The conservatory has changed decor for spring. The winter months have passed and spring is here to stay. It was a mild winter, and it was time for the conservatory to have a fresh look. All of the furniture was re-arranged. You will see the table and chairs are no longer centered, but rather loveseat style seating is in place. The colors are neutrals, golds and greens for spring. A new shade system was also recently installed. There are now three shades running horizontally along the eave line. The new shades showcase different fabric options for customers. There is an oyster white and a mossy green. Both units are manually operated with a pull. The shade systems cut down on glares and heat gain.
|The Solar Innovations employees are sponsoring a Salvation Army for the holidays. All gifts that are collected are going to be placed under this Christmas tree. Christmas cacti, an amaryllis, and swags help to achieve a very festive atmosphere in the building’s entrance. The employee cafeteria also has holiday decor. There is a baker’s rack which was moved from the conservatory as the tree took its place. This furniture piece was decorated with a live burgundy plant, African violets, and a metal container with wicker balls. The drawer top has great texture, as seen in the woven vase, ceramic pitcher, and miniature log which were left over from the Christmas tree trunk. There are two large windows in the cafeteria which now have Douglas fir swags, warm tone lights, hurricane vases filled with ornaments, and sporadically placed ornaments adorning the sill. The cafeteria also has a Christmas tree. Since the tree is placed in the cafeteria, a food theme was appropriate. Solar Innovations, Inc. is a green company, and this is the first year a third tree was used. To help cut down on waste and commercial products, dried fruit was used on this tree. A few left over ornaments were used on the tree, but the draw of the tree is the fruit. Oranges, limes, lemons, and grapefruit were dried in an oven and dehydrator for almost three days. The fruit is accented by strands of raffia. The topper on the tree is again berries and silk fill. The tree has a very natural, earthy feel to it.|
Now that spring has arrived, it became time to change the conservatory from winter colors to spring shades. This is something that can be done seasonally, or one color scheme can be established with accessories and furnishings that are year round appropriate. I keep the main pieces of furniture the same and simply change the accessories. I started by purchasing a new mint green table cloth for the middle table. All the floral arrangements were changed to spring colors, pinks, and purples. The baker’s rack had burgundy accessories, and I switched them to purple spring items such as vases, plates and watering cans. Lastly, I used green throw cushions on the settes and chairs. I will keep these accessories up through spring and summer. Changing the decor helps to make a conservatory more appealing, and you are more likely to use it when the room looks welcoming.