Mastering The Floral Motif With James Treble

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Here at Zanui we’ve come down with a touch of spring. Everything is coming up roses and we’re dizzy with sun-dappled light, sweet perfumes and all the floral hues. So when James Treble demanded we bring the pretty inside, we were powerless to refuse.

As JT says, “Spring is a beautiful time of year. It’s something to celebrate.” 🙂

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This month’s styled look – Floral Flourish – is gorgeous. It’s a little bit secret garden, a lot sensuous. Inspired by the beauty of the natural world, it exudes spring spirit with its fresh botanical palette.

Bring your living room to life with JT’s tips for mastering the floral motif.

FRESH-CUT FLEURS
Whether you opt for an understated posy for your side table or a statuesque standing arrangement, fresh-cut flowers make great décor accents. Flowers add fragrance, sculptural shape and organic hues to your interiors – from striking through to subtle. Turn up the drama or the romance according to your bent with your choice of bloom and foliage.

That said, buying and maintaining fresh-cut blooms can be time-consuming (as well as weighty on the wallet). Incorporating floral accents into your décor evokes that spring vibe all year round. With just a few signature pieces you can update your look to welcome in the warmer weather and all the cute creatures shaking off their winter hibernation.

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WORK THE ROOM

According to JT, “The rules for decorating with florals are the same as using any pattern. If you use it too much, it can become overwhelming.” The trick – break it up. And revisit it.

Here JT has set upbeat pastels against blocks of vibrant colours (in the cushions) and understated neutrals (in the sofa and photo frames) for an energised yet sophisticated look. The avian imagery of the Floral Cushion and the Stonechat Artwork Cushion works with the Decorative Ceramic Bird to create a cohesive look.

When the weather takes a turn, you can change up your cushions – opt for richer tones for a more moody winter décor.

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EMPLOY DIVERSE TEXTURES

JT is an advocate for classic when it comes to your staple furniture items so your interiors are open to renovation! Here the London Shag Rug and the Zanui Newport Sofa provide perfect examples. The textured wheat weave of the Newport Sofa adds understated visual and tactile appeal. Plus it’s slip-covered.

“The lounge room is not a museum – it’s for living in! This lounge is slip-covered – the whole cover comes off. It’s kid-friendly and it’s easy-maintenance. It’s comfortable and it’s going to look good for longer.”

FUSING MASCULINE AND FEMININE

The strident lines and the urban-industrial style of the Fitzroy Square Side and Coffee Tables temper the room’s femininity. They add an edgy almost masculine element that balances the room’s floral motifs. This creates an inviting and more versatile aesthetic.

While the storage ottoman is in predictable pink, the hanging Blossom Modern Rug subverts the perceived femininity of florals. It exploits crisp blue and donkey brown hues to great effect, becoming a statement piece within the space.

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CARRY THE THEME THROUGH TO THE SHAPE OF THINGS

Nature informs design in myriad ways. The silhouette of the Luxuria 2 Shade Table Lamp emulates twining vines and floral elements with its ornate shades. It is elegant with a touch of glam and in keeping with our floral theme!

NOT KEEN ON NANA’S FLORALS?

Not everyone loves old-world chintz. JT says opt for bold, graphic prints for a more modern floral style. In this room, glass vases showcase not only the blossoms but also the structure of the stems. However a more contemporary look might favour some vases in punchy colours.

JT: “I like to marry old-fashioned and modern design. Mix the old with the new for eclectic style.”

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ADD BOOKS, BOOKS AND MORE BOOKS!

This space has a homely feel. The books and the floor cushions encourage you to relax.

JT: “I love books. They are great, easy gifts and they are simple to move around the house – they don’t have to stay in your living room!”

Kay is a feature, blog and copywriter. She collects empty jam jars, academic degrees and tawdry dreams in the hopes of turning them into something useful someday. Her work has been published in ACP magazines, ABC fiction, Overland, Brittle Star, Seizure, trade publications and online forums. Her creative writing has won several awards.