Botanical Bliss

We've all seen the array of vintage, or made-to-look vintage botanical prints that have graced the design scene for the last few years. Most recently, we were awed and entertained by the fantastic, oversize versions selected by designer Bunny Williams for the Kips Bay showhouse. (Full article and pics at house beautiful).
The history of botanical prints dates back to ancient Roman times - where images of plants and herbs were depicted to provide reference to different species. Later, during the Renaissance, interest in the natural world blossomed, and botanical renderings became more detailed and beautiful - an art form, if you will.*

These days, despite their lineage, you'll find botanicals used in not-so-traditional interiors.
from here
image here
In many cases, though, you'll find botanicals placed in classic, grid arrangement.
You have to give a homeowner credit when they throw design "rules" to the wind. Like these unframed versions used with wallpaper effect. Design street cred, I tell ya!
Despite thinking such traditional art may not fit the scheme of my Brazilian casa, I've been snooping around for a cool set of vintage prints. I'm thinking something tropical: palms, orchids, maybe tropical fruit So I was thrilled when I got a hot tip via Full House. (Be sure to read her interview with Caitlin Creer for some awesome DIY images!)
Vintage Printables has printable clipart images of vintage botanicals - I do believe I'll need to warm up my printer for this!
Here's some of my faves:


*History of botanical prints here