Ahh! We have had a beautiful couple of days lately! It's definitely spring out there. I love spring more and more for every year it seems. That time before it gets too hot and you are not spoiled yet with the long and bright evenings...there's so much to enjoy and so much to look forward to.
We grow tomatoes and herbs and some other things from seed every year and right about this time of year and it's always a bit tricky to find space for all those growing seedlings inside. I have entertained the idea of a greenhouse or an orangerie for a long time but I doubt it's going to happen anytime soon. I can't even come up with a good spot for it..there's either a tree in the way or too much shade. But that doesn't stop me from dreaming :-) Wouldn't it be a great thing to have in your home? A place that smells of earth and greenery all year long and you can enjoy the outdoors in any kind of weather. Candle light when it gets dark.. or a slow coffee in early morning light?
Look at the picture above for example. That's from a home on Gotland, by the ocean. Imagine sitting out there and watching the wild water in the fall..maybe snow in the winter or enjoying a summer rain with a book? I really like the black frames for greenhouses as it contrasts so well against the lush and green. I found that picture on Pinterest, posted by purplearea.blogspot.se.
Above is another beauty that I found through Bukowski real estate. I like the idea of extending a house on the side with an 0rangerie so you can enter it from the inside of the house. It looks like that's what they've done here but if I remember correctly this is actually a separate building in the garden. Pretty cool how the tree is growing up from the ground in the middle here. I wonder how that will work when the tree gets bigger? Maybe they can open some of the roof and let it stick out?
And here, we have an image from cotemaison.fr. Again..those dark frames work so well against the green. The tiles they used here on the floor is a great way to give the room more of an indoor feel.
This one is from the home of Hanna Nova Beatrice, Chief Editor of the magazine Residence. I'm so jealous of the forest feeling of this one..feels very peaceful and unpretentious. I like that in a home. The orangerie is more of a transitional room here, a gateway between indoors and out. I like the possibilities in that. There's a short movie about this home here if you're interested.
These amazing pictures are from the Boutique hotel "Ett Hem" in Stockholm, published by Residence again. There's reason to talk a lot more about that place but for today I will stick to the orangerie. It's the combination of the old brick and the new glass, the candlelight along the long family style table and the contrasting snow and ice outside that make this such a dreamy space. Our house is red brick as well so if we could find a good spot to put it, I think we could accomplish a similar atmosphere.
This one is a much more built in and exclusive feeling version. Not something you can easily accomplish in your existing home exactly. Nonetheless, I would love to have a room like this in my next home :-) This image is from Qvesarum.se, you can see more from this house here.
Lastly, here's a Swedish summer dream, by vehar37.tumblr.com. The white window works, the beams and raw wood in the roof and the square brick floor make this a bright and forgiving space. I think it's a great idea to use the foundation around the building to make a shelf to let your pots stand really close to the empowering light.
Wouldn't you love to have one of these at home? For me it's my biggest dream feature of a home. I wonder what yours is? If you could add one thing to your home, what would it be? A movie theatre, a play room for the kids, a library, a fireplace or a mancave? Something entirely different? Can't wait to hear what you're all dreaming about!