Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Four Seasons Sunroom of our Dreams

Back in the Olden Days, before such incredibly helpful things as Pinterest had been invented, the insomniac  had a scrapbook of pictures she'd clipped from magazines and scotch taped into The Book of Inspiring Decorating Ideas she hoped to incorporate into her dream home one day. And in that book were more than just a few photos of conservatories, the following being the greatest of them all, and therefore having bestowed upon it the grandiose title of The Conservatory of One's Dreams.

If you look closely, you can still see the remnants of tape in the corners ...

So when we chose our house plans, much of that decision was based on the fact it had a conservatory. “Finally!”, we shouted gleefully. “A conservatory of our very own!”

The insomniac  excitedly emailed a company for a quote on an exact duplicate of that conservatory. And being quite out of touch with how much construction prices have skyrocketed over the last quarter century and upon discovering it would cost roughly one-third of our entire budget, we forlornly concluded a conservatory was not going to happen in this lifetime.

Cherlyn and Tristram took one look at our mopey little faces when we told them our intentions of having a conservatory would have to be scrapped, and started looking around for other options. They set up a meeting with Jeff at Four Seasons Sun Rooms, thinking he might have something more suited to our budget. How one is growing to loathe that six-letter word Budget ...

Seated around the table with Jeff in one of their sample sunrooms, the first question the insomniac  had as we were discussing the various styles was, “Do any of them come in black?” Jeff replied that black was not an option, but they did have a lovely bronze colour.

He then went on to tell us important details about the UV glass they use which reduces sun damage to carpets and upholstery, but the insomniac  missed that part because she found it necessary to interrupt Jeff to ask, “Isn't there any way we can get one in black?” Jeff then went on to mention the energy efficiency of the windows which allow one to sit in the sunroom even when the outside temperature dips to well below freezing blah blah blah, but the insomniac  sort of missed that information too, because she was still trying to wrap her head around the fact it wasn't available in black. He then told us about the maintenance-free exterior ... the phrase “maintenance-free” did actually manage to catch her attention.

And while the spouse was sitting at the table during our meeting also ignoring all the important details Jeff was imparting unto us, but was instead visualizing himself in the sunroom gazing up at the stars in the night sky, the insomniac  was also visualizing herself in that same sunroom nervously staring out into the Spooky Forest at the glowing red eyes of the carnivorous beasts staring back at us. And so we decided on the Hybrid Victorian Conservatory, which is built on a half wall and elevated off the ground, which seems slightly safer but is also not available in black.

During a brief respite in the weather, the guys came out to install our Hybrid Victorian Conservatory and worked diligently through -20C weather until it was completed. Except for that one day it was in the -30's, and really, who can blame them.

Mindaugas hails from Lithuania ... where it's also cold.

Nazar is from the Ukraine ... cold there, too.

It looks right out into the Spooky Forest ...

Quite excited about that little piece of Victorian roof cresting ...

Mindaugas and Nazar did an awesome job, keeping the worksite extremely clean. Rather than tossing the scraps of wood to the ground, they would hand-deliver them to the spouse at his burning barrel, thereby helping us save money on bin fees. And one day, in a sudden fit of divine inspiration, it occurred to the insomniac  that maybe she didn't want to stain the fir trim in the conservatory in Minwax Jacobean to match the rest of the house and would instead like to stain it a weathered grey, so she texted the spouse and asked him to save a few pieces of that trim to use for test samples.

And wouldn't you know, he'd already squirreled away a goodly portion of those scrap pieces into the back of his truck under the pretense of saving it to make more birdhouses. We haven't even moved in yet and already the hoarding has begun. Uh oh.

Look at how neat they kept the work area ...

View from the rear ...

Mindaugas adding a few finishing touches,
not even pausing work long enough to take a decent smoke break ...

Packing up ...

Finished conservatory ... except for the stucco and stuff.

You can hardly tell it's bronze ...

Probably didn't need to make such a big stink about it needing to be black.

All that lovely fir trim that will require getting up on a scaffold to stain ... sigh.

