Cabinet of Curiosities 

Those of you who follow me on Pinterest will realise I am

a) obsessive 

And b) currently obsessed with natural history collections, botanical art, butterflies and “wunderkammer” or Victorian Curiosity Cabinets.

To follow on from recent projects such as The Butterfly Box , the Chinoiserie Trolley and the Botanical Art Wall I have created my very own Cabinet of Curiosities in my Library.

 
Everything Victorian is becoming fashionable again. I have particularly noticed this in television programs recently, such as Downtown Abbey, Forever, Sleepy Hollow etc. 

Something  I am really interested in is the natural world, and so were the Victorians. They collected insects and animal skeletons, created much of the botanical art we still see now, grew gardens of poisonous plants, and were interested in everything around them.

The Wunderkammer or Curiosity Cabinet combined all of these things, and wasn’t just for mad scientists. Many people (usually rich) also collected natural history specimens. 

  I wanted to bring that wonder and curiosity to my library (without the icky dead animal factor). So I created my own!
Crystals, plants, dried flowers, and insect collections made from plastic toys all figured in my cabinet.

   

I feel my library is starting to come together as a room.

It has the feel of the natural history collection, the old fashioned library, but it is a bright, modern bohemian collection as well.

What do you think?

   

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 I feel like a rich Victorian noblewoman with this room! 

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5 Responses to Cabinet of Curiosities 

  1. Nancy says:

    This looks like the home of a curator at a natural history museum. That is meant to be a compliment.

  2. jacquih15 says:

    You have inspired me to do a cabinet of curiosities. I am a blogging newbie and very much enjoying your blog 🙂

    • Aixie says:

      Hi Jacqui! I’m so glad you’