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Get the Look: Natural Curiosities

February 22, 2021

Natural curiosities are my jam. These one of a kind organic pieces that are often repurposed from nature are so unique. I can tell you the story of every single piece that is thoughtfully displayed on our shelves. Where we found it, how we created it, the memories attached to each. There’s something inspiring and purposeful in bringing life to new pieces and physically bringing nature into our home. A few years ago I traveled to New York and had to swing by my favorite store ABC Home. I saw the most exquisite taxidermy display case of colorful butterflies. At $500 retail I knew I could make it on my own. West Elm has the perfect display cases in all different sizes. You can use them to create a butterfly display case like I did before. Or try putting geodes in them and displaying on a stack of books on your coffee table. I created one for my sister from special stones they collected on their honeymoon. Etsy is a great resource for vintage finds including  taxidermy butterflies. Simply buy standard pins, carefully remove the butterflies from their packaging or frame ( I used tweezers), and gently pin them inside the display cases.

 

1| Glass Shadow Boxes |  2 Framed Butterfly | 3 Geodes | 4 Turtle Shell | 5 Cow Horn| 6 Wood and Cement Vase | 7 Venice Rattan Chair | 8 Horn and Bone Photo Frame | 9 Mounted Antler Trophies | 10 Dallas Cowhide | 11 Portola Mirror | 12 Tree Stump Side Table | 13 Banana Leaf Basket | 14 Beach Print | 15 Glass Display Cloche | 16 Glass Beads | 17 Driftwood

 

 

 

I found this turtle shell at an antique store in Michigan. Some flat white spray paint and it has a new home here. The driftwood displayed in the cloche is from our honeymoon in Maui. Display other pieces in cloches like airplants, faux orchids, or shells from your last family beach vacation.

 

 

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Another antique find a bass fish found a new life with metallic silver spray paint. You could paint anything and bring new life to it. Use driftwood, store bought or found,  just wrap painters tape around it to paint with different neutral colors. Google has ample inspiration.

 

The boxes on our shelves are filled with shelves the children have found on our Florida vacations.

Not the adventurer type? No worries I’ve sourced several items to ‘Get the Look’. Looking for more inspo or questions? Comment below and I’ll respond! If this post was helpful please repost the below image to Pinterest.

XO,

Dor

 

 

 

 

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