Monday, 29 August 2011

How do your flowers grow?

Whoah!  Long time no see!  It's time for me to get back into the swing of things, as work is REALLY stressing me out, and I'm forgetting why I love design so much.  So I'm going to make a point to post something every other day, even if it's a quick blip to save my sanity...

So if you're anything like me, you are a flower murderer.  I'm like a homicidal maniac with flowers, pretty as they are.  My brown thumb really has nothing to do with this post, but I have found a flower trend that needs to be weeded out (see what I did there?): Vintage Flowers EVERYWHERE.

It's like Cath Kidston and Vera Bradley threw up all over my magazines, and in my favorite shops.  I'm sorry, but this trend will fade.  It was popular in the early 90's, and for some reason has come back into the light from it's very shallow grave.  The trend is invading every aspect of design at the moment from interiors:

To fashion:

 ... not that I wouldn't kill to be able to fit into either of those dresses...  but I really figure myself as more of a Joan Holloway than a Betty Draper...

That last one is me as a mad men character (go to:, it's way more fun than it should be...)

But I digress...

The key to getting the floral trend right is to do things in moderation, and be bold with your choices, a la the image below:

Lots of flowers, minimal gag reflex, doesn't feel like you're in your grandmothers living room with plastic covers on the couch.  See below to find out how and where to get everything (for cheap-ish) below!

In the UK:

1. Baily Medium Sofa in Heather, £999, John Lewis; 2. Pink Bird Candle Stick, £17.50 at Debenhams; 3. Lime Candle Holder, £20 at Debenhams; 4. Antler Head Wall Art, £55 at Marks&Spencer; 5. Inbloom Rug, £75-£225 at Marks&Spencer; 6. Red 'Felt Ripple' Cushion, £25.60 at Debenhams; 7. Swing Chair, Harlequin Rush 9363, £750 at John Lewis; 8. Fashion Vintage Eyelet Curtains, £75-£89 at Marks&Spencer; 9. Cream Rouch Flower Cushion, £17.60 at Debenhams.

In the US:

1. Burnham Floral Armchair, $499 at Target; 2. Assorted Bird Art, $19.99 each at Pier 1; 3. Turquoise Triangles Ceramic Vases, $24.99 & $39.95 at Pier 1; 4. Arbor Tree Sculpture, $40 at Target; 5. Surya Rug, from $89 at Macy's; 6. Klyne Sofa, $1199 at Crate&Barrel; 7. Thai Silk Pillow, $45 at Target; 8. IMAX Vera Rose Pillow, $50 at Walmart; 9. Wayborn Bamboo Coffee Table, $375 at Walmart.

I have been out of this for a while, so I have to admit that I have no idea where any of the above pictures com from, don't sue me!

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