Conservatory - (and the good ol' summertime)

October 8th, 2008 in member junk     
shabbychick Kathy Stantz, contributor
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Everything is turning to fall...the weather, leaves, decorating, etc. - but thought Id share one of my last glimpses of summer - my conservatory...
The sideboard that it sits on was a garage sale find - $10!  It was love at first sight!!  (and a white paint job of course!)
A view from the top...
Strands of crystals dangling above...
A trio of old mermaids lounging in a tiny beach chair!
A small oil painting, seagulls, and lots of stuff
And, what would the beach be without a boat!?!
Everything is turning to fall...the weather, leaves, decorating, etc. - but thought Id share one of my last glimpses of summer - my conservatory...
The sideboard that it sits on was a garage sale find - $10!  It was love at first sight!!  (and a white paint job of course!)

Everything is turning to fall...the weather, leaves, decorating, etc. - but thought I'd share one of my last glimpses of summer - my conservatory...

The sideboard that it sits on was a garage sale find - $10!  It was love at first sight!!  (and a white paint job of course!)


Here's my conservatory - I didn't make this one, a friend did - it's a tabletop version, and I change it in the spring, summer and Christmas - and a couple times in between - it's too much fun coming up with different themes.  In the summer, it's the beach!  In the spring, it's vintage bunnies and assorted "stuff", and for Christmas, I have a collection of vintage Christmas figurines and trees.  I have lights strung across the top (that are on a timer - coming on for a few hours in the evening). 


Pattern or design used: My own design
posted in: member junk, seasonal, vintage, tabletop, cottage, glass, family room, porch, beachy

Comments (16)

shabbychick writes: Thanks vecernice! I love the little worlds too... you're right - it is like a dream (now I'm dreaming of a vintage Christmas wonderland).

Kathy Posted: 11:24 am on November 10th
vecernice writes: This is so beautiful and I love the pracal cabinet underneath. I love idea of the world inside the conservatory, It is like dreaming whenever you look at it. Posted: 1:44 pm on November 8th
Chovey writes: Thanks for sharing !! Love it!
cynthia Posted: 7:18 pm on October 14th
CottageElements writes: When I first looked at this I didn't realize you made it from old windows! What a wonderful job you did. Very inspiring!

Lanette Posted: 10:27 pm on October 12th
shabbychick writes: Geo - would love to visit you at the beach!! You are so fortunate to be so close. Our closest beach is Lake Erie...not quite the picture I'm dreaming of... LOL

I'm sure your "conservatorial" thoughts will help you fly thru your paperwork. I've got pics of my last Christmas scene - will post for our upcoming holiday season (which is 76 days away...yikes I need to get busy making some Christmas gifts!).

Kathy Posted: 3:49 pm on October 9th
georgiamoon writes: Kathy my friend, I wish I was out there putting one together but unfortunately I am in the shop doing paperwork but the mind is working feverishly. You want beachy? Come visit me! I was just out there yesterday with my little doggie and it was glorious. I am getting my act together (really) cause I want a wintery Christmas seasonal scene in mine....to start. I'm seeing sugarplum fairies dancing already!!! Thanks for the encouragement. Love, Georgia Posted: 3:25 pm on October 9th
shabbychick writes: Geo - I'm at work, and just about laughed out loud (but then the guys in the office might get suspicious...) - it's looking like you must be "conservatorily challenged" - so, now you're gonna have to make one!!! :) I have no doubt that yours will be awesome (and we're expecting pics!!).

Kathy

P.S. I'm guessing you're in your workspace right now, pulling out pieces and parts and feverishly putting one together, right???

P.S.S. Thanks for the nice comments - my beach scenes are my favorite - since that's where I would really like to live - maybe next "beach" season, I'll have to put a "mini-me" in there too! Posted: 1:53 pm on October 9th
georgiamoon writes: Ok one question here...am I the ONLY person on this EARTH that DOESN'T have a conservatory??? I didn't realize they were that prevalent in our everyday lives. Every one of them is so different and charming that now I am desperate to have one. I love your beachy scene and can't wait until I can get out there and make one for myself. Hopefully mine will be as cute as all these I've seen lately. One day soon.... Posted: 1:40 pm on October 9th
shabbychick writes: Candy - you've been bitten by the bug, there's no hope now! LOL

Kimberly - I LOVE the mermaids too, thanks!

Kathy Posted: 1:26 pm on October 9th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: This is so nice, Kathy! I absolutely love the legs on the sideboard and I can't believe you found it for $10. I have a pretty big load of windows in my basement and have never tried to tackle a conservatory. Yours and the others I've seen lately on this site are really giving me the conservatory bug.

Thank you. It's beautiful.

Candy Posted: 12:59 pm on October 9th
shabbychick writes: Thanks so much! I have a lot of fun with this, and my friends always check it out to see what's new (when I first re-do it, it kind of evolves for a few days or so till I'm happy with it...a little OCD, but in a good way I guess!).

I didn't show it, but there is also a little "faux" pond (made with a mirror and surrounded by sand and seashells too - it'll be an ice skating pond for the "little people" in the winter...). And, hanging on the back, there's an old oval framed black and white picture of a guy in a boat with his dog - don't know who he is, but loved the picture! There's just a whole lotta summer going on...

Cindy, It is a very simple piece, four windows cut in half (sort of - leaving some of the wood from the other half for overhang on the roof) and put together with some braces on each end (architectural stuff - wood, iron, or whatever).

I've got one that I made with small shutters, and glass shelves - will post that one later.

Kathy

P.S. 76 days till Christmas - I better start re-decorating my conservatory now!!!!

Posted: 8:53 am on October 9th
suewhitney writes: How adorable. Thanks for giving us one last look at summer. The mermaids are terrific.

Be well,
Sue Posted: 8:43 am on October 9th
junkinhart writes: Ok, here is something I probably have enough windows for!! Your conservatory is very beautiful........please post picture of your Christmastime (it's coming up you know!! 76 day til Christmas!) conservatory. It's a wonderful fit for your sideboard -- like they were meant to be!

Cindy Posted: 6:50 am on October 9th
LuAnn writes: Kathy:

Love your conservatory. I like the smaller size. Cool side board too!!

LuAnn Posted: 4:43 am on October 9th
MimiToria writes: How fun is this? Great creativity in your display inside the conservatory. Thanks for sharing.
Gretchen Posted: 10:34 pm on October 8th
piecesofthepast writes: Oh wow..I just love this! Since I work with kids I'm always attracted to things like these little miniature pieces. They really tell a story. I especially love the little mermaid! Boy, the yardsales I go to don't ever seem to yield any finds like this $10.00 sideboard! I wish I could find something like that for my bedroom. Anyway, good job. I'm sure you enjoy this year 'round! Posted: 10:14 pm on October 8th
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