This is how we're visualizing the floor will look after we install some Victorian geometric tiles, but suspect we will be living with an equally delightful plywood floor for quite some time. 

Photo via Original Style ...

If you want a beautiful conservatory suitable for use during all four seasons (or two seasons, if you happen to live in Alberta and can pretty much lump spring, summer and fall into an all-too-brief four month period), get in touch with Jeff at Four Seasons Sun Rooms and tell him the insomniac  sent you. You may want to avoid asking him whether whatever style you happen to choose is available in black though.

Jeff

He was going to the Trade Show afterwards.
That's why he didn't have sensible winter boots on.
Or a balaclava. Or mittens.

Although building a four seasons sunroom guarantees one a “beautiful space in which to host parties”, ours isn't nearly big enough to hold everyone we plan on inviting to our End of Build Party to celebrate all the wonderful people who are helping make our dream come true. See you guys in the summer ... be sure to bring lots of beer and a Designated Driver! Or at the very least a tent, so you can spend the night.  

Until next time, the insomniac  wishes you nights of blissful sleep filled with pleasant dreams. Goodnight, my pretties.

IA


Apologies to Mindaugas and Nazar for the length of time it took to write this post, since you finished our sunroom well over a week ago ... it seemed prudent to pay for it first before writing about it. Now you can contact the family overseas and let them know you're semi-famous! :)

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  1. Fabulous!! You really can't tell it's bronze. But I see that Jeff himself DOES come in black, hehehehe!! ;-)

    The envious drooling continues...

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    1. That's a good one, Lucretia - isn't it funny how I gravitate towards people who dress all in black!

      Have you got the window of the guest bedroom you'd like to stay in picked out yet? :D

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    2. Oooh, no, I didn't know we got to choose! I'm pretty easy, though. If one of them is the one that looks down on the conservatory, I'll take that! Otherwise, surprise me! :-)

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    3. I think I'll put you in the tiny one that does overlook the conservatory, which I can already tell will be my personal favourite alternate bedroom for when I can't sleep at night. It's going to be decorated mostly in black. I think it's going to be very cozy. ;)

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  2. Oh, my...it's enchanting! I'm glad you didn't just find a constructor suitable for your budget but ended up with such a lovely conservatory. Moreover, in my opinion, this dark, warm brown even fits the wooden walls more, than black would have. ^^
    Well, right now I'm pretty much doubting if we're ever going to have a custom build home, but I've always wanted a conservatory too.

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    1. Awwwww, thank you! And yes, I find I like the bronze a lot more than I thought I would. Who knew!

      Never say never, Lynoire ... we never thought we'd ever be doing anything like this when we were in our twenties, either. Life is full of nice surprises! :)

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    2. You can't imagine how helpful this is! I am in Connecticut and have spent three years being disappointed in the costs, nightmare contractors and destruction required to get a conservatory. I am now working with a local FourSeasons contractor and he can install without destroying our surrounding gardens, and I might be able to afford it. But most importantly I wanted dark English Green, which isn't available. He is pushing white. But I love the bronze and will use your photo to prove my point. Your photos now replace the others in my folder of the conservatory I want. THANK YOU

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    3. I'm so glad it's proved helpful, Anonymous! I'm also glad you've been able to find someone who can hopefully build your conservatory without ruining your gardens. That's important, not so much for us because we're a new build, but probably the main reason we didn't do it back at our old Victorian home - it would have ruined too much of the beautiful landscaping my husband put so much effort into.

      It's really hard finding an old-fashioned looking conservatory that isn't bright white these days, isn't it? I think the white looks far too “plastic” and I'm really happy with the bronze. Even though black will always be my first choice in almost everything. ;)

      Good luck with your project, and thanks for commenting! :)

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    4. The contractor invited us to his home yesterday to see his Georgian Wood interior conservatory. It was breathtaking... It's been in place for 10 years and has lasted great. We talked about wood, hybrid and vinyl options and although the wood (like yours) is stunning, it's 50% more than my budget. The aluminum is available in bronze so now we are considering that. We really need the space as a green house first, living space second.. So it's an option. I have shade your blog with several friends and we all enjoy it. Thanks agai.

