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we like it wild: inspiration/creation- italy

by StudioChoo

This week we’re introducing a new regular segment for We Like it Wild called inspiration/creation. There are certain things that inexplicably stick with us- paintings, postcards, places- and sometimes we want to find ways to incorporate these things into our everyday lives. With inspiration/creation we will take some of the things we love, no matter how mundane or abstract, and find ways to bring them to life in plantings and arrangements. We always like a challenge.

A fabulous Italian vacation is a nice place to start such a challenge. When junior Studio Choo member, Lia, came back from a recent amazing vacation in Italy she brought back tons of inspiring pictures of peachy-pink villas, hikes along ancient pathways, and wild roses that sprouted all over the Italian countryside. In addition to the actual flora she photographed, the colors and textures of the villages and served as great inspiration for a summertime arrangement.

Lia’s trip ventured through the northwestern town of Chiavari, and the small coastal towns that make up the Cinque Terre. What struck her most was the wildness of the flowers, and the roses in particular. Every trail and overgrown garden was alive with wild roses. Villa Rosa, stony and overgrown, was one of the most remarkable buildings on the way to town (and the most aptly named). The roses grew like crazy here, as they did along the Cinque Terre trail along the coast. All sorts of herbs grew unabated along roadsides, and succulents poked out from craggy cliffs and ancient walls.

Between roses, wild herbs, and the warm blush and rusty colors of the local buildings, we created an arrangement of garden roses, rosemary, sweet sage, and earthen colored succulents. Layering and stacking blooms and succulents, one atop the other, we were reminded of the coastside gardens where the plants and flowers competed for a space in the sun. A small patina-ed terracotta pot recalls the cliff-side villages and the high walls that surrounded ancient and decrepit residences.

CLICK HERE for more images of Studio Choo’s Italian-inspired arrangement after the jump!

Inspiration can be found everywhere, and just because a vacation is over doesn’t mean you have to leave it all behind or just moon over your trip’s slideshow on your laptop. Try bringing some of your trip alive again using the colors and textures to make an arrangement that reminds you of your good times. Who knew that the entire Italian Riviera could fit into one little vase?

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