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Sweet Breath of Spring

Every page of Bringing Nature Home, the new floral design book by Ngoc Minh Ngo, is a work of art. I just got it a few days ago and have already devoured it five times over. It’s not just that the photographs are stunning; they’re also jaw-droppingly inspiring: Ngoc offers info-packed sections on vases, arranging and cut flower care, plus a clever seasonal guide to available blooms. With breathtaking arrangements by Nicolette Owen, prop styling by Amy Wilson, and a thoughtful introduction by design-world icon Deborah Needleman (of Domino and WSJ Magazine fame) this amazing art book/practical “how to” is a must-have in any collection. (Better yet, it makes the MOST PERFECT Mother’s Day present ever!)

So… all of these blossoms got me thinking about my other obsession: floral fabrics – especially ones that share the same louche beauty of the flowers in Ngoc’s book. Here are a few of my favorites – both vintage and current.

Above: I picked up this vintage printed linen remnant at a flea market in Washington, DC, and can’t wait to make a pillow out of it. It would be amazing on a claret-colored linen velvet sofa.

Above: Claremont’s cheerful combination of stripes and florals will look unreal as a window seat cushion, with an assortment of vintage floral pillows mixed in.

Above: This gorgeous, large-patterned fabric by Jasper would be fantastic as wall upholstery, or for a more economical option – a three-paneled screen. It adds instant old-school charm to any room, and I love the idea of a collection of mismatched art hung against it, salon style.

Above: This Robert Kime fabric would make a beautiful a coverlet at the foot of a bed in a bedroom with apricot grasscloth walls and white trim– so summery and fresh.

Above: I can see a traditional arm chair upholstered in this bold raspberry and lilac Robert Kime print sitting on top of a well-worn Sultanabad in a library.  The colors are so cool, and unexpected.

Above: Delicate and  soothing is how I see this print by Penny Morrison, so I’m using it for a headboard and curtains in a bedroom against a background of subtly striped green and cream wallpaper.

{All photography used with the permission of Ngoc Minh Ngo from her book Bringing Home Nature: Floral Arrangements Inspired By Nature.}