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    5. If we were going to use the sunroom as predominantly a greenhouse, we would have gone with the metal interior, too. It would probably stand up to all the plant moisture better than wood anyways, wouldn't it? And once it's filled floor-to-ceiling with your plants, it's not really worth that extra money (at least I don't think so!). Good to hear that the contractor's has lasted well though! LOL

      And thank you for sharing the blog with your friends ... I'm glad all of you are enjoying it! :)

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  3. That is the most perfect sunroom I've ever seen. So in awe!

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    1. Thank you, Poison Garden! It might not have all the leaded glass windows like the Conservatory of One's Dreams, but by the time we get all our furniture and plants crammed in there, I think it's going to be a very close second. :)

      And thanks for commenting, BTW! :D

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  4. I can see many days of pleasurable reading or whatever in this room where the outside comes inside....but hopefully not in the winter.

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    1. Reading, napping, drinking tea ... the spouse and I have already decided we need not ONE but TWO chaises in there so we're not fighting over them!

      Yes, hopefully the outside stays outside in the winter time, Fran. And the carnivorous beasties, too. ;)

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  5. I can only imagine what it must be like to start from scratch.

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    1. In some respects it is awfully nice, Tante. Hopefully we won't have to spend any money on replacing things in the near future, like plumbing and such. ;)

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  6. First of all, I adore the picture of "The Conservatory of One's Dreams" so I can imagine your disappointment at learning a conservatory might blow the budget. Then a glimmer of hope... only to be told "black was not an option". Sacré bleu! *breathes into a paper bag* But turns out Jeff was right, the bronze is beautiful! But most swoon-worthy of all: the roof cresting! I love it!

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    1. That's the trouble with The Book of Inspiring Decorating Ideas, Little Gothic Horrors - I'm betting we couldn't afford to do almost anything I have taped in that book! And seriously, who doesn't make something in which black is not a standard option ... you didn't faint there, did you? ;)

      The bronze is nice, and in two weeks I'll have forgotten it wasn't black. Isn't the roof cresting great? I'm glad we got a little of it on the conservatory because it got eliminated everywhere else. Sigh. Damned budget.

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  7. I'd absolutely love a peek into your Book of Inspiring Ideas.
    Your desired conservatory is absolutely amazing and I can
    only begin to imagine what other inspiring features you stored away.

    I do adore the conservatory that Jeff bestowed upon you,
    it certainly looks more bronze than black and the cresting
    adds the perfect touch of Gothic elegance.

    Your home is coming along beautifully, you must be dizzy with excitement.
    I'm really looking forward to your next installment.

    Well done to Mindaugas and Nazar :)

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    1. I meant it looks more black than bronze, sorry, it's getting late, I should get some sleep :)

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    2. That book contains quite the mix of styles, Yvonne! Although surprisingly, the things I was drawn to in my twenties still appeal to me now. Which is good, because who can afford to redecorate every time their tastes change!

      The cresting looked quite spectacular on the sample conservatory, but it was probably twice the size of ours! Still, it's a nice touch.

      I am getting excited! There's been a bustle of activity out there between the electricians and plumbers and everyone else. Roofers start today! I'm actually to the point where now that the weather is warming up a bit, I'm looking forward to being back in the Crappy Little Trailer just so we can be out there on a full-time basis. :o)

      I'm glad you're enjoying the posts ... I can't believe anybody is really interested in reading about this, but the stats tell me otherwise! ;)

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  8. Wow, that sunroom is to die for, and I love those cathedral type arched windows on the house, too! It looks pretty black! Yay! Well, I am jealous, this is going on the house plans, I seem to remember finding a picture of something similar recently and wanting it. Of course, in Australia, that might just cook people in Summer, ha ha.

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    1. Those arched windows are one of my favourite features, Laura. I'm so glad we took the plunge and splurged on them. I can totally see that library as being one of my most favourite rooms in the house, and not just because of the books! You know, those special windows in the sunroom are supposed to keep you cool in summer, so maybe you could get one ... even in Australia? :)

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    2. I was just thinking the same thing!! Such gorgeous sun rooms are just *not* suited to the harsh Australian summer, unfortunately ...
      It's looking so amazing - and I *love* your forest views - wow!!

