Guest Blogger: Leanne Potts, Editorial Director, HGTV.com
Mardi Gras is Tuesday, officially, but the celebration has been going on in New Orleans and Mobile, Ala., for weeks. These old colonial seaports once bowed to the French crown, so you can’t swing a strand of beads without hitting a fleur de lis (pronounced fluhr duh lee.) The symbol of French royalty and the Super Bowl-winning Saints can be seen on t-shirts sold by street vendors, the rhinestone jewelry maskers wear to balls, the fabulously gaudy royal trains of the Mardi Gras king and queen and the purple, yellow and green Mardi Gras banners hanging from houses along parade routes.
Understand, the fleur de lis, French for flower of the lily, was around long before the NFL licensed a gold and black version for t-shirts. The stylized flower design has been used for centuries by European royalty and has roots that run all the way back to Mesopotamia. It’s a classic design. Who dat say the fleur de lis is just for football fans and Mardi Gras kings? We found some fab fleur de lis you can put in your home year round.
These cast iron fleur de lis bookends from FrenchQuarterMarket.com have the feel of an architectural relic and will keep your books from slumping unfashionably.
These ceramic canisters from Belaverra are the color of warm Provence sunshine and are topped with aluminum fleur de lis pulls. From IronAccents.com
Throw a Mardi Gras bash at home with these fleur de lis napkin rings made of stainless steel and etched with the words Laissez les bons temps rouler (French for “let the good times roll.”) Also at IronAccents.com
Set a regal table with this ceramic dinnerware made in Portugal. The color looks like a beach sky. Available at Horchow.com
No actual fleur de lis appear on this Louis Ghost Chair from Conranshop.co.uk, but that classic Louis XVI shape whispers French royalty. Perfect for those who desire minimalism with their Versailles-era excess. It’s a Philipe Starcke, it’s stackable, and it’s plastic. What’s not to love?
Imagine the kitchen backsplash you could make with these handmade fleur de lis tiles from artontiles.com. You can get them custom made in the color of your choice.
Here’s an Indian take on the fleur de lis in a pillow cover blockprinted in blue, red and gold. At Tilonia.com
Like your fleur a little flashier? Put some Mardi Gras on your dresser year round with this Fleur de Lis Keepsake Box covered in Swarovski crystals at frontgate.com