellness and productivity, Edward Clark, LEED AP BD+C and Christopher Flint Chatto, Assoc. AIA, LEED BD+C examines these concepts in further detail.

The application of these concepts in architecture has steadily grown over the last decade. Families around the world are taking their connection to the next level through the use of conservatories, greenhouses and even pool enclosures so they can be connected year-round!

Take a look at what families around the world have done!

Modern Skylights | An Effortless Merge Between Indoors and Outdoors

Posted July 18th, 2019 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Uncategorized
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“It began as a flat glass plane in a starburst shape and then we separated it into a cluster of stars as if they were in a constellation. Then we decided to raise it up into a three dimensional form with undulating planes of glass…”

Imagine… an effortless merge between inside and outside…

We welcome any chance to work alongside other professionals to create what appears to be impossible and create something beyond their client’s expectation. In this case study, we partnered with Clites Architects, Horizon Builders, and Fritz & Gignoux landscape architects to create this modern treasure nestled within their client’s backyard.

This project was very unique. As architect Gary Lofdahl mentions in the study, “[we were] experimenting with all kinds of new ideas that morphed over time…”.

We hope this project inspires you as much as it has our team.

Tanglewood’s Untangled Minds Foundation AMPLIFIES new trade talent in 2019

Posted June 13th, 2019 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Community, Get Inspired, latest, Preservation Maryland, Untangled Minds Foundation
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Have you explored all the talent in your community?

Tanglewood strongly believes in the development of a vibrant, thriving community. Through our non-profit organization’s AMP program, our mission is to build a sustainable, cultural environment for our children and our children’s children.

In its second year, students of the AMP program have designed and built some incredible products alongside local business partners on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Watch the development of their latest project in the video above.

We hope they inspire you as much as they have our team.

For more information about the Untangled Minds Foundation or the AMP program, visit untangledminds.org or contact Nicole Mihalos at untangledminds@outlook.com

How to make your greenhouse grow systems beautiful!

Posted May 23rd, 2019 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Uncategorized
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Why people love greenhouses is no secret. The atmosphere is an oasis for our mental, physical, and spiritual health.

But how do we make the greenhouse grow systems as beautiful as the greenhouse?

The Palm House

“In my 24 years designing for Tanglewood, this project is one of my favorites and most enjoyable. Hearing their expectations about the space and complete trust in our design is inspiring and encouraging.”

Tanglewood Senior Designer

The family envisioned a Classical style Palm House to serve as an entertaining space not only for plants but friends and family. At approximately 1,500 square feet, this large greenhouse will be made of mahogany and steel with decorative accents, cast iron pilasters, curved insulated glass, and complete with greenhouse grow systems!

“For many years I lived and was educated in a Mediterranean country so it did not take long for me to envision the style she was looking for. As we reviewed early conceptual drawings with her we received nothing but positive feedback. Oddly enough, the whole concept was developed around a single window…”

Tanglewood Senior Designer

One of the challenges we faced during the design process was making the grow systems beautiful. Prior to the Palm House, we had built a living plant wall for a client that hid the systems completely! But for this design we needed a very elegant solution to complement the overall design.

Then developed the idea of a Head House…

Architecturally, head houses have served numerous purposes for greenhouses; they have been used as decorative solutions utility spaces, storage spaces, and even restrooms! For this project, we needed the head house to also function as the entrance way.

 Its classical Mediterranean style combines steel and mahogany to maximize the amount of sunlight inside. The light and airy feel is perfect for gatherings with family and friends. Inside, the atmosphere is tropical, with sounds of water from the fountain falling quietly in the background.

As the project enters production, stay in touch to see what it looks like when it’s built!

Are you are dreaming about growing year-round? Talk with our team today!

Happy gardening!

Meet Ann Green, the Rawlings Conservatory’s New Director!

Posted March 21st, 2019 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Community, Events, latest
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Article by Teresa Cook, Content Director | baltimorecooks@yahoo.com

Image courtesy of Rawlings Conservatory

Ann Green says she gets to work in a tropical paradise, so what’s not to like?

As the new director of that paradise, the Rawlings Conservatory in Baltimore, she loves to watch people’s reactions when they visit.

People are so blown away” by the plants and the building, and seeing that reaction is a real treat for her, she said.

Ann is not new to the Conservatory. She was the Volunteer Coordinator and Webmaster for seven years before her promotion to the top job.

Ann Green, Rawlings Conservatory Director

She’s always loved gardening. Growing up in the suburbs of Howard County, Ann said,

We three children were my mother’s and father’s little work horses. We did vegetable and flower gardening. It was the most fun chore there was, even weeding.”

Gardening has been a life-long passion since then. She tends ornamental, vegetable, and herb gardens in her yard in Baltimore, and cares for an extensive collection of houseplants.

With a bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology from St. Mary’s College and a master’s in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Ann has a background in non-profit management and community engagement that she is eager to put to work to grow the Conservatory.

For her graduate degree, she had an internship with the Friends of Druid Hill Park and helped get the farmers’ market established. From there, she was offered the volunteer coordinator job at the Conservatory.

Working with volunteers is so rewarding! Their work amplifies what our staff does in really remarkable ways,” she said.

She appreciates those volunteers, too — “We have so many dedicated volunteers” who make contributions in caring for plants as well as providing programming and visitor services. 

Now in her new post, she said she’s extremely busy, taking care of the plants and the facility with a staff of just two full-time and six part-time employees.  “The staff are awesome.” And don’t forget the four-legged staff – Conservatory cat, Mango, is a favorite of Ann’s.

The programming at the Conservatory has made a name for the Rawlings, she said. Seasonal shows, cocktail events, children’s programming and other educational programs bring in visitors. Local art teachers bring students to do painting or illustration projects which are then shown in the Conservatory. It’s a busy place, even on a winter afternoon.

For the future, Ann said a big capital project is in the planning stages: The original 130-year-old glass Palm House needs renovation. Re-design of the outdoor gardens and enclosing it in a deer-proof fence is another hoped-for improvement on her wish list.

Ann invites visitors to keep coming back. “The Conservatory changes all the time, even if you’ve been here, there is something different in bloom now. It’s a wonderful place to visit throughout the year.”

Spring events coming up at the Rawlings Conservatory

Image courtesy of the Rawlings Conservatory

“The Gnome and Garden Show” – April 6-21. The Conservatory’s annual spring show features hundreds of flowers grown from bulbs arranged with other spring plants and, this year, a scattering of garden gnomes. See how many little guys you can find among the blooms! Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday.

Tree Baltimore’s Fruit Tree Fair, noon – 3 p.m. April 13. This year’s family-friendly atmosphere features a fruit tree giveaway, nature play space for kids, various environmental and community non-profit groups, food, and drink. Local emcee Alanah Nichole introduces various artists of all ages performing spoken word poetry and live music. Visit the vendor tents to learn about honey bees and native pollinators, plants for the orchard, and more! 

Community Gardening Day – May 23, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Help other volunteers, students and community members plant the outdoor gardens at the Conservatory and enjoy lunch provided by the Friends of the Rawlings Conservatory.

Visit Rawlingsconservatory.org for details on these and other events.