Yes, I do realise we are still a month (or 2 or 3) away from spring, but just to brighten up our day (since it has been rather miserable outside lately) and to put a spring in our step, I’ve decided to look through my images and samples to find some of my favourite floral prints and interiors. Ever since my mother covered our ‘grand’ sitting room suite in one of the original Sanderson prints (dusty pink roses, grey-ish background, remember that one?), I have a love affair with this print. Here I don’t include just any floral fabric, it must have the old-world, preferably vintage look to it. Today still, fabric companies such as Mulberry, Sanderson and Colefax & Fowler produce the good ones. Printed linen or cotton (and yes, also chintz), and often with a faded tea-stained background which gets better with age. It reminds me of old country houses where florals are used abundantly from the bedroom, living room through to the dining room (think curtaining, wall covering AND upholstery), the more the merrier. Although this print can work just as beautifully when combined with a velvet, ticking stripe or petit print. Decorator John Fowler used florals throughout his career and today we have Nicky Haslam who has made traditional floral interiors chic again. Just look at his own house, The Hunting Lodge in the English Countryside. The past few years we see florals being used in contemporary settings where, in smaller doses, it softens an otherwise sterile design. Even if you are the most dedicated modernist, please explain to me how can you NOT like a good floral?