It’s been more like perpetual spring than winter here in Toronto and even though I know it’s much too early I’ve caught myself once or twice peeking in the garden for signs of green. I find the only cure for this sort of spring wishful thinking is to bring home a bouquet of fresh flowers, but adding a floral print or two to your surroundings is another way to give spring a bit of a kick-start.
Floral sometimes gets a bad wrap for being old-ladyish or too femme, but it doesn’t have to be. Floral when done right can also be bold and beautiful, like this wallpaper by Josef Frank. A rustic floral print anchored on a more modern shade like black, coupled with some vintage flair, creates a dramatic effect in this dining room.
Blythe Chair from Anthropologie
I love Anthropologie because Anthropologie loves flowers, as evidenced by this bursting-with-blooms chair. A modern print, beautiful colour scheme and a timeless silhouette make this chair a stunner. I can’t help picturing it in an all white room, but I’m always a fan of a single pop of bold print or colour in an otherwise minimalist space.
I just discovered the work of painter Lulie Wallace. Her acrylic paintings of floral arrangements are vibrant and modern, and the way she loosely captures the colour and shapes of the various flowers is wonderful. She titles her work after the recipient or giver of the flower arrangements which gives them a personal touch.
This collage print pillow by Laura Oakes lets you add some blooms to your room in a cool and edgy way. The juxtaposition of flowers, planes, power lines and birds takes this beyond a simple floral pillow. Throw pillows can be a low-commitment way to add some art to your space and there are many other fantastic options out there.
If you prefer the real thing when it comes to flowers, a beautiful bouquet of your favourites can brighten things up temporarily. Flower arranging is not one of my strong suits, but this photo series by Amy Merrick is completely inspirational. She makes arranging flowers look so easy. So easy, in fact, that I might just give it a try this weekend.
Happy Friday Everyone!