Spring/Summer 2013: Flower Power.

Floral patterns, one of the most popular design trends for 2013, couldn't arrive at a better time as far as I am concerned.  After an excruciatingly bleak winter, a sorry excuse for a Spring, and a monsoon-like start to Summer, these metaphors of hope and regeneration are a welcome antidote to our collectively cloudy mood. Art imitates nature (and then some) as dramatically-bold botanicals are splashed across anything ranging from furniture and accents, to floors, walls and ceilings:

Most of us experience an elated mood around flowers, but a behavioral research study at Rutgers's back in 2007 backs this up: it provided documented proof that flowers promote an overall sense of well-being and satisfaction, as well a heightened outlook on life.  According to the study, flowers were found to encourage relaxation, reduce anxiety and depression and boost energy, among many other positive findings.

  "I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers." ~ Claude Monet

"The Earth laughs in flowers."  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson 
Flowers provide a welcoming atmosphere in the home and instantly brighten and warm up a space--and elicit genuine smiles!

"The flower is the poetry of reproduction.  It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life."  ~Jean Giraudoux

"I hope some day to meet God, because I want to thank Him for the flowers." ~Robert Brault 
*Dresser by Cote France, chrysanthemum table by Odegard,  Peony rug by Roubini,, Anthropologie folding chair and pillow, John Lewis sofa, Cole & Son wallpaper, Graham and Brown wallpaper, Marc Phillips rug.
*Edited by Jennifer Vandemeer.

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