Mercifully this winter is almost over, so my head dances with floral images. My witch hazel tree is almost done with its blooming season, which started in December. Since Christmas breezes over these tiny flowers have wafted their scent of cloves onto my porch.
My first early bloomers of spring are nodding in today’s light snow, but daffodils and this crocus are strong creatures and will survive.
Being obsessed now with floral forms, I decided to look through Niermannn Weeks’ design library to review my faves. Before Joe and I married, he couldn’t tell a flower from a hamburger, but subtly I have embedded all kinds of knowledge into his head. For instance, I have always seen an Art Deco floral brooch in our Biarritz Ceiling Fixture. If I were a jeweler, I’d miniaturize this design into a brooch, which would glow on the lapel of my best business attire. This is my Polaroid of the prototype we sent for approval to our patron Rodges Menzies in Memphis. Fortunately, he loved it.
Our Thistle Ceiling Fixture took its leafy silhouettes from the thistles that grow wild in our yard. When we first moved into our place, the neglected garden had been overrun with invasive “weeds” that survived drought and deer. The seeds from the tall thistles still continue to thrive in a contained area up by the street, forming a nasty, prickly hedge in the summer that discourages the deer.
Our thistle homage, however, benignly casts warm light and interesting shadows.
One of my all-time NW favorite photos shows off our expertise with customizing, in this case with our Foliate Lantern. The bitty one in the center stands about 13” tall, while the giant on the right came in at 72” tall.
The leaf form on that lantern was inspired by our first family trip to Italy, where we saw real acanthus plants blooming en masse in the fields. We had to come back home to re-draw our standard images of that leaf form, which before drew its inspiration only from classical engravings. The real thing is so much prettier.
A bed of acanthus leaves supports the bouquet of roses and start flowers on our Mille-Fleurs Headboard. Our artists use finely pointed brushes to painstakingly paint this golden arrangement on a flat metal panel. The delicate motif fools the eye so our sturdy headboard looks gossamer in a bedroom.
The more I think about the joys of the growing season, the more I can hardly wait for the peonies and this year’s annuals to surround our pool. Starting in May we’ll invite friends and family over for picnics and to just hang out with beauty.
As you can tell, I am so glad that winter’s almost gone for this year. The hellebores are blooming, and all the spring flora will soon bloom.
And before I know it, a jumble of texture, color, and shape will delight me once more.
Thanks for reading my blog, and I hope your springtime will be as glorious as mine!