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Let’s face it, we couldn’t be enjoying the spring blooms without a little help from our little buzzing friend the bee.  I’m not going to go into vivid details on what they do, but we all learned in school how they help flowers out this time of year.  I really started getting a buzzing in my mind when I first saw the Alexander McQueen spring 2013 collection last fall.  Sarah Burton was unabashedly  inspired by the insect, with each model wearing stylized beekeeper’s hats, and dotted with embroidered bees, or covered in honeycomb macramé and jacquard.  The ad campaign continues the theme, with Raquel Zimmermann posing in the elaborate garments, and one shot with just a bee necklace and her face dripping with honey.  This got me thinking about other collections that had touches of “bee” and how they have inspired us at home, from honeycomb shapes to decorating with the most golden of hues.  I’m not suggesting a literal interpretation with your home covered in black and yellow stripes, but merely a nod to the trend. Happy Bee Season!

Alexander McQueen spring 2013 campaign

Alexander McQueen spring 2013 campaign

Alexander McQueen spring 2013

Alexander McQueen spring 2013

Besides the entire collection, I’m especially obsessed with the faux-tortoise accessories, from necklaces and cuffs, to belts, corsets, and even breast-plates.

Alexander McQueen spring 2013

Alexander McQueen spring 2013

Alexander McQueen spring 2013

Alexander McQueen spring 2013

Ballard honey

Ballard honey

I love local Seattle-based Ballard Bee Company (Ballard honey).  The simple black and white label is a perfect complement to the simply sweet honey inside the bottle.

Delfina Delettrez "To Bee or Not too Bee" cuff

Delfina Delettrez “To Bee or Not too Bee” cuff

Gucci spring 2013

Gucci spring 2013

Modern separates at Gucci with a beautiful detail of honeycomb patterned mesh revealing the shoulders.

Kelly Wearstler

Kelly Wearstler

Kelly Wearstler often uses multiples of the same light fixture, as she did here in this fantastic kitchen with honeycomb-inspired pendants.

light from Dering Hall

light from Dering Hall

A marbleized version through Dering Hall.

Marios Schwab spring 2013

Marios Schwab spring 2013

Marios Schwab spring 2013

Marios Schwab spring 2013

Marios Schwab too was inspired by honeycomb shapes, not sure it was necessarily bees.

Cy Twombly's Roman home

Cy Twombly’s Roman home

Cy Twombly at home in Rome

Cy Twombly at home in Rome

Various patterns of tile cover the floors of artist Cy Twombly’s iconic Roman palazzo, including hexagons in two and tri-tone.  I will also always love the tiny hexagon tiles once commonly used for bathroom floors.  So classic!

Hive vases from West Elm

Hive vases from West Elm

Hex table from West Elm

Hex table from West Elm

The Hex table from West Elm, made of steel and white marble, is great because one can be an end table, or put as many together as you want for an interesting organic-shaped coffee table.  Their Hive vases show the honeycomb pattern I’m loving too, and would add a great pop of color to your space, with or without flowers!

Eric Cohler

Eric Cohler

Thanks to designers like David Hicks, we have great patterns like his famous hexagon prints for fabric and rugs.  Eric Cohler used a great version for a stair runner above.

Lanvin fall 2013

Lanvin fall 2013

Lanvin fall 2013

Lanvin fall 2013

Lanvin spring 2011

Lanvin spring 2011

Alber Elbaz of Lanvin must love bees, because he has created jewelry based on the creature at least twice, for Spring 2011 and Fall 2013

Veere Grenney

Veere Grenney

Kelly Wearstler

Kelly Wearstler

One way to be inspired in your decorating by the bee is to bring honey shades home.  Rich silks in solids and stripes add sophistication to any space.  Gilt frames on furniture and polished brass bring it to another level.

Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney spring 2013

Stella McCartney spring 2013

If you don’t quite feel like wearing a beekeeper’s hat, albeit Alexander McQueen, then a vibrant yellow look from Stella McCartney is the answer, or one of her golden hologram accessories.

Forsythia

Forsythia

One of the first and one of my favorite spring blooms is the bold Forsythia, seen here at Martha Stewart‘s home ‘Skylands’ in Maine.  Bringing this flowering branch inside is a great temporary way to get in on the bee-inspired palette.

Venetian glass

Venetian glass

Miles Redd

Miles Redd

Amber-hued glassware feels like it could be made of golden honey, and is a simple thing to add to your home or even the table.  Make sure and bring plenty of brass accents home this year as well.  It’s one of the big home trends of 2013!

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