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Thursday, 20 February 2014

Jardin d'hiver (sounds lovely in French) - also known as: Garden Room.


I dared to daydream a bit. Aside from my obvious dream of owning a house I'm giving it a bit more of detailing. My daydream brought me back to Architecture Digest online edition, where I stood mesmerized and stared at magnificent Jardin d'hiver.
Logical step: sharing it with you.

Jardin d'hiver
From Wikipedia:
A winter garden is usually a glass structure with metal frames, or a glazed conservatory extension of a living room to house exotic or not plants that do not tolerate frost. Heated, this approval is very popular room in the castle of the nineteenth century to house collections of indoor palms. She serves tea or intimate receptions. It overlooks the garden or park. 
Today, the winter gardens are an extension of the living areas making the transition between home and garden itself and often overlook a terrace. Sometimes, winter gardens are landscaped patios covered in a canopy. 
The conservatory must not be confused with a greenhouse located outside of the house and only intended for indoor growing.

Architect Nicholas J. White drew inspiration from local Shingle Style cottages for William and Patricia Anton’s northern Michigan summer house. 
Although the Antons entertain often, they eschewed a formal dining room. Instead, various informal indoor and outdoor spaces 
accommodate guests for meals, including a sun porch

The Cloister at Sea Island, in Georgia, was rebuilt by 
architect Peter Capone, 
who strove to capture but not mimic the storied 1928 original, 
designed by Addison Mizner. 
Always guiding Capone and designer Pamela Hughes on this project 
were the many preferences and passions that visitors 
had clearly expressed over the years. 
“Bill [the hotel’s chief executive officer] knows exactly how his guests like to live when they’re at The Cloister,” says Hughes. 
“He’d walk into the solarium [above] while we were working and say:
 ‘OK, they’ll want to sit here in the morning, in this spot, at this angle, while they have their coffee.’ He just knew. 
And he was exactly right.” 

James and Lisa Cohen commissioned Montecito, 
California-based architectural designer James Nigro and 
Manhattan-based interior designer Alexa Hampton 
to help shape a Tudor-style house for them near the Hudson River. 
Nigro designed the residence so that 
“80 percent of the rooms…would have views of the garden out back, 
the golf course to the side, and the lake 
and the Ramapo Mountains in front.” 
The entire southern wall is radiused, with the garden room (above) 
fanning out into a columned, groin-vaulted pleasance of a loggia

For a Southern California couple, architect Richard Landry 
created discrete structures to emulate the look of a small Italian village. Regarding the breakfast room, Landry explains: 
“Unlike the terraces, where the outside is made to feel like an interior, this is an interior space but feels like an exterior.” 
Its ceiling and outer walls are glass. 
A French beaded-crystal chandelier is over a table 
whose base was made from a Portuguese giltwood Corinthian capital. 

Longtime clients of Margaret McCurry, of Tigerman McCurry Architects, asked her to design a weekend residence 
on their property in southwestern Michigan. 
In the enclosed porch, the walls and ceiling are done 
in the same corrugated metal that sheathes the house’s exterior. 
With doors and windows on three sides, 
the room spills easily onto the lawn

Carleton Varney and his clients 
“worked together symphonically to create this environment,” 
the designer says of an 11,800-square-foot Norman-style Long Island residence renovated and expanded by architect Norman Wax, of Wax Ferraro. Running along most of the house’s rear elevation, the conservatory features such subtle Victorian-inspired details as mullioned transoms and Gothic Revival-style furniture

Architects Austin Kelly and Monika Haefelfinger 
expanded and transformed fashion designer 
Randolph Duke’s hillside Los Angeles residence, 
adding a second level and opening the house to the site’s 
270-degree views of the city. 
“The experience of the house is integrated with the 
hillside and living outdoors,” says Kelly. 
The dining area is adjacent to a patio and terraced garden

