Like Susan and I’m sure others, I too took a walk around the house after reading Michele’s post to see how much of our major décor featured floral imagery. And the answer: a LOT. We have a Victorian too, and we’ve pretty much gone with the period for the furniture and rugs, though not for the artwork.
Floral décor was very big in Victorian times—of course, when you say Victorian, you’re talking about quite a range. She reigned from 1837–1901, and I think what we see as typical Victorian design is probably toward the middle of this, say 1860-1880. And flowers were big. They were part of the Victorian 2 Es: embellishment and excess. So you find flowers and plants carved into furniture, into marble fireplaces, even embedded in intricate brass doorknobs (above).
I guess it’s no wonder that we bought into the flower motif, in rugs (of varying quality, i.e. cheap crap we bought vs. better stuff inherited from relatives)
And then there are the lamps.
And the kitchen curtains.
And the loveseat.
And way more, including some art (not much), plates, napkins, placemats, and tablecloths.
It’s an interesting question, kind of a chicken/egg. Do I love flowers because I’m a gardener or am I a gardener because I love flowers, including depictions of them? Or, are these two completely separate things with no relationship? It’s possible. In one of my favorite novels, Ordinary Families, by E. Arnot Robinson (a wonderful Virago title), a character theorizes that members of large families are more likely to wear exuberant floral prints, and I’m one of six.
In any case, it looks like a lot of flowers have made their way into our house. And, I guess because I can, I’m sharing some that I found with you, Garden Rant readers. In fact, you may want to do the same thing and post your floral items. I bet there are a lot of other floralists out there.