Favorite Things

Going Green: Botanicals on Display

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Winter, spring, summer, or fall, there is one subject perfect for any wall: those leafy green botanical prints that bring the outdoors in for a display of greenery year round. Botanical illustrations have been around for centuries but their appeal remains timeless, even as modern artists find new ways to express the features of leaves we love in sketch or watercolor or digital forms.

It’s universally known that the effect of green plants on humans is stress reducing. If you lack a green thumb for keeping the real ones alive indoors or simply have a desire to surround yourself with leafy plants, look to art and illustrations to make it so.

I attempted my own version of framed ferns years ago, they were simple and pretty and lasted about a year but eventually because of their organic nature and lack of any preservative turned brown, boo. Oh well, there are hundreds of alternatives.

The options for display vary; keep it classic with a balanced set of prints hung equidistant from each other or opt for an artful arrangement of botanical prints in an asymmetrical display. I’m inspired by botanicals framed traditionally as well as modern gallery wall collections.

framed fern art prints

   

veranda large scale botanical prints

  

framed ferns velvet green sofa

  

symmetrical botanical art collection

  

botanical leaf art print display

 images: my deer art shop / veranda / harper’s bazaar / oliver and rust / vt wonen

  

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Black + White Art

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

I’m not alone in my love of a black and white art gallery wall, whether it’s a display of black and white photography or a collection of art prints, the medley is so sophisticated and never goes out of style.

I was shopping Etsy this week as I often do for new art prints for the living room, I’ll be combining a few black and white illustrations, abstracts, and watercolors. I channeled my inner artist last year and created my own DIY botanical which I’m still loving framed in the same spot. 

I adore Nina’s black and white art gallery wall, it is so striking above the dark sofa, the monochromatic palette continues throughout this space.

black and white illustrations

stylizmo

Etsy, Society6, and Minted are three sources I often shop to support independent artists and I always find something to love to add to my growing collection. Apartment Therapy rounded up a great list of sources for purchasing affordable art, it’s worth a read.

Art is completely subjective, we all have pieces that speak to us and that’s the best way to choose art, it should be a reflection of your personality and taste. Here are a dozen of my new favorites in black and white. black and white art prints

ink flowers / figure study  / feathers / poppies / love typography / pick up sticks / wild tulips / typographic state / octopus / birches / custom bridal / amore

Have you arranged a black and white gallery in your home, photographs or art prints?