A ping on my iPhone woke me this morning; it was an email from a friend who sent me a huge bunch of flowers. Not actual flowers but about a dozen images of amazing and unusual blooms. I’m not usually moved by these ‘round robin’ emails, but this one made me smile and I’ve been looking at it on and off all day. There are flowers that have monkey faces, some that look like ballerinas pirouetting and still more that are incredible colour combinations.

That email got me thinking about how we use flowers around the home. I don’t know much about arranging flowers, it isn’t something that comes easily to me, though it’s always wonderful to have fresh blooms around. Formal arrangements or artfully casual – enjoy these interiors by people who understand how to say it with flowers.


Jarlath Mellett

Bruce Bierman Design

“This old world that we’re livin’ in
Is might hard to beat.
You get a thorn with every Rose
But – ain’t the roses sweet?” 
-  Frank Stanton

Celia James

Morgan Howarth Photography

“I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers”.
-  Claude Monet

Beccy Smart Photography Thirdstone inc

“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else.  Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower.  I want them to see it whether they want to or not.”  
-  Georgia O'Keeffe

Gregory Phillips Architects David Sharff Architect

“Let us open our leaves like a flower, and be passive and receptive.”
-  John Keats

Kerrie L Kelly Christopher Burns Interiors

“In the hope of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet.” 
-  Albert Schweitzer

Croma Design Platemark Design

“The flower is the poetry of reproduction.  It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life.” 
-  Jean Giraudoux

Alexander James Interiors

“To pick a flower is so much more satisfying than just observing it, or photographing it ...  So in later years, I have grown in my garden as many flowers as possible for children to pick.”
-  Anne Scott-James

Dreamy Whites again Dreamy Whites a

“Fair daffadils, we weep to see
You haste away so soone;
As yet the early-rising sun
Has not attained its noone.
We have short time to stay as you,
We have as short a spring;
As quick a growth to meet decay
As you or anything.”
-  Herrick, Daffadills

John Lum Architecture TEA2 Architects

“In the cherry blossom’s shade
there's no such thing
as a stranger.”
-  Issa

Dreamy Whites 3 Tres McKinney Design

“And if you voz to see my roziz
As is a boon to all men’s noziz, -
You’d fall upon your back and scream -
‘O Lawk!  O criky!  It’s a dream!’”
-  Edward Lear, 1885


With thanks to Houzz and all the talented people whose images these are.