January 15, 2016

Friday Favorites - Vintage Botanicals

Art is always such a hard thing for me to find. I'm not big on just buying prints at Home Goods or Pier One or the like, so I'm usually looking for real art. And of course, in order to afford real art, I need to buy antique and that is not a hunt that is quick! It's really a matter of having to wait awhile before the right thing comes along, and in the meantime, living with blank walls. Which is what I've been doing in my family room for awhile now. I've been looking and looking, and though I wanted something genuine, and probably antique, I didn't really want another landscape (something I have a lot of in the rest of the house) and I didn't want the French Country sheep/cow type art that I've had in there in the past. I didn't know what I wanted, until I saw this picture.




Stunning, right?! Liz Williams Design.

And that was it! I decided a grouping of antique botanicals would be perfect for above the couch in the family room. It's a fairly large wall, so a group of 6 or 8 would be just the thing. I think they look a little fresher than an antique oil painting, but they still give that antique touch that I love. They are classic, versatile, timeless.


Perfection! Design by Charles Birdsong.














An absolute favorite and one of the other photos that really inspired me. Design by Lisa Luby Ryan.



Loi Thai of Tone on Tone uses botanicals here above an antique desk to great effect.





Lisa Luby Ryan again


Loi Thai's gorgeous living room (he has moved his same botanicals from the desk to this room).

Lovely!


So I know what I want, now I just have to find them! Easier said than done. The French antiques that designers like Loi Thai and Lisa Luby Ryan have used are hundreds of dollars each, and since I need 6 to 8, that could be prohibitively expensive. So I'm hunting on Ebay and Etsy like crazy. Meanwhile, I have found that some of the catalogs have sets of them, and though not vintage, they give a pretty great look. 






Ballard Designs









Happy Friday everyone!

Sheila
xo


P.S. Sharing at parties at Savvy Southern Style, A Delightsome Life  and Chic on a Shoestring this week!


21 comments:

  1. Gorgeous inspiration pics! I am really picky about art for my home too and won't buy just anything to fill a wall either. I have a few botanical print groupings in my home. I bought mine on eBay and then bought the frames and framed them myself which saved a lot of money.
    Have a great weekend!!!
    ~Des

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    1. That's a great idea, Des, and one I may copy. I really wanted original frames, but I'm afraid that may be impossible! Still looking, but I will keep you posted! Post of send me a copy of yours, I want to see them!!

      Sheila
      xo

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  2. Try Restoration Hardware they are already framed and when they have a sale can be very affordable

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion SJR, I really appreciate it! I will look tonight:)

      Sheila

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  3. I love botanicals, too! They bring the garden inside. Beautiful pics, Sheila. Honored to be included here. xoxo

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    1. Well of course, Loi! You are one of my favorite designers, and you use them to great effect! Hopefully I can replicate that look without breaking the bank, AND without waiting too long!

      Thanks for stopping by:) and have a great weekend!

      Sheila
      xo

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  4. I love these as well! I have a grouping of repro antique prints that I love. It's such a nice look!

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    1. Thanks Angelina! Send me a pic, I want to see! And I'm still hunting.....)

      Sheila
      xo

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  5. Sheila,
    I love botanicals especially when hung en mass. I think you'll find some that will look great without having to break the bank. 😊🌷🌿

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    1. Keep an eye out for me Karen - I was on 1st Dibs this week and there was a great set but they were $850 EACH! Would like to spend a little less than that:) They are such a great look!!

      Have a nice weekend!
      Sheila
      xo

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  6. Sheila I used to have a great source on Ebay and I cannot remember the name of her shop it was a touch of history or something like that. It was a Hint of History. She was darling to work with! Look her up and see if she is still around!

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    1. Thanks Cindy - I'm going to go look now!

      Sheila
      xo

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  7. Sheila I used to have a great source on Ebay and I cannot remember the name of her shop it was a touch of history or something like that. It was a Hint of History. She was darling to work with! Look her up and see if she is still around!

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  8. I will KEEP MY EYES PEELED on my ROUNDS UP NORTH!
    I too am looking for old portraits.............let me know if YOU SPY any PLEASE!I need a FEW!!!
    What did you do with the COWS and SHEEP?I would be interested!!!
    EMAIL ME!

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    1. I will keep my eyes peeled for you too!

      Sheila
      xo

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  9. Oh, i love those botanicals. We had many up in our condo in Sun Valley. Fortunately our son lusted after them when we sold the condo. So they're in a loving home. We bought our about 40 years ago in London.
    Sandra Sallin apartfrommyart.com

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    1. I'm so jealous Sandy - I really love them! Still looking, but I'm sure I will find something that will work.

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Sheila

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  10. Oh, i love those botanicals. We had many up in our condo in Sun Valley. Fortunately our son lusted after them when we sold the condo. So they're in a loving home. We bought our about 40 years ago in London.
    Sandra Sallin apartfrommyart.com

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  11. I am crushing on the same type of botanicals that are displayed this way. I have some vintage perfume ads from the 1930's that I want to frame up and display this way. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  12. Sheila I love this as well. I am looking for an old set my self, but will likely have to find an old garden book and rip it apart and frame the botanical images. xo

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  13. I have always loved botanicals, still do. And I had forgotten how much I love Lisa Ruby Ryan, those pics have always been some of my favorites! And Loi, who doesn't love Loi. Thanks for the inspiration Sheila! xx Rié | Portobello Design Blog

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