Friday, April 16, 2010

Friday Fantasy: Coming Home

Imagine coming home to this....


Or this....


Or this...


I have always been intrigued 
by the notion of 
the conservatory.



In one of my most favorite books,
Coming Home,
by Rosamunde Pilcher,
young Judith goes home with a friend
from boarding school to find something
like this....


"The formal terraced gardens sloped down to
meld with shrubs and rough-grassed meadows 
bright with daffodils.


To one side stood a French window,
which gave out to a small enclosed terrace,
private as a little room within the garden.


This was backed by a conservatory, and through
the glass could be seen climbing jasmine, a
burgeoning vine, and a lot of enviable, old-fashioned
wicker furniture.


All conjured up thoughts of summer, baking sunshine,
lazy afternoons and long cool drinks.
Or perhaps China tea in very thin cups and
cucumber sandwiches."



Sometimes these little garden rooms
are called orangeries


or bespokes.


It's Friday and a girl can dream!

What do you dream of coming home to?


1 google images
2-4, 5-6, 9, 12 &


Tracey said...

Oh I would absolutely LOVE to have any one of those!!! Gorgeous!

:) T

Anonymous said...

I dream of coming home to a maid having cleaned all 3200 sq ft. of my house. A spotless house.

The Blue Ridge Gal

Anne said...

Hi! Those are some dreamy places indeed! I found your blog via sea cottage. I was impressed by the Leo Buscaglia quote you left as a comment. It is now one of my favorites. I have become a follower and can't wait to read more. Take care,

Andrea said...

I am just dreaming of coming home:) Those are all gorgeous but right now I miss my own little backyard:)

ZAIRA said...

Hi!! You know I have a PASSION about conservatories....These ones are great!!! And you're right, curtains make difference in windows, just like a nice dress for a woman ;)

Have a happy weekend!

Grammy said...

Can't believe you have time to post with all you have on your plate today. You know how I feel about conservatories. Have to do with a little round tea or cucumber sandwiches.
Maybe in my next life.

Ticking and Toile said...

oh wow ~ would that be amazing to live somewhere like that?! And I would gladly go to boarding school if it meant I was locked up in such a place! ;) Thanks for the gorgeous pics! Also, thanks so much for coming by today ~ I'm so glad it brought back sweet memories for you ~ sounds like you lived in an amazing place....I would love that too!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I am dreamin' right there with you!!!! Oh, these are my dreams as well, to have a small one overlooking my boxwood gardens that I already have!!! Thank you so much for visiting my birthday bash! You are so kind to play around with me! I invite you to always feel welcome to visit me and my other blogs....when I get home, I must add you to my blog have so much that I love on your blog and I would love to get to know you more....I wish you a great weekend and may your dreams come true!!! Anita

hometown girl said...

i'd be happy to take any of those! i dream of coming home to a real studio filled with all my treasures :) enjoy the weekend! susan

Farmgirl Paints said...

I can definitely imagine!!

Your comment cracked me up this morning:) I wish I was there. We leave at 3:30 tomorrow morning for Maui. I hope we can fall asleep. I think I'm going to need drugs;)

fairmaiden said...

One more thing...

I don't think I will ever be so lucky to have one of these. So I have learned to enjoy my gazebos...I like to hang a chandie from the center and cover the sides with sheer curtains. As soon as the storms end we will pull ours out!

Morning T said...

I'm dreaming right along with you. How I would love to have a conservatory with nothing but windows. I would eat breakfast and drink my coffee out there every morning and end the day with a big glass of wine!
Thanks for visiting me today.
Hope you're enjoying the weekend.

Julie said...

They all look like dream homes to me!

So glad I found your lovely blog tonight--such beautiful images and thoughts...

I'll be back often. Hope you're having a wonderful night!

Acanthus and Acorn said...

A conservatory is the most amazing space ever! If money were no object...I would have one!!!

Beautiful collection of images, far more than what I have saved and I specifically love the 8th image with the shirted round table and white overlay on the patio! Swoon....

Elizabeth said...

Lovely! I'll take the house with the french window that opens up to a small enclosed terrace.Ahhh to sit out there and have a cup of tea and my favorite magazine. All keep dreamin'
Beautiful pictures!
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