spires are reaching skyward, and friendly
flowers are cropping up at the doorstep,
welcoming us home. It's
time to freshen up inside the house too--with
cut right from the garden.
for florals is big, bold, and profuse--in
bouquets to adorn tables and buffets, fabrics
for bed linens or upholstery.
To stage an impressive
display of floral art, look to the buffet.
Your wall art can keep the surroundings
garden-like all year long, but when you're
in the midst
of blooming season, be creative with tall
plants and vases of flowers. Often branches
are a dramatic feature of bouquets which
almost always consists
of one type of flower
Bed linens, like English gardens, are a
marvelous way to bring a mix of flowers
indoors. The typical country garden is no
exclusive club: it's so neighborly that
daisies and roses, lavender and lilies,
are all invited.
For a fresh look,
pair solid color sheets in soft hues like
pale green, carnation pink, or sky blue
with a comforter strewn with fanciful flowers
in a big print.
Mix in small pattern florals for pillowcases.
No rules, just
your own eye for "picking" your
flowers. For decorative pillows, perhaps
your own needlepoint: one big blossom is
a trend blooming on many beds now.
Sit in a field
of flowers by choosing a cheerful armchair
in a floral pattern.
Call on your own gardening instincts by
selecting one large flower for the
chair back - and a small floral or other
pattern for the seat. Custom furniture design
is all about having a piece or two in the
room that is unique, designed exactly the
way you want it to look.
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Terra cotta and light-colored
flower pots make wonderful additions
to the table.
plants in small pots to mix with
vases of flowers.
plants in a basket for a fresh
and living centerpiece.
a long table, get the effect of
a window box with a row of plants
and flowers down the middle.
pitcher filled with lavender adds
a beautiful statement to a table
in the old English tradition.
Gardenia blooms in a small glass
or ceramic bowl to add fragrance
to an entry or place near your
favorite chair to enjoy as you
Happy 4th of July,