Author(s): DIANA YAKELEY
Conservatories and sunrooms have undergone many transformations in construction and design, and with the advent of modern glass technology and improvements in controlling temperature and ventilation, they have an ever-increasing range of uses. From a simple PVCu and glass extension of an existing space to an iconic glass box garden room, conservatories can fulfil any number of roles, including a light, airy place in which to relax, a showcase for different planting schemes, a stylish dining area, or an inspiring office space with or without planting.
Diana Yakeley, a renowned interior designer and past chairman of the British Interior Design Association, explores every aspect of conservatories and sunrooms, from their genesis and construction to practical ideas for their style and usage, with inspirational ideas for formal or informal designs, planting schemes and practical considerations such as materials, ventilation and lighting.
The author offers inspiring and expert guidance on choosing the best size and shape for your space, with plenty of suggestions for small-scale and low-budget designs. There are detailed scale diagrams and step-by-step instructions and checklists, as well as practical information on the properties and benefits of different materials. No conservatory would be complete without proper attention to the finer details, and there is an invaluable section on interior styling, covering lighting, colour schemes, furniture and soft furnishing.
A beautifully illustrated chapter on planting contains helpful suggestions on choosing the best plants for achieving different effects, with advice on planting for form, colour and scent; sculptural planting schemes; and growing a wide variety of different plants. There then follows a section of basic step-by-step techniques, such as pruning, propagation and dealing with pests and diseases, as well as an informative directory of the most suitable plants for conservatory conditions - including trees and shrubs, climbers, annuals and perennials, bulbs, grasses, succulents and edible plants.
Packed with expert information and lavishly illustrated with over 300 colour photographs, this stunning book is both a sumptuous inspiration and invaluable reference guide for anyone setting out to build a conservatory or sunroom, and looking for new and exciting ideas to transform an existing space.
Diana Yakeley is a qualified interior designer as well as a designer of contemporary urban gardens. In practice with her architect husband, she has a clean, uncluttered approach to both interior design and gardening. Her award-winning green and white garden in Islington, London, has been photographed extensively for a range of lifestyle magazines and books and her previous book Indoor Gardening (also published by Aquamarine) has successfully sold worldwide.