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What do you do with/in your winter garden?

Hi folks! i've got an empty winter garden and i dunno what to do with it. it was too hot in summer and recently its been too cold to hang in there even with the windows closed. i'm from the tropics and moved here recently, so i didn't know what a winter garden was until i moved here, do pardon the ignorance.

i'm looking for ideas on what to do with it (decor) or in it (decor-supported activities). ideas, suggestions, observations pertaining to decor, furnishings, activities are appreciated!
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Re: What do you do with/in your winter garden?

You lucky thing! That winter garden looks fab.. I'd take myself down to Ikea and look at all the their wicker low seats and they've plants there too in the garden section.. that looks like a great chill out room or slowly-recovering-from-the-hangover room. You know you could always buy lots of sand, deck chairs, make a bar in there and have beach parties in winter
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Re: What do you do with/in your winter garden?

I would suggest that you also look at the Otto's website, where you can buy some really cool rattan furniture, maybe a low 'couchie' type, put only one couch in - or one or two armchairs in RATTAN, with a few Ikea plants (bit higher)...and make it a 'chilling' room to read a book,
...or put a high table in it, and buy a puzzle of 5000 pieces and build the puzzle over time
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Re: What do you do with/in your winter garden?

thanks for the replies!

ok, so far, rattan, wicker and plants. the problem is, i dun have green thumbs also, won't plants invite spiders? then i'd have to get a (karma karma karma karma karma) chameleon.... can anyone suggest a nice, preferably non-synthetic, plant that requires little or no attention?

does anyone know where i can get one of those lamps that project stars onto the ceiling?
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Re: What do you do with/in your winter garden?

They had lamps like that (though can't remember if it was the same) - also glitter balls etc etc at Jumbo

You can get heaters for the wintergarden there too - make it more usable for the winter... We're using ours as a playroom for the kids..

Why don't you get a telescope and put it in the wintergarden - then you can look at stars for real?
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Re: What do you do with/in your winter garden?

Some beutiful hardy plant suggestions for your winter garden -

Wikipedia reference-linkChristmas_cactus: does well in bright, indirect light, comes in a variety of colors and looks magnificent when in full bloom. Let soil dry out between watering.

Wikipedia reference-linkSnake_plant: can survive in almost any condition and is a good choice for an entryway or drafty area. It likes to dry out between watering, and be sure not to over-water it. This plant doesn't need to be repotted very often because it prefers to be rootbound.

There are many others - just look for ones that can tolerate a wide range of temperatures as your room sounds like it is cool in winter and hot in summer and can handle a lot of sun. We have had lots of luck with plants from Ikea - Ficus, Yucca, Dracaena Marginata, etc. You can see a selection here -

http://www.ikea.com/ch/de/catalog/ca...mirrors/10779/

Edit - P.S. I don't have any of these yet but they look really comfortable (there is a shop across the road from our flat in Wollishofen) and they seem to now be connected with a Rattan furniture store too.

http://www.loungepillow.ch/shop/catalog/
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Re: What do you do with/in your winter garden?

Hsiang, you do not need to have green fingers to make plants grow, you just need to water them , so plse plse plse! do not put plastic flowers in yr winter garden, sorry..but it does make it look cheap, and looks like if you have not made much effort. I had a look at yr picture again, you can of course also put a nice old piece of furniture (these ones that only has one arm on the side...I will call it a 'Dita van Teese' sofa, one that the stars will ;pose' on). Go look for this old piece at a brockihaus, or any second hand store, sometimes you pick them up cheap, but they are really classy! So, put this 'Dita' old couch on the left hand side as you come in, or straight opposite from the entrance door, a 'yucca' plant on the left hand side in the corner. and lastly, go and buy a beige carpet for the floor, just a smallish one. Not to cover the whole floor.
I think, preferable, if you like this old couchy 'Dita' idea, go for a wild colour, like red. It will make a focal point. If you go for a dull colour couch, get funky pillows (3) on it, to make it look bright and nice.
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Old 19.10.2008, 21:24
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I will call it a 'Dita van Teese' sofa,

I think, preferable, if you like this old couchy 'Dita' idea, go for a wild colour, like red.
do u have an example of such a sofa? i looked it up and google returned a burlesque fetishist model formerly married to marilyn manson. Wikipedia reference-linkDita_Von_Teese

burlesque sounds naughty

u are right about another thing though, i don't have any "focal points" or conversation pieces in my living room...

what do u guys do for conversation pieces in the living room?
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what do u guys do for conversation pieces in the living room?
Do you mean other than the television?
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Re: What do you do with/in your winter garden?

table football?

i cannot think of anything else other than what has already been suggested.
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Try googling for a "chaise longue" !

