Flower Magazine

NOV-DEC 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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ABOVE: A simple green wreath hangs from the door leading from the master bedroom to the bathroom. Rebecca created the unique surround from a shallow antique bookcase after seeing a similar pass-through in a friend's Paris apartment. BELOW: A rare 18 th -century Swedish secretary at the top of the stair landing makes a peaceful spot for addressing Christmas cards. OPPOSITE: An unusually large fragment of seventh-century Belgian embroidery embellishes a linen headboard in a guest room. On the bed, a vintage silk-cotton suzani takes the place of a coverlet, and blush velvet throw pillows don appliqués from 19 th -century Turkish bohças. with the enamel peeling away to reveal the silver mercury glass underneath. "The more tattered and timeworn something is, the more it's been loved," she says. "This notion is what draws me to textiles that are threadbare and finishes and furnishings that are a little shabby. Imperfections make things livable and approachable and, to me, most beautiful." Throughout the house, antique tables, chairs, and case pieces are a testament to Rebecca's penchant for patina. Other pieces, like the wine tasting table in the breakfast room, are newly crafted from antique and salvaged parts. Slipcovered sofas and chairs in natural fabrics soften the wooden relics. The combination yields interiors that are just as warm as the welcome Rebecca extends to the guests who dock their boats and come inside for a bourbon slushie. "I want everyone—two-legged and four- legged—to feel like they can kick back and get comfortable," she says. "Nothing in here is too precious or just for show. Everything can withstand wet bathing suits in the summer, muddy hunting boots in the winter, and the occasional splash of red wine. Believe me, it's all been tested. Besides, a little spot or scratch is the sign of good time."

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