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Color Me Pretty: Flower Inspiration

Hello Friends! This is one of those, “Stop and smell the roses” posts. Even though the blooms have all faded and summer has come to a close, we can still draw inspiration from flowers because stores still stock plenty that you can bring indoors to add color long after your garden has faded.

Flower Inspiration

It is during these busy autumn days that we need some time outs, wouldn’t you agree? Time to notice the subtle seasonal changes and time to enjoy what is left of summer’s bounty. I feel like I am writing this post primarily for myself as I only have a few moments to sit in between getting my son down for his nap, doing the fifth load of laundry, figuring out what is for dinner and then picking my daughter up from school. We all have our various forms of daily madness and hence the need for a moment or two of quiet solitude (if we are lucky).

Creativity needs these moments.

Flower Inspiration

We need these spaces in our day to take a deep breath and notice some leaves or the color of some petals or whatever else nature is offering us. Since work is important and many of you cannot go outside right now and find some flowers to smell, I thought I would gather up some of my floral photographs from the past for you to enjoy. Hopefully this brief pause will help give you some creative ideas or at least a little break from your daily routine. It is pleasure to be back here on decor8 after taking a mini break this summer to travel, and I will see you here soon with my usual Color Me Pretty column later this month.

Flower Inspiration

Until then, take good care. – Leslie Shewring.

(text, styling + photos: leslie shewring from a creative mint)

Posted by decor8 in Color Inspiration, Color Me Pretty, inspiration on October 04, 2011

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  1. Hannah commented
    October 4th, 2011 at 12:24pm

    Hi Leslie, thank you this timely reminder to stop for a moment and take notice of the small things – I really need to do that just now!
    Hannah´s last blog post ..Ruby Rhino in the press

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  2. TH for Red Bridge Studio commented
    October 4th, 2011 at 12:36pm

    Thanks for sponsoring my moment of silence this morning. Love the flowers, esp, the ranunculas. The soft color palette is interesting to me, as someone who tends to work with bold colors.

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  3. tinajo commented
    October 4th, 2011 at 12:41pm

    Wonderful pics and just the color I feel the need for today – thanks! :-)
    tinajo´s last blog post ..Tuesdays around the world!

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  4. Mr. Goodwill Hunting commented
    October 4th, 2011 at 1:00pm

    These flowers are so pretty. You had so many great opportunities during London week what amazing finds you came home with.

    That’s GOOD stuff!

    Rashon aka Mr. Goodwill Hunting
    Mr. Goodwill Hunting´s last blog post ..[my small closet and THE SHOP opens]

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  5. Nat @ Dear Little House commented
    October 4th, 2011 at 1:03pm

    Beautiful flowers! I love gorgeous flowers, I always try to have them in the house :)
    Nat @ Dear Little House´s last blog post ..Fantastic Fresh Flowers: Blushing Bride.

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  6. Only Beautiful Things commented
    October 4th, 2011 at 1:16pm

    I do like flowers in my home :) Beautiful photos! Greetings!
    Only Beautiful Things´s last blog post ..Ściany z betonu

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  7. Laura commented
    October 4th, 2011 at 1:46pm

    I am reading this post whilst eating my lunch at my desk at work, and your beautiful photos of flowers have cheered me up! They are gorgeous xxx

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  8. Ege Denne commented
    October 4th, 2011 at 2:38pm

    I’m glad we can buy flowers in winter.. It would really have been boring without some flowers in my vases.
    Ege Denne´s last blog post ..Enkel forandring

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  9. Deborah Velásquez commented
    October 4th, 2011 at 2:46pm

    What lovely flowers, the photos so full of inspiration and color. Nice way to start my morning as I head into the daily madness of my day. I will make a stop while out and treat my self to an armful of color and beauty.

    Creativity does need these moments. Much like a deep breath or a pause to regroup. Thank you.
    Deborah Velásquez´s last blog post ..Word Paths

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  10. bicocacolors commented
    October 4th, 2011 at 2:56pm

    thanks for the touch of color, you have enlightened my day!
    bicocacolors´s last blog post ..óxido

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  11. Katie*Belle commented
    October 4th, 2011 at 3:12pm

    These photographs are gorgeous and I truly appreciate the opportunity to take a moment and enjoy them. You’re absolutely right — we all need to do this more!

