Wednesday Vignette – all the pretty flowers

The coolest wall treatment in our home can be found upstairs, in our uninsulated attic. Some day – hopefully before too long – the sagging old panels on our second floor will come down, R-values padded and dramatically improved, roof vents opened up, and some north-facing skylights installed. It will make a fantastic difference in the upstairs livability. That said, I will miss the wall paper.


When I first saw it, I laughed. It has since grown on me – quite a bit. Tulips are my favorite spring bulbs – especially the species varieties like T. clusiana. Their narrow foliage and elegantly fluted flowers are perfectly represented in this brown and turquoise paper rendition, as they poke their slender necks up through the daisies. The paper is a bit beat up in places – you can see a few cat scratch marks toward the bottom – a souvenir from dear, departed Manneman. Even so, when the day comes, and the upstairs finally gets its revamp, I’m tempted to salvage a piece of this wall for posterity. In its somewhat campy, pictorial way I find it almost frame-worthy.

About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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13 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – all the pretty flowers

  1. It would be a good idea to preserve some of it. My main problem with such floral wallpaper is that you can’t hang a picture on it

  2. Tina says:

    Ah, so pretty, but Derrick is right–it’d be hard to hang something. It’s a wonderful idea to keep a bit and frame it–it’s an unusual bit of wallpaper. I also love the T. clusiana. We can grow some of those here; I used to have several bulbs in my back garden, but they’ve since pooped out–too little sun, heavy soil. I should get more for some other parts of my garden, I think I have some spots where they would work. No WV for me today, Wildlife business!

  3. Kris P says:

    I think you should definitely save some! Anything that gives you joy is worth that.

  4. Dana Carlson says:

    That is some amazing wallpaper!

  5. hb says:

    Well, i love it. Never claimed to have good taste, though.

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