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Romantic Centerpieces Inspired by Chintz
This isn't your grandmother's floral: Cowtan & Tout’s “Le Rosier” fabric takes a classic motif from sort-of-prim to oh, so pretty. With the help of a staple gun, the material covers an Oriental Furniture room divider and plays muse to the garden roses, ivy, dahlias, and trailing amaranthus that fill silver vessels on the table.
To make your flowers look anything but garden-variety, pluck their style from your favorite floral fabric. This sweet clutch contains ranunculus, scabiosa, clematis vine, and chocolate cosmos.
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Chintz-Inspired Flower Glossary
From top to bottom:
Patience garden rose
Pink and peach ranunculus
Auswater garden rose and ranunculus
Peach and yellow ranunculus
Oversize floral patterns were all the rage in the 1960s, and they still wow today. Here, a Marimekko “Pieni Unikko ii” runner sets the table -- and the scene. Huge real blooms, including chrysanthemums in two different colors and anemones, float solo in Mud Australia bowls (shophorne.com). Dual-purpose Paper to Petal “Mari-poppiflower” place-card favors sit atop yellow-edged Dibbern “Simplicity” plates, an ideal pick for a modern girl’s registry (fromtableartonline.com).
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Bouquet Inspired by Modern Blooms
Chrysanthemums and anemones come together with dusty miller in one showstopping bridal bouquet. Better yet? "You don’t need to buy lots of flowers to make these displays," says Matthew Robbins, a contributing editor and creative director of Matthew Robbins Design in New York City. “A few can provide plenty of impact.”
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Pretty Tablescape Inspired by Calico
Liberty of London fabrics were used to create the napkins at each place setting (have a tailor or handy friend cut and hem them to 20-inch squares), and it inspired the flowers on the table. Several Middle Kingdom “Red Chamber series” vases -- overflowing with wildflowers, daisies, ranunculus, pink nerines, purple clematis, clover foliage, and muscari -- run the length of the table (globaltable.com). Let each guest take one home as a favor, or place thank-you candies in Paper Mart gift boxes finished with coordinating bows.
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Pretty Bouquet Inspired by Calico
Brimming with wildflowers, fritillaria, tweedia, sweet peas, chamomile, and maidenhair ferns, this posy mimics the riot of tiny blossoms on the piece of Liberty of London fabric tying it together (bandjfabrics.com).
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Calico-Inspired Flower Glossary
From top to bottom:
Light blue tweedia
White sweet pea
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Tropical Centerpieces Inspired by Leafy Prints
No matter where you wed, create an exotic island vibe with lush arrangements that echo vintage palm-frond prints. Here, wooden bowls complement stephanotis vine, fritillaria, clematis, and rubber-plant leaves, and sit atop runners made from Kravet “Valpor/D” fabric that double as place mats (617-449-5501).
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Tropical Bouquet Inspired by Leafy Prints
Tropical leaves add height and make a huge statement. Case in point: this attention-grabbing bouquet of hellebores, clematis, mini orchids, and passion vine backed by asplenium and calathea leaves.