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Room 2: The Wonky Staircase

Hi all! So I’ve decided to go on to the next room now as there isn’t really anything else I can specifically identify in Florence’s lounge room. The “wonky staircase,” as Florence called it has a mixture of some cool and interesting art pieces so this should be fun too! In the US Vogue article Florence said she likes to think of this area as her “Renaissance corner." 

Watch this space! :)

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Room 4: The Kitchen

Pallas and the Centaur, Sandro Botticelli, c.1482

This stunning painting is by Italian Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli, painted in about 1482. Some scholars suggest that the work is a companion piece to the Primavera. It can now be found in the Uffizi in Florence (no pun intended lol)! I recognised it on Flo’s fridge because it is one of my absolute favourite paintings ever.

Florence’s love of Botticelli could be seen in 2011 on the Chanel runway, when she emerged from an opening clam singing (see here)…just like Venus in The Birth of Venus! Amazing.

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Room 1:

Gustav Klimt: The Complete Paintings, Tobias G. Natter

I recognised one of the books sitting on Florence’s coffee table as a Klimt book, and I am pretty sure that it’s this one! This book looks SO amazing - it features a catalog of Klimt’s complete works and all of his correspondence.

Florence often says her style and music is influenced by Klimt, as you can read here.

Florence did a Marie Claire shoot in 2012 and I think that it was incredibly reminiscent of Klimt’s style of painting! So beautiful: 

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Room 2:

The Garden of Hesperides, Edward Burne-Jones, 1870-73

This beautiful Burne-Jones work hangs on a wall in Florence’s wonky staircase (I’m assuming it’s a print of the original)! The Pre-Raphaelites (my all-time favourite group of artists) worked in 19th century Britain. The group drew inspiration from a plethora of ancient myths, such as the story of the garden of Hesperides.

In Greek Mythology, the Hesperides are three nymphs who dwell in a beautiful garden which they tend to in a ‘far western corner of the world’ (wiki). The garden was said to belong to Hera, one of Zeus’s sisters. Gaia gave Hera apple branches as a wedding gift which she planted in the garden. The nymphs were chosen to look after the orchard. Hera suspected that the nymphs were eating some of the apples themsleves, so she placed a dragon in the garden to watch over the orchard. Burne-Jones has depicted the dragon as a snake, drawing close parallels to the Adam and Eve story. It could be said that Burne-Jones was making a comment on the religious tensions inherent in the Victorian era. It’s such a fantastic painting.

Florence’s first album, Lungs, was heavily influenced by Pre-Raphaelitism. Can’t you just picture Florence as one of those nymphs, dancing around a garden with her long dress flowing playfully in the wind?

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Room 1:

Keith Haring at Robert Fraser Gallery, Keith Haring, 1983.

I actually FOUND IT! It took some sleuthing, but this intriguing work that is hung prominently on Florence’s lounge wall is by Keith Haring, an artist who lived and worked in New York in the 1980s. He was a social activist and his art responded to 80s New York street culture.  

The work was sold at an auction house in London in 2011…one guess as to who bought it!

Even though I’m not a fan of this particular artwork, it’s really cool to see how vast and unpredictable Florence’s interests are - it’s obviously what makes her such an exciting and inventive artist!

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Room 3: The Fireplace Room 

Frida Kahlo: Face to Face, by Judy Chicago and Frances Borzello.

This book is on the middle shelf of Florence’s bookshelves. Judy Chicago is an American Feminist artist whose artworks examine the role of women in history and culture. Her most famous work is The Dinner Party, which you can read about here. The work aimed to celebrate female accomplishments, and to stop women from being sidelined in history. Chicago’s book Frida Kahlo: Face to Face, aims to do the same, cementing Kahlo’s works within an art historical context. 

Frida Kahlo was an incredible Mexican artist who used her works to depict her cultural heritage and her experiences as a woman. I have already mentioned here that Florence was partly inspired by Frida Kahlo in her song What the Water Gave Me, here.

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Room 1:

Ramphastos vitellinus (Sulphur and White-Breasted Toucan), John Gould, 19th Century.

Ok I seriously can’t believe I found this one, I thought I’d have no hope - BUT here it is!! This is one of the bird prints hanging on Florence’s lounge wall - it’s so vibrant, tropical and fun. 

The artist John Gould was an English ornithologist and bird artist of the 1800s who helped influence Darwin’s theory of evolution. 

In the interview with Vogue US they describe this room as avian-themed. Florence is obviously influenced by, and interested in birds: she’s used birdcages onstage, she has a birdcage tattoo and of course we cant forget her incredible song Birdsong.

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Room 3: The Fireplace Room

Grace: A Memoir, by Grace Coddington.

