How To Create Your Very Own Greenhouse

Why make another living room in a conservatory? Do something exciting and unique and turn your room into a greenhouse you can relax in.

Like a house extension, conservatories are built to last and they’re great sources of light and heat, perfect for plant life and spending time with the family. If you love gardening but hate the cold weather a greenhouse conservatory is the way forward.

Who else is doing it?

Anne Wareham is a founder of the thinking garden website and she made her conservatory into a truly beautiful garden. She now changes it every few months to keep the plants fresh and the conservatory tidy.

Why should you do it?

  • It’s unique. Everyone has house plants but who has a room dedicated to flowers and foliage? You’ll be the envy of all your house guests and visitors.
  • Having your own gardening project will give you a hobby, something that’ll interest you and inspire you on a daily basis.
  • If you have a little garden, but want to start getting green fingered, you should definitely try it. Your conservatory could use its space to cultivate some fauna!
  • If you have a simply decorated home a conservatory garden will brighten up your house with colour. You could fill your house with masses of greens, yellows, reds, purples. Your conservatory will be your house’s main attraction.
  • A conservatory garden will give you the feeling of being outside when it is too cold to do so, and depending on the plants you use, you could even give the room a summery feel. You’ll forever be on holiday!

How can I make my conservatory garden?

Go to your local plant nursery and purchase some flowers and plants to suit your tastes. Ask for advice on the maintenance of the plants and check if they meet your requirements.

Be interesting with your design, find some garden ornaments you would not expect to find indoors, you could get a pretty wheelbarrow and use it as a large pot for your plants.

Anne Wareham’s advice for designing is “Think repeat, think pattern.” Get the flower/plant you like and repeat it so it is not solitary and then fit it into a pattern for a stylish looking conservatory garden.


Here’s a few ideas to get you started on your own conservatory garden:

  • Single colours will maximise the drama of any conservatory garden. I don’t mean for you to rely on greens. seek out purples, yellows, blues, make it suit your house.
  • A Rainforest themed conservatory could change your conservatory into another world. Families will love this,  you could hide toy monkeys and tigers in the plants and undergrowths.
  • Succulent plants, or fat plants, such as aloe, are bold, statement making plants, they don’t require much maintenance, and they take centre stage, with their large and strange shapes. A few of these spaced evenly will make a beautiful minimalist garden
  • A rose garden indoors would be incredible, though much harder to maintain. Just imagine the flowers, colours and scents.

I hope this has inspired you. Good luck in creating your own conservatory greenhouse!


This article was provided by Sally Thomas. When she’s not discovering new home design techniques, implementing them in her own projects & writing about them to share her finds with others (yes, there is still time after all that, believe it or not…) – she enjoys the theatre, a good bottle of wine, ladies golf & fun with friends (did we mention the wine???).

How to Create the Perfect Reading Nook

We are happy to welcome our first guest post of the year: Warren Twisleton, designer of contemporary beanbag furniture at Lujo. Sit back and relax as we learn how to create the perfect reading nook in your own home.

Here, we share ideas for creating a Reading Corner at your place. With just a few ‘ingredients’ and a little inspiration, you can quickly turn an unused or uninviting corner of your home into a cozy quiet-time haven. A little nook, just for you and your book!

Bean Bag Chair Reading Corner

There are no rules for a Reading Corner – just create something you love!
The only real must-have is somewhere comfortable to sit. For sink-into-it comfort, you can’t go past a beanbag chair. And there’s also something about sitting low on the floor that’s instantly relaxing – helping you to disconnect from the normal world for a few moments.


Cocoon yourself in a blanket or throw, to make your ‘me time’ cozy and warm. Choosing a blanket or throw with a beautiful pattern or texture means it will also gorgeous slung over your chair whilst not in use.

Designer Indoor Furniture

Choose a corner of your home that gets a lot of natural light. Of course, if it can bathe in sunshine like this lovely spot, all the better!

Chair with cushions and ottoman

If you like to read blogs and surf the net, a footstool or ottoman to help prop your feet up can be helpful.

Kids Reading Nook

The littlest members of your family also deserve a special spot for story time. A comfy beanbag chair or a giant cushion will have them drifting off to nap-land before you can say ‘The End’. Keep favorite books in easy reach, and make the nook  cozy with cushions, a blanket and a favorite cuddly toy.


As these two images both show, positioning something on the wall above a chair helps to define your Reading Corner as a special space within the room. Art prints, a wall light, or even a shelf will anchor the space. And to add a pop of personality and color in an easy and affordable way, choose a couple of cushions.


This Reading Corner is just divine. The addition of a plant softens the space.
We can just imagine this nook of an evening, bathed in a soft glow from that floor lamp. The ottoman lets you put your weary feet up, but is sturdy enough to be used as a table.

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This Guest Post was created by Warren Twisleton, designer of contemporary beanbag furniture at Lujo.