Everything’s Coming up Roses

mottisford abbey rose garden hampshire

So, it’s a rainy, bleak Sunday afternoon in July — not an unusual occurrence in England, it has to be said. I’ve retreated indoors, and it’s struck me that maybe one of the reasons floral prints are so popular over here is because, well, we’re often chased inside by our rainy climate. The rain is a boon to gardens here, and when the sun does creep out from behind the clouds for a day or so, we’re all to be found puttering in our verdant plots — whether it’s titivating a window box on a ledge, hoeing a small allotment of vegetables, or dead-heading roses in a walled glory in the countryside (see the lovely Mottisford Abbey Rose Garden in Hampshire, England in the picture above). But for those (many) days, when we can only admire our gardens through the rain-spattered window, a hot cup of tea in hand, the only solution is to bring those roses indoors.

mario buatta

Living room designed by Mario Buatta via nonsensesensibility.com. So pretty. A deft hand at work.

ysl tangier house

Yves Saint Laurent’s Tangier house. I love the restrained use of this subtle chintz. The room looks fresh and modern.

nikki tibbles wallpaper

Nikki Tibbles’ living room in “Dark Floral” by American designer Ellie Cashman via thewonderinus.com. Featured in Vogue, Sept/Oct 2014.

nina campbell kitchen

Florals aren’t just for living rooms and bedrooms. Here Nina Campbell uses a fresh, spring-like floral in this country kitchen.


Nina’s decorator/writer daughter Rita Konig has used this pretty lavender wallpaper in her master bedroom on rdujour.com. I like how she’s picked out accent colours on the cushions from the wallpaper.

micheal s smith interior

English country in California. A masterful English interior designed by Michael S. Smith which has appeared in architecturaldigest.com

nicky haslam interior

Speaking of masterful English interiors, here’s a lovely foral interior by Nicky Haslam, from kalynor.wordpress.com

rose mural surface view

Surface View offers gorgeous wall murals based on artwork from the National Gallery in London. http://www.surfaceview.co.uk

dust jacket attic - hallway

This fresh green and ivory leaf print gives this hallway a strong identity. On dwellcandy.com

the english room

If you don’t want to go whole hog, thank about adding a floral accent. Here designer Holly Hollingsworth Phillips of The English Room has done just this. On nonsensesensibility.com

dorothy draper greenbrier

The divine Dorothy Draper is one of my favourites. I love how she’s used this classic floral chintz on chairs and curtains in the Greenbrier Hotel in Virginia.

digetex floral wallpaper

A striking floral mural from Digetex via ukhomeideas.co.uk

helmivaga-interiors.co.uk vintage chic

A vintage floral bedroom mixes and matches floral patterns in this bedroom designed by Helmi Vaga of http://www.helmivaga-interiors.co.uk

Don’t chuck out that chintz just yet!

About Adrienne Chinn

I'm a writer, blogger, interior designer, traveller, photographer, dog lover, foodie, slow jogger, nature walker, adventuress and aspiring eccentric.
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