IT’S BLOOM TIME, BABY

FLO­RAL ART CAN LIFT YOUR DECOR, YOUR SENSES AND YOUR MOOD. THIS SEA­SON THE POWER OF FLOW­ERS HAS BEEN RE­DESIGNED FROM THE GROUND UP.

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Flo­ral ar­range­ments have long been a source of in­spi­ra­tion for fash­ion and fur­nish­ing de­sign­ers, but this spring has seen fur­ni­ture mak­ers take flo­ral art to the next level.

This sea­son flow­ers are com­ing out of the vase, with bed­heads and cab­i­nets among other pieces ear­marked for a flo­ral over­haul.

Paint guru An­nie Sloan and de­signer Trudy Rice have teamed up to cre­ate unique botan­i­cal flour­ishes on ev­ery­thing from a chest of draw­ers to drink coast­ers, ta­ble linen and napery.

Trudy says flo­ral de­signs work on a num­ber of emo­tional lev­els.

“Stud­ies have shown that giv­ing and re­ceiv­ing flow­ers makes the giver and the re­ceiver feel happy,” she says. “Flo­ral art well done can even smell like be­ing in a gar­den.

“I have many favourite flow­ers, but right now I’m en­joy­ing our lovely Aus­tralian na­tives, par­tic­u­larly the banksia and waratah.”

Even tra­di­tional flo­rals such as roses, pe­onies and pop­pies have gone bolder and big­ger this sea­son in loose, non-lin­ear pat­terns and con­trast­ing colours.

Fleuressen­ce artist Re­nee Tsiro­nis has freeze dried and pho­tographed flow­ers as a dif­fer­ent take on flo­ral dec­o­rat­ing. The re­sult­ing art­works are al­most ab­stract.

An­nie says we’ve been tak­ing dec­o­rat­ing in­spi­ra­tion from the gar­den since the an­cient Greeks, so you can al­ways find some­thing to suit your per­son­al­ity.

De­sign­ers Guild has come to the spring party with a peony and rose bed­head in linen, the Valen­tine (in­set), avail­able through Heatherly De­sign. It evokes the op­u­lent beauty of 16th cen­tury Vene­tian fres­coes and is the per­fect mix of con­tem­po­rary and clas­si­cism in soft neu­tral colours.

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