Art consultant Alex Ray selected a photograph of Antonio Canova's Neoclassical sculpture of Psyche and Cupid at the Louvre as the centerpiece of "An Ode to Innocence," the private courtyard at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015. Ray showcases the photo in a weatherproofed light box that doubles as a lighting source at night. Landscape architect Frank Eddy added floating peonies in the shallow pool to add to the romance of the setting.
Built in 1822, this vintage Victorian evokes the romance of a bygone era with its high ceilings, original wide-plank floors, curved banisters and classic light fixtures. Despite its antique appeal, the home is appointed with a new chef's kitchen with a large island. Even rarer in a historic home such as this: a two-car garage and a great room with a vaulted ceiling.
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For springtime romance, few plants compare to wisteria. This woody vine happily climbs and clambers over trellis or pergola, delivering a spring show of dangling flower clusters packed with fragrance. Different types of wisteria are available with flowers in shades of purple, pink, blue and white. Choose American wisteria for plants that aren’t invasive, especially in warmest zones. Hardy in Zones 4-9, depending on type.
Start with a full, lush Christmas tree and cut the flower stems to be about 5 inches long. Stick the flower stem right into the tree towards the trunk and the heftiness of the branches will hold the flowers up. Complete the look with gifts wrapped in red, pink and floral patterned papers. Sprinkle some rose petals at the foot of the tree to bring a touch of romance to your floral tree look.
Romance blooms when ‘The President’ opens its deep purple blossoms. Expect the first flush of flowers in late spring to early summer, followed by a second blooming with smaller flowers in early autumn. Clematis with classic flower forms like ‘The President’ grow best in full sun to part shade. Prune in late winter or early spring, cutting vines back to 6 to 9 inches tall. Place cuts just above a pair of strong buds. Clematis grows well on a pergola, but flowers may unfurl across the top of the structure, out of sight. Instead, try planting clematis on an arch or fence so you can see the blooms. Deer- and rabbit-resistant plants grow 8 to 12 feet tall by 3 to 4 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 4-8.