January 2, 2016

Decorating With Botanicals for a touch of Traditional

(Featured on Coastal Charm Jan 11, 2016)

I started working on this post before Christmas...but I had so much Christmas to show you that I put this one on the back burner. 

For me, botanical prints are high on the list for creating a traditional, and even new traditional style. Sometimes I worry that I hang on to a style too long...but then if I still like it, I should be ok with that. I guess that's why traditional style and I go together so well. Anyway, I started surfing around the internet to see if botanical prints are still in style. 

I have been a lover of botanical prints for years! I had botanical prints all over our previous house...and have several of them in our new house.

I even have an old calendar with watercolor botanicals that I have been meaning to frame...for too many years. ha!

I was poking around online for blog graphics and happened upon a website with free use images....and I went straight for the, you guessed it, botanicals. 

These are vintage images that I think would be great in a frame, or on a tray, or whatever creative project you dream.

Decorating with botanicals.
source http://www.vintageprintable.com

I can see using this pear print and mod podge on decorative plates, trays, etc. 

traditional decorating with botanicals
source http://www.vintageprintable.com

If you have household notebooks/three ringed binders like me, I think one of these botanicals printed on a full sheet of copy paper would look great to slide down inside the clear cover type of binder. You can make your household binder system look pretty.

Decorating with botanicals.
source http://www.vintageprintable.com

I am thinking about using the red botanicals for Christmas printing projects ...for gift tags, newsletter headings, gift enclosure cards, etc.

Right click to save the image to your computer and then you can import it to any project. Just alter the size of the image for your particular project. 
Decorating with botanicals.
source http://www.vintageprintable.com
Decorating with botanicals.
source http://www.vintageprintable.com
I especially love the gold of this botanical!  
Perfect for a fall project.

Wonder what this would look like mod podged onto a painted metal waste basket? 

Or onto a metal cachepot? Hmmm.

Or a recipe box, for an English touch?

You get the idea. 
Decorating with botanicals.
source http://www.vintageprintable.com
If you are interested in printing and framing a few botanical prints, or crafting with some of them, give this website a look. If you want to use the images please go to http://www.vintageprintable.com for the originals with better image size.

This is the disclosure with each image: 
Images in the public domain believed be free to use without restriction in the U.S. 

If you use an image please give the source as Vintage Printable...since that is where I found these great images.

Vintage Printable also has many, many other groups of vintage images if you are not interested in flowers and botanicals. I have no connection to the website, I just found it, and wanted to share in case some of you are interested.

I am doing a little happy dance about finding these images!

If you go online you can find lots of ideas of how to decorate with botanicals. Be they large or small, they look wonderful, in my humble opinion. ha!

I love how Chic on A Shoestring Blog used these botanical prints together to create outstanding wall display.


source: Pinterest

Here are a few botanical prints scattered around my house.
decorating with botanical prints

I have some in my kitchen dining area. I remember buying them because I loved the black background. And I still have black accents my new kitchen. These were over my kitchen sink at our previous house, where I had a black chintz floral valance.

Decorating with botanicals  

These are some inexpensive botanical prints from HL about five or six years ago.Currently I have them in the sitting room/parlor/mama cave.  

Botanicals in the Sitting room

I have also had this botanical for many years. 
It was in the master bath at the farm house.

I have a few more botanicals around the house...but I could not get good pictures of them.
I guess I was on a botanical mission when we lived in the Georgian house on the farm. They went with the somewhat Williamsburg look I had going on. 


I do still love them in the new house...as they fit with my other traditional accessories and furniture. I think that as long as I continue to love traditional, southern, and British style I will be ok to use my botanicals. (Hubby still thinks that a print of a flower with a bulb or dirt and roots is not exactly pretty. ha! It's my thing!) As for me, I think that they are still stylish. 

Do you all have any botanical prints in your house? 

Happy crafting, or decorating!

Thanks for visiting.


I love botanicals!

source: microsoft office clip art

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Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.

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