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I No Wallflower
This wandering ivy wall
sconce from Canopy
Designs is handpainted with touches
of glass flowers, $737,
through ABC Carpet &
Home. (212/473-3000,
ext. 3727)
Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, “The earth
laughs in flowers.” That is certainly the case this
season, when big floral prints are bursting with
color and personality. From sconces to teapots, let
unabashedly bold posies help you usher in spring.
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I Paper Cuts
Make a bouquet
with West Elm’s
paper flowers. The
hand-folded rose
blossoms are $36
for a set of 12.
I Daisy Chain
Scattered wildflower prints
and sweet embroidery are
what makes Lauren Ralph
Lauren Home’s “Georgica
Gardens” so fetching,
$60–$400. (macys.com)
I Party Favor
Party planner and flower
lover David Stark shares tips,
ideas, and insider tricks on
how to throw a perfect
party, $40. (amazon.com)
I Flower Pot
I It’s in the Bag
Gien’s “Flora,” $250,
is a delicate floral
design transferred
onto hearty
earthenware for
long-lasting appeal.
Show how your
garden grows when
you carry this Dior
bag embellished
with appliqués and
fine embroidery;
through Bergdorf
I Petal Pushers
Quirky British shoe
brand Charlotte
Olympia creates
a trellis underfoot
with the kidskin and
organza “Hortencia”
wedge, $1,995.
Spring has definitely sprung, and flowers
are cropping up everywhere. You’ll see
huge hydrangeas branching on vases,
botanicals budding on brocades, and petals
opening on prints—sometimes on
latticework backgrounds.
Florals—beloved because they epitomize
femininity and reflect the beauty of the
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natural world—are never completely out of
style. This season, however, their look is more
sophisticated, thanks to stronger, darker
graphics, sumptuous backgrounds, and the
sheer size and exuberance of the blooms—
as seen in the sky-high shoe by Charlotte
Olympia, above, on which everything is
coming up organza roses on a trellis-like
I Rosy Outlook
Put some posies in
your wardrobe with
a “St. Germain Rose
Silk Crepe” dress
from Erdem’s spring
2013 collection.
From left: “Kiki,” $1,235
“Morwenna,” $2,225
Wallpapers & Fabric
“Fairfield” by Nina Campbell
“Woodsford” by Nina Campbell
Photographs: Pillows, wallpapers, fabric, Peter Krumhardt
I Social Climber
Designed by Marcel Wanders for
Bisazza, each piece of “Bloem” floral
glass mosaic is cut to size and
positioned by hand. (bisazza.com)
heel and upper. Bold floral prints splattered
against white look fresh and fun, too.
Today’s florals are more self-confident
than those of the 1940s, which can feel
sentimental; more sophisticated than
designs of the ’50s, which can skew toward
the campy; and more fluid than the
Day-Glo flower-power motifs of the ’60s.
“Willowbrook” fabric by
Jane Churchill cowtan.com
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I Jeepers Creepers
IFlowers Spring
This painted porcelain
morning glory from
The Vladimir Collection
is like a piece of fine
art nestled in a
terra-cotta pot, $3,300.
“Flowers in the
Night” chest,
$25,475, is made
of wood and brass.
Special order
through Barneys
New York.
I Bed of Roses
Pine Cone Hill’s
all-cotton “Melody”
quilt is abloom
with color, $315 for
a queen; $58 for
a standard sham.
I Poppy Talk
Shown on a chaise
by Glyn Peter Machin,
the “Les Grandes
Pavots” floral print
from Paule Marrot
Editions is winsome
and weather-resistant.
They’re less reserved than the earth-toned
florals of the ’70s and more spontaneous
than the blowsy floral designs of the ’80s,
which channeled English country estates
with sumptuous bouquets of cabbage roses
swathing windows, walls, and furnishings.
“There’s nothing we love more than a
bright graphic floral pattern,” says designer
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Anne Maxwell Foster of Tilton Fenwick.
Adds design partner Suysel dePedro
Cunningham: “We are never ones to shy
away and let the print stand alone. We
would pair it with more classic ticking
stripes or small allover prints to layer ➤
Photographs: Quilt, Peter Krumhardt
I Arresting Blossoms
A bold pairing with
any drink, these
Belgian linen cocktail
napkins, $38, from
Sharyn Blond Linens
are available in three
colors. (913/362-4420)
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I All Choked Up
I Trowels &
Durable and pretty,
the “Threshold” floral
gardening tool set is
made from powdercoated aluminum,
$20. (target.com)
and build pattern on pattern to create
interest in a scheme.”
This spring you may use a captivating
floral rug to trigger a prismatic palette for
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I Loomed Blooms
Densely tufted and
bursting with color,
wool “Chimbor”
rug has a dramatic
raised effect, $698
for a 5x7-foot rug.
I Tray Chic
Inspired by the work
of French textile
designer Paule
Marrot, these acrylic
trays come in three
sizes, $54–$160.
I Glass Menagerie
I Pleasing Plates
Handblown in Murano,
Italy, the “Millefiori”
glass bowl, $2,000, by
Casa di Francesca is both
decorative and functional.
Monique Lhuillier’s
“Lily of the Valley”
pattern for Waterford
is a lovely throwback
to simpler times;
$135 for a five-piece
place setting.
your living room, flirt in a pretty petal-print
frock, or get a hint of the garden look with
a single eye-catching accessory instead of
going flat-out floral. With bowers of flowers
abloom in fashion and design, you’ll find
plenty of blossoms to pluck wherever you
look. Now is the season to joyfully gather
a pocketful of posies. —Rebecca Christian
Photographs: trays, plates, Peter Krumhardt
Add a dash of
sunshine to your
neckline with
Oscar de la Renta’s
stylized floral
necklace shown
in amber, $595.