This book is second from the left on the top shelf of Flo’s bookshelf. It’s a lovely hardback with illustrations and photographs of Grace Coddington. Grace is from the UK and began her career as a model in London. She went on to become the creative director for American Vogue. In her memoir she talks about her incredible fifty years in fashion, revealing that she has been photographed by the likes of Helmut Newton, and counts Anna Wintour and Calvin Klein among her friends. No wonder Florence likes her - she is a fellow flame-haired beauty, and a stupidly talented one at that!

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Room 8: The (Narnia) Wardrobe

Well, I couldn’t possibly figure out what’s what in this room, but let’s all just take a moment to appreciate this beautiful mess of vintage, haute couture, designer and high street. I particularly love the sweet kitten loafers! Florence has an entire room of her house dedicated to her clothes. Here’s what US Vogue said: 

“Racks heave with vintage velvet cloaks, ermine capelets, and spangled frocks; the green paillette-embroidered Givenchy couture number with the notorious dinosaur bumps that she wore to the Grammys hangs nonchalantly on the back of a door; a dazzling Deco dressing gown becomes an impromptu curtain.”

Ahhh. Sigh.

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Room 7: Bathroom

Onto the next! The turquoise in the bathroom is absolutely gorgeous. I love the beautiful textiles Florence has hung everywhere. Also, I for one would LOVE a candelabra attached to my bathroom wall. Wow. Again, there won’t be much to blog about in this room but I will give it a go! 

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Room 3: The Fireplace Room

Kenzo, by Antonio Marras and Olivier Saillard.

Florence has a copy of Kenzo on her bookshelves. The book celebrates 40 years of Kenzo, a Paris-based fashion house established by Kenzo Takada in 1970. It comes in three collectible fabric covers featuring the designer’s signature prints. Florence has the edition featuring the light blue background. It looks like a truly beautiful monograph, with cool details such as pop-up pages like this one:

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So that’s it! That’s the end of the Florence Welch House Series. I’ve had so much fun doing it and I’m really glad that lots of you have enjoyed it. Thanks to everyone who sent in encouraging messages, ideas or tips - you have all made it very special! 

And even though this series has ended, I will definitely continue to make posts, as often as possible, about the art, books, music etc that inspires Florence, so stick around!

-Yvette :)



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Room 5: Bedroom detail

This Side of Paradise, by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald, we meet again! This is the final book in the room 5 detail of Flo’s US Vogue shoot. I have absolutely no idea what actual version of this book is on her shelf (usually I can hunt it down, but no luck with this one). 

I love this hardback edition. It was done to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Fitzgerald’s death. This Side of Paradise is described by Penguin books as a heartbreaking and beautiful portrait of the lost generation that followed the First World War. 

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Room 5: Bedroom Detail

William Oldham on Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, edited by Alan Licht

Yet another book owned by Florence! This is a biography about a man who acts under the name Will Oldham, but performs as a singer under Bonnie 'Prince’ Billy. He was part of the world of indie rock and alternative cinema and has been close friends with the likes of Bjork and Johnny Cash.

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Room 3: The Fireplace Room

Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen.

This book is perched on Florence’s fireplace! I recognised it almost instantly because we sell the whole range of Barnes and Noble Leatherbound Classics at the bookshop. They are so beautiful.

For those who don’t know, Jane Austen was a fabulous English novelist who wrote romantic novels with a good dose of irony and wit during the 18th and 19th centuries (and she’s probably my all-time favourite author). Sense and Sensiblity is about the lives and loves of the Dashwood sisters - Elinor and Marianne and the problems of being ruled in love by your heart or your head.

Florence has tweeted a photo of herself reading Fashion in the Time of Jane Austen by Sarah Jane Downing, so she obviously enjoys Austen’s books and the Regency period!

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Room 8: The (Narnia) Wardrobe

Another item in Flo’s wardrobe is this Meadham Kirchhoff ‘Calandra’ faux fur coat. The credit for this one also goes to theghostofalexander (thank you so much)! The colours are absolutely luscious and it looks incredibly soft. 

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Room 6: Bedroom

Okay, so to the best of my knowledge the prints above Flo’s bed are Regency-style, so I’ve found a similar one for you to take a closer look at! I really like that’s she’s incorporated something Regency into her room, as that era reminds me of Jane Austen and the home.

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Room 5: Bedroom Detail

W B Yeats: Romantic Visionary, by William Butler Yeats.

Yeats was a 20th Century Irish poet. Yeats grew up in both Dublin and London, and was interested in Irish legends and the occult. His influences included Percy Bysshe Shelley and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. This book, which is another that sits on Florence’s bookshelf, is a collection of Yeats’s poetry from 1889-1939. 

This is a poem by Yeats I particularly liked:

A Coat

I made my song a coat
Covered with embroideries
Out of old mythologies
From heel to throat;
But the fools caught it,
Wore it in the world’s eyes
As though they’d wrought it.
Song, let them take it,
For there’s more enterprise
In walking naked. 


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