Kenneth Battelle, the famed hairdresser of Jacqueline Kennedy 
and Marilyn Monroe, wanted 
“comfort, comfort, comfort—and, more importantly, a garden” 
at his country house on the Hudson River, he says. 
Turn-of-the-20th-century wicker furniture is in the conservatory,
 which looks onto the grounds. 
Kenneth relandscaped extensively, 
planting numerous evergreens and birches.
 “Three-quarters of the year, I’m in the garden from dawn until dusk,” 
he says

Built in 1913 for Burton E. Green, a founder of Beverly Hills, 
the home of Geoff and Anne Palmer 
received a thorough makeover from Los Angeles designer Craig Wright. 
The winter garden, a Neoclassical-style solarium that Wright 
conjured from an old plastic sunroom, 
is used as an informal dining area.

“It’s English in style—Lutyens with a Palladian twist,” 
designer Marshall Watson says of the circa 1897 Summit, 
New Jersey, house he and his associate Holmes Easley
 renovated for Erika Anderson. 
A porch at Old Westbury Gardens inspired the conservatory’s airy design. The brick walls “help ground the space,” Watson notes. 
The porcelain-and-gilt chandelier is a reproduction 
of ones found in the orangery at Versailles

Architect Mark Hutker designed a Martha’s Vineyard 
compound for Warren and Megan Adams. 
A lantern purchased in Paris hangs 
in the cedar-and-glass conservatory, 
which links the adjacent great room to the landscape 
facing the ocean and can be used all year. 
The limestone floor allows easy plant maintenance—
it can be soaked with water


(a fine way to incorporate a picture of yourself into a post
that has nothing to do with "look of the day" theme)

Just in case you too have asked yourself this question..

"Building to catch sunshine" from 1926 Garden Magazine

The article states:
"I would like everyone I care for to have a sun room, flooded on bright winter days with sunshine which clears the cobwebs from the brain and gives rest and peace; on dull days with a big fire upon the hearth. One feels so grateful for such a cheery place to sit, surrounded with plants and flowers, cozy and oblivious to the bleakness outside; and best of all in a storm, especially a snow storm, you have the luxurious sensation of being at a southern resort safely beyond the chill clutch of "the frozen north." A room of this description has endless possibility and interest and one disadvantage, you find yourself and your family and all your friends gravitating to this one spot and the rest of the house unused."

I hope you enjoyed this.

A famous sausage-fair will start tomorrow and last the whole weekend in one of your local villages, and I'll be there (with my camera); so - there will be an interesting post coming your way soon. 


  1. Sun rooms are such a delight. I do wish we had that with our house, they indeed are perfect when you are surrounded by so much darn snow. Ick! Thankfully we have a 60 degree day today!! Woot!!! Thank you for sharing this with me, put me a good mood.

    1. So true, darling.
      Having a glassed garden, protected from the worse of weathers, in a cold, bleak and grey days of winter can brighten ultimate joy to your days. Just imagine it: when everything is dull and begin being depressive, you can fight it with a single step into your garden - as it is green, bright and smells of nature, while Nature is dormant.


  2. Be still my conservatory loving heart, this post is fabulously lovely and busting with so much decor elegance. It's almost overpoweringly marvelous!!! I've never wanted a conservatory or similar room more than I do now (one day, I hope!).

    Tons of hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

    1. One day.
      It's starting to become a "theme" over here. :D
      But, no one can prevent our dreaming. I'm glad you've liked it so much, especially in a late winter that still fails to turn into an early spring. There actually a lot of "vintage" in these rooms; as they have been with us for a long time - bringing joy to days of the ladies and gents from long, long time ago.


  3. Oh, my what elegant rooms! You always treat us to the most fabulous photos, my dear! I would love to sit in any of them with a cup of tea and just enjoying all the beutiful things around me.

    1. You're most welcome.
      I'm so glad you enjoyed this little dream of mine. One day, when I become the owner of one such a indoor garden; you'll be receiving an invitation to tea.