Friday, February 25, 2011
Flowers are in our hearts
Keira Knightley in movie stills from Atonement (2007).
They say that flowers are the essence of beauty and they are also known to have a very positive effect on us and our health.
As you’ve probably already noticed I’m very found of flowers, blossoming gardens and floral patterns on garments and interior design - textiles, wallpapers and decoration pieces.
I few years ago I sat down to watch the beautiful film Atonement and I was directly amazed by the movie’s costume and set design. The first part of the movie takes place somewhere in the British countryside on a Victorian mansion during the 1930’s. Art Deco was a very trendy style at the time but the mansion and its garden in full bloom in the summer feels more like the home or reminiscence of Art Noveau with its use of flowers, floral patterns and soft pastels.
Note the vase in the first picture with the typical “Art Noveau” organic floral pattern. It's almost a bit too much, but I kind of like it :)
The beautiful tie blouse with the white floral pattern, the longer silk skirt with a graphic print in muted colours that the character Cecilia (Keira Knightley) wears in the pictures together with the shorter hairstyle and the bouquet of peonies and other summer flowers lives on and on in my mind and works as a great inspiration to me.