black botanicals

One of my favorite (and least expensive) ways to showcase art in your home is to frame pages from a book-it’s a great way to highlight beautiful paintings or photos without breaking the bank.  I framed a series of conchology photos in my entry and love the impact it makes right when you walk in the door.  Right now, I’m in love with botanical prints on a black background. I’ve always favored masculine design style, and the black makes these vintage botanicals and educational charts a little more edgy.  Here’s a great example by Celerie Kembel:

The vintage black botanicals look amazing with the grasscloth wallpaper, warm wood furniture and worn leather chair.

Steven Gambrel

Martha Stewart

You can scour ebay, flea markets and antique stores for some vintage educational charts, or you can order this book:

Each page is filled with extraordinary color and beautiful images of plants and animals.  These would look amazing in simple black frames, hung in a grid pattern or on their own.  Here are a few examples of pages in the book:

Grab your copy here.

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  1. classic • casual •home on October 18, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    I love this idea. Most of my engravings I bought individually from antique books…but this is a less expensive alternative and love the book you highlighted. Great choice.

  2. classic • casual •home on October 18, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    What size would you say the pages are?

  3. Kelly@Bungalow Blue on October 18, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Hi Mary Ann! I saw this at the bookstore, but ended up ordering it from Amazon. It's a large book…didn't fit on the shelf with the rest of the books. If I had to venture a guess, I'd say 11×14…

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