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In this space, as in a garden, roses make a spectacular centerpiece when surrounded by complementary flowers. The bouquet on the piano harmonizes with the needlepoint rose rug by Stark, silk embroidered floral window treatments and rosy-hued upholstery. The owner of this Garden City sitting room is an avid gardener, which helped inspire this design, Arpino says. "It's as if you went out into a garden and picked flowers -- they all look great together," Arpino says. "Instead of the same exact motif everywhere, the use of different florals and patterns put together in a similar palette makes each look even better."

DIY TIP Get the look with the Greenland Home Fashions Antique Rose collection; the 100 percent cotton throw ($34) reverses to a striped pattern to coordinate beautifully with the floral window treatments ($15.99-$29) at wayfair.com.
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Romancing the rose in home decorating

A time-honored way to say "I love you" on Valentine's Day is, of course, the rose -- a favorite perennial that remains the perennial favorite. "It imparts an amount of formality. It's not like a hydrangea or sunflower -- it has more of an elegant air to it," says Manhasset Hills-based interior designer Karen Arpino.
Here are five ways to bring home the season's favorite flower, and keep the romance of the rose alive in your house all year long. --Kristin Taveira, special to Newsday