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Sunrooms and Greenhouses Sustainable and Fashionable

Posted: Friday, June 13th, 2014 | Filed under: Greener living, Greenhouse shades, sunroom shades
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IMG_1661When real estate housing and apartment décor trends are discussed there are very few features that everyone can usually agree on as being highly covetable (especially if you live in New York City).  However, there is one perk that is considered a coveted luxury no matter where you live:  a greenhouse space or sunroom.  On top of being a stunning décor choice, greenhouse rooms or sunrooms have the added bonus of potentially helping you save energy (with the proper window shading options) during both warm and cool months.

Suburban living may be a little more “greenhouse-friendly” than the city, but we were able to put together a list of some of the most beautiful indoor/outdoor sunroom spaces- some of which are located right here in Manhattan.  You can use them for your inspirations, or just for daydreaming, because let’s face it, every time you open the door to a potential new living space, you secretly hope it holds a beautiful hidden nook like the greenhouse Andie MacDowell discovered in the 1990s movie “Greencard”.

Greenhouses of the Rich and Famous

1.  DVF Greenhouse:  Perhaps our favorite greenhouse space is the one that sits on a rooftop of a building in the Meatpacking district and that is the penthouse apartment of Diane von Furstenberg.  A stunning piece of glass architecture, the greenhouse is a part of her indoor living space (the second floor of living space on the top floor of her store).  It also has (big sigh here) – actual green space around it in the form of a roof terrace and private garden.  Of course, as with every stylish greenhouse, Ms. Von Furstenberg has chosen to have the option of blocking out the sun by using floor to ceiling drapery as her greenhouse window shading.  This allows for privacy and mood creation, depending what sort of event/party she may have planned (something intimate versus something spectacular).

Of course, there are also fictional (yet real) greenhouse spaces in New York as well.  Perhaps Ms. Von Furstenberg was inspired by one of these when she decided to create her greenhouse.

2.  Bronte Mitchell’s Greenhouse in Greencard – A movie that came out in the 1990s Greenhouse was a mediocre romantic comedy, perhaps best appreciated on a rainy day if you stumble upon it on a free cable station.  But, the set, which was almost totally just an NYC apartment (a real one, not a Hollywood set) has inspired numerous blog posts, as it featured a beautiful greenhouse room.  In fact, the entire movie is based around the fact that Bronte wants to rent this apartment (she is also a horticulturist) but the building’s board will not allow for any single residents.  Couple this with a very cute Gerard Depardiu searching for a faux marriage in order to secure a green card to stay in the US – and you have the perfect set up for a mediocre Hollywood Rom Com. The building where this movie was filmed is The Aylsmere.

3.  We also discovered another wonderful greenhouse room in New York City – this one located in SOHO.  Like the DVF Greenhouse this one too is surrounded by a lovely rooftop green space that is covered in grass and wood decking.   In addition to providing a lovely space for people to enjoy on the roof, the garden also provides cooling for the building below and so is energy efficient.

4.  We’re going to cheat a bit on this last one and go back to Hollywood concepts for a NYC Greenhouse.  The movie Down With Love starring Renee Zelleweger and Ewan McGregor included a spectacular apartment for Zellweger’s character Barbara Novack.  Although not technically a greenhouse, the apartment itself had that feeling, as its focal point was floor to ceiling windows looking out at the New York City skyline.  The set decorators opted for sheer, floor to ceiling drapes to act as shading for the enormous apartment windows, and it gave the apartment a softer appearance, which balanced out the bright white and splashy colors of its 1960s décor.

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