We made mention in our July post that HOMEFRONT Magazine featured one of Tanglewood’s conservatories in its summer 2011 issue. However, that is not the complete story. We would like to continue the tale and tell you a little bit more!
HOMEFRONT Magazine is published quarterly and each issue features “a sneak preview of the world’s finest in design, lifestyle and travel. Written by a team of respected experts in their chosen fields…” We are thrilled to have been chosen to have five different conservatories in this issue.
“Enamoured with Conservatories” begins with a greenhouse whose three sets of French doors open onto a stone patio set with a wicker table and chairs; the perfect setting for an early morning cup of coffee, a late morning brunch, an after dinner drink or anything in between. This large (21 feet wide, 28 feet long and nearly 20 feet high) Tanglewood conservatory is located in Florida on land that slopes towards a river. The glasshouse was added to the home as part of a major restoration of this historic property.
The next page features the poolside conservatory that graces the cover of the “Der Neue Wintergarten Ratgeber.” This bright and inviting glasshouse was created to provide the perfect place to relax or change before or after a vigorous or languorous swim in the pool or after an exercise session in the suite of exercise rooms located beneath it and connected by a spiral staircase! This Tanglewood conservatory, located in Glen Cove, New York, “beckons with the promise of a refreshing dip, an iced drink and a magnificent sunset.”
The third conservatory, located on the lakeside Riverstone estate in Foxburg, Pennsylvania, was added onto the historic mansion (built in 1828 by George M. Fox, the founder of the Quaker religion) during a major renovation in 2000. This magnificent room, over 1,000 square feet, has windows on three sides and a cupola on top that “washes the room with daylight.” Imagine, sitting in an overstuffed chair on a late fall day, watching the sunset, reflecting off the lake, mirroring the surrounding fall foliage. For more information, you may want to read Tanglewood’s founder, Alan’s, blog post about the estate and its “most loved and commented on custom conservatory projects” being up for sale in January 2010.
The Minneapolis, Minnesota owners of our fourth conservatory first envisioned a sunroom in which to keep and grow their exotic plant collection, including Hibiscus and varieties of ferns. However, the room has become much more, and now is also used as an intimate gathering place for social functions.
Our fifth and final conservatory uses no artificial light even when the day is overcast. “…antique sconces make it glow like golden amber” in the evenings and on cloudy days. This addition to a hilltop stone cottage in North Carolina was built “using panes of glass each slightly differing in width.” Imagine viewing the valley below during the transformation of seasons, from summer to fall, and fall to winter. The colors must be spectacular!
We hope you enjoyed perusing HOMEFRONT’s summer 2011 issue as much as we did and that it has given you some ideas for your upcoming conservatory, glasshouse, greenhouse, or orangery project!