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Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Vintage Naturalist


I've always been attracted to the Victorian studies of scientists and scholars you see in movies. All the old bug collections, boxes of shells, books, botanical prints, and pots and jars of who knows what. The kinds of rooms with piles of ancient leather-bound books on the natural world laying open on an immense library table in a secluded room somewhere.



I've not invested much in the real thing. But I have a smattering of old bird and garden prints and books. And I'm an utter fool for naturalist cards and stationary, and use them for everything.



I really can't wait until all the flowers, birds, and bugs are back. . . .  But for today, this is my vintage inspiration for Spring.





































I'm glad you fluttered by!
Ciao! for now!

Jacqueline



I'm joining Debra at Common Ground

The Charm of Home



25 comments:

Marlis said...

Your spring inspiration is right up my alley. I love the old pictures and your flowers are in perfect harmony!!! A very lovely post.

Olive Cooper said...

All birds all the time is my mantra. That book looks wonderful and I adore your vignette. Visiting from Debra's. ♥O

Pamela Gordon said...

I love your rimmed bowl (a soup bowl?) and the beautiful bird book. A very delightful inspiration for spring. We have a blizzard coming tomorrow so I'm drinking up all the pretty pictures on blogs from warmer climes:-)

Bella said...

Hi Jacqueline,
Lovely, and a glimps of my favorite plates on the wall:-)
You always have great books... I feel I am ready to pop my cocoon and fly, but the jokes on me... snow here...haha!
Hugs,
Bella

Vintage Gal said...

Beautiful pictures ~ the bowl is so feminine and romantic. Just Lovely ;-)

sissie said...

Lovely photos of your pretty collections.

hugs
Sissie

Dandelion and Daisy said...

Beautiful old Chapman book. Lucky you!

Sherry said...

Jacqueline,
You and I are on the same wave length with this naturalist look. It reminds me of your "Romancing the Mensroom" post. I just love the romance of the adventurer. It can be Hemingway or Beatirx Potter along an English countryside road, I just adore the influence it has on interior design. Very nice! And I think you have inspired me for Monday. I'll keep thinking on it. LOL
Thanks for linking up!
Sherry

Pamela said...

Oh I love all this old stuff too! Birds, bugs and butterflys!! Yes I am ready for spring too!!

Olga said...

Beautiful photos! I love your wall with the plates; it looks so lovely.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

More beautiful photos to enjoy. Have a wonderful weekend.

Debra@Common Ground said...

J, you and I think just alike, birds, bugs and plants! I need to find this book, it looks wonderful! Thanks for coming to the party,
love ya bunches,
Debra

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Very pretty I find these very appealing too...dried flowers and botanical prints...lovely.(-:

Sarah at Finishing Touch Interiors said...

My dad had a room full of bookcases pilled high with books full of all sorts, the books over flowed into the lounge as well. He loves books like this full of nature I think it rubbed off. I absolutley adore butterflys. I like pictures with flowers that have bumble beas & lady birds, makes me feel like a kid again always playing out doors instead of stuck behind a desk. thanks for sharing have a good weekend

Audrey Pettit said...

What a beautiful combination! Love the old books mixed with the roses, and I adore that you threw in a pretty plate, too.

KATHY said...

Your vignette is beautiful! I love all your beautiful plates.

Kathy

mary beth said...

Oh my goodness this is so sweet! It's too dark and gray outside today for spring flowers, but I am in the notion to get rid of my Valentine's hearts and put up something new..I think you have just inspired me to gather up the birds and nests and bees and things...thanks for sharing such a special vignette!

Petite Michelle Louise said...

this post speaks right to my heart! "j'adore all those nature-inspired touches..especially those sweet birds!

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

I just love your naturalist vignette and your display of plates on the wall. Very, very pretty. This is my first visit to your blog. I came via The Charm of Home today. I have a new blog if you'd like to visit.
http://cottageatthecrossroads.com

Susan said...

Such a perfect display for spring, Jacqueline. Have you ever seen the movie 'Practical Magic' with Sandra Bullock? You would love the setting of the Aunts' old house.
- Susan

Jane @ Jane's Junk and Treasures said...

What bug book is that? I love it!
I've been looking for something I could make copies of for tags.
I love those post cards too!
Beautiful pictures!
I heard some birds yesterday morning when I was feeding my chickens!
As in spring birds.....yea!!!

Vicki said...

Just beautiful! We are hearing birds here. It hit 80 today!

Anne said...

Gorgeous!! I also love naturalist illustrations and ephemera... you've put it all together so beautifully!

Brenda Kula said...

I'm glad I fluttered by too! You always make me smile with your wonderful poetic thoughts and romantic photos.
Brenda

bj said...

Fabulous items and photos..just beautiful.
I am really wanting to know what color your walls are here. A creamy white?
xo bj

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