Flower Walls

pia jane bijkerk via anthology magazine

pia jane bijkerk via anthology magazine

I’m in the mood for all things Spring, are you?

Bring on the white linens, the smell of freshly mowed grass, wet soil, and pine mulch, and little fingers purple from backyard blackberry picking.

While I was writing an entirely different post, I discovered Pia Jane Bijkerk, whose work is pictured above as seen in Anthology magazine a couple of years ago.  Bijerk’s site is beautiful, and now I’m itching to get my hands on her books, which are filled with fresh, handmade, nature-inspired decor.

When I was younger, I would dry and press flowers, and tape them to manila construction paper pages.  I would even tear the edges to make them look old, punch a couple of holes, and use ribbon to tie the pages together to create little books.  At the time, I was imagining that was something Victorian women would do, or a character from a storybook like one of the March sisters.  I attempted to label my dry dainties, writing neatly in black ink – I so wish I still had one of these collections!  It’s interesting now to look back on these little memories and see how I connect still with my young mind.  The simple beauty of nature, I am so drawn to it.

Pia Jane Bijkerk

Pia Jane Bijkerk

It’s amazing how a collection of dried botanicals taped on a wall with masking tape can be so interesting.  These photos are from Pia Jane Bijkerk’s houseboat (I know, instacool), and I love how she describes her thought process behind these little vignettes,

“I just loved the pose these flowers struck in their deceased state, and I so wanted to display them.  I found them each so inspiring.”

Indeed.

Pia Jane Bijkerk

Pia Jane Bijkerk

I realize this may not strike everyone’s fancy, but its simplicity strikes me.

After being inspired by Bijerk’s flower wall designs, Rubi, a hairstylist in Paris, and the author of the blog, She Lets Her Hair Down, created her own in her salon.  The pale pink tape she used adds an element of pure loveliness.  I love how she explained her reasoning behind her creation:

“You know how when you get your hair cut, your hair is wet and you’re wearing a cape? So you’re basically a wet floating head? Nobody really likes to stare at themselves as a wet floating head for a whole haircut appointment, so now my clients can stare at these flowers instead.”

she lets her hair down

she lets her hair down

For something a little more bold, check out this Elsie May design featured in Apartment Therapy.

elsie may via apartment therapy

elsie may via apartment therapy

elsie may via apartment therapy

elsie may via apartment therapy

Or for even more color, feast your eyes on Tensta Konsthall Art Hall in Stockhold Sweden, designed by Front Design.

tensta gollhort art hall - stockholm sweden - front design

tensta konsthall art hall – stockholm sweden – front design

tensta gollhort art hall - stockholm sweden - front design

tensta konsthall art hall – stockholm sweden – front design

I think this idea may be perfect for your favorite roll of washi tape, a blank nook, and that stack of special flowers you’ve been hoarding.  Or for a pretty outdoor party?

Yes?

Written by Grace

4 Responses to “Flower Walls”

  1. Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door May 22, 2013 at 8:33 am #

    So very cool. I love the colorful ones in the kids’ room.

    • Grace May 29, 2013 at 9:06 am #

      Hi Elizabeth! I know, me too! I’m thinking this will be part of the decor in our new addition. 🙂 Thanks for the comment, G

  2. Sharon May 22, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

    It sort of reminds me of the flower bathroom that Hildi did on Trading Spaces. Does anyone remember that show/episode? Of course, the bathroom was a disaster, but these are very tastefully done. Love the colorful flowers on the white walls.

    • Grace May 29, 2013 at 9:08 am #

      Sharon, I didn’t remember that, but I looked it up. You are so right! And yes, I agree, I like this way better, too. Thank you for your comment! G