Guest editor Marlene M. Kristoff brings us the best Spring colors, flowers, and scents.
Bringing Spring into our lives and into every room of our homes is a joy! It is fun to create our home environments that “feed our souls” and nurture us. Our homes are the “calm after the storm!” No matter how many rooms we have 1,2 or 20…let them reflect our glorious Spring: Entry, Powder – Bathroom, Bedroom, Living – Dining Room and Terrace!!
Interiors today reflect our personalities…and style more than ever. There are as many styles as there are individuals!! Let’s see how we can uplift our spirits with Spring’s colors, flowers and scents this week, some subtle – some vibrant!
If you are a traditionalist, you might enjoy bringing Winterthur’s Twelve Months of Flowers into your home. The British horticulturist and author Robert Furber (1674–1756) created these wonderfully detailed floral works. Prints in numerous sizes and a book for recording birthdays and important dates have been published from this series over the years. Each month and its flowers become so personal when showcased on a wall…in almost any room.
They could read as family birth history or special marriage or birthday!! Personal and fun….
This beautifully subtle, mass of pale tulips in a simple footed crystal or glass urn is classically graceful on a dining table with Limoges, gold-rimmed dinnerware. It is equally at home on a Mid-Century Modern Platner Table by Knoll, in airy steel from Italy, or a marble Saarinen table à la 1956!
Bernardaud’s Jardin Indien Limoges Dinnerware is a beautiful combination of classic modernity for today! It has vibrancy and subtlety as well – depending on which pieces in the collection you choose, the color of linens, and accessories. Personalize to suit your home, personality, and entertaining style! Artists have been influenced by the seasons for centuries…whether Monet, Cezanne, Warhol, or O’Keeffe! They are often readily identified with a specific style or genre.
Spring colors and flowers obviously influenced Andy Warhol, American, 1928–1987. Which of his works spring to mind? Possibly his wonderfully energetic POP silkscreened Portraits or Flowers. They are actually vibrant or subtle, depending on the color palette!
You might arrange an entire vibrant wall with them…in almost any room, or subtly integrate pale tones in a serene blue–grey bedroom or bath. Thankfully, his foundation has authorized numerous reproductions. Art collectors today continue to seek his original works, long after his death in their glorious, original silkscreen form.
How could we possibly think about artists inspired by flowers without the sumptuous, gigantic blooms of Georgia O’Keeffe (American 1887 – 1986)? Her orchids are particularly sensuous, with breathtaking use of color gradations. Flower Abstraction, 1924 – An Orchid, 1941, and Pink Tulip are passionate works, beyond words and a few of my favorites! Georgia O’Keeffe: One
What would our homes be without glorious white or vibrant orchids? They usually remain with us for more than a month and sometimes reflower!
Their beauty has been captured brilliantly by luxury floral artist Diane James in Connecticut. She uses the highest quality materials: natural-touch fabrics, real bamboo, preserved moss, etc. for many years of enjoyment.
Spring scents abound and I’ll share many in future weeks…for today, Jo Malone’s Vintage Gardenia has joyously reappeared for us to enjoy!
Until next Saturday, have fun bringing Spring’s Colors, Flowers, and Scents into your Home!
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