Flower Power

Across the world and since ancient times, flowers have held special meaning. The ancient Greeks relied on flowers heavily in mythology as symbols in storytelling. In Victorian times, it was height of society to name your daughter after a flower to imbue purity, beauty, or grace. Modern society has taken the color of flowers, rather the type of flower, to represent different feelings: red means I love you, pink means I like you, yellow means let’s be friends. Yet, digging into the meaning of flowers, we’ve found the meaning of the flower varies greatly between colors and that a yellow iris represents passion but a yellow hyacinth represents jealousy. 

In interior design, color is as integral as any element in the way it shapes the room atmosphere and creates a sense of space. While color theory in interior design is consistent between colors (yellow is yellow is yellow), there there is great variety in the way a pale sunlightended yellow and a bright lightning strike yellow feel. We often pick flowers for arrangements based on color and shape without regard to meaning. Uncovering the nuanced meaning of flowers adds another depth to design. A subtlety that might not be recognized by many but will be appreciated by some. 

Let’s celebrate the start of spring with a peek at some of our favorite blossoms and their meaning. 

LAVENDER

admiration | solitude | beauty

HYDRANGEA

heartfelt | gratitude

LILY

purity | refined beauty

STATICE

remembrance | sympathy | success

DAFFODIL

regard | chivalry | rebirth | eternal life

IRIS

eloquence | messenger | purifying 

PEONY

bashfulness | compassion | happy life | happy marriage | good health | prosperity

** Adopted from an article written for House & Home magazine. Please click here to see the complete article as it appeared.

Illustrators and Paper Artists

Instagram has become one of our favorite go-tos for inspiration, sourcing, and trend spotting. It is our most used “virtual magazine”, fully customizable and virtually limitless in terms of the depth we can get into when we really want to research a product or lock down a design idea.  Never before have we felt the world so close to our fingertips. 

One of the most interesting aspects of Instagram is the access it gives us to local, national, and international artists. Artists we never would have found in local showrooms or online. We love finding new vendors, following their work, and cataloging images for future clients. Here is a roundup of some of our favorite botanical print and textile designers. We love the earthy femininity of the patterns and unexpected use of colors and techniques.
NINA PEARSE 

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Syndey based artist known for architectural cut out drawings and X-ACTO knife abstractions from leaves. Her work is so exact, so precise, it is a quiet reminder that perfection is always within reach if you work hard for it.

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MIA WHITTEMORE

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Boston based artist specializing in patterns and unique small painting. We feel Mia is one to watch and can’t wait to see her first line of fabric debut later this year in collaboration with Windham Fabrics!

 

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SARA BOCCACCINI MEADOWS

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Brooklyn based textile and surface artist. We love her botanical prints and her talent for mixing media. Can’t wait to order some of her prints!

Andrada

HELEN DEALTRY

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Brooklyn based textile artist and painter. Helen is an accomplished (i.e commissioned) artist in the fashion world but we personally love the silk scarves she designs and sells from her website.

 
Sea Urchin Cactus

 

LIVING PATTERN

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Botanical artist Jenny Kiker is the most established botanical / print designer we love to follow. Her brand Living Pattern is a go-to fo cheerful lively prints of exotic leaves and flowers. We absolutely love her work!

The Beauty of Custom New Construction

Upon arriving at this home in a wooded neighborhood near Radnor Lake in Nashville, guests might be surprised by the interiors unless they knew our client. In that case, friends would likely recognize the aesthetic and personality from a mile away and be able to match up the interiors with the homeowners immediately. From the hand-painted Mexican tiles inspired by an old magazine clipping our clients saved, to the playroom tucked under the over-sized kitchen island, friends would be able to pinpoint  the client’s Hispanic heritage, love of color and love of family. Everything has a reason, a function, and most importantly, a story. 

Front entry way complete with custom door and a melange of custom colors inspired by travels to Mexico.

One thing everyone comments on when they walk into the home is the strong, unabashed use of color. Even we have to admit they are gutsy and unique! Some might be surprised to see a brand new construction home infused with so much personality, intrigue, heart and soul, but that is the magic of a custom home, isn’t it? In a custom home, the clients, the design team, and the contractor come together to not only create a space that reflects the client’s personality, but also to take an objective look at every aspect of construction; Nothing is a given, everything is a decision. The result in this custom home is pure joy. Bright pink, deep blues, citrus greens – they are all at home!

Our client loves color which was used inventively throughout the home.

The open and bright entryway makes the perfect welcome area. Warm wood tones, vibrant colors, custom stairway, and gallery wall featuring a collection of photos from the clients travels makes a strong design statement and sets the tone for the rest of the home. The miniature doorway under the stairs was designed to give access to the crawl space under the stairs, but we imagine the grandchildren are fascinated by the little door and have declared the space as one of their own!

A spacious and open kitchen functions as the multitasking heart of the home

We loved designing the details of the kitchen and tailoring it specially to the homeowners cooking, storage and personal design aesthetic.  First, was to layout the floor plan to create a chef’s kitchen that was at once hard working but also easy on the eyes.  Next, we selected the finishes and fixtures to match the inspiration photos.  Lastly, we stretched our imaginations to use every bit of the island which includes a small play space for the grandchildren.  Not only does this space work as a great place to tuck away toys when they are not in use, it also is illuminated so the kids can play while everyone gathers around for family events. 

Detail shot of tile sourced from the old magazine clipping and a closer look at the island 

We love the organic quality the tiles lend to the kitchen. The bright blue is lively and upbeat but the unique characteristics of each tile feels very genuine and real. It’s interesting because those are the words we would use to describe the rest of the house as well.

Custom cherry built-ins with accent lighting in the living room

The eclectic mix of colors compliments the wall of beautiful built-ins perfectly. The color balances the brown and creates a nice layered look. We love the rich hues and mix of textiles and surfaces. The shelves are an assortment of family heirlooms, photographs, interesting books and treasures collected from around the world.  The furniture is bold and charismatic, beckoning you to come sit, relax and enjoy the natural light which warms the spaces. 

This master suite could be in Nashville, LA, Barcelona, or anywhere else in the world. The modern mix of prints, color, texture, fabrics, textiles, surfaces is truly international. We love the floor to ceiling tiles and emphasis it adds to the bed.  You feel transported to another part of the world. 

This gorgeous wallpaper actually started as a ceiling accent but it was so cheery, warm and unexpected, we had to extend it down the walls as well.  We love the pattern and the soft glow it lends to the space. Its a perfect compliment to the grey custom designed storage.

The guest suite designed for our client’s daughter is an intentional departure from the vibrancy of the rest of the home. Bathed in neutrals and serene natural elements, the guest suite is the perfect tailored to their daughter’s aesthetic. What a nice gesture to design for your most sought after guest!

Last but not least, here is the accompanying bathroom as part of the guest suite. The soft, serene environment is continued and we couldn’t be more pleased with the balance, tone, and texture of the space. All and all, this house manages to find the right balance between vibrant eclectic and modern, serene and contemporary. Designed to match the personality and lifestyle of its family, this custom home will welcome many, offer a backdrop for happy memories and engulf the owners in joyful celebration of life, heritage and family.  Hope you enjoyed the tour!