Design

Random Desires — Walkman-wearing flamingos, Hellebore wallpaper, dazzling florals

State of the Art Florals

Florals are having a moment, it seems. And why not? There’s something captivating about the illusion of sun-filled days and lush greenery 365 days a year. Which brings us to artist Nicole Allen’s modern florals. Her inspiration? Live flowers that are just past their prime, photographs she takes on walks through her neighbourhood, and old floral-arranging and gardening books. Find her work at Wall Space Gallery, or look for her at the New Art Festival (June 9-10) in the Glebe.

Nicole Allens, modern florals at Wall Space Gallery
Nicole Allen’s modern florals at Wall Space Gallery

Fluid & Wild
We’re suckers for Farrow & Ball wallpapers, and Little Victories Coffee in the Glebe has us swooning with this new Helleborus pattern (Helleborus, by the way, is Latin for the hellebore flower). Perfect for an open wall, this maximalist design is at once subtle and bold, fluid and wild. We’ll drink to that.

Farrow and Balls Helleborus wallpaper pattern at Little Victories Coffee
Farrow & Balls’ Helleborus wallpaper pattern at Little Victories Coffee

Walkman-wearing Bird
Let’s call this blissed-out flamingo the ultimate hipster bird. Artist and designer Cara Rowlands says she loves the tropical wader for its great silhouette but also for its shocking shade. “The pink I used reminded me of the days of Lisa Frank stickers and flipping through Seventeen magazine in the summer, so I began to associate my flamingo with the ’90s. I always wanted a yellow Walkman, so I decided to give my flamingo what I coveted when I was little.” Order as a greeting card, a tea towel, or an 8-by-10 art print on her Etsy site, Carabara Designs, or as fabric, wallpaper, and gift wrap on her Spoonflower site.

Flamingo — Cara Rowlands, Carabara Designs
Flamingo by Cara Rowlands of Carabara Designs