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    3. I think we should all move over to England where the climate is definitely more suited to a conservatory. Then you wouldn't have to worry about cooking to death and I wouldn't have to worry about freezing to death!

      The views from the upstairs windows give me chills they're so amazing, Michelle. We are so lucky to have “stumbled” across this piece of land. Yesterday there was a moose down by the creek! Squee! :)

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  9. Well worth the wait...looks fantastic ... I too would love one, but as Laura Morrigan has stated ... in Australia we'd cook

    ... :) ...
    blessings

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    1. Thanks, Sacred Keep! Maybe you could get one and install a very heavy-duty air conditioner in yours so you wouldn't bake! LOL

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  10. I've described Alberta's weather as being 2 seasons, too-- how funny!
    I'm also saying the same with Southern Arizona. You've got a small handful of months that are tolerable, and then the rest of the time it's an oven.

    It's still a very beautiful conservatory, despite being a little different than your dream one-- you're still the envy of all these people!

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    1. As a former fellow-Calgarian, Madame MM, you know that isn't too far from the truth! Frankly though, I'd rather live in a freezer than an oven. ;)

      Even if we could have afforded to build the dream conservatory, I think I would have a hard time spending that much money on only one little bit. Of course if we had that kind of money, maybe I wouldn't give such a rip about spending it! LOL

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  11. I love the roof cresting (I tend to obsess over details).

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    1. We had originally planned for roof cresting on all the peaks of the roof, Variations on Light. Unfortunately, I think we might have to scrap that idea, as it's quite expensive. We'll see where things stand at the end of the project - I haven't totally given up hope yet. Always the eternal optimist, I am.

      You know what they say ... the devil is in the details. And I love all those little details. :)

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  12. This is going to finish up the poshest retirement villa in the wilds of Alberta. You do know "conservatory" is just a fancy name for "back porch"? LOL! Seriously though, looking at the original idea photo, I can see why you wanted to recreate it. The modern conservatory over here looks sterile compared to the real mccoy's of days gone by. All the detail and functionality is gone. People get them stuck on the back of the house, thinking it adds value when it doesn't. Yours however is going to be truer to the original concept.

    Ali

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    1. Hah, not even close to the poshest, Ali! You should see some of the mansions in our neck of the Spooky Forest - multi-million dollar absolutely massive places! Good thing we're tucked away in the trees so we don't have to compete. That being said, there's a lot of dumpy little farmhouses in the area too, so we're kind of middle of the road which suits us just fine. Middle of the road back-porch people are we. ;)

      I think every picture I've ever saved of a conservatory I liked was from somewhere in England, and they were all old. I did check out some conservatory suppliers in England and as you say, they've definitely gone downhill. I think when the stucco and stone goes on the outside, what we'll end up with will be just fine. There's a limit to what a person wants to pay in their quest for the perfect house. :)

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  13. I was excited to see your conservatory and used great willpower to scroll slowly again!! I love the unveiling! the conservatory is just amazing, the bronze looks black and the Victorian crest is beautiful - I called the Mr in to have a look too! we loved the flooring pics too, it will be a wonderful room to use and lounge extravagently in x x x

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    1. You have tremendous  willpower, Sandra - I'd be skipping to the end to look at all the pictures, and maybe I wouldn't even go back to read the actual post! LOL

      I will have to get your most excellent advice on suitable lounging attire! I'm guessing joggers wouldn't cut it, even if they were black. ;)

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  14. Amazing, luscious, gorgeous! The crest is the perfect detail. I'm packing my bags now!

    I clicked on over to four seasons, but they only serve Canada. Being in California, my version of that dream is the screened porch.

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    1. Thank you, Adventures with Children! I like the crest, too - it reminds me of the old school conservatories. If you're coming from California, you might want to hold off packing until the snow is definitely finished for the season ... somewhere around mid-June. LOL

      When we told the father-in-law we wanted a conservatory he said, “Oh, you mean a California Room.” Maybe he meant a screened porch?

