Blooming Rooms: Decorating with Flowers and Floral Motifs

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Flowers, in all their magnificent incarnations, are the most popular decorating icon in the home. From the fabulous multi-floral chintzes of English cottage styles to the exquisite stylized poppies of Marrimeko, from a single perfect rose in a silver bud vase to an exotic garden room overflowing with orchids, flowers provide colorful and impassioned inspiration for all types of decorating styles.Covering historical patterns, ethnic motifs, contemporary styles, romantic imagery, floral folklore, and more, this ...
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Overview

Flowers, in all their magnificent incarnations, are the most popular decorating icon in the home. From the fabulous multi-floral chintzes of English cottage styles to the exquisite stylized poppies of Marrimeko, from a single perfect rose in a silver bud vase to an exotic garden room overflowing with orchids, flowers provide colorful and impassioned inspiration for all types of decorating styles.Covering historical patterns, ethnic motifs, contemporary styles, romantic imagery, floral folklore, and more, this unique style guide shows you how to integrate floral style into a complete design plan. Meera Lester is an internationally published writer based in San Jose, California. Her most recent book, written with Marsha Janda-Rosenberg, is Adventures in Mosaics: Creating Pique Assiette Mosaics from Broken China, Glass, Pottery, and Found Objects. An oil painter and avid gardener, she loves growing beautiful flowers to paint and to use in decorating her home. A. Bronwyn Llewellyn is a veteran writer, scholar, and exhibit developer whose prestigious credits include the Smithsonian, the National Civil Rights Museum, the Harry S. Truman Library, the Oregon Historical Society, and The Tech Museum of Innovation. She holds a bachelor's in English from William Jewell College and a master's in museum studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program in New York. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781592530151
  • Publisher: Rockport Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

An Introduction to the History of Flowers in the Home 8
The Blooming Room Plan 10
Flowers through History: Lotus Blossoms Embodied Rich Symbolism in Ancient Egypt 20
Blooming Entries 22
Flowers through History: The Greeks Preferred Stylized Flowers; Romans Wanted Realism 32
Blooming Living Rooms 34
Flowers through History: Asian Artisans Created Realistic and Symbolic Flower Embellishments Many Indian Floral Patterns Have Survived Unchanged 54
Blooming Kitchens 56
Flowers through History: Byzantine and Celtic Cultures Developed Complex Floral Motifs Rosettes and Rich Patterns Characterized Florals of the Middle Ages 64
Blooming Dining Rooms 66
Flowers through History: Persian Decorative Arts Bloomed with Flowers Flowers Have Always Been Inextricably Linked with Carpet Design 78
Blooming Bedrooms and Baths 80
Flowers through History: European Ornamentation Flowered in Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo Styles 92
Blooming Indoor Garden Rooms 94
Flowers through History: Mechanization and Eclectic Tastes Filled Homes with Anything Floral 110
Blooming Accents and Accessories 112
Flowers through History: Motifs of the Past Inspired Arts and Crafts Floral Arrangements 122
Blooming Outdoor Garden Rooms 124
Flowers through History: Art Nouveau Embraced Fantastical Flower and Tendril Motifs Simple Folk Motifs Continued the Floral Tradition Contemporary Florals Look to the Past--and the Future 132
Bibliography 136
Resources 138
Photography Credits 141
About the Authors 142
Acknowledgments 144
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