February Variety …Floral Friday

The weather this month has been rather unsettled, which leaves me experiencing changing moods.  At one minute I feel contemporary and the next a nostalgic tone settles in.  This week’s projects reflect some nostalgia, but from different periods.

Of the three periods, I only lived through one, the 1960s and 70s.  A simple, bold attitude in decorative style became popular then.  The most cutting edge shapes and colors were used.  Simplicity was the watchword.  This Royal Haeger medium size onion vase expresses the visual attitude of the late 60s and early 70s quite well.  I updated the look very slightly by placing dried stems and grasses within the vase.  This gives a chic combination of retro and 2012 to the eye.

My paternal grandmother had a couple of asymmetrical vases of a similar style as this McCoy 1940s era vase.  Whenever I see one of these, I immediately think of grandma’s attention to simple style and her love of flowers.

To enhance the earthy colors and style of the vase, I used a variety of dried blooms.  The effect is that of an all season look.  This would work well in a cozy bedroom decorated in 1940s waterfall style furnishings, 1930s late Art Deco or in a contemporary eclectic room.

This eight inch tall Majolica jardinière harkens back to the 1910s and 20s.  They even remained popular into the 1940s.  These were also referred to as porch jards because pairs of them were often used on the old fashioned porches near the stairs or gracing the front doorway.  Oftentimes, a jardinière of this sort was placed atop a coordinated pedestal and found in a sunroom or foyer. It may have contained a tangle of ivy, a graceful fern or a miniature palm tree.

In this case, I wanted to bridge the century gap by placing a contemporary scattering of flowers and colors within the antique pot.  The effect is postmodern in style.  A comfortable blend of fussy and casual that works in today’s eclectically blended living quarters.


The Blue Jay of Happiness hopes you’ll rate this post.  Comments are welcome, below.

About swabby429

An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.
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2 Responses to February Variety …Floral Friday

  1. SoundEagle says:

    I adore your arrangement in the antique Majolica jardinière, and wish that it sits in my lounge for me to admire!

  2. swabby429 says:

    Thank you. You may have noticed that I used it in “Prickly Pleasures” for the cactus garden.

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