When Chantal and Ryan uncovered a trove of high-resolution vintage botanical images online, they couldn't believe their luck. The couple behind The Horticult are endlessly inspired by scientific drawings of flora, fauna and fungi. Because they're renters, they came up with a smart way to turn an illustration of Protea speciosa latifolia into fabulous temporary wall decals.
Perhaps you saw Chantal and Ryan in the New York Times a few days ago. The San Diego couple, who chronicle their covetable backyard life at The Horticult, landed a huge spread, "Marriage is Yard Work," in the Home & Garden section. (There's nothing quite like seeing someone you know staring back at you from the Times. Chantal was one of my editors for a spell.)
And this latest project of theirs couldn't be simpler. First, browse the Biodiversity Heritage Library, which offers almost 80,000 botanical illustrations on its Flickr page. Pick out a design and print it on removable decal paper. Spray with clear acrylic sealer, cut out the silhouette, and adhere to your wall. Easy-peasy! Get all the details here.
If you're looking for more home and garden inspiration, definitely check out the Horticult. In addition to having seriously green thumbs, Chantal and Ryan are both modern design aficionados — Ryan, an engineer, even makes furniture as his "side hustle." And stay tuned for an Apartment Therapy house tour in the next few months.
(Images: The Horticult)