Beyond Valentine’s Day

Decorating year-round with roses

 

Resources

Lindsey Harris: www.etsy.com/shop/APeacefulLeaf

Kathleen Finlay: at Ikea, www.ikea.com

Paulownia: at Christine Burke Interiors, www.ChristineBurkeInteriors.com

Abyss & Habidecor: at Gracious Home, www.gracioushome.com

Phyllis Morris: www.phyllismorris.com

AllModern: www.allmodern.com

Blissliving Home: www.blisslivinghome.com

Cafe Press: www.cafepress.com

PBteen: www.pbteen.com

Pier 1 Imports: www.pier1.com

Target: www.target.com

Terrain: www.shopterrain.com

Wayfair: www.wayfair.com


Associated Press

Floral fads may ebb and flow, but the rose’s appeal remains constant, well beyond a Valentine’s Day vaseful.

In home decor, roses have long been a favorite motif, in wallpapers, lace, chintz, and soft silk furnishings such as curtains, bedding and carpet. The versatile rose floral can impart old-fashioned cottage-y charm, cosmopolitan elegance, even a certain sexy chic.

English drawing rooms were rife with rose patterns throughout the Victorian era, and the Shabby Chic heyday of the 1990s saw countless rooms decorated with faded country roses.

While the rose is quite at home in traditional spaces, there is an architectural quality to its petaled form that fits well with modern decor, too, and the colors can be extraordinary.

Lindsey Harris of Ann Arbor, Mich., photographs roses against white backgrounds, creating striking, sometimes quirky botanical portraits. In one composition, she turns the flower heads upside down; in another she places a soft plump rose amid spiky dried fern leaves. Harris arranges rows of blowsy blooms in candy hues of cherry, lemon and bubble gum pink, printed on 8-by-10-inch frame-able paper.

Artist Kathleen Finlay’s Agnaryd rose photoprint is available in poster format at Ikea.

Decorative garden goods retailer Terrain offers a selection of watercolor prints reproduced by the Los Angeles art house Natural Curiosities of rose patterns created for hankies and pocket squares in the 19th century by French silk manufacturer Brunet-LeCompte.

A modern triptych of Paulownia wood panels with hand-carved gray and white roses is on offer at Christine Burke Interiors.

Throw pillows lend themselves to floral interpretations; you’ll find feminine rose-petaled pillows in pretty hues and soft materials at Pier 1 Imports, Pottery Barn’s PBteen and Blissliving Home.

Thomas Paul applies his edgy sensibility to an illustrated version at AllModern.

Traditional-looking, rose-patterned wallpaper isn’t difficult to find, but you might want to check out a unique collection from Target that’s not offered in stores: In taupes, teals, browns and golds, the wallcoverings have a rose print reminiscent of a vintage French negligee, which would be fun in a bedroom or powder room.

At Wayfair, there’s a textural, tonal, rose-print wallcovering evocative of an Old World art print.

And California designer Phyllis Morris’ dramatic Vie en Rose, an overscale photoprint of carmine blooms on a black background, turns a bedroom into a boudoir.

Small accessories are an easy way to introduce rose motifs. Cafe Press has a clever wall clock emblazoned with a purple rose image. At Pier 1, red felt roses lend drama to a picture frame. And finally, Habidecor’s Abyss Rose bath rug is a luxurious way to put the flower underfoot.

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