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).


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

Ballard Designs

 Ballard Designs


Happy Friday everyone!


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

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