Flowers keep it fresh through centuries of home decor

Flowers keep it fresh through centuries of home decor

Fish or flower? A century ago, Torontonians looking to entertain their moms were faced with this tempting option at St. Lawrence Market.

On Mother’s Day in 1925, the Toronto Daily Star reported that Pickerel was selling for 25 cents a pound. But pansies, peonies and roses are equally fresh and fragrant.

In the early days of this year’s annual Mother’s Day celebration on May 8, flowers were won with the nose as an expression of love and gratitude.

Posies aren’t just pretty faces in our homes, they’re also seen as mood boosters and air fresheners. The Victorians showed how to place small bouquets of fragrant herbs and flowers around the house to eliminate odors.

One enthusiastic petal pusher is Toronto’s Becky De Oliveira, who “eats, sleeps and dreams in a world of flowers.

“Flowers add life and beauty to a home,” says owner and creative director of design studio Blush & Bloom. “It was a simple touch that goes a long way.”

According to a 2021 survey by florist software platform Floranext, flower arrangements are a top seller for more than 80% of florists. In her living space, de Oliveira likes to “put a little flower on my dining table and a stem or two in my bathroom.” Her toddler also likes to have a few in her bedroom. rhizome.

Flowers are easy to entertain guests. “Water jugs, ice buckets, wine bottles, cereal bowls, you name it—anything goes for flowers,” said the industry veteran, whose studio arranges floral arrangements for weddings, orders and events. “Ceramics are really trending right now. I love pottery, stoneware and terracotta.”

It is believed that the Egyptians began designing bouquets that would brighten a room around 2500 BC. In fact, they were the first florists to trade, according to Floranext.

Floranext credits Italian artists with painting flowers in vases around AD 400 or 500, helping to sow the seeds of floral design in Europe. Italians also use baskets as a popular welcome mat.

Early on, botanical beauties appeared on the canvases of great men, including Bosschaert, who painted them in nuanced detail in the 1600s, followed by Monet, Van Gogh, Matisse, Renoir, and O’Keefe, among others.

In the 2009 film “Love Happens,” hapless love florist Jennifer Aniston found herself in a romantic relationship with self-help writer Aaron Eckhart, a career that came into the spotlight.

La La Land’s floral art has been further elevated, with custom designer Maurice Harris calling himself the “Beyoncé of Flowers.” Like the superstar recording artist, he’s “full production” with dynamic performances that have earned him more than 280,000 Instagram followers.

Jennifer Aniston stars flower shop in 2009 film "love happens," with co-star Aaron Eckhart.

“I’m very, very good at what I do,” the founder of the Bloom & Plume studio in Los Angeles said on a recent episode of “Isolation.”

In his hands, Harris said, flowers – “the epitome of beauty and aesthetics” – become a “transcendent experience”.

His own home is a colorful wonderland, with everything from giant painted flowers to a peony in a vase. Last year, the entertainment-loving celebrity florist explained in a video for the Smart Design website that he surrounds himself with colors, collectibles and artwork to make him happy.

For those who want to create their own floral magic, Harris teaches a 30-day course on YouTube.

Vincent van Gogh painted his famous multiple canvases "sunflower" Arles, France, 1888-89.

Becky De Oliveira, who owns a sister business called Bloom School — will be offering evening classes on May 25 and June 8 — offering her advice to up-and-coming designers.

“Stick to a simple color palette to start,” she says, suggesting three monochromatic flowers. Choose seasonal and local “always produce the best blooms at any time of year.”

For her arrangements, she typically chooses from three categories: a full or bulk flower, such as hydrangeas, spray roses, and daisies; linear or linear flowers, such as delphiniums, tulips, and gladiolus; and a focal point or texture Flowers, including peonies, dahlias and garden roses, or berries, wax flowers and various leaves.


Carola Vyhnak is a Coburg-based writer covering personal finance, family and real estate stories. She is a contributor to The Star. Contact her by email: [email protected]



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