As March melts away, April prevails with showers and flowers. Several years ago, I had the privilege of traveling to Japan during cherry blossom season (mid-March through early May). It is truly a magical time to be in Japan, Sakura cherry blossoms explode like cotton candy fireworks from chocolate brown branches.
The entire country of Japan celebrates the season of cherry blossom viewing—called Hanami. In Tokyo, people gather in public parks, laying down blankets to sit, drink sake and eat delicious snacks under the trees. The rose-colored petals rain down like pink slow motion snow. I collected some ways to celebrate cherry blossom season through design. Enjoy the Hanami!
Tord Boontje’s Cherry Blossom chandelier is modern magic. Encrusted with Swarovski crystals, this piece runs via remote control and has several settings from steady ambient light to magical flickering bulbs.
Flavorpapers, based in Brooklyn NYC, won me over with their modern Cherry Blossom print on silver. This paper is pure Hanami chicness! Gorgeous on an accent wall or drench all the walls for a dramatic look.
I have always been personally inspired by flowers and fauna, so it is only natural that these flowers have made it into much of my own mural and custom work. Delicate blossoms bloom off calligraphic branches on the epic piece below. The entire piece is then detailed with hundreds of tiny Swarovski crystals. Magic!
The floral appliqué detail on this cherry blossom crib bedding adds dimension while the restrained color palette keeps the look elegant without being too saccharin.
The oversized cherry blossom graphic on the area rug below is a lovely way to keep flowers underfoot at all times. This would look fantastic with a variety of wall colors. Pink may be the classic choice, but for a more chic look, try pairing a pinkish rug with a neutral or contrasting wall color like pale grey or taupe—the carpet will appear to emanate a rosy glow!
I wish I could go to Japan every spring, however a wonderful taste of the season can be found at your local botanical garden. Lucky to be a New Yorker, I love going to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden each year for their Hanami Festival. The garden is immense—their online map shows you how many trees are in bloom, so you can time your visit perfectly. Go out and take time to enjoy the view, wherever you are.