Posted April 5th, 2018 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Uncategorized
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Spring at the Rawlings Conservatory
The Rawlings Conservatory in Baltimore’s Druid Hill Park comes to life in the spring, both inside and out with a flower show and new plantings.
“Catch a Rainbow,” the spring flower show is open now through April 8. Featuring hundreds of blooming bulbs, the show presents a kaleidoscope of color and texture in the greenhouses of the Conservatory. It might still be cool outdoors, but inside, it is definitely spring.
On May 17, you can try a cocktail made with botanical ingredients at Cocktails at the Conservatory, a biannual evening event with live music and snacks from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. It’s a pleasant spot for enjoying a beverage and mingling with friends. See www.rawlingsconservatory.org for details.
A bit later in the spring, the Rawlings’ outdoor gardens bloom when dozens of volunteers unite on Community Gardening Day, May 24, to plant the flower beds with annuals. The conservatory staff plans the design of the beds and orders the plants. The volunteers do the digging and planting. Everyone finishes with a picnic provided by the Friends of the Rawlings Conservatory. The gardens then provide a restful and colorful spot for visitors to the park throughout the spring, summer and fall.
Other events take advantage of the pretty backdrop of the conservatory, such as the Charm City Blue Grass Festival, April 27-28, with a pop-up concert April 19. http://charmcitybluegrass.com/index.html
Posted April 5th, 2018 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Uncategorized
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Imagine… waking up to the sound of light rain tapping on your window. The children awake with a sparkle in their eye, they run through the house full of excitement to the conservatory. For a moment they worry the day is ruined, but with the press of a button, the walls glide across the floor, opening your home to the beautiful outdoors, transforming your room into a protected outdoor retreat.
These are the days we live for; bringing families closer together through the power and inspiration of glass architecture. Brombal USA shares our passion. That is why Tanglewood Conservatories has partnered with Brombal as the Mid-Atlantic dealer for beautifully crafted steel and bronze windows and doors. As an innovator in the art of window and door production, Brombal has developed their artisanship over the course of more than fifty years. Tradition grounds them in the craftsmanship of their forebears and when combined with their new world technology, an incredible value is provided for every client.
The beautiful marriage between Tanglewood Conservatories and Brombal Steel Windows and Doors comes from our shared goal of providing an elite product that is not only innovative and elegant, but functional and designed with the ideas of the client in mind each and every time.
Want to learn more about Brombal’s new innovative line? Click here
When you are ready to transform your home into a getaway retreat, don’t wait. Talk with our specialists today at 410 479 4700.
A Greenhouse – also known as “Glasshouse” – is more than just an addition to your home. It’s a “joie de vivre” that our clients find over and over again when they add Glasshouses to their Estates.
Architecturally, The Reason a Greenhouse brings such Joy is because it occupies a happy medium between two contrasting, yet complimentary styles of Building – the Conservatory and the Orangery. Conservatories are meant to be lived in, while Orangeries are meant to incubate the living – the exotic plants of the Renaissance Elite that could not withstand the harsh conditions outside.
The Blessing of the Greenhouse is that it allows the advantages of both – you can grow in it, such as in the cultivation of fresh herbs for your family’s meals – and You can “Grow” in it as you and your family enjoy the living force of nature that the flourishing and blossoming plants you cultivate continuously imbue the indoor environment with their life-force
One example of this aesthetic-in-action is this Glasshouse. Our client is passionate about nature and wanted a greenhouse to show off their extensive plant collection which includes rare specimens of cacti and orchids.
In response Tanglewood designed and built for him a “Horticultural Jewel Box” combining all the elements of a gardener’s dream. On the inside, orchids inhabit the cracks and crevices between the stones and find their way up the walls. Additional touches include a medley of textures, such as the smoothly machined cedar surfaces of the windows which are contrasted with rough sawn cedar trim boards. All are stained a light golden amber and left to weather naturally.
Outside, the landscape designer skillfully integrated the Client’s new glasshouse into the scene by artistically incorporating a stone garden wall into the room itself. Flowing outward, the well-mannered stone coursing erupts into a vigorously-charged stack of muscled blocks that at the flip of a switch transform themselves into an artistic waterfall filling the adjacent Koi pond.
Combining the inside with the outside, a seating nook was incorporated with the client’s delectable and edible plants overlooking the water – a little touch we borrowed from client’s own unique design aesthetic that made this greenhouse so unique – and theirs.
