No Wilting Worries! Decorate with Porcelain Flowers

The trouble with flowers is they never last. Hang them upside down, press them between the pages of a book—the result is always a dehydrated husk that only vaguely resembles that once-vibrant blossom. Porcelain flowers, however, are another story entirely. Whittled meticulously from clay, right down to the veins in the leaves, porcelain florals are lifelike up to a point—after all, they never wilt!

Porcelain wall art pieces, especially florals, effuse a dainty, old-fashioned charm that just can’t be replicated with a real bouquet. The Ariella Wall Plaque Set, with its sepia-toned backgrounds and ivory lace and cream cording trim, is a vintage parade of porcelain roses. Aqueous pastels like mauve and apricot tinge the petals and offset the beige grounds, as though the bouquet is materializing from some old-time photograph. The three-dimensional petals project into the room, but gold leaf-finished frames keep the composition tidy and contained.

Though smaller, the Mary Anne Petite Nosegay is no less enchanting. Blue wildflowers sprawl languidly on a bed of sage green leaves and ivory ribbon in this porcelain arrangement. Smaller pink florals offset the dreamy blue and add a touch of serendipity, as though their taking root there was simply a happy accident.

In no danger of decay, porcelain florals can also become permanent additions to more practical home accents. A gold leaf-finished frame gives the Leanna Wall Mirror an antiquated touch, but the little stowaways blooming near the bottom are what really make this piece stand out. Pink, golden apricot, and lavender blossoms here are interspersed with greenery and smaller yellow flowers. Still allowing ample space for your reflection, the arrangement follows the delicate curve of the frame.

The Olivia Porcelain Floral Nightlight will make it appear as though a luminous flower is blooming straight from your wall, with its speckled periwinkle petals and yellow pistils. A bloom toward the top sleeps on, not roused at all by the light emanating from below.

Evoke Another Time with Vintage Style Home Decor

The vintage style is a difficult home decor theme to define. On the one hand, the word “vintage” can be a disparaging remark, as in outdated. True vintage decor style, in all actuality, is the polar opposite. With just a glance, vintage pieces should electrify the viewer with a nostalgic montage of crackling phonographs and twirling rotary dials, trilling trumpets of Jazz Age bands, and the slow doo-wop of the ’50s. The vintage style, for all its elaborate beauty, is also surprisingly thrifty, allowing you to make use of forgotten family heirlooms or scour flea markets for that perfect bargain. Above all, the vintage style is very hands-on, an adventurous undertaking in interior design. You can even mix and match pieces from different time periods to present an eclectic mosaic of human history.

How do you know when you’ve happened upon the perfect item for your vintage decor? The piece should be exemplary of the time period it emerged from. The Fashionable Repose Figurine, for example, embodies the decadence of the Roaring Twenties. The archetypal flapper girl lolls in an antique chair with studded upholstery, her elegant, floral gown kissing the floor below. Contemplating a string of pearls with an indulgent smirk, she lifts her chin loftily, secure in her eternal beauty and infinite riches.

The Paige Hobnail Table Lamp might be found on the bureau of a 1920s Hollywood starlet, but it’s by no means black-and-white. Jeweled hues like amber, cranberry, or pink imbue this dainty glass lamp. Standing on antique brass acanthus leaves, this lamp exhibits globular studs that will catch the light and dazzle onlookers.

Baubles and trinkets arranged just so on table tops and other surfaces connote an antiquated collection, as though the items were gradually collected over a great passage of time. But you’ll still want to pay attention to other areas, like windows. The Jessica Ninon Ruffled Priscilla Curtains are versatile, complementing anything from a stately ballroom setting to an old farmhouse. The sheer fabric channels ample sunlight through ivory or white fabric, spotlighting your various heirlooms and finds. Ruffled edges bring a feminine touch to your timeworn living space.

Finally, you can sprinkle your old bedspread with the West Palm Crochet Decorative Pillows if you really want to up the ante on the old-fashioned atmosphere. The crochet texture is antiquated and homey, and the myriad of pigments will coordinate seamlessly with the color scheme of any room. Items such as these will transport guests and family alike to a different period, even if they were not present for it. That’s the beauty of the vintage decorating style.