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Spring is Busting Out All Over

The temperature climbed to 75 degrees here the other day, and the pile of snow at the bottom of my driveway, once eight-feet high, has now -- FINALLY -- melted. Crocuses and daffodils have popped up and the forsythia is just starting to blossom. It is finally spring where I live.

Florals are ever popular for spring, but I'm seeing it trend across the fashion and home decor spectrum in new and exciting ways. Mini-prints, mixed-up prints, watercolor effects, and digitally-printed images are everywhere, satiating my starved winter eyes. As ikat was last year, this year is the year of the floral. But these are not your grandmother's florals. Leta Austin Foster proclaimed for House Beautiful, "Enough with the plain. I think people want pretty, and I predict a surge in demand for classic fabrics . . ." Here are some examples of florals I'm loving now:

                     

I die for this wallpaper. It's called Full Bloom in color Silver Sword by Flat Vernacular. It is digitally printed on silver mylar with cyan, magenta, yellow and black inks. Think of digital printing like photocopying, except that you have all the digital devices that allow manipulation of the digital image -- like enlarging, shrinking, cropping, changing colors, etc. It allows for photo-realistic prints in a larger scale and in more interesting color combinations than seen before.

                                

I'm a blazer fiend, and this spring, the Must-Have wardrobe addition is the floral blazer. This is the Multicolor Co-ord Garland Floral Blazer by Top Shop on Lyst.com. As you can see, this year's florals are large and vibrant. No shrinking violets here!

                           

I love the watercolor effect in this fabric by Jane Churchill. Recently introduced, this pattern -- Mayflower in Pink/Olive -- has vibrant color saturation, yet captures the translucency of a watercolor painting.

                    

Small-scale floral patterns still command attention and appear this year on everything from gift ware to evening wear. Creative director, Miles Redd, took a print from the Oscar de la Renta Archives for this lacquer Isabela Floral Tray in Oscar's just-launched home accessories line. Small prints mix well with other patterns creating opportunities for interesting juxtapositions.

And who could not love this elegant evening gown by Zac Posen from his Spring 2013 collection.

                         

                                   Photograph from stylebistro.com courtesy of fashionfame.com

The cascading floral embroidery fully blossoms in the flared skirt of this romantic gown. Maybe that's why florals have such appeal. Like spring, they awaken our senses and stimulate our romantic desires.