Greene and Greene were brothers Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene and influential early 20th Century American architects. Active primarily in California, their houses and larger-scale ultimate bungalows are often associated with the American Arts and Crafts Movement.
The Huntington Library’s Verso Blog
“Some people may remember the exquisite furniture in The Huntington’s permanent exhibition about Arts and Crafts masters Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene. The space was just reinstalled and the take-home message is clear: The Greenes did much more than simply produce gorgeous furniture. Arriving in Pasadena, Calif., in 1893, the brothers designed residential projects of incomparable beauty (the most famous one being the 1908 Gamble House in Pasadena), which forged a new path for American architecture. And as they refined their vision and collaborated with highly skilled craftspeople and artists, they increasingly designed entire environments—including landscapes, furnishings, lighting fixtures, and windows.”
Flowers help interior designs feel complete. After the architects finish and the interior designers add furnishings, flowers and plants can add just the right touch to a space. Here are some tips on adding flowers to your living spaces.
1 — Flowers are not the “stars” in an interior space. They act as a seasonal accent to corners, tables, bars and bookshelves.
2 — In rooms with tall ceilings, take advantage of tall branches in the spring like forsythia or cherry blossom.
3 — For wide-open spaces, use a narrow vase and add large tropical leaves like monstera or palm (see video Kit created about this).
4 — Keep flowers low on coffee tables.
5 — In book shelves, use small vases and just a few blooms that pull colors from the interior accents.
Click to see some of these ideas in action in our tip sheet.