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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


New York Public Library Digital Gallery

Image above, 1. Smyrna blomfildia, Mexique; 2. Papilio polic; New York Public Library ID: 74797; Creator, Séguy, E. A.

I found this lavishly colored image of butterflies in an ornament and pattern collection in The New York Public Library archives. The library offers a vast online digital gallery with hundreds of thousands of images including, old textile designs, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and illustrated books. If you are looking for affordable yet interesting pieces for your walls, good quality matte prints can be ordered -- framed or unframed. Prices start at $30 per print, and available sizes are 8 x 10," 11 x 14," 16 x 20," and 20 x 30."

Taking inspiration from the Steven Gambrel-designed room below, you could search the Library's gallery for obscure botanicals that are unlike any you've seen before and order three large-scale prints.

Photograph above, William Waldron for Elle Decor, March 2005.


Phoebe said...

hmmm! very intriguing tip! thanks, xp

Style Court said...

You're welcome!

Anonymous said...

i am so excited to explore this! thanks for the tip!

Laura Naples said...


This is an AMAZING resource! I can't wait to explore it further. The image you posted is beautiful.

Thanks, Laura

Style Court said...

Laura, Frances,
I'm so glad this was helpful :)

Unknown said...

You never cease to amaze. I can't imagine how you discovered this!

Gypsy Purple said...

May you have a blessed and happy Easter

Style Court said...

Pink, Gypsy P,
Thanks for the kind words :)

Anonymous said...

Hi dear Courtney. I saved that page of the Steven Gambrel room in Elle Decor 2005. Isn't it stunning! Thanks for reminding me about it. You ALWAYS have the superb-est taste.

Style Court said...

Merci Sylvie!