Spring brings flowers to decorate

Spring brings flowers to decorate

The late writer and gardener Ruth Stout once wrote: “I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always welcome it in the garden.”

After a bleak winter, it’s exciting to anticipate the first flower buds. But home furnishings stores are already full of flowers. Floral motifs are found everywhere – on furniture, textiles, wall art, and accessories. Shelter magazines like Elle Decor feature eye-catching florals in their spring issues.

This season you’ll find small, elegant prints reminiscent of vintage country cottons, Asian-inspired designs and contemporary oversized florals in bold colours.

For lovers of modern style, look to Garnet Hill’s Snow & Graham satin bedding in Hydrangea, Dogwood and Rose Garden prints. The Liliana and Cadman chairs at Pier 1 feature bright, happy florals in current hot colors like teal, raspberry, caramel, and sage.

Chiasso’s Bella bed and bath collection showcases a large black-and-white chrysanthemum on a calm gray background.

Contemporary one- or two-color flowers — black or brown on white, for example — are an interesting alternative to the typical color palette. Look for pillows and dishware to add a touch or two.

With pretty little floral prints that look fresh and youthful, Two’s Company’s new Chelsea collection includes handmade paper trays in pink/purple and yellow/blue color combinations, as well as a clever, printed watering vase with a glass liner. Garden Tea Party items include a stackable teapot, tea cup, saucer and spoon in patterns such as hibiscus, lily of the valley and cherry blossom.

Mackenzie-Childs introduced a large floral-themed collection this spring called Flower Market. Their designers created enameled jugs, tea kettles, and picture frames, among other items, all beautifully painted in small poses.

At Kneen & Co., enjoy exquisite ceramic table flowers from Nymphenburg that evoke blooms like cherry blossoms and carnations. The table flowers, handcrafted from 250-year-old archival specimens, were preferred over fresh flowers that could wilt during dinner parties.

Serena and Lily have beautiful cushions in Plum and Gardenia, tinged with tones of heather, grass, blush and currant.

At Homegoods, you can find hand-painted side tables with trailing vines and petals, and a chair upholstered with blue and white flowers in the Marimekko style.

Walltats and other wall decal retailers have many versions of flowering tree branches or spring garden silhouettes; Some even have petals falling in the invisible (but certainly warm and fragrant) spring breeze.

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