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Floral Inspirations: Jaw-Dropping Ways to Incorporate Flowers in Your Home Decor

  • Photos by Ngoc Minh Ngo

“The world is full of beauty, and there are few things more beautiful than flowers,” begins photographer Ngoc Minh Ngo in her new book, "In Bloom: Creating and Living With Flowers," which steps inside the studios and homes of 12 artists and designers who look to botanicals as their muse. 

"I have been interested in the endless interpretations of nature that people come up with. Each person is able to extract something different and create something new. To me, that is endlessly fascinating."
Ngoc Minh Ngo

Carmen Almon. Bordeaux, France

The Metalist

Working with brass, copper, and paint, sculptor Carmen Almon fashions exquisite metal sculptures of botanicals. She handcuts each element -- petal, bud, stamen, and leaf -- out of copper sheeting, then carefully molds it before soldering to form a specimen. With washes of enamel and oil paints, she colors in each detail. The end result feels as if it’s been freshly plucked out of the landscape.

 

Claire Basler. Échassières, France

The Dreamscaper

At her home in the French countryside, artist Claire Basler brings the outdoors in with lavish paintings of the outdoor world. In addition to canvases, she paints murals in the rooms of her home, a 13th-century château that had been long neglected. The land- scape -- 80 acres of woodlands and meadows -- is “transformed by her imagination to reappear on the walls in di erent moods, sometimes dramatic, almost operatic, other times quiet and se- rene, but always spectacular,” says Ngo.

Neisha Crosland. London

The Wallflower

Designer Neisha Crosland surrounds herself both literally and figuratively with flowers. Her home and studio overlook her garden, which teems with clematis, jasmine, roses, and an ever-evolving selection of annuals. From color palettes to the intricate patterns on petals, the natural world provides Crosland with myriad ideas for designing wallpapers, textiles, and rugs.

Rachel Dein. London

The Relief Worker

Following in the tradition of botanical imprints, Rachel Dein casts flowers and plants in plaster to make tiles that range from single specimens to garden compositions. Each piece records a plant’s “texture, pattern, and delicacy in exquisite detail,” writes Ngo. Dein captures the essence of every fleeting bloom, encapsulating “the memory of nature itself.”