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  12. Holly Graham commented
    October 4th, 2011 at 3:52pm

    Oh my! I love these flower inspirations. Do you have any idea what kind of flowers are in the “Warm and Cool” arrangement? I’d love to get my hands on some of those :)
    Holly Graham´s last blog post ..City Prints

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  13. Melissa de la Fuente commented
    October 4th, 2011 at 4:05pm

    Ah, just the break and uplifting moment I needed….thank you lovely ladies! Hope you get a few more precious moments to yourself today Leslie! :)
    xoxo
    Melis
    Melissa de la Fuente´s last blog post ..Cheap & Chic

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  14. Verena commented
    October 4th, 2011 at 4:11pm

    Oh these flowers are lovely! I love all the colours! Thanks for sharing!
    Hug´s,
    Verena
    Verena´s last blog post ..Wangenrot, Rouge, Blush, El colorete…

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  15. Will commented
    October 4th, 2011 at 4:42pm

    These posts are beyond divine. Thank you for giving me a serious creative burst on this Tuesday afternoon, Leslie! The apricot and mint hues go SO well. Hope you are all settled back at home now!
    Will´s last blog post ..Little Greene’s Retrospectives Paint Collection

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  16. Claire Jefford commented
    October 4th, 2011 at 4:43pm

    Hi there

    Tina posted your link on her facebook page and I really like it. I hear you about the part where you say finding a quiet time between doing the laundry, getting dinner prepped, kids organised etc. Nice blog!

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  17. Rike commented
    October 4th, 2011 at 4:53pm

    JUST LOVELY!
    Rike´s last blog post ..Sonntagssüß: Heute mit Zimtschnecken

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  18. Minna_Blomsterverkstad commented
    October 4th, 2011 at 4:58pm

    Oooooooh, so fantastic! This one I need definetely share with my readers. If it’s ok? Minna :)
    Minna_Blomsterverkstad´s last blog post ..Hängande ljung * Hanging heather

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  19. Nicole | blue bicicletta commented
    October 4th, 2011 at 5:17pm

    these blooms are really breathtaking. Thank you for the moment of beautiful pause!
    Nicole | blue bicicletta´s last blog post ..October

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  20. Kristine {In Love, Engaged} commented
    October 4th, 2011 at 5:35pm

    Beautiful flowers! Such a bright, lovely start to my morning!

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  21. Ellen commented
    October 4th, 2011 at 5:39pm

    Stunning bouquets, wonderful photos. In my neck of the woods, Autumn is making it’s arrival. I’m using left over herbs to gather for my window sill bud vases. It was fresh and cool on my deck this morning; I enjoyed my first cup of coffee watching the bees dance lazily around the basil, lavender and mums. Thanks for sharing the end of summer inspiration! Beeutiful~ ;D
    Ellen´s last blog post ..Poets United and Imaginary Garden

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  22. Rebecca commented
    October 4th, 2011 at 6:10pm

    Such a lovely post and so true. We have had an extra week of summer sun here in the uk and everyone has really been making the most of it before winter hits!x
    Rebecca´s last blog post ..littletree (re)discovers…Darling Clementine

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  23. laura evans commented
    October 4th, 2011 at 6:16pm

    gorgeous flowers … the sun is hiding behind the clouds today & i need this to make me smile again :)

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  24. Paula Jo @ Home and Garden Decor commented
    October 4th, 2011 at 6:19pm

    I love the photo’s of the flowers, and what you said in the post is soo true. Even though it is still warm here and we have flowers year round in our yards, it’s still beautiful to me to see flowers in the soft and pastel colors.

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  25. ana {bluebirdkisses} commented
    October 4th, 2011 at 6:23pm

    Its so nice to look at these photos during such a rainy fall day. Although I am very excited for Autum to be here, these photos are bringing back sweet memories of summer.

    Lovely post!

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  26. Britt commented
    October 4th, 2011 at 6:23pm

    Gorgeous flowers! Very creative flower vases! I especially love those poppies!