      Thanks for reading and commenting! :)

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    2. Whoops, posted under the wrong identity again! Can't keep track. Yes, he must have meant a screened porch, which would not be very practical in the spooky woods of Alberta, just as a conservatory would be not so practical in Australia. One of my favorite things is to be in a warm glassed-in area, even a car, on a cold sunny day. There is nothing like that quality of warmth.

      I think we are getting the keys to our next home Friday. There is an awkward little spot in back that just might be right for a little California room!

      I wish we could have a little of your snow!

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    3. I can't keep track either, lightning x! I thought I'd gotten a brand new reader! LOL

      I love being in a warm car on a cold day too ... provided I'm not driving because my eyes just want to close. And how exciting - keys!!!! Are you already packed and ready to move in? I think a California Room sounds very nice, and I bet they're a lot less money to build! :)

      You can certainly have some of our snow ... it might be melting this week, but not for a second am I fooled into believing we're done with winter yet!

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  15. Now that you have such a nice conservatory I doubt that you're ever going to leave the Little Gothic Cottage once it's finished. And yes, I can visualize the carnivores of the Spooky Forest gazing inside with their glowing eyes.

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    1. I think you might be right, Nightwind. Although, I thought I would never leave the Gothic Mansion and look what's happened! :)

      I think carnivores with glowing eyes might make for a good story. But I don't want to read it. ;)

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  16. Wow! Your cottage is coming along quite nicely, even with that bronze conservatory. LOL! Everything looks amazing!
    I am loving that roof cresting! It's perfection!
    I'm looking forward to when you restock your shop, as well. Take care!

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    1. Yeah, sometimes I get a teensy bit bogged down in all those little details. I need to learn to move on when someone says something's not available in black. LOL

      I'm not sure what's going to happen with the shop at the moment ... looks like the tall trees in the Spooky Forest might make getting internet access harder than I thought. Maybe I shouldn't have ordered all that stock, because I'm pretty sure none of it's going to appeal to our rural neighbours. :)

      You take care too, Creepy Glowbugg ... thanks for commenting!

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  17. AAarrrgghhhh! A black, Victorian conservatory! Why is Canada on the other side of the world?!
    This is so beautiful, and I'm so thrilled following each development of your house.
    Even the guys working on your house have fairytale names. Mindaugas and Nazar... I'm sure I read about them in Lord of the Rings ;)

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    1. Haha, even though it's technically a sunroom, I'm still gonna call it a conservatory. Just like I'm gonna call that other room with the black toilet the Throne Room!

      You and Cinnamon Man are just going to have to make a side trip when you're up visiting his cousin! It was his cousin, wasn't it? Memory like a sieve ... :P

      I think you may be right, Ms. Misantropia ... I think I did read about them in LOTR! Although I might be getting Nazgûl and Nazar confused. ;)

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  18. I'm so happy for you, that they manage to fix it within your budget after all. It will be lovely! But will you be able to use it during winter without to high heating cost? It looks lovely!

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    1. We're pretty thrilled too, linnea-maria! Especially since we're probably not going to be able to do much in the way of a garden outside because of all the deer. At least we'll be able to grow a few things inside.

      The windows are very energy efficient, so it should be okay for heating costs in the winter. There are benefits to living in an oil and gas-rich province ... gas for heating is pretty cheap. :)

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  19. Oh my, this looks lovely even now! I'm sure it will be stunning with the wood & floors finished :)

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    1. Thanks, Trystan! I'm going to watch the tile guy closely when he lays our bathroom floor tiles to see if I can't tackle the conservatory floor myself. We'll see how that goes. ;)

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  20. It's the sunroom of MY dreams!! When we go house hunting this late summer, one of my requirements is a sunroom or space to have one built :)

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    1. I'm pretty sure Four Seasons Sun Rooms have offices all over the world Undergroundfortea, although it would certainly be easier if you could find a house with one already attached! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you! House hunting sounds very exciting ... I do hope you'll write about it? :)

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  21. Oh gods, I am drooling!! I would love to visit your spooky neck of the woods---but I probably wouldn't stay in a tent. Dang bears!

