Once the main rooms of the house were completed (you can see all of them here) we began work building our Orangery from scratch. We knew we wanted a light, bright room – and an orangery rather than a conservatory. The former has foundations and feels more like a sturdy room in the house, rather than an add-on.
We hunted around for someone who could realise our vision and found Vale, who have often built orangeries for historic National Trust properties – it was key that the room looked like it had always been there, rather than too modern. Vale has their own range of paint colours (so helpful) and we went with Catkin which is neutral without being cold. Amazingly, the arched windows were not only right for the era of the house but also matched what was already in the adjoining kitchen- I love it when things work out like that. We also kept the existing double doors.
The sisal is from Alternative Flooring and I layered it with this gorgeous pink and green scalloped rug from a collaboration by Salvesen Graham and Jennifer Manners. It’s one of my most favourite things, and so unusual. The welsh oak dresser I managed to find in Wales (via Love Antiques) and if you hunt around antiques dealers then you don’t have to end up spending a fortune. The small hooks under one of the dresser shelves are for mugs and jugs- I didn’t want shiny new hooks and had looked everywhere for the right ones. I couldn’t believe it when I found them in an Italian hardware store on a work trip to Florence. Why I was in a hardware shop in Italy in the first place is a bit of a mystery to me but I was thrilled to find the perfect hooks.
The crockery is a collection that has been built up over the years. Some pieces are from LA and others inherited from my Mum; the most recent addition is a group of vintage egg cups! The plants we have in the Orangery are traditional to this type of room. I was incredibly inspired by pictures of Cecil Beaton’s Orangery at The Reddish House (his former home) which was full of plants.
The oak refectory table was a Gumtree discovery and the Windsor Back chairs were also a real find on eBay as they can be very expensive. I find if you search for specifics like ‘welsh oak’ or ‘Windsor back’ then you’re much more likely to come across a hidden treasure, which can end up saving you quite a bit of money. Our sofa is from Loaf; I wanted a traditional sofa with a rolled arm and I love the blush pink colour that has a lot of texture to it. For the lighting we kept it simple as the room is so bright during the day, but I did include a lovely handmade pendant light by Alice Palmer as well as a blue ceramic lamp by India Jane with a shade by The Edition 94 and another lamp from eBay. The wicker coffee table and loveseat are both by Soho Home but you can find alternatives on Wayfair or Etsy.
The finished result is a cosy and colourful room with lots of texture. We had our Christmas tree in here this year which really gave the room a new lease of life! And there is our bright Orangery. Which room do you want to see next?
What I’m Wearing: Dress by Ridley London
I loooooooooove your house. Congrats!
This is just stunning!💞 those florence hooks 🙂 amazing you were lead to such pieces incredible things happened in signs & wonder. Love it x One quick question Louise, I apologise if I missed it; the paint used on the walls ceilings & skirten board I’m thinking it could be F&B or the littlegreenpaint company? Could be Neptune I’m guessing with anticipation. Please share:-)
I absolutely adore this room! How do you keep it so neat with a little one?
So beautiful! Would love to see what it looks like from the outside as well.
What happens if you spill red wine on the carpet? Our dogs tail knocked over a glass on our rug in our summer home in Nantucket and we had to throw it away. Luckily it was not wall to wall.
I notice many British homes use it wall to wall, not so prevalent in the US.
Hi Simone. It’s not actually it’s a colour that the conservatory people had as they have their own range of paint colours! Their website is here https://www.valegardenhouses.co.uk/
Oh thank you! Honor doesn’t come here much-she’s got a playroom off the other side of the Kitchen and if she’s in here then we’re with her so we keep an eye on her movements! X
Very beautiful, really charming.
I love it )))
my cats would probably love watching the birds and squirrels on the roof