Do you ‘member I mentioned there had been lots of tissy-ing up going on over at my hive? Well, something I had been wanting to change for a while were the bird prints in my living room.
Above is my living room as it was around 18 months ago.
They are cute and I do like them though the proportions were never quite right and it was simply time for something different.
At the moment I’m really into vintage illustrated nature studies so for my living room I deciding on some botanical fern lithographs, mainly because I think they’re cute though also because of their green foliage.
You see, to a fickle girl like me who can’t seem to commit to colour, green foliage adds that little punch of life to an otherwise unsaturated room whist maintaining an overall sense of harmonious neutrality. I always like to include foliage of some kind in all of my spaces.
I switched out the original chunky frames for finer ones I found at a cheap dollar store and to better fit with the proportions of the new leather sofa I created two rows of four prints (and yes, my ‘new’ leather sofa is over a year old now!).
Please forgive the reflections :-)
I found the fern illustrations on the NYPL Digital Gallery. I edited them in Photoshop then simply printed them off. I used non-glossy photo quality paper because I chose not to matte the prints so the white border you can see around the image is actually the paper itself.
I really love the way they look though best of all they were virtually free!
If you’re interested in using the same fern illustrations as me, for your convenience I have included a link to download them below! I had to enlarge them slightly, so the image quality is not impeccable though I personally like them that way. The look genuinely old, faded and imperfect. These prints are designed to fit standard 11″ x 8.5″ certificate frames (this includes having a visible paper border as can be seen in mine).
Photo Paper (Kodak)
Picture Frames (21cm x 28cm/8.5″ x 11″ Certificate Frames)
NYPL Digital Gallery
Eight vintage fern studies.
Click here to view and download.