Random Beauty: Ground Ivy

Random Beauty

The wild ground ivy I photographed a few years ago seems to have permanently settled our yard.

Ground Ivy

It’s from the mint family, so it shouldn’t be dangerous like it’s near-namesake poison ivy.

Now, if only ground ivy could choke out poison ivy in our back woods, I would not mind it… 🙂

Close Quarters: Floral Print Sofa with Geometric Rug

Colors, Design & Designers, Fabrics & Materials, Room of Awesome

Incorporating colors, especially strong colors, into interiors can be intimidating. Add to that floral pattern, and the task might seem insurmountable.

Not so for Melbourne-based interior designer Camilla Molders. She creates contemporary rooms with plenty of color, clean-lined and elegant furniture, and lush textiles and rugs. In her Prahran Flowerhouse project, what might otherwise been a grandmotherly floral print sofa instead becomes luxurious, almost throne-like.

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Prahran Flowerhouse. Camilla Molders Design.

The neutral walls and curtains allow the furnishings and rug to stand out. The repetition of flowers in the upholstery as well as wall art is very clever – prominent but not overdone. The geometric rug is the perfect antidote to the flowers, and brings the saccharine factor down immediately despite its unapologetically strong reds and fuchsias. And did you notice that the sofa legs are painted a matching color?

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Prahran Flowerhouse. Camilla Molders Design.

It’s really impressive how well Ms. Molders has matched the colors in the rug with those of the sofa upholstery. The room wouldn’t work nearly as well if they didn’t coordinate so perfectly.

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Prahran Flowerhouse. Camilla Molders Design.

I don’t think the rug could ever come home with me, but that sofa is looking more and more appealing. And I might have to try the trick of repeating the same motif in textiles and art in a room – very effective.

Found via Desire to Inspire.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

It’s Not Quite a Meadow…

Random Beauty

…but I love having many different wild flowers on our yard.

Lawn w Ground Ivy Dandelion

Here, it’s dandelion and ground ivy (from the mint family).

We also have both white and purple violets amidst the grass. Elsewhere, we have coltsfoot, cinquefoil and a tiny patch of lily of the valley. Later, we’ll get vetch, birdsfoot trefoil, asters and other daisy-looking flowers, clover, yarrow and wild roses, among others.

I’m so lucky to live in such a beautiful place.

Floral Photo as Fresh Wallpaper

Design & Designers

It was time for a new wallpaper for my laptop. I used this photo…

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Hanging flower installation by Rebecca Louise Law at Bikini Berlin shopping center, Berlin, Germany. Found via Colossal.

…of a hanging flower arrangement by London-based artist Rebecca Louise Law installed in a German shopping center Bikini Berlin.

Floral Photo as Laptop Wallpaper

Lovely flowers in honor of a lovely spring day.

Image found via Colossal.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Random Beauty to-Be: Hyacinth Bulbs Growing

DIY, Leveling Up, Random Beauty

I got three hyacinths as a Christmas present last year. They blossomed wonderfully before fading. Now, I don’t have a green thumb at all, so I wasn’t sure whether – or if! – they would survive and re-bloom. I’ve been watering the seemingly dead bulbs throughout the year, hoping against hope that they’re alive.

Last Years Bulbs Growing

And they are! Yay! This is a major accomplishment for me. 🙂

Online Finds: Free Floral Desktop/Mobile Wallpaper

Bits in Spaaace!, Colors, Design & Designers

For two weeks, it looked like snow was receding and spring was on the way here in Massachusetts, then we got more snow yesterday. (As if we haven’t had enough already!) I’m so parched for warm weather, sun and springtime! If only you could bottle spring, I’d make myself a reserve each year to tide me over the winter.

To cheer myself up, I found this beautiful floral laptop wallpaper by Christina Williams:

Floral Laptop Wallpaper

Feels better already – I love the perky colors and the watercolor effect. I cannot wait for real flowers to emerge, though.

P.S. Should you want one, Christina made several sizes from desktop computers to iDevices. Thanks so much for sharing, Christina!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.