Saturday, February 12, 2011

Detail: Greens & Blossoms

Just a snippet can bring a space to life.

It seems that our connection with plants is imminent—our appreciation and bewilderment, ongoing. And I often wonder, would we adore them quite as much if they lasted, so perfectly in scale and color, forever, or do we appreciate them all the more, knowing very well that they are such a natural gift—ours to enjoy, if only for a short period of time. I have heard tales of flowers that last in full bloom for only moments—how rare they are. Like diamonds, they are awed and cherished in their own regard. And how nice it is to be able enjoy them within our personal spaces, just as we do outdoors.

Have you seen the movie "Hanging Up?" In it stars some Hollywood favorites, such as Walter Matthau, Diane Keaton, Meg Ryan and Lisa Kudrow. For those who might not have seen this movie, I will spare the pertinent details and the storyline, but must inquire: have you ever noticed the abundance of apricot roses throughout this movie? They were often showcased at different points in the story, whether in the foreground or background, and in slightly different colors... which leads me to wonder more about their connection, and if they were symbolic in any way. History tells us that different flowers, their colors, and even the way that they are presented offer meaning and are a form of expression. For some, Valentine's Day must include gifts and often flowers. I'm certainly not discarding the tradition and love felt behind the giving, but fully admit to buying and enjoying plants and flowers throughout the year. A gift from a loved one, or even a gift to yourself, each is so individual, and there is something to be said for the joy of observing their wondrous new life unfolding...

— images: A Certain Style, by Tricia Guild, photos: James Merell


  1. Good morning Sarah,
    I especially like the space in #3. This would be an ideal place to spend a Sunday afternoon with a cup of tea waiting for the arrival of the springtime.
    I wish you a happy and rested day,

  2. I love nothing more than fresh flowers in my home; they make such a difference, brightening up any room instantly! Hope your having a lovely weekend xx

  3. love flowers and plant materials in general which is, perhaps, why I studied horticulture.... :)

  4. Sarah,
    these are beautiful images. I love the neutral with a pop.
    I hope that your weekend is going well.

  5. havent een, will have to check it out! Flowers definitely make me happy and these images even more, so much light!
    Hope you are well Sarah, sending lots of love, xo

  6. You're so right Sarah. Flowers really can make a room (and especially a picture of a room!). I'm partial to orchids, both for their architectural look and that they can last for weeks and weeks!

  7. What a heavenly post dearest Sarah! I love flowers and greens and my favorite flowers are tulips. Happy Valentine's Day for you!

    Much love: Evi

  8. That is one of my favorite movies! Hope you have a wonderful Valentines Day, Sarah!! xo

  9. Beautiful images as always Sarah. Have seen the movie but don't remember the roses - will have to rewatch. Wishing you a wonderful Valentine's Day!!

  10. Sarah, only you can write a post like this - that is gorgeous, interesting, heartfelt and meaningful.

    Happy Valentine's day to you my friend.

    Sending you one big, loyal heart.

    ox, Mon

  11. oh Sarah, so well writen post. flowers are the best gift someone could give me. I totally agree with you. have a LOVEly day, darling! xo

  12. Monika: I have been working on an email for you in bits and pieces for days -- saying all there needs to be said... coming your way soon :) xoxo

  13. I've always been a big fan of Designers Guild. They really understand colors and patterns and their style is so fresh and unique... Love the pictures! thanks for sharing!!
    Laura xoxo

  14. That green house picture really makes me fall in love. Well, I'm not always a big fan of green. But I think I can handle this :)

  15. mercilessly gorgeous... i am in love.. i wish you were on google following as well.. lovd your post!

  16. {éclat} event design: that is so true... Trisha has been doing this for years, and so well!

  17. love your blog, very inspiring , i check it every day,
    always beautiful pics


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