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September 6, 2011


Filed under: Guest blog desire to decorate,Uncategorized — Tags: , — jherzlinger @ 10:03 am

Today we are so excited to have Wendy from Desire to Decorate here with a special guest post! Wendy’s blog always features beautiful interiors, the latest design trends and inspirations . Read on, enjoy and learn more about the design element Quatrefoil!

I’ve been a long time admirer of Jamie’s work, so imagine my surprise when I was asked to be a guest on her blog. I’m thrilled to be here and thank you for having me. Quatrefoil is one of my favourite patterns and has made a comeback recently popping up in design magazines.  To me, it’s classic, yet modern and I’m coveting anything quatrefoil these days. Here’s a round of accessories and inspiring spaces with quatrefoil. Enjoy!


Have you ever seen a back of a chair, intricate light fixture or mirror in the shape of a flower? Although common in Interior Design, many don’t know that this simple design is called Quatrefoil and has a long history dating back many centuries.

Quatrefoil means “four leaves” and represents a flower with four petals or a leaf with four leaflets. The simplistic design first appeared in traditional Christian symbolism as a symmetrical shape with four partially overlapping circles. Prominent in Gothic Revival and Renaissance architecture, Quatrefoil is often found in Moorish and Gothic architecture.


Today, quatrefoil is being used more and more in modern interior design. You can find the simple yet elegant design on rugs, fabrics, wallpapers, light fixtures and furniture. The shape continues to evolve and has been updated as a statement piece that fits with many design schemes.

Thank for having me Jamie, it has been a pleasure!

1: Horchow 2 & 3: inVU Drapery Co. 4: The

Kellogg Collection 5: CSN Stores 6: oomph 7: Circa Lighting

Photo Credits: Khachi Design Group , Meredith Heron Design, Thom Felicia, Susanne Kelley Design, Houzz, elle decor and Thai Cong

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