Photo by Russ Schlepmann.
There are those who sniff at the idea of fake flora, and there are those who don’t. But even folks in the former camp will find that New York City-based event designer and floral stylist Livia Cetti captures something deeply real in her paper flowers and foliage. With the gesture of each plant, the nod of its head, and the swirl of its leaves, she manages to locate an essential truth about its being. “I’m not looking to copy an exact stamen or flower,” says Cetti.
Williams-Sonoma’s new Agrarian line joins the hyper-locavore movement with backyard beehives and the Alexandria Chicken Coop. ($880; Williams-Sonoma)
As the last blooms of the garden fade, the frost takes away more than just the fruits of our labors—we lose entire months of alfresco pleasures. But the dedicated (or obsessed) among us have figured out a way to bring the outdoors in. Here are our picks for adding a touch of the natural to winter’s doldrums with rustic materials and garden-inspired accoutrements—and without the perennially dirty fingernails and bug-bitten limbs of summer.
Did you know that you can buy utensils shaped like gardening implements? The better to, um, literally, shovel food in your mouth. Anyway, picky eaters (be they children or otherwise) might enjoy this set—there's also a matching plate, which keeps all the food separate, in case that's also part of your picky eating rules. It might also be a fun gift for any young budding vegetable gardeners.
You're tough! You've got your knuckle duster on, ready to punch!
But maybe you're soft, because your knuckle ring has, um, moss growing on top of it.