Springing ahead with (framed) flowers

by Nina Myers McCammon


One of my closest friends recently brought us a bouquet of fresh tulips that were so lovely I didn't remove them from the mantle until they were literally dropping petals all over the floor. I love flowers, but they can quickly become an expensive habit. Which brings me to...

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Last weekend, my husband and I finally watched Dallas Buyer's Club. At one point, Matthew McConaughey's character realizes he's forgotten flowers as he's heading out the door to a date, so he pulls a framed painting of flowers off his wall and hands them to her in the middle of dinner. The gesture is admittedly a little goofy and over-the-top (and yes, there's a bit more to the story), but I thought there was something so romantic about it. And it got me thinking: one of the reasons I like flowers on my mantle is because they add such a nice pop of color. Rather than constantly spending money on something that's destined to die, why not frame a pretty print and enjoy it forever? Because these options are so inexpensive (all under $50 with exception to the cyanotype), you could invest in several and swap them out every now and then to mix things up. If you plan on doing that, just make sure to buy prints that are the same size.

Made in Chicago, Illinois

Britt Herman 8x10 print, $23

Britt Herman 8x10 print, $23

Printed in Nashville, Tennessee

Curious Walls 8x10 rose tree print $14

Curious Walls 8x10 rose tree print $14

Printed in Bodega Bay, California

Sarah M Kanzler Wisteria photograph starting at $10

Sarah M Kanzler Wisteria photograph starting at $10

Made in Oak Park, Illinois

Unless Someone Like You for Minted limited edition print starting at $20 unframed; $29 framed

Unless Someone Like You for Minted limited edition print starting at $20 unframed; $29 framed

Made in Brooklyn, New York

Aeropagita Prints 11x11 archival inkjet print, $32

Aeropagita Prints 11x11 archival inkjet print, $32

Made in Portland, Oregon

Made in Petaluma, California

RetroManagerie typographic digital print starting at $16

RetroManagerie typographic digital print starting at $16

Made in Athens, Georgia

Rinne Allen 20x15 plume poppy cyanotype, $168

Rinne Allen 20x15 plume poppy cyanotype, $168

 

Made in Dover, New Hampshire

United Thread archival watercolor Delphinium print starting at $20

United Thread archival watercolor Delphinium print starting at $20

Made in Somerville, Massachusetts

Print Club Boston 15x22 hand-pulled screenprint, $100

Print Club Boston 15x22 hand-pulled screenprint, $100