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Blooming rooms : decorating with flowers and floral motifs
Llewellyn, A. Bronwyn (Anita Bronwyn)
Publication Information:
Gloucester, Mass. : Quarry Books, [2004]

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144 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
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NK2115.5.P49 L54 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Packed with exquisite photo-graphy and expert decorating ideas, this design guide will help you successfully integrate beautiful floral motifs throughout every room in your home. From elegant, embroidered draperies to glamorous contemporary upholsteries, find clever ways to exploit the eye-catching beauty of nature's crowning glory -- the simple flower. Book jacket.

Author Notes

A. Bronwyn Llewellyn is a veteran writer, scholar, and exhibit developer. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from William Jewell College and a master's degree in museum studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program in New York. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area
Meera Lester is an internationally published writer based in San Jose, California

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Blossoms-live or silk, printed or painted-can freshen any room, write authors Llewellyn and Lester in this handsomely illustrated guide to home decorating. The authors, both accomplished gardeners, go room by room, giving ideas on color, patterns and function to fit different spaces and tastes. For "Blooming Kitchens," for example, they suggest bright, vital shades versus the subdued, calming tones they recommend for bedrooms. They sweep through a wide variety of decorating styles, showing how to incorporate flower motifs into the spare modernist apartments and provincial cottages. Readers may take inspiration from the anecdotal "Flowers Through History" sections in each chapter, which detail the bloom's importance in ancient cultures, like the Egyptian and Celtic, or periods, like Rococo and Art Nouveau. Lists of useful resources for decorating, as well as simple instructions on decoupage, pressing fresh flowers and printing fabrics, round out this vibrant volume. Color photographs throughout. (Mar.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Table of Contents

An Introduction to the History of Flowers in the Homep. 8
The Blooming Room Planp. 10
Flowers through History: Lotus Blossoms Embodied Rich Symbolism in Ancient Egyptp. 20
Blooming Entriesp. 22
Flowers through History: The Greeks Preferred Stylized Flowers; Romans Wanted Realismp. 32
Blooming Living Roomsp. 34
Flowers through History: Asian Artisans Created Realistic and Symbolic Flower Embellishments Many Indian Floral Patterns Have Survived Unchangedp. 54
Blooming Kitchensp. 56
Flowers through History: Byzantine and Celtic Cultures Developed Complex Floral Motifs Rosettes and Rich Patterns Characterized Florals of the Middle Agesp. 64
Blooming Dining Roomsp. 66
Flowers through History: Persian Decorative Arts Bloomed with Flowers Flowers Have Always Been Inextricably Linked with Carpet Designp. 78
Blooming Bedrooms and Bathsp. 80
Flowers through History: European Ornamentation Flowered in Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo Stylesp. 92
Blooming Indoor Garden Roomsp. 94
Flowers through History: Mechanization and Eclectic Tastes Filled Homes with Anything Floralp. 110
Blooming Accents and Accessoriesp. 112
Flowers through History: Motifs of the Past Inspired Arts and Crafts Floral Arrangementsp. 122
Blooming Outdoor Garden Roomsp. 124
Flowers through History: Art Nouveau Embraced Fantastical Flower and Tendril Motifs Simple Folk Motifs Continued the Floral Tradition Contemporary Florals Look to the Past--and the Futurep. 132
Bibliographyp. 136
Resourcesp. 138
Photography Creditsp. 141
About the Authorsp. 142
Acknowledgmentsp. 144