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Originally published Friday, February 15, 2013 at 8:00 PM

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Versatile rose never fades as perennial design motif

FINDS: Say it with flowers.

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Floral fads may ebb and flow, but the rose’s appeal remains constant, well beyond a Valentine’s Day vaseful.

In home décor, roses have long been a favorite motif, in wallpapers, lace, chintz, and soft silk furnishings such as curtains, bedding and carpet.

The versatile rose floral can impart cottage charm, cosmopolitan elegance, even a certain sexy chic.

Throw pillows lend themselves to floral interpretations; you’ll find feminine rose-petaled pillows in pretty hues and soft materials at, and

The rose-tufted rug can tie décor together, as well as offer a hint of warmth and sensuality. Available at Pier 1 imports.

The Associated Press