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    1. Oh, please come for a visit, Tilda! We could go mushroom foraging! And I wouldn't put you in a tent ... you could sleep in the tiny guest bedroom in a little black bed with painted flowers I recently found. The spouse isn't the only one who's started hoarding already. ;)

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  22. As striking as the " dream conservatory" is, it does not appear you traded down the least. Simply amazing! I am so jealous!

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    1. As beautiful as the dream conservatory is Mark, even if we could have afforded it, it looks as though it was meant for a much more temperate climate than ours. At least we'll be able to use this one year round. Are you quite sure I can't talk you into a winter visit? :)

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  23. Internet in general and sites like Pinterest or Tumblr became famous after a long time and in my more "innocent days" without the net, i had the same hobby as well. Collecting pictures from magazines, and placing them in books with various notes and thoughts. Oh, i somehow miss those days. I also miss the classic photographs we had but that is an other subject :$ Forgive me. It is AMAZING how this house will end up looking. :D It would be a shame not to have your own beautiful conservatory. It suits perfectly with the general taste. Even if sometimes that means more money, you will see it when it's down and you are going to swim in happiness because after all this time, is actually true and not only in a book. Good luck :)

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    1. It's funny you mention missing having scrapbooks, Magda. As much as I've found Pinterest extremely useful for pinning things to see how they're going to look together, I do miss going through my scrapbook which is currently packed away in storage. It's so much more satisfying cutting the pictures out nicely and deciding where to place them, than it is to scan them into the computer! I've always wanted one of those old Victorian scrapbooks, but they're generally too expensive over here when you do manage to find them. :)

      It's been very difficult to decide how much money to spend on things. There is the constant worry we'll have overspent and run out by the end of the project; but we also know from past experience that if we don't do these big things now, then they never get done, do they? And we've said right from the beginning that we're okay with not having all the small details complete right away. Big things like windows and a conservatory are not something we'd ever be adding on at the end though. ;)

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  24. Oh I'm so Happy for you... I've always wanted a Conservatory too! There's just something about them... and the fact I always liked my rooms to resemble a Tropical Rain Forest because I have this thing for live Plants. Alas, live plants don't do well indoors or outdoors in the Arizona Desert for some reason... and so I always Hoped perhaps the Perfect Conservatory might inspire them to grow lushly like I was used to in every other region we ever lived? Who know... no Conservatory yet and it's not looking like there is one in the very near future... and at this Season of Life, how much time do I have to get one? *LOL* So... I'm glad some of my Blog Friends at least are Living the Dream for me... I can Live vicariously now thru you in your Lovely Conservatory and envision it much like you did in Image #1, as one day being something I can cross off the 'Bucket List', which is getting longer rather than shorter I'm afraid! *winks* I'm so NEEDY!!! *lol* But I'm not envious of your thirty below zero weather... it's in the 80's here, just how I like it to be in Winter! *Smiles* Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

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    1. Awww, thank you, Dawn! I can hardly wait to decorate that conservatory - thank goodness the spouse has a green thumb, because if it were left up to me it would just be crammed full of furniture and bric-a-brac, with only dead and dying greenery for accents! And how odd that plants don't even do well indoors in Arizona. We're very dry up here too, but we've always had good luck with growing things inside (again, no thanks to moi). ;)

      I hear you about the Bucket List getting longer ... it gets longer while the bank account gets smaller! Oh well, if the spouse does well with the conservatory plants, I can stretch out on the chaise when it's -30C outside and pretend I'm vacationing in some subtropical paradise. Imagination is everything, is it not? ;)

      I'm glad Princess T's surgery went well, and hope for a respite in all the worries and cares that you've been facing lately. I think of you often, and although I know you've been given more heartaches than any one person should have to face in their entire life let alone such a short period of time, I have faith that you and your precious family will make it through these difficult times together. Much love to you all. ❤

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  25. Ooooo what a gorgeous perfect sun house! I'm really quite jealous but also really happy that you are going to end up with such a beautiful place to live. :-)

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    1. I can hardly wait to move in and start decorating it, Rachel! I'm getting very impatient these days, especially since I know that in another month we'll be leaving the rental and moving back into the Crappy Little Trailer. Pfffft. ;)

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  26. I totally forgot to comment on your windows - they're beautiful!

