These metal grid wall organizers are calling, “Make me!” They all look so good in these photos, but a big part of that is the expert styling. If I make my own, will I be able to curate it so perfectly? I guess we’ll find out, since I’m to the point where I’ve been casually trawling hardware stores for the perfect metal grid to use. I wasn’t having any luck until recently, when I think I stumbled across the right source. Next is the choice of what color to paint it. Black, white, or something else entirely? I’m leaning toward white, but who knows, I may change my mind before the paint hits the metal.
Clockwise from top left: Hitta Hem, Homesick , Planete Deco, Curbly, Unknown, A Beautiful Mess
As you might remember, back in early spring I built myself a vertical garden on the side of my garage. When I first unveiled it, the plants were pretty small and unimpressive. But over the last couple of months, they’ve really taken off, and I love it!
To jog your memory, here’s the side of the garage, before:
Here’s the vertical wall, right after I built it:
And here it is now:
Big change, right? Clearly our grass is now in its dormant phase (aka completely unwatered unless it rains), but isn’t it crazy how different this wall looks?
I just love the interplay between the many different types of leaves and flowers.
I kind of can’t believe how much the plants have grown without much attention. There are a few changes I’ve made, which I detail near the end of the post. Continue reading »
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Lately my eye has been drawn to botanical/natural art, especially gallery style. It lends a room a cabinet-of-curiosities feel, without actually having to have a cabinet or collect the curiosities. Though that would be fun, I’m looking for more instant gratification.
Clockwise from top left: Nordic Design Collective, Poppytalk, Unknown, House & Garden, Harper’s Bazaar
If you’re into plants, birds, bugs, or any other sort of creature, there’s a set of prints out there for you. Plus you can get away without using a frame–they look great even just taped or clipped up. Alone or in a gallery, in full color or black and white, they’re so versatile that there’s a way to work them into nearly any style of decor.
It’s easy to find vintage or reproduction botanical illustrations on Etsy, or from books like Cabinet of Natural Curiosities or Art Forms in Nature. But it’s even easier (and practically free, if you already have a good printer), to download some images and print them yourself. Even if you don’t have a printer, a copy shop can get the job done for just a few bucks. So here are some great resources to do just that:
Biodiversity Heritage Library has a handy photo stream where you can search for and download illustrations of whatever type of creature strikes your fancy.
21 Free Botanical Prints
Butterfly prints, in several colorways
A set of free botanical prints from Poppytalk
Vintage Printable is another searchable database of public domain images.
The Graphics Fairy has tons of vintage illustrations under filed under natural history and botanicals. I especially like this moth print and these mushrooms.
Botanicus has an abundance of free plant illustrations. Here’s a rundown of how to navigate this set.
Those are some of the best vintage image sources I’ve come across. Have I missed any good ones that you’d recommend?
My name is Rachel and I live in wonderful Portland, OR. Transient Expression is about fashion, style, and DIY. I love to share craft projects, cute outfits, recipes, and inspiration for living a handmade life.
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