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Botany of Desire: 16 Favorite Botanical Prints as Decor

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Botany of Desire: 16 Favorite Botanical Prints as Decor

August 8, 2017

A favorite design detail, noted recently: vintage botanical prints in kitchens, bedrooms, and hotel guest rooms. Framed alone or in groups, or taped simply to the wall, they add the subtle air of a greenhouse or naturalist’s dusty library of specimens. Here are 16 ideas:

The owner of a Lisbon inn sourced bright botanical charts, originally from a German primary school, from a shop in Madrid and hung them as posters. See Steal This Look: A Portuguese Bedroom with Vintage Charm.
Above: The owner of a Lisbon inn sourced bright botanical charts, originally from a German primary school, from a shop in Madrid and hung them as posters. See Steal This Look: A Portuguese Bedroom with Vintage Charm.
Spotted on Elsie Green: charmingly faded pressed botanicals. See Current Obsessions: The Summer Cottage
Above: Spotted on Elsie Green: charmingly faded pressed botanicals. See Current Obsessions: The Summer Cottage
Another bedroom at Baixa House features framed, pressed flora. See Steal This Look: A Portuguese Bedroom with Vintage Charm.
Above: Another bedroom at Baixa House features framed, pressed flora. See Steal This Look: A Portuguese Bedroom with Vintage Charm.
A small botanical print, clipped above a work table, in the studio of a Lisbon ceramicist. See Artful Ceramics by Way of Lisbon.
Above: A small botanical print, clipped above a work table, in the studio of a Lisbon ceramicist. See Artful Ceramics by Way of Lisbon.
Two small prints in wood frames, along with ochre table lamps, add the only color to a guest house at Portuguese hotel. See The Lisboans: Apartments in Portugal with Vintage Style, Breakfast Included. Photograph by Rodrigo Cardoso.
Above: Two small prints in wood frames, along with ochre table lamps, add the only color to a guest house at Portuguese hotel. See The Lisboans: Apartments in Portugal with Vintage Style, Breakfast Included. Photograph by Rodrigo Cardoso.
 A print of the shrub Gorse, native to Ireland, by Irish design studio Superfolk hangs beside a doorway. See Favorite Botanical Illustrations: Our 10 Best Sources for Vintage and New over on Gardenista.
Above: A print of the shrub Gorse, native to Ireland, by Irish design studio Superfolk hangs beside a doorway. See Favorite Botanical Illustrations: Our 10 Best Sources for Vintage and New over on Gardenista.
In the UK, a more formal arrangement: Wildflower botanical prints hang in a grid above the morning coffee station at The Rectory Hotel: A Chintz-Free Country House in the Cotswolds.
Above: In the UK, a more formal arrangement: Wildflower botanical prints hang in a grid above the morning coffee station at The Rectory Hotel: A Chintz-Free Country House in the Cotswolds.
In a favorite Canadian summer cottage, a vintage dresser, found via a Swedish auction, is papered with botanical prints. For the full house tour, see O Canada: Mjölk’s Renovated Scandi-Style Cabin on a Lake. Photograph by Juli Baker.
Above: In a favorite Canadian summer cottage, a vintage dresser, found via a Swedish auction, is papered with botanical prints. For the full house tour, see O Canada: Mjölk’s Renovated Scandi-Style Cabin on a Lake. Photograph by Juli Baker.
A workspace vignette featuring a reproduction of a vintage botanical chart. To purchase, see Nature Conservancy: Vintage-Style Botanical Posters.
Above: A workspace vignette featuring a reproduction of a vintage botanical chart. To purchase, see Nature Conservancy: Vintage-Style Botanical Posters.
Look carefully: A postcard-sized botanical drawing, roots and all, hangs above the counter in this Amsterdam kitchen. See Next-to-No-Cost Decorating: At Home with Two Amsterdam Creatives. Photograph by Jeltje Janmaat via House of C.
Above: Look carefully: A postcard-sized botanical drawing, roots and all, hangs above the counter in this Amsterdam kitchen. See Next-to-No-Cost Decorating: At Home with Two Amsterdam Creatives. Photograph by Jeltje Janmaat via House of C.
In an earlier iteration of the Canadian cottage, oversized botanical posters hung in the dining room. See Unveiled: Canada’s Most Beautiful Guest Cottage.
Above: In an earlier iteration of the Canadian cottage, oversized botanical posters hung in the dining room. See Unveiled: Canada’s Most Beautiful Guest Cottage.
New from Moebe in collaboration with Norm Architects and Paper Collective: Floating Leaves, a series of modern framed botanicals. (See also: Current Obsessions.)
Above: New from Moebe in collaboration with Norm Architects and Paper Collective: Floating Leaves, a series of modern framed botanicals. (See also: Current Obsessions.)
Framed, hand-pressed flora is almost geometric at A London Hotel with a Sense of Joie de Vivre. Photograph by Karel Balas.
Above: Framed, hand-pressed flora is almost geometric at A London Hotel with a Sense of Joie de Vivre. Photograph by Karel Balas.
An impromptu display: tiny botanical postcards are taped to a marble wall in Kitchen of the Week: A Subtly Splendid Kitchen in North London.
Above: An impromptu display: tiny botanical postcards are taped to a marble wall in Kitchen of the Week: A Subtly Splendid Kitchen in North London.
Pin it: At GreenHouse: A Natural Wine Bar in Paris, found botanical drawings are clipped to one wall. Photograph by Alison Engstrom.
Above: Pin it: At GreenHouse: A Natural Wine Bar in Paris, found botanical drawings are clipped to one wall. Photograph by Alison Engstrom.
Pressed seaweed, shown here on the mantel in Justine’s Cape Cod cottage, is a watery alternative to land-based flora. For full instructions, see DIY: Pressed Seaweed Prints.
Above: Pressed seaweed, shown here on the mantel in Justine’s Cape Cod cottage, is a watery alternative to land-based flora. For full instructions, see DIY: Pressed Seaweed Prints.

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