    Before I even read the text under your photo, I saw those roof crestings too... Pritties! :D *drools*
    And yeah, haha, I even thought that was black? Bronze is cool too. ;)
    When you paint and need a chair to reach - use several chairs beside eachother, better foothold & less scary!

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    1. LOL, thanks Sandra! I often think I've commented on other people's posts too, only to discover I haven't. :P

      I really, really, REALLY want to do roof crestings all over the house and garage, but I think that's one of those things I may have to let slide so we can get other more important things ... like sinks and toilets. ;)

      That's a very good idea to use two chairs - I'll remember that! But I'll still need to use scaffolding to get at those high bits in the conservatory. That way, I can lay on my back while I'm staining and pretend I'm Michelangelo.

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  27. Oh wow! I'm in awe of how gorgeous that sun room is...your house is going to be simply stunning when it's all done! Wonderful, Love it :)

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    1. Thanks so much, blackhrtgurl! It'll be stunning provided we don't run out of money. ;)

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  28. Thanks for coming by for a Blog Visit... yes, Prince R's Affliction T-Shirt being worn is his absolute fav and he's practically worn it threadbare already! *LOL* Picked it up practically New for less than two bucks at a Thrift Shop... Frugal Fashion Diva that I am! *winks* The G-Kiddos grow at the speed of Light so I don't like to Invest that much in their ever outgrown Wardrobes. Yes, The Man was a riot when I was painting that Black Wall... I had one small area near a corner and a large Grecian Column painted and he thought that would be 'it' for the Black... then looked gobsmacked when I said I planned to paint the ENTIRE wall on that side Black! *LOL* "The Whole Wall?!!!??", he said... "Yep..." says I. *Winks* The other two Walls are being painted a Deep Crimson Blood Red... the 4th Wall is all 100 year old Wooden Built In Cabinets made out of Salvage Doors of every shape and size so doesn't need painting... I'm totally in LOVE with how it's progressing... the Vision is coming to Life... and after I Pimp Out all of the Man's Donated Taxidermy to the 'Cause' I plan to frame them in Antique Italian Ornate Gesso and Wood Frames. Sneak Peeks will be coming when portions of the room are more presentable. Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

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    1. Ah yes, I remember when the offspring were little and it was all Guess This and Armani That ... I always bought those types of requests off eBay. Knock-offs for sure, but at least the price was right! ;)

      Black and Crimson and Salvaged Doors. Wow Dawn, I can hardly wait to see that! And yet they're not the types of colours I would have imagined you choosing for your studio; more like my kind of colours! I think I'm going to try painting the walls of mine to look like cement. LOL

      I'm so excited to see the finished results complete with framed taxidermy - I think it's going to be beyond awesome! :D

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  29. The house is just pure magic, it is fantastic that you fulfill your dreams like that. And I love inspiration pictures, I also remember the days before pinterest :). Amd it means so much to me that you like my jewelries, thank you so much. XXX

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    1. Thank you! We consider ourselves VERY lucky to be able to build this house. Pinterest is wonderful, but I still think scrapbooks are the best.

      Your jewellery and all of your creations are beautiful, Sara ... you have a gift. :)

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  30. Wow that looks absolutely lovely.

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  31. It looks absolutely stunning! Houses in Canada and America are generally absolutely gorgeous! I am incredibly jealous... (moving continents might be the answer! ;))

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    1. Why, thank you! Although I can't imagine why you'd want to leave England to come here ... I think YOU have some of the best architecture in the civilized world! And a much more temperate climate ... ;)

      And thank you for commenting, Persephone! :)

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  32. I adore England for it's architecture and history, however finding a wooden, Victorian style house within a reasonable price range is pretty much impossible here :(

    It's a pleasure! :)

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