Perfect Pair: If There Be Thorns & Esther Coombs

Do you ever stumble across a couple of complementary decor items and feel your mind start to race with the possibilities? Even if it's unrealistic to overhaul your decor or ultimately not really your style, it can be so much fun even to dream! This happened to me the other day when, moments after looking at the FLOR catalog's If There Be Thorns tiles, I found myself in Esther Coombs's Etsy shop.

Coombs upcycles old, discarded ceramics and gives them new life with hand-drawn illustrations of English flowers, London landmarks, and other images. I love the way her graphical drawings interact with the existing patterns and infuse vibrancy into otherwise dull or dated dishes. Her English rose designs in particular are at once traditional and modern … and so in sync with FLOR's If There Be Thorns tiles!

Totally complementary without being matchy-matchy, the FLOR tiles and Coombs's reimagined ceramics both transform a potentially stuffy motif (the rose) and form (carpet, china). They combine a fun, pop-art sensibility with a touch of elegance and vintage charm. Now to find myself an urban cottage to decorate…

Pictured: If There Be Thorns in blue, plum, and rose; Pool roses tea cup and saucer; 3 tier rose cake stand; Lloyds building yellow rose plate pair

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