|Photo via The Natural History Store|
Scientists have been collecting, preserving and labeling nature since Carl Linnaeus (and perhaps before) in the 1740s. For scientists, these organisms are useful for studying evolution or other natural processes. Nowadays, this is still the case except that nature lovers have also turned these museum style specimens into home decor. And why not? Our natural world overflows with art forms.
|Photos via Kelly Perkins // Nina Masuda // Merchant & Mills|
|Photo via Joanna Ebenstein|
This is a lovely and unique way to bring nature indoors. Looking for the perfect print for over that entryway desk? Try a butterfly collection. Or perhaps a little clever gift? As this style of home decor becomes more popular, boutique shops, online curators and small collections are catering to creating your own natural history museum at home.
|Photos via Etsy shops of Renata & Jonathan // Real Butterfly Gifts // The Great Bear // Mab Graves |
// Little Kitten Vintage // Come Day Go Day
Want to start your own collection? Check out these shops online (I particularly love Paxton Gate and have visited both shop locations. Perfect place for unusual gifts with decent prices).
Paxton Gate (brick and mortar in San Francisco & Portland)
Merchant and Mills (supplies)
Here is a handy instruction page on how to preserve your own specimens.
Do you currently have an entomology collection? What is your opinion of this style of home decor?