Art & Botany: Broken Flowers

October 14, 2012
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A flower's demise is a slow process—unless you're photographer Jon Shireman, in which case it happens with a quick pivot and a smash. He immerses his flowers to stiffen them, then flings them against a hard surface. The shattered remains are beautiful. 'Broken Flowers' is a striking series of contrasting pairs.

Coveting: Janus et Cie's Flourish Teapot

April 04, 2012
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There’s nothing short or stout about Janus et Cie’s immaculate, whimsical decorative teapot. Inspired by the beauty and complexity of Japanese gardens, the ever-chic furniture design company dreamed up Flourish, a ceramic vessel draped in floral and foliate forms. The teapot rests under a glass case, an exquisite, perpetually blooming landscape. Good luck finding matching cups.


Going Dutch at Dinner

November 23, 2011
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As a floral designer and stylist, I’m always on the lookout for  inspiration for my work. I never pass up an opportunity to find new ideas for arrangements or interiors; I’m constantly combing through New York’s green markets and devouring classic books and films. So when I traveled to Amsterdam, Netherlands, last fall, I tore myself away from the city’s famed flowers and gardens and visited the collection of Dutch Master still lifes at the famed Rijksmuseum.

Art + Botany: Topiary Animals in China

July 07, 2011
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From the green obelisks of early Roman villas to the tidy privet mazes of medieval monasteries, topiary sculptures have evolved alongside the design of the garden. Fancifully anthropomorphic or practically geometric, there seem to be few limitations on what forms can be pruned by a topiary artist. And, it can be a way to design a landscape-specific garden—not with native plants, but with native animals. 

Jasmine, a Revolutionary Flower

May 10, 2011
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Jasmine, a long-time favorite flower of the Chinese, loved for its scent and use in tea, has been banned by the Chinese government. Starting in February, there was talk of a "jasmine revolution" floating around the internet and the Chinese government put in place an open-ended ban on selling jasmine at the retail and wholesale markets in Beijing. Even famous poetry about the fragrant flower has been yanked off the internet.

"Jasmine Becomes Contraband in China," The New York Times

Rachel Bilson's Dishware

March 15, 2011
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So, back in the early 2000s, I was a big fan of the teen soap opera The O.C. To recap, in case you did not waste your free time watching dramas about high school love, it was about a group of teenagers who lived in Orange County, Calif. Fan favorite Summer Roberts was the snobby brunette who Seth, the nerd, loved. As a character quirk, she also was a fan of Golden Girls and often mentioned the show in episodes.