Natural Selection: Invite the Outdoors in with Inspiring Floral Design

This article was originally published on Christie’s International Real Estate’s blog Luxury Defined


If this summer you’re finding yourself more indoors than out, an unexpected floral design might be just the thing to lift both your interiors and your spirits. After all, whether you’re looking to bring a room into full bloom or bask in a few bright botanicals, flowers never go out of style. Read on for our pick of the bunch.


Atrafloor’s Cornucopia floor design fuses retro style with a contemporary flair, perfect for creating a bold, nature-inspired feel in any room.


Budding Genius

There’s a definite Pop Art sensibility to Atrafloor’s new Floral collection. As the name suggests, the designs are inspired by blossoms and blooms and include Cornucopia, an almost cartoon-like pattern in deep navy and mustard, which originated as a hand-painted motif by one of Atrafloor’s designers. Outside, meanwhile, features a dainty assortment of flowers in cyan, aqua, and orange. Other designs include the stylized, graphic Leaf, and the darker Midnight, with delicate pink and white roses set against an almost black base. All prints are custom ordered and have a four- to six-week shipping time.

Flower display by Fox Fodder Farm
Fox Fodder Farm in New York City offers understated blooms for delivery, subscription, events, and installations.

Bespoke Blooms

“Everything is so fast these days,” says Taylor Patterson, “but flowers make me feel present. When I have flowers in my home, they help me embrace the moments.” Patterson is helping her customers to do the same with the launch of a space in Brooklyn, New York, which opened its doors on Valentine’s Day. Fox Fodder Farm, named after Patterson’s family farm in Delaware, offers a range of locally sourced buds that can be bought individually or in bunches, along with her eye-catching and architectural bouquets, which regularly appear in the boutiques of Carolina Herrera and Ulla Johnson.


If you’re not in the neighborhood, you can, of course, order a bouquet online, or subscribe so that your vases are never empty. The subscription service, says Patterson, “allows us to customize the flowers to our clients’ tastes and to curate their space. We have a client who told us she started reading more once we put an arrangement by a chair in the corner. That made me happy.”

Cole & Son's Bougainvillea Seville wallpaper 
Cole & Son’s Bougainvillea Seville design is available in four different colorways, and has a delicate ombré creating movement and life.

Living Wallpaper

Enamored by the awe-inspiring architecture, vibrant flora, and beguiling culture of Seville, heritage British brand Cole & Son has taken inspiration from the city for its new range of bold and beautiful wallpapers. The Andalusian capital’s Phoenician, Roman, Islamic, and Christian influences are visible in the intricate patterns on the walls of Mudéjar palaces and the gothic design of the cathedral. Such diversity is reflected in this eclectic collection, which features 17 designs that take in everything from flower-strewn trompe l’oeil balconies bursting with color, to tile-inspired geometric motifs, and flamenco dancers radiating the passion of Spain’s musical heritage.


There’s even the option of recreating the palace gardens of the 13th-century Royal Alcázar of Seville, a stylized wonder in which peacocks and emerald-hued parrots make the manicured grounds their playground, offering an Iberian paradise anywhere in the world.

The Book of Flowers by Taschen
The Book of Flowers, published by Taschen, reveals the wonderful diversity of Pierre-Joseph Redouté’s botanical illustrations.

Botanical Treasures

Taschen’s new collection of Pierre-Joseph Redouté’s botanical illustrations: The Book of Flowers, offers a vibrant glimpse into the magnificent gardens and greenhouses of a bygone Paris. Dubbed “the Raphael of roses,” Redouté was the darling of wealthy Parisian patrons, including Napoleon Bonaparte’s wife Josephine. Between 1790 and 1830, he devoted himself exclusively to capturing the diversity of flowering plants in watercolor paintings, which were published as copper engravings with careful botanical descriptions. The renowned flower paintings found their way onto the walls of France’s bourgeoise, iconic china patterns, and in exhibitions at the Louvre—and they can now bloom forth on your coffee table, too.