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david stark’s purely paper flower shoppe + DIY project

by Grace Bonney

[i’m thrilled to welcome david stark back to d*s for another special guest post to celebrate his west elm pop up shop this thursday and friday. if you’re town in town i hope you’ll check it out!]

I hope you’ll come visit us Thursday and Friday! We’ve created a pop up store/installation that will be open for those two days only. The (purely paper) Flower Shoppe is at the west elm store on Broadway and 62nd Street, and it’s been a fantasy of mine for a long time. All of the flowers, plants, gardening tools, and even the actual shop itself are made from paper. We’ve been collecting discarded books that people leave on their stoops in Brooklyn for some time now, knowing that a good use would present itself for those stacks.

As my head and heart are currently lost in paper posies, I wanted to share an idea that Jason came up with that was inspired by our pop up Shoppe. I love anything that takes a classic and makes it modern. In fact, we have a whole chapter in our new book David Stark Design that focuses on just that design philosophy. Thus, it only makes sense to keep that train going here. Genuine pressed and framed botanicals can sometimes feel little grandma-y, but why not cut “pressed” botanical shapes from pages of books and frame them for a humorous wink at an old-time process?

CLICK HERE for the full how-to and the rest of David’s post (including an image from the shoppe!) after the jump!


Gather chic and simple frames of varying size – west elm is actually a wonderful source for these. Use a color or black as the backdrop in each frame to provides enough contrast to the cut leaf shapes. Google “pressed botanicals” to find examples to inspire your cuts. Mount one cut in each frame with a touch of hot glue, then arrange the frames salon style on your wall.

Why not hide the evidence of those steamy romance novels that you are embarassed to own? Rip out the pages, orient the text upside down, cut them into the appropriate botanical shapes, and it can be our own little secret that you were reading such trash! (wink).

Oh, and by the way, we’re going to sell these actual framed “botanicals” at the store. Come check them out in person.


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