The search results should be a bit 'safer' !

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Re: What do you do with/in your winter garden?


yip, thanks for helping me out on the 'Dita' couch. For me, I have always called it that, as all these sexy ladies hang and drape themselves around it. I attach some pictures..Ok, not pics of Dita, but of the Chaise lounge.
These are really cool and always easily create a good chilled feeling. Check out any old shops, or Ricardo.ch, or even the nice oldy chairs (normal ones) that you will need 2 chairs from, and it will make your wintergarden nice, well...that is what I think.
I looked at yr pictures, if you maybe use rattan/wicker furniture, you will have to make sure that the furniture is high enough (not to buy low couches) to NOt look out of proportion to the high windows that you have...what I mean, let me explain:
It looks like if the windows starts quite high from the floor, and with some of the wicker/rattan/typical wintergarden things, these chairs are quite low...it might be too low, and yr windows to high.
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does anyone know where i can get one of those lamps that project stars onto the ceiling?[/quote]

Nope, and just my 2 cents....I would not get it either. They are fun for anyone to look at the first time, and then its boring and might even venture to cheapies look. Think like this...you go into a Hotel, they have the stars lights, wow, awesome, they look cool and really create an certain atmospfere, that is what hotels do, and you visit hotels like once or twice, and never again...because that stars sky 'effect' for me, belongs in hotels/sauna's etc. the effect will fade on you, maybe?

How about the placing a really nice lamp in it? Soft light maybe, put it on when you are sitting in yr lounge, and you will enjoy yr wintergarden then in evenings as well. Or get a nice reading lamp (that you can find at Ikea easily), a heater and read in the evenings (while rest of family) watch TV
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it might be too low, and yr windows to high.
great tip there, appreciate!

i never did notice i guess, and took another look at my neighbours' windows last night and noticed theirs were ceiling-floor windows. checking my own, i realised the lower windows were simply covered up! i'm gonna remove the planks of wood tonight and maybe upload pics of the updated garden

as for the chaise longue, i think it's a great idea, will definitely check it out.

i'll bury the star projector, just realised its really cheesy
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Re: What do you do with/in your winter garden?

On the sofa front - if you needed an extra guest bed sometimes, maybe something like this would work as well in that room as it has the garden room look of rattan but converts in to a bed as well:

http://www.pfister.ch/index/produkte...cle=5853&page=

Relatively expensive but maybe you can find other similar models elsewhere.
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You can get heaters for the wintergarden there too - make it more usable for the winter... We're using ours as a playroom for the kids..
excellent idea... i just looked, not too costly either...
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I don't have any of these yet but they look really comfortable (there is a shop across the road from our flat in Wollishofen) and they seem to now be connected with a Rattan furniture store too.

http://www.loungepillow.ch/shop/catalog/
We have two of these,for sale actually, since we need the space for a different use.

My ad is here:
http://www.englishforum.ch/sale-want...ale-baden.html

They can tolerate cold or heat, whereas other furniture might be more sensitive to extremes in temperature.
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these chairs are quite low...it might be too low, and yr windows to high.
ok! i ripped out the boards, and ta-dah! my "new" brightly lit winter garden... still empty, of course

i'm gonna head to the brockenhaus in ZH tomorrow maybe, see if i find any van Teese chairs
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ok! i ripped out the boards, and ta-dah! my "new" brightly lit winter garden... still empty, of course

i'm gonna head to the brockenhaus in ZH tomorrow maybe, see if i find any van Teese chairs
Wow, looks great! What a difference having the boards gone. You'll have fun decorating and using it. Make sure to show us the "after" pictures.
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Wow, great job! it allready looks stunning, wow, can not believe the change. plse keep us updated, I am so so interested to see how it all turns out...have fun!
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