The Real Genius of the Design is what is Not seen – To allow the greenhouse to house a multitude of plant species the Horticultural Jewel Box required substantial heating and pumping equipment to make the climate consistent year ‘round. To hide the system and still keep the integrity of the design, Tanglewood integrated a wall of living plants rather than the typical stick-it-outside-and-hope-no-one-notices approach. Few people realize that plant wall actually hides the mechanical equipment!
Our plant collector loved the solution and loves showing it off to visitors. Our Partner Dea Schofield, an expert horticulturist who manages this client’s plant collection, talks more about the plants our collector grows – and more – in her blog “Difficult Challenges & Great Rewards”
Tanglewood’s Nicole Mihalos notes that:
“Conservatories and custom greenhouses provide natural light. They also offer protection from harsh winter weather, allowing children the freedom and fun of outdoor -like play to continue all year long. Play in these protected special places allows children plenty of opportunities to be where plants, soil, and light mimic an almost natural environment.
Greenhouses and the conservatories mimic the outdoors, allowing the whole family to experience healthy benefits even when the wind is blowing and the outside air is cold and wet.”
Contact us today to learn more about how to design and build a greenhouse/glasshouse of your own! We look forward to meeting you.
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Motivation to renovate has dramatically increased over the years, due in part to the growing popularity of lifestyle and home improvement series. And this trend does not appear to be slowing down anytime soon. Thoughtful renovations not only increase the value of your home, they also tend to improve the overall quality of life!
Perhaps you have longed to create a tranquil retreat, whereby you are transported to a peaceful place of escape. Maybe you envision a space designed to embrace the natural beauty of your surroundings; maximizing light with unobstructed views.
The evolution of your vision is limited only by imagination, design effectiveness, and the quality of your creative partner.
Before you begin, consider the following:
1) DESIGN AESTHETIC
Renovating without meaningful design intent is like embarking on a last minute, serendipitous road trip. Despite well-intentioned efforts, blindly journeying down unfamiliar roads can lead to wrong turns and delayed arrivals.
Some questions you may want to consider are:
What is the purpose of this space?
What design styles are most appealing to you? (Eclectic, Minimalist, Traditional, Cultured, etc.)
Are there any inspirational images or places you want to incorporate into your design?
Now that you have a design direction, what material will maximize your design potential? Harmonizing every element of your personal lifestyle preferences is a delicate balance between creative inspiration and design conception. Collaborating with an expert consultant will ensure a creative approach to transforming your dream into reality!
Agreeably, renovation is no small undertaking. Transforming your existing structure to fit your family’s lifestyle should consider value, function and overall happiness.
Equip yourself to make informed decisions by considering:
The type of climate you live in.
The level of maintenance you seek.
Accessibility of the material you desire.
Do I yearn for…
Guaranteed durability and unsurpassed life cycle?
Custom crafted elegance with high aesthetic value?
Expansive walls of transparency?
Sliding walls of glass that dissolve interior and exterior boundaries?
If so, steel, or the marriage of steel and mahogany, may be what you’re looking for. Learn more.
“Never compromise beauty and performance for a short-term benefit”
When weighing cost versus value, strength, durability, and performance are often compromised by up-front savings. Consider, if you are not 100% satisfied with your final renovation results, how much additional expense will you incur to remedy an undesirable outcome? Your time and resources are valuable. Avoid unsightly and costly damages such as rotting, corrosion and water damage by choosing superior materials and master craftsmanship.
This is not just any renovation project; it is your home…reborn!
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Typically, a design brainstorm session at Tanglewood starts something like this:
“The family wanted something so unique and have a sense of history that there was nothing like it anywhere in the world” – A Client’s Representative
The solutions We propose are often a mix of the old and the new, a synthesis of the contrasts of glass and steel, wood and copper, light and dark – and a sum greater than the parts that went into it. Indeed, nothing less than an experience.
Two disciplines that Tanglewood champions are the architecture styles of Art Nouveau and that of the European and American Conservatories, innovations and traditions that sought to fill very different yet similar needs.
As Tanglewood President and Director of Architecture Alan Stein points out:
“Art Nouveau started as an intentional search for a new aesthetic, whereas conservatory design started with a response to an actual need – to conserve orange trees and other over winter through the use of glass. It then developed into an aesthetic, not so much because of an ideological position, but because it was not possible to use the existing classical architectural language for glass buildings. Classical architecture is based on masonry construction where it is the “solid” walls that are the important elements.”
