4 Floral Photo Books for Your Spring Decor

Zachary Wilson | May 16, 2017 | Lifestyle Best of The Best Shop

Spring has sprung.
Believe it or not, the blooms shown in this photo from NYC-based artist Livia Cetti are all made of paper.

The Exquisite Book of Paper Flower Transformations
Not all blooms need to be natural. In The Exquisite Book of Paper Flower Transformations, New York-based artist Livia Cetti—her work has appeared on numerous magazine covers, including Martha Stewart Weddings—instructs readers on how to create 25 different single-stem blooms (think hydrangea, peony and honeysuckle), then builds on that knowledge to form 15 abundant paper arrangements. From dyeing to folding, cutting and arranging, this DIY guide offers step-by-step photos and instructions to help even the most horticulturally challenged be surrounded by blossoms. April 4, $25, Abrams

The Rockefeller Family Gardens
The Rockefellers are known for many things within New York, but their private spaces outside the city are the subject of this book. The Rockefeller Family Gardens: An American Legacy takes readers on a journey to Kykuit in the Hudson Valley, where two stunning gardens reside, and to Seal Harbor, Maine, the location of a third. Photographer Larry Lederman shot the retreats over five years, adding yet another contribution—this time, serene beauty—to the Rockefeller dynasty’s long list. April 25, $50, The Monacelli Press

The Garden of Peter Marino
Leather-clad architect Peter Marino may not inspire images of colorful petals and serene lawns, but hidden behind his Southampton estate lie swaths of just such lushness. Marino reveals his private paradise—he spent two decades perfecting the 12 acres, which include a rose garden, an apple orchard and nearly 40 sculptures by Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne—in The Garden of Peter Marino. The giant tome is actually a two-in-one, with half dedicated to photographs by Jason Schmidt taken over many years and seasons, and the remainder saved for “After the Storm,” a dreamy, otherworldly juxtaposition shot by Manolo Yllera following a summer thunderstorm. As with Marino himself, there’s much more here than meets the eye. April 4, $85, Rizzoli

In Handpicked, Ingrid Carozzi, owner of the acclaimed Tin Can Studios in Red Hook, shares her tricks of the trade for creating modern arrangements with a Brooklyn-inspired look. Arranged by season, the detailed and fully photographed guide explains how to select, measure, cut and place each flower, with more than 35 arrangements covered. Carozzi continues the aesthetic journey with tips on how to source, make or upcycle unexpected containers, ensuring that despite the greenness of your thumb, a beautiful floral arrangement is just a few page turns away. Out now, $25, Abrams


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