Flower Magazine

SEP-OCT 2018

Browse "flower" to learn techniques from established and up-and-coming designers, be inspired by the floral decor of weddings, galas, and flower and garden shows, and infuse your lifestyle with chic floral fashion and home decor.

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26 | S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 8 IN BLOOM I books ECADES AGO, on the heels of a bad breakup, Carolyne Roehm received some sage advice from her boss and mentor, designer Oscar de la Renta. "Carolyne," he said, "husbands come and go, boyfriends come and go, the same with friends. The only thing no one can take away from you is your passion to create." Over the last four decades, Roehm's passion to create has found various vessels of expression—first in fashion, where she worked as de la Renta's muse before starting her own eponymous line, and later as an author of popular books about flowers, entertaining, and interiors. Most recently, Roehm has moved to the easel, painting botanicals inspired by 17 th -century artworks. Though the medium has shifted, her devotion to nature, color, and classicism has remained steadfast, as she explains in her new book, Design & Style: A Constant Thread (Rizzoli, 2018). "When I see and touch the delicacy of an iris petal, I hear the rustle of silk taffeta," she writes. It's this connectivity, this Jeffersonian kind of cross-pollination that Roehm documents and celebrates in her latest volume. Part memoir, part scrapbook, the book is a testament to Roehm's evolution and the current of creativity that has guided her career. D N HER NEW BOOK, Dream Design Live (Abrams, 2018), Paloma Contreras expresses in book form what she captures so successfully on her blog, La Dolce Vita: a deft balance between aspiration and attainment. Vaulted into the high-octane hemisphere of top designers, Contreras now travels the world and works with clients who can afford the best. But her approach remains informed by her start as a novice who learned the vernacular of design on her own. As a high school Spanish teacher working to feather her own nest in her downtime, Contreras dove into the world of interiors and started the blog to share her discoveries. Dream Design Live is aimed at the curious, information-hungry amateur that she once was, showcasing elegant spaces but lifting the tablecloth to let readers peek at the hardware underneath. With advice on how to hang curtains, where to place artwork, and how to host a party (savvy readers will hear echoes from early issues of Domino), Dream Design Live is as much a reference book you will want to dog-ear as it is a sleek tome of gracious living that goes at the top of the coffee table pile. Carolyne Roehm: DESIGN & STYLE: A CONSTANT THREAD Paloma Contreras: DREAM DESIGN LIVE DESIGN & STYLE: A CONSTANT THREAD: SYLVIE BECQUET. DREAM DESIGN LIVE: BRITTANY AMBRIDGE I By KIRK REED FORRESTER

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