I called the last of my Romantic Plant inspired inspiration boards “Exotic Romance”
Based on the Trycirtis (or Toad Lily) which are mostly native to Asian countries like Nepal, Taiwan, China, Japan and the Philippines, they epitomize the exotic beauty of Asian style. They are similar in look to orchids but bloom in the fall and are happiest in shady woodlands (at home in New England!).
Here are the the pieces that went into it….
Chinoiserie 3 or 4 Seater Bench – McKinnon and Harris (www.mcKinnonharris.com)
Mercury Glass votives – ballard designs
Planters Large – Euro-Asian Square Column Metal Planters
From Crocus.co.uk –Aged Ceramic Long Tom Pot
All from Perennials Fabrics
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Origami – Plum Blossom
Shibori – Sea Urchin
Rough ‘N Rowdy – French Lilac
Jake Stripe – Geranium Red
Tatami – Plum Blossom
Ishi – Plum Blossom
Tunisian Tea Lights www.rkalliston.co.uk
The chinoiserie 4 seater bench is so long that it will easily accommodate a bounty of cushions for laying back and relaxing. The fabrics create a boudoir den feeling in similar colors to the flowers. Try a large Chinese knot in red in the center of purple cushion to create a fun one of a kind piece. The large pots with their deep purple coloring and uneven surface help to anchor a vignette; planted with large palms (you can bring them in in the winter if need be) you can create your Asian hideaway. The exotic swirls and leaves on the long tom pot compliment the complicated structure of the flower.
Candles in the outdoors create mood and mercury glass with it’s aged, but warm sophisticated glow can transport you mentally to another time and place.