"Modern without being Modernist" is how decorating editor Rebecca Robertson sums up these pieces. Botanical prints sometimes seem old-fashioned, but these feel fresh and alive.
From left: Red Tree silk-screen print by Leanne Shapton (20" by 16", waynepate.com); Still Life With Flowers and Moth giclee print by Bella Foster (9" by 11 1/2", waynepate.com).Rusty Bird archival print by Hadley Hutton (13" by 17", hadleyhutton.artshopkit.com); Eucalyptus archival-ink print from Fiction by Maggie Louden (8 1/2" by 11" etsy.com/fictionshop).
Plunked at the bottom of vases, floral frogs (small holders used to keep arranged flowers in place) often go unseen. And given their utilitarian design, this usually isn't a loss. But figural models are another story. Take this endearing crew of fish, turtles, and waterfowl. Floral frogs in the form of aquatic creatures were popularized in Japan in the 1880s and reached their peak in the 1920s, says collecting editor Fritz Karch.
Made from lead, bronze, or baked ceramic, many of the pieces developed an appealing patina as they aged. Nowadays, the vintage frogs are sold on eBay and at garden-antiques shows, such as Trade Secrets (tradesecretsct.com), costing anywhere from $50 to $150. Fritz suggests showing off the critters in shallow, pond-like arrangements, as with these tropical fern fronds and scented geranium leaves, where they'll look right at home
Garden-inspired details can feel like a breath of fresh air in a formal living space. For this room, which first appeared in our September 2003 issue, we layered floral patterns in verdant colors for a lush effect. Today we suggest updating the look by using more graphic, contemporary botanical prints. Read on to see how to get the look for your home.
These soft, taken-from-nature colors work nicely on walls as well as ceilings. When using one of these colors on a ceiling, pair it with white or neutral walls.
Top left: Butterfly Bush Olympic (lowes.com)
Bottom left: Pebblestone Pratt & Lambert (prattandlambert.com)
Top right: Sienna Laurel Benjamin Moore (benjaminmoore.com)
Bottom center: Beach Grass Martha Stewart Living Paint (homedepot.com)
Bottom right: Stone White Farrow & Ball (farrow-ball.com)
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