Clinton Ross Smith: Design in Bloom

I’m totally obsessed with flowers right now. I think it all started last fall with Stella McCartney‘s tutti-frutti dress that rocked the fashion blogosphere.

How can that print not put a smile on anyone’s face? Here’s to flower power–and the things that are inspiring me at the moment.

I’m seriously considering covering my bedroom walls in this print. As the saying goes, too much is never enough!

I’ve never been a fan of colognes or perfumes. In fact, I’ve actually always loathed them. But “Untitled†by Maison Martin Margiela–with its ultra-subtle floral-and-citrus scent–has totally stolen my heart.

Although I’m a condo dweller, I never miss ordering seed catalogs in the fall. Nothing cheers up a winter day like the arrival of a stack of catalogs, with the promise of spring right around the corner. I also love the Antique Rose Emporium for their heirloom varieties. It’s the ultimate go-to source for gardening aficionados.

If you want to try your hand at floral design, check out the offerings at Flower School New York. I recently completed the introductory and intermediate classes–and have the certificate to prove it!–and found it extremely productive and inspiring. Can’t wait to sign up for their master classes! And soon!

And getting your hands dirty in the garden never looked so enticing until you had tools like these!

–Clinton Ross Smith
Clinton Ross Smith is the editorial director of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, the city’s only monthly home and garden magazine. Under his leadership, the title has garnered numerous awards and accolades, including a Gold GAMMA for Best Design from the Magazine Association of the Southeast. In 2006, he was personally awarded the Media Award from the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Georgia Chapter.

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