sneak peek best of: floral

Each year, about the time when all the spring flowers are blooming, I wish for my own little garden where I would grow garden roses, hydrangeas and lavender. Of course, I’ve spent my entire adult life in an apartment, so the thought that I could actually grow anything is pretty far fetched. Perhaps an easier way to satisfy my flower fix would be bringing more floral patterns into my apartment. So I combed our sneak peek archives for some floral inspiration. I think I’m going the way of the floral bedsheets. If I can’t grow roses, at least I can sleep with them. — Amy Azzarito

*By the way, if you want to indulge in a garden fantasy from the safety of an armchair or beach towel, check out From the Ground Up: The Story of a First Garden, a great summer read.

Image above: Fantastic vintage wallpaper in Elisabeth Dunker’s Swedish home

Image above: Matt & Kelly Allison’s home in a suburb of Cape Town, South Africa. The oil painting was done by a family friend and once hung in Matt’s grandparents’ home.

Image above: This huge oil painting was intended for the living room, but it was too big to take up the stairs in Sarah Hvass’ Copenhagen home. Now it lives in the kitchen where the family enjoys it every day.

See more flowers in homes after the jump . . .

Image above: Naomi Stein’s bright and cheerful office nook in her Philadelphia apartment

Image above: This little farm table, set off by huge floral curtains, is a frequent site of dinner parties in Laura Brunow Miner and Wilson Miner’s old Victorian home in San Francisco.

Image above: When Chrissy Poitras and Kyle Topping moved into this home in a rural town in southern Ontario, Canada, it hadn’t been updated since the ’50s, and most of the design choices felt dated. But they decided to keep this floral wallpaper.

Image above: The sofa in Fiona Douglas’ home in Glasgow, Scotland, is covered in one of her own designs.

Image above: From Merrick and Alice Angle’s home in a little village in France. Merrick made this bed using reclaimed oak from Alice’s dad’s barn. The bed is large enough for the couple’s two little girls to climb in with them. The quilt was found in the village’s monthly market.

Image above: The bedroom in designer Catherine Hammerton’s London home

Image above: Tyler Karu Ready and Brendan Ready’s dog, Haddock, rests under her portrait and next to an oversized floral pillow in a 1920s farmhouse on Ferry Beach in Scarborough, Maine.

Image above: Flowers brighten the kitchen in Paula Mills’ Melbourne, Australia, home.

Image above: Vintage floral napkins at Grace Hsiu’s home in Pasadena, California

Image above: The two armchairs on Paula Mills’ porch in Melbourne, Australia, were recovered with vintage curtain fabric.

Image above: The chair in Amanda Wright’s North Carolina living room was a Christmas gift from her husband.

Image above: Klara Bothén lives in Dals Långed, a small town in southwest Sweden. She covered her bed with a thrifted blanket that has a wood-anemone print.

Image above: A bright patterned bedroom in Rachel Bending’s Byron Bay, Australia, home

Image above: A mix of floral pillows on Rym of Mademoiselle Bagatelles bed in her Paris apartment.

Image above: A floral bedspread in Josie Curran and Barnaby Girling’s houseboat, which sits on an island in London’s Thames.

Image above: Cody Cloud and Julia Galdo’s dining room in Eagle Rock, California. The Formica table, chairs and hutch set were bought in San Diego at an estate sale for $100.

Image above: The guest bedroom in Merrick and Alice Angle’s home. The wallpaper was in the 213-year-old house when the family moved in.

Image above: Floral wallpaper coordinates with the floral garden chair in Nerissa and Peter’s Vancouver home.

Image above: A floral painting propped on the fridge in Robert Kristiansen’s summer home in Oslo, Norway, adds a bright pop of color.

Image above: Even a summer dress can be used to add a bit of floral decoration to a spare room. In Jane Cumberbatch’s London bedroom.

  1. Jennifer says:

    I adore flowers, inside and out and this is a wonderful sampling. I especially love the Fiona Douglas room, and how striking the single floral painting in the lovely spare kitchen in Norway is.

  2. Everything about Naomi Stein’s nook is fabulous, but I am seriously in love with those foo dog lamps. One Day!

  3. Ali Thompson says:

    obsessing over that formica table and chairs. and for 100 bucks?!! uh-maz.

  4. hanako zeidenberg says:

    Were these rooms decorated by the lady who wrote Homespun Design?? The style looks so so familiar. Oddly enough I am fairly certain I have seen these photos somewhere (not in the Homespun book).

  5. i so need a pic of my pooch in front of a pic of herself like that cute little terrier above!

  6. uau! (portuguese word for the english WOW :)!) this is one of the most wonderful houses I’ve seen in a long time. Although the mix-matching is so in vogue this days, modern with vintage, straight lines and floral, rustic with mod, it’s not every day we see it mastered with such class and brightness. I want to live here.


  7. this is funny and embarassing… I was raving about the house featured above because after having my eye candy with all of those wonderful pictures I hadn’t realized it was a best of with…various houses :) they all go along so well!

  8. I absolutely adore this home. I feel so welcomed just looking at these lovely pictures.

  9. This is such a great selection. I love a bit of floral, especially in the form of (sometimes cheesy) old paintings, and am always on the lookout for them at flea markets.

  10. orlando says:

    Some night in the deep future, a scene in one of my dreams will take place in Paula Mills’ kitchen. But I won’t make the connection back to a photo in a blog. I’ll just live a moment there and then forget it forever.

  11. christine says:

    I love these photos.. and flora decorating.. you don’t need a lot either to really sex it up.. I particularly love what Fi Douglas is doing! Thanks for the inspiration.

  12. Courtenay says:

    i loved this post so much.

  13. Amy says:

    Great wallpaper, I’m a big fan. And, of course, the doggy painting.


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