Livia Cetti Paper Flowers
A rose is a rose is a rose… and depending on who created it (Clare Potter? Livia Cetti? Tommy Mitchell?), a faux rose can be made of paper, porcelain or even metal. After Avi Steinberg wrote a letter of recommendation for fake flowers in The New York Times Magazine (yeah, Avi!), we’ve seen more and more press on the variety of faux flowers out there.
Livia Cetti Orange Tree
Vladimir Kanevsky Loose Stems
Tommy Mitchell Wall Flowers
From the versions that we use made of high end poly-cottons that mimick the shape and feel of a petal or leaf to perfection (we call them “nature’s twins”) to the ones Livia Cetti makes out of paper, there’s a material to fit all tastes.
Clare Potter Ceramic Bouquet
Diane James Home In Full Bloom (coming soon!)
For those who still need convincing that faux flowers can be exquisite, take a look at these!
paper flowers / orange tree / stems / wall art / ceramic bouquet / faux bouquet
Cindy Rinfret's "Classic Greenwich Style"
Who would you trust to update your historical (and very impressive!) Tudor mansion? Cindy Rinfret, iconic interior designer and doyenne of “Classic Greenwich Style“,would certainly be on our short list, and we were on hers when it came to fabulous faux flowers.
Front Hall with Sweeping Staircase
Rumored to have been built in 1916 by one of the most influential patrons of the American arts, banker Otto Kahn, for his mistress, the house sits on a peninsula with views of Long Island Sound. It’s now home to a family with young children, so while grand in stature, the house retains a graceful comfort that is so much a part of the Rinfret Ltd. style.
Delightful Dining Room
Cindy’s interiors reflect a standard of beauty and luxury and emphasize a life well lived with furnishings that are meant to be lasting and appropriate. We love the fact that her design philosophy can be summed up in one simple statement: “Your home should be like your favorite outfit – comfortable, yet luxurious, like the perfect cashmere sweater with your most comfortable and understated, yet elegant jeans.”
Tea Roses Decorate a Side Table
The cultured and cosmopolitan Kahn would have approved of Cindy’s work given that he surrounded himself with sophisticated beauty yet still remained down-to-earth. A champion of the civic virtues of art, Kahn once told a New York City mayor that a piano in every apartment would do more to prevent crime than a policeman on every corner!
A Pleasing Piano
Needless to say, we were thrilled to work with the Rinfret design team on this project and loved being a part of this historical home’s future.
Photos by yours truly and via Amazon and Rinfret Ltd.
March’s issue of Harper’s Bazaar is filled with the must-have styles for this spring and Suzy Menkes’ spread on “The New Shapes” certainly didn’t disappoint. Photographs by Camilla Akrans of model Carmen Kass capture a broad range of trends that span the ages: from 1940’s frills and waterfall hair to 1980’s bold shoulders and gold sequined jumpsuits. But while these fashions are fabulous, we did a double-take on the flowers…
Harper's Bazaar - Carmen in Lanvin
Perhaps the artificial flowers were already on location and the stylist thought they would add the right retro touch, but we haven’t seen the likes of these in decades. We wish we could have created some custom designs for the photo shoot… at least we would have removed the price tag from the orchid stem!
Harper's Bazaar - Carmen in Valentino
Faux Orchid with Tag
Photos from Harper’s Bazaar