Interiors: My London Home Tour, Part 3: Winter Garden

August 22, 2018
Bringing the outdoors in - Part 3 of my London Home Tour, the Winter Garden (conservatory) by Posh, Broke, & Bored

HOME TOUR: MY WINTER GARDEN - 
A MULTIPURPOSE SPACE FOR MY 
HOME OFFICE, BREAKFAST NOOK, 
VANITY AREA, & CONSERVATORY


Living in London, bringing the outdoors into the home can be a challenge especially if you live in an apartment in a modern development. Fortunately, I have over 180 square feet of Winter Garden - a long space spanning the entire length of my apartment. I turned my winter garden into a multipurpose space; making the most of the floor plan by incorporating a breakfast table (which also doubles as a home office), a vanity area, a garden wall, as well as a conservatory for all manners of flora.

NINE ELMS, LONDON


Bringing the outdoors in - Part 3 of my London Home Tour, the Winter Garden (conservatory) by Posh, Broke, & Bored

Bringing the outdoors in - Part 3 of my London Home Tour, the Winter Garden (conservatory) by Posh, Broke, & Bored


Bringing the outdoors in - Part 3 of my London Home Tour, the Winter Garden (conservatory) by Posh, Broke, & Bored

Bringing the outdoors in - Part 3 of my London Home Tour, the Winter Garden (conservatory) by Posh, Broke, & Bored


With glass walls and almost-invisible sliding doors for windows; my West-facing Winter Garden is a bright strip especially when the afternoon sun streams in, bathing the space with glorious sunlight (of which Britian has been receiving an unusual abudance this summer) and casting dramatic shadows across the white wood floors. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls offer an unfettered view - be it blue horizons with fluffy white clouds, soft pastel skies, fiery red sunsets. Looking downward is just as pleasant; with a view of the inner courtyard’s communal gardens and sound of the fountains trickling.

Of course, there is a downside to this glass structure - too much light and too much heat in summer. As you can see from the brown scorched leaves of my fiddle leaf fig, most of my houseplants (even the cacti and succulents) suffered, although with careful positioning some of them recovered. We shan’t speak of the ones that didn’t survive. I’m looking into getting thermal blinds for the entire length of the Winter Garden to keep cool in summer and warm in winter. In the meantime, privacy screens with folding panels help diffuse the worst of the glare as well as provide some respite from the heat.

You may have seen from a previous interiors story that my master bedroom opens up to one end of the Winter Garden. I’ve created a vanity area in that corner using a narrow glass table (a cheap & chic laptop table from IKEA which I painted gold) that I intend to upgrade to a marble and brass console table as well as a Ghost Chair. A garden wall, fashioned from artificial plant panels - which I lovingly dub the Hanging Gardens of Battersea - make for a dramatic green backdrop, as does my fiddle leaf fig. Previously I had an open shelf as my bookcase, but swapped it for a covered bookcase to protect my books from sun exposure. The bookcase doubles up as sun protection, shielding my delicate fig from direct sun. All in all, the small sun-lit space serves as an extension of my adjacent master bedroom and a place to paint my face in natural light.


Bringing the outdoors in - Part 3 of my London Home Tour, the Winter Garden (conservatory) by Posh, Broke, & Bored

Bringing the outdoors in - Part 3 of my London Home Tour, the Winter Garden (conservatory) by Posh, Broke, & Bored

Bringing the outdoors in - Part 3 of my London Home Tour, the Winter Garden (conservatory) by Posh, Broke, & Bored
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Bringing the outdoors in - Part 3 of my London Home Tour, the Winter Garden (conservatory) by Posh, Broke, & Bored
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Bringing the outdoors in - Part 3 of my London Home Tour, the Winter Garden (conservatory) by Posh, Broke, & Bored

Bringing the outdoors in - Part 3 of my London Home Tour, the Winter Garden (conservatory) by Posh, Broke, & Bored

Bringing the outdoors in - Part 3 of my London Home Tour, the Winter Garden (conservatory) by Posh, Broke, & Bored

Bringing the outdoors in - Part 3 of my London Home Tour, the Winter Garden (conservatory) by Posh, Broke, & Bored

The opposite side of my Winter Garden works just as hard. My living room leads directly to this end, where I’ve created a breakfast nook (which also doubles as a workspace) with a round dining table and more Ghost chairs. Again, a privacy screen softens the bright light coming in from the vast windows. Dozens of artificial wisteria draped across the top of the screen panels add an ethereal and romantic effect.

The focal point of on this end of the Winter Garden are my collection of antique cameras and natural specimens: dried butterflies and insects, animal bones, and crystals. An IKEA shelving unit, painted gold and brushed with bits of gold leaf for a distressed effect, acts as a display unit for my collections. 

The opposite end of the winter garden has a fiddle leaf fig; here, the show-stopper is another oh-so-trendy house plant - a Deliciosa Monstera. I remember when my Monstera was just a little thing in a corner of my previous place in East London. Now it’s a hulking beast, nearly 6 foot tall as it climbs toward the light. Likewise, my banana plant seems to be doing especially well - it started as a dried shoot and has since spawned two more plants as well as broad leaves.

Artificial house plants - a cherry blossom tree and bird of paradise (my spirit flower, apparently, because I’m so extra) - and bouquets of fresh cut flowers add more flourish to an already verdant space.

Bringing the outdoors in - Part 3 of my London Home Tour, the Winter Garden (conservatory) by Posh, Broke, & Bored

Bringing the outdoors in - Part 3 of my London Home Tour, the Winter Garden (conservatory) by Posh, Broke, & Bored
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Bringing the outdoors in - Part 3 of my London Home Tour, the Winter Garden (conservatory) by Posh, Broke, & Bored
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RESOURCES


Louis (with arms) and Victoria (without arms) 
ghost chairs, KARTELL

VITTSJO large shelving unit and laptop table (painted gold), 
DOCKSTA dining table, BILLY bookcase, 
BEGAVNING bell jar with gold base, 
TEJN faux sheepskin rug; IKEA

Gold table mirror with marble base, ZARA
(Get the look - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

Brass plant pots from 
TK MAXX and H&M HOME
(Get the look - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Large baskets (used as plant pots) from TKMAXX
(Get the look - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)


Privacy screens, WAYFAIR (Get the look - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)


Brass watering can, H&M HOME
(Get the look - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Delicious monster, succulents, 
fiddle leaf fig, and banana tree;

Artificial wisteria, JOHN LEWIS

Artificial bird of paradise plant,
TK MAXX (Get the look - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

FEJKA artificial plant panels, IKEA

I buy my fresh cut flowers from 
MOYSES STEVENS in Chelsea, 
the others are gifts from friends, family, 
and my beau.




Bringing the outdoors in - Part 3 of my London Home Tour, the Winter Garden (conservatory) by Posh, Broke, & Bored

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