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crouching tiger, hidden chrysanthemums

crouching flowersDespite my attempts to hermetically seal myself inside the apartment this winter, I finally got a cold this week. So I spent most of the afternoon the other day on the sofa, indulging in some daytime Netflix.

I ended up watching Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, a movie I should’ve seen years ago but never did. It’s a gorgeous film; the fight choreography is incredible and the scenery is lovely. But I kept getting distracted by one detail: flowers!

hidden mums

They’re chrysanthemums, and I am obsessed.the green thumb destiny

My meager research suggests they’re done in the Japanese kiku ogiku style, which coaxes a single bloom per stem. (My research also told me the New York Botanical Garden did a massive show of this style of arrangement this past fall, so now I am depressed).

I doubt I’d be successful growing (and coaxing) these myself, but boy do I want to get some sort of flowering plant going in a gorgeous container now. So I want to know: have you had success with indoor flowering plants? Which ones?

weekend reading

starburst mirrorThis weekend is all about painting my living room, finally. We have to sand down a few patches, spot prime, but then I am good to go. Besides the kitchen, this is the LAST room in the house I need to paint! Huzzah.

My mirror came for the entry. It’s enormous and only $150.

Speaking of paint, The Peak of Chic shared her favorite dark brown rooms, including Albert Hadley’s.

Happy Birthday, Hubble Space Telescope.

A few of my stories on Lifestyle Mirror…

I interviewed Miles Redd–YES–and he was delightful.

I broke down the look of Tory Burch’s glamorous stores.

Carolina Irving shared spring entertaining tips and her favorite pieces from the Oscar de la Renta home collection.

14 of the prettiest vanities, all gorgeously styled.

weekend reading

salsa red wallsFirst week at my new job is in the books. I’m slowly adjusting to working full-time again; right now when I finish for the day, I just recede into the sofa, not to move until bedtime. Work, man.

The Guess Supermodel-style shoot with Maggie Geha on Ann Street Studio is probably my favorite thing this week.

Jess from The Love List waxes poetic about oysters, and more. I’m a midwesterner through and through, so her southern perspective always fascinates me.

I love this illustrated Dior tabletop scheme on The Coveteur.

A Few of my Stories on Lifestyle Mirror…

I interviewed Joy Thigpen for tips on making spring floral arrangements.

Intrigued by florals? I did a round up on chintz decor.

If you need to breathe new life into your Pinterest feed, I found 15 decorators to follow.

And finally, since it’s almost wedding season: the best off-registry wedding gifts.