Friday, November 20, 2009

The Look for Less: Vintage Botanical Lithographs

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Bellacor Leaf Botanicals

Collecting Botanical Prints from Country Living
When I started looking for art to put on our walls I knew I wanted something that looked authentically old, but not too formal or anitque-y. Because we have a ton of wall space I didn't want anything that would be too expensive to do as a grouping. The cost of six to eight prints can really add up even when you're shopping at Home Goods. I started searching for old botany books that I could take pages out of, but those proved hard to find. I ended up getting my prints from a vendor at the NC State Fair Grounds flea market. He's there every weekend in one of the permanent buildings and sells old prints like botanicals and old maps (I would love to buy one of the maps). The ones that I bought were $5 each. They are chromolithrographs from a 1916 botany book. The frames I used were $5 from Michael's. The quality of the frames is not great, but from a distance you can't tell that they're cheap. The grouping above our TV cost a grand total of $80. I think that's pretty good considering how much wall space it covers. I did a similar grouping in our kitchen that has mainly fruit prints, plates and a clock.


  1. Love it! You are a Woman after my own heart. Thanks for stopping by and introducing me to your blog. I too have expensive taste, but refuse to pay $$$ on something I can create for $ or even less!...and Botanicals is something I have been after for a while. I havent been as lucky as you in finding some though.
    Ness xx

  2. If you go to this website you can print out your own botanical prints for FREE and just frame them. I haven't done it yet, but they are saved in my Favorites.

  3. Wow! I like both groupings! I also have a ridiculous amount of empty wall space that I have no idea what to do with. I don't want to spend a lot of money on anything since we're renting at the moment, but looking to buy in the near future. This sounds like a beautiful, yet affordable alternative. Thanks for the the inspiration!