Not just reserved for your grandmother’s formal living room of dusty pink, floral patterns are an excellent way to express your admiration for blooms. Best of all, when the frigid winter air has you wishing it was June, you can gaze upon your walls adorned with floral wallpaper and remember the bounty of summer all year long.
The 17th-century frescoes in the loggia of the rococo Villa Torrigiani near Lucca, Italy, ensured that flowers were on hand every day.
If you live in the U.S., you might have already seen some of Abigail Borg's work in your local drugstore—her illustrations grace Aveeno's Positively Nourishing line of lotions, but what I really want are some of her pillows.
One thing I’ve learned after almost a decade in Sweden is this: Under no circumstances should you move here in November. I did. I left New York, a city that glitters year-round and where there’s almost always some green in Central Park, and moved to Stockholm. Life went from Technicolor to black and white. If you’ve seen Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal, in which a man plays chess with Death, that’s how I feel as I walk around the house switching on lights at 3 o’clock on a November afternoon.
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.
Chic Little House is written by Katrina Sullivan and is the ongoing story of her and her family's renovation of their Northern Californian house. She lives with her husband and two children—a tween and a baby—as well as a chihuahua!