Creating an Escape At Home: Greenhouses

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Greenhouses aren't just appealing for those of us plant maniacs who wish to fill them with greenery. My grandmother had a lean-to greenhouse off her bedroom window that was one of my favorite places to play when I visited her Montana ranch as a kid.  We could make dirt pies in January and we regularly used planting flats to fashion houses for our dolls. My husband happily goes along with my greenhouse dreams because even though he is a black thumb, he finds them charming. Do you have greenhouse dreams? 

If not, this post might inspire a few.  Just take a long look at the grand greenhouse above - according to The Rural Society, it's located on Jasper Conran's estate (originally featured in The World of Interiors) and is a glorious example of English country house style.

I love the earthy humid smell of a working greenhouse but even without the plants, a bright fresh glass room gives me the opportunity to feel like I am enjoying the great outdoors — even when I might not actually want to be outdoors.  

My own someday greenhouse will certainly put to good use the plethora of old windows that we discovered in the crawl space in our barn after we bought our house. Building a custom version is something that I have seen others do with relative ease. I take a whole lot of inspiration from these:

  1. Greenhouses from old windows.
  2. Another Greenhouse from Old Windows
  3. A TIny but Super Charming Homemade Greenhouse.
  4. Heartwood Rose's Greenhouse is a beautiful combo of old and new. 
  5. Turn an old pool into a greenhouse
  6. Just in case you need another Salvaged Window Greenhouse example.

If you don't want to used recycled materials to make your own tiny little glass house, there are many companies who can provide small to large, temporary to very permanent, and low to quite high budget options. And once you get your dreamy greenhouse built, here is a great post to help you give it all the charm we expect from these sweet buildings. 

(Image: Greenhouse from the home of British fashion designer Jasper Conran, as photographed for The World of Interiors, via The Rural Society)

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