Architect and Engineer Bill Bertsche warns that “True conservatory design takes experience, talent, a keen eye for detail, and innovation. You cannot build a conservatory the same way you build a house [There must be] much more flexibility for design & detail.”
The architectural styles and inspirations of Art Nouveau provide those options. With its emphasis on the organic and its evocation of living organisms, Art Nouveau was born to live. This is particularly evident in the trees, flowers and other botanical embellishments that typically can be found in the details of Art Nouveau inspired buildings.
As the Encyclopedia Britannica comments, “Art Nouveau is characterized by its use of a long, sinuous, organic line and was employed most often in architecture, interior design, jewelry and glass design, posters, and illustration.It was a deliberate attempt to create a new style, free of the imitative historicism that dominated much of 19th-century art and design.”
Conservatory architecture, on the other hand, was born of a need to preserve.
Initially, Conservatories were seen as a place to preserve the conditions of a growing environment for the fruit trees and other botanicals of the Elite, as well as to provide a refuge from the calamities of the Outdoors. Indeed, the root of “conservatory” is postulated to be from the Latin “conservato”, relating to the Ancient Roman practice of having specific rooms or building designated for the preservation or “conservation” of food stuffs.
Together the two styles create an aesthetic for organic, living spaces that breaks from the traditions before it and grows it into the future. As Architect and Tanglewood Collaborator Dan Russoniello comments, “When working with the environment we end up with a better quality of life as well as a better sustained quality of life.”
So, what is the Future of Conservatory architecture?
Dan observes that:
“People are amazed at the absolute beauties of the… historical conservatories and they don’t realize that they are still being built. And the ones that are being built today are in many ways equally beautiful and equally experimental – in terms of the use of technology and engineering – as they were in the day when they were built a hundred years ago.”
Alan concurs when observes that:
“There is huge interest right now in building new conservatories, renovating existing conservatories … We would like to assist in pushing that initiative forward by offering something which is really not offered out there, which is a … history and an insight into the beauty and the relevance of the building itself … In terms of the building and its pedigree and its possibilities I think we’ve got something unique to offer the public that they find really interesting.”
Tanglewood Conservatories is more than a collection of craftspeople and designers devoted to the new renaissance in glass and steel domestic architecture. We are Caretakers of the Conservatory traditions – past, present, and future – and We will enjoy sharing our knowledge and passion for this living architectural style with You and Your Clients.
Imagine being a student that loves going to class…
It’s hard isn’t it? For some of us growing up, high school was nothing more than just a place you go to hang out with friends and learn things you’ll never use once you graduate. But for the students in the Advanced Manufacturing and Production (AMP) Program, going to class is much more than sitting and listening, barely paying attention; it’s about putting your mind, creativity, and craftsmanship to the test while learning practical skills that translate to real jobs after high school.
If you were to walk into our event this past week, you would have seen a group of students passionate about making the most of their skills, and excited to start building their dreams (literally and figuratively) in the coming week. At Tanglewood, we improve our community by partnering with Caroline County Public Schools and local businesses to give students a chance to discover what drives their passion and build a career that is satisfying and will provide financial stability in an economy where university degrees aren’t always worth what they used to be. By giving students who are gifted in working with their hands an opportunity to pursue and develop their talents, we hope to prepare them to not only contribute to the economy of our community, but more importantly, to empower them to do what they love.
An important aspect of this event was giving the parents, faculty, and participating businesses a chance to interact and get excited about the coming year. And it was a big hit! One parent even said,
“For those who didn’t attend it was a missed opportunity…this program is really going to change our community and children in a great way”
And we agree. Being able to partner with several other businesses based on quality hand-made craftsmanship with an emphasis on creating a strong sense of community is a privilege and wonderful opportunity to pass on our skills to the next generation of artists and craftsmen.
The world is changing, and it’s up to us to make sure students are prepared to take on the new challenges. Another parent described best why we participate in this program,
“WOW – the event was a hit! The attendance was great, and the students are genuinely excited about what opportunities there are when they graduate the program”.
We hope to inspire this feeling in every student we work with this year! When asked about the event, Tanglewood Conservatories Co-founder, Nancy Virts summed up the event perfectly when she stated,
“It really felt like a community tonight. Even though we all produce very different products, we are all working toward the same goal. It was great to see everyone and getting to know the businesses right in our backyard.”