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  27. Bobbi commented
    October 4th, 2011 at 6:30pm

    I love that pink, yellow, and lavender combination:) I’ve been enjoying all the roses blooming around town right now, and wishing I had planted some this year. Maybe next:)
    Bobbi´s last blog post ..An Autumn Trip to the Farmers Market

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  28. A Plum By Any Other Name commented
    October 4th, 2011 at 7:05pm

    Ahhh, I neede that. :)

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  29. dawn commented
    October 4th, 2011 at 7:22pm

    hi leslie,

    so true, your images are such a lovely pause from all the daily tasks we always have to keep up with. it was such a treat to meet you face to face at anthropologie in st. louis park…it seems we all have too much going on and have to be so mindful of taking that time to ‘smell the roses’

    thanks again!
    dawn´s last blog post ..meeting holly becker at anthropologie

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  30. Trina commented
    October 4th, 2011 at 7:22pm

    Something I must do for myself more often – buy flowers!!!! I miss how such a simple thing can make a space so HAPPY!

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  31. Erica Cooper commented
    October 4th, 2011 at 7:47pm

    It was so lovely meeting you and taking your inspiration board class at The CCE Leslie. You are so sweet and delightful.
    I think making inspiration boards is a perfect way to rejuvenate the creative flow… and can be done for any theme or color. It is my new way to look at color/design elements.
    Thank you! Wishing you a lovely day!
    Erica Cooper´s last blog post ..Creative Connection Event 2011!

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  32. Nicole L. Tate commented
    October 4th, 2011 at 8:36pm

    Hi Holly:

    Pretty in Pink indeed! Thanks so much for this post. I think flowers can be overlooked in autumn season decor. Do you take the images yourself?

    Nicole L. Tate
    Nicole L. Tate´s last blog post ..Why More Wall Beds Are Showing Up in Secondary or Resort Homes

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  33. Hilary commented
    October 4th, 2011 at 8:57pm

    Love flowers!

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  34. Katie I KCandCoBlog commented
    October 4th, 2011 at 10:46pm

    Oh! So pretty! I especially love the warm and cool poppie combo! Thanks!

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  35. Aliza commented
    October 4th, 2011 at 10:49pm

    Usually don’t have those to seconds so It’s nice to see the nature here:)

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  36. vicki commented
    October 4th, 2011 at 11:16pm

    These are so beautiful, Leslie…love the white frames! Thank you for the sweet reminder. xo
    vicki´s last blog post ..I Have a Confession to Make …..

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  37. Tracey Fisher commented
    October 5th, 2011 at 12:32am

    Leslie – Your first photograph reminds me of what I love about your style. These incredible, unexpected combinations of color. I can’t wait to hear about all your insights during Blogging Your Way!

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  38. Lemon commented
    October 5th, 2011 at 12:35am

    Your pictures are so incredibly beautiful! Would you mind sharing the experience of your camera? Anyway, this blog is awesome.

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  39. Marie commented
    October 5th, 2011 at 3:23am

    So pretty! Will definitely look look at more of your work for inspiration for my wedding!

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  40. Joelle Rebmann commented
    October 5th, 2011 at 3:28am

    I just love the first salmon colored flowers. They look like peonies which are my absolute favorite! I also love the ranunculus which look like mini peonies. Ranunculus are popular where I live. We have flowers fields with gorgeaous colors of them all over the place. Spectacular!!

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  41. Kyrsten Webb commented
    October 5th, 2011 at 4:50am

    I love these photos of flowers. I believe that flowers at any time of the year are so pretty and can be inspiration to all. I actually have used flowers to inspire my own room. I love it!
    Kyrsten Webb´s last blog post ..organizing your life…

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  42. fenny setiawan commented
    October 5th, 2011 at 5:29am

    I really miss color me pretty column, Glad that Leslie shared her beautiful flower inspiration. Love them all.
    fenny setiawan´s last blog post ..Pillow loves

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  43. Marie commented
    October 5th, 2011 at 9:05am

    So beautiful ! Fresh, delicate & strong in the same time…i like all of it ! thank you for the every day sweety walk to you…
    Marie´s last blog post ..Commande !

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  44. decor8 commented
    October 5th, 2011 at 11:08am

    @Nicole – This post was written and photographed by Leslie Shewring.

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  45. Shayla commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 4:09am

    You have inspired me to have flowers in my home more often. I think they are so refreshing and uplifting! Gorgeous :)

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  46. Jane commented
    October 6th, 2011 at 11:08am

    Oh, Leslie! Another feast for our eyes – thankyou. I had forgotten how pretty delphiniums are – now I *need* to plant some in our garden. Just luscious photos. As always. J x
    Jane´s last blog post ..Psst! Want to read about mummy blogging in Tasmania?

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  47. petra commented
    October 9th, 2011 at 1:00pm

    beautiful pics. perfect for a grey day like today!

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