Leafy Arbor, seen here in parchment… a warm, almost tea-stained palette, literally envelopes you in its garden trellis.
|Leafy Arbor in parchment|
Consider papering a sun room or family room. Add stone or ceramic tile floors, plump sofas, a little leather and The Elizabeth Lucas Company’s canvas-gauze-burlap pillows.
|Butterfly 2 pillows by The Elizabeth Lucas Company|
Very comfortable living that’s wonderfully pretty without being too feminine! Leafy Arbor is available in three other, slightly clearer, icier colors.
Shadow Vine wallpaper is more contemporary, and perhaps, more magical with silhouettes of ferns, trailing autumn clematis, and of course, butterflies.
|Shadow Vine in chartreuse|
It comes in four colors, including chartreuse, and would be stunning in your foyer lit with a pair of vintage, French sconces from Le Breton Interieurs in San Francisco.
|Detail of Shadow Vine|
|Fabulous brass sconces from Le Breton Interieurs|
Highlight the rather citrusy green and brassy yellow with an Aesthetica Mosaic by Christopher Marley.
|The not-so-little Goliath Birdwing|
His studio, called Pheromone, collects butterflies, moths, beetles, bees, wasps, flies and damselflies from around the globe and then creates these mesmerizing collages. Your foyer would celebrate the strange and wonderful beauty of insects and make you happy everyday!
The 1960s classic Birds and Butterflies, available in wallpaper or cotton chintz, originated from Decorator’s Walk and is now a mainstay of Schumacher’s collection.
|Birds and Butterflies|
I appreciate its quirky duality. It seems at once brilliantly bold and whimsically old-fashioned. To be honest, Birds and Butterflies really commands a room, but here are a few accessories that can hold their own with the confident pattern.
Imagine Birds and Butterflies in a breakfast room with black and white ticking and Caskata’s lovely Butterfly dinnerware.Or use it to upholster a large screen in a guest bedroom. Add linen euro shams from Design Legacy.
Butterflies for Brains, a sculpture from Global Views, would look perfect flanked by wing chairs in Birds and Butterflies.
And last, but hardly least, the tiny, handmade Butterfly Mosaic chandelier, from New York-based Canopy Designs, echoes the textile’s bright blues and golds with just a bit more sparkle and glamour.
Since 1925, Schumacher has collaborated closely with important designers, architects and institutions to develop special collections. Lulu DK’s sprightly Butterfly was created for Schumacher’s children’s line of fabrics, but it could easily enliven any grown-up room.
|Butterfly by Lulu DK for Schumacher|
|Carson and Company's chocolate-y Bettylou lamp...|
|and sunshine-y Mackenzie scarf.|
In addition to her work with Schumacher, she has designed bed linens for Matouk, furniture for Elite Leather and china for Neiman-Marcus. Lulu’s Byzantine and Petals dinnerware patterns are based on her fanciful watercolor paintings.
|would be perfect with the Cracked Glass Butterfly napkin ring from Dransfield and Ross.|
|Dreamers in crystal|
|Silvery Blue 1647|
|Beautifully hand-painted butterfly lamps from Dragonette|
|Detail of vintage lamp|
Dreamers in kelly green is equally charming, especially when matched with The Natural Light’s simple Garden Gourd table lamp. So very pretty… in the very best sense!
|Dreamers in kelly green|
|Garden Gourd from The Natural Light|
Even if you don’t have a garden of your own, you can get up close and personal with butterflies by participating in a butterfly count. The official counts are wrapping up here in Central Virginia, but you can always organize a count of your own in a neighborhood park or open space. Check with your local Audubon Society or state Department of Conservation for guidance.