The homeowners of this conservatory nook live in the mountains of North Carolina where they love the outdoors but not the cold that comes with it.
Originally the space was occupied with a canvas-covered sun room connected to the back of the main house but they dreamed of an enclosure CRAFTEDIN ELEGANCE and could withstand the harsh cold of North Carolina without the accompanying ‘heavy’ structure – a true conservatory.
Inspired by an original Garden Greenhousedesign; they said it was the “perfect fit” for their lifestyle. Sure enough, a year later they are MORE IN LOVE with the room! They use it for everything from reading to hosting formal gatherings; recently they told us they hosted their State’s governor at their house party!
He said “People notice it … They just open their mouths and say ‘Wow!’”
The Conservatory Walkway
176 square feet
One continuous solid roof with copper roofing panels
An elegant cupola with beautiful white ridge cresting
White paint grade on the exterior and stain grade on the interior
Made with Sapele Mahogany
One of the joys of living under glass is it allows the outside in – day and night. Stargazing is often one of the many reasons families invest in glass architecture; it becomes a part of their LIFESTYLE, their SAFE HAVEN, and a place to unwind and enjoy nature in its truest form.
This CONSERVATORY WALKWAY in Illinois is no different. From inside, natural light dances around the room while the cupola exposes you to nature’s beauty.
Now, a year later, the family reports…
“Everything’s great … the conservatory is beautiful and I LOVE the awning windows ….”
Their project architect, Tom Lybrook with Konstant Architecture and Planning, concurs with her enthusiasm. He remarks that he enjoyed the collaboration with Tanglewood, particularly since the walkway project was a replacement for a project that a competitor had completed 10 years prior.
As Tom observes, “The design collaboration [with Tanglewood] went well”. He hopes that the walkway will last a long time, and he is encouraged by several other Tanglewood projects that have stood the test of time.
“The Conservatory Lifestyle”
Your conservatory, greenhouse, pool enclosure, or skylight is like a marriage. All elements blend together seamlessly in a way that makes you fall deeper in love. It changes the way we live our lives.
What will your lifestyle be like?
To get started on your project call Jennifer Beletsky at 410-479-4700 or contact us online and we will respond promptly!
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Imagine… walking into your conservatory with décor CUSTOM MADE to express your inner passions… your vision… your lifestyle. From outside, the natural surroundings playfully interact with your décor to create a scene you expect to only see in paintings.
A fine conservatory is more than just an addition to a home; it creates a lifestyle that people love.
Finding the right style and function to fit your unique room can be challenging. Don’t buy ordinary… design décor fit for EXTRAORDINARY. What would you design?
Practical pieces designed with everyday use in mind… or art that is not only functional but highlights the beauty of your life, style, and conservatory.
An Artist’s Conservatory Lifestyle
Take a look at a past client’s story… She partnered with Invictus Steelworks to design a one-of-a-kind piece fit for her conservatory lifestyle.
As an artist, and former client of Tanglewood Conservatories, Molly is wonderful at expressing herself and her ideas. She can make use of her vivid imagination and communicates these moments of inspiration to guide her vision. When creating her conservatory, Molly was deeply involved in the process, participating in every step. She even went so far as to design the floor to a sunroom which we worked with her to renovate and bring new life. This made the transition to working with Robert and Beth (co-founders of Invictus Steelworks) a smooth and productive process. Molly had her conservatory, but needed to design the perfect table to represent her creative spirit. Robert was up for the task and they began brainstorming right away.
According to Robert, “The best part about a project is having a homeowner that is involved in the process.”
From the first moment working with Robert, he provides an experience customized to each different client he works with. From the beginning, HAND-DRAWN SKETCHES are created, and the ideas are fleshed out. Eventually, after careful consideration and experimentation, these sketches from Robert are transformed into a product that comes directly from the client’s own ethos, into the real world. Molly was able to participate in the “Invictus Experience” and developed a personal relationship with Robert and Beth. This dedication and ability to come together ended with the perfect table for Molly. One that highlights her creativity, love, and hard work, and provides not only a place to gather, but at the same time represents the passion of the artisans that brought her conservatory and décor to life. Now, this custom table sits in front of a Tanglewood custom designed stained-glass window, overlooking a garden which Molly tends herself. And she can sit as curious creatures scurry across her lawn, and feel satisfied that within the table is a piece her own spirit.
So what’s your conservatory lifestyle?
