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Inspired By: Protea Flower Fields

Annie’s love affair with African design inspiration continues (see last week’s post for the dish on African patterns), and today she’s smitten with the protea, a stunning bloom whose wide range of forms was so mind boggling to famed botanist Carl Linnaeus that he named it after the shape-shifting god Proteus. Take a look and you’ll see why she adores this unusual flower.

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The king protea, which comes in several color forms and upwards of 80 garden varieties, and has a thick, resilient underground stem that can withstand wildfires, is South Africa’s national flower. It lights up fields during the summer in South Africa, from mid-October to mid-February, and can be found throughout the Cape Floral Region, a major, 56-mile global biodiversity site made up of eight protected areas that contain nearly 10,000 plant species. If all that isn’t amazing enough, the protea boasts a brilliant burst of color and a dramatic, spiky-yet-soft shape. See how Annie’s using it in her decorating, and tell us in the comments what you’d add to the palette!

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1. Brushstroke Damask Fuchsia Shirt Tail Pajama
2. Candlewick Fuchsia Bedspread
3. Candlewick Fuchsia Decorative Pillow
4. Diamond Key Lime Matelassé Coverlet
5. Embroidered Hem White/Gold Sheet Set
6. Sheepy Fleece White Robe
7. Fresh American Snap Kiwi Indoor/Outdoor Pouf
8. Sugari Check White/Ivory Throw
9. Toadstool Multi Decorative Pillow

 

 

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