Whether it’s a conservatory, greenhouse, or pool enclosure, these rooms transform the way we live our lives…. You want nothing short of a unique, one-of-a-kind custom room – so why furnish it with ordinary furniture?
The Architectural Digest Design Show in New York City is just around the corner! This exciting opportunity is a must attend event for art enthusiasts, interior designers, and families looking for the perfect piece of functional art for their home. Creativity is on full-display from artists and craftspeople of all types, but one of our favorites is Invictus Steelworks. Truly one of a kind; it can be the perfect décor for your conservatory, greenhouse, or pool enclosure.
A one-of-a-kind, custom piece for your one-of-a-kind, custom room.
In their profile on the design show’s website, Robert Simmons (co-founder and artist), chose to include a piece from the beautiful poem “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley, which demonstrates the fundamental motivation of Robert and his wife Beth (co-founder):
“It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.”
It is clear by the quality of Robert’s work, and passion with which he and Beth partner with their clients, that these words ring true and can be seen in every piece of functional art Robert creates. Since in 2015, Robert and Beth have worked together to build Invictus Steelworks into not only a place to buy high quality décor, furniture, and gazebos, but also an opportunity to participate in an experience solely focused on the client’s needs. As the sole designer and fabricator, Robert serves as a guide to explore their imagination to design the perfect piece for their home, office, or commercial project; he is a true artesian.
Starting as a welder apprenticing with a sculptor, Robert discovered the beauty that can be found in a light, unique design, and went on to create works of art that were displayed around the country. As he and Beth continued to grow Invictus Steelworks, they realized that functional art was the future for their business because it gave them the wonderful opportunity to work more closely with clients to satisfy their exact needs, and to build personal, hands on relationships. To make this happen, Robert often must think “outside of the box”.
Drawing on examples from historical designs and craftsmanship, much like Tanglewood, Robert absorbs these ideas and uses them for inspiration to push boundaries and experiment with concepts and ideas to improve his craft and provide the perfect complement to the client’s unique environment. Starting from a simple, hand-drawn sketch, you work directly with Robert and Beth to develop a concept, view several perspectives, and become an active participant in every stage of creation, almost as if you are creating the art and merely guiding Robert’s experienced hand in bringing your concepts to life. It is this commitment to craftsmanship and dedication to you that makes Invictus Steelworks stand out to us. We are passionate about creating beautiful works of art from historic inspiration and bringing our client’s outward expressions of their inner vision to life.
Take a stroll through some of their work. And please, do yourself a favor – check out their amazing work in person at the Architectural Digest Design Show (Booth M802) from March 22nd-25th, 2018!
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People all over the country are finding the perfect gift for their loved ones, watching the delight spread across their face as dreams become reality right before their eyes. Many others choose to spread the spirit of the holidays by donating time and energy to charitable causes. Combined, we find the true purpose of the holidays we celebrate: bestowing joy in others and empowering our communities. Tanglewood Conservatories is passionate about this and fulfills this promise each day. Our team not only works to empower students and children through our Untangled Minds Foundation, we also work diligently to hire team members with similar passions.
Meet our Global Sales & Project Manager, Mike Eline; a shining example of this dedication. His story serves as the embodiment of holiday spirit and kindness.
As a member of the Salisbury Optimist Club, Mike and his fellow members organize community programs aimed towards providing children opportunities to grow in healthy and meaningful ways. Every year, Mike gives back to the children of Salisbury by dressing as Santa Claus and traveling around to the local homeless shelters, giving children the chance to experience the magic of Christmas. To many of these children, Santa is only a story, but thanks to Mike and the Optimist Club, the magic of Santa is brought to life. The children get to spend time with Santa, ask for presents, play games, eat, and most importantly, they get a framed picture of their family with Santa to cherish; a luxury these children rarely get to experience. When asked why he has participated in this event for such a long time (eight years running!), Mike stated that as a father, he has developed a passion for improving the lives of our youth.
“The kids are always amazed and excited when they see us. It’s such a treat seeing the smile on their faces”
We are inspired by the dedication of Mike and the Salisbury Optimist Club. They serve as an inspiration and an example of what love, hard-work, dedication, and a little holiday spirit can achieve for the community we live in.
Do you know of an organization or individual who exemplifies the meaning of the holidays? Tag us on social media with your story!
From our family to yours: Happy Holidays and have a WONDERFUL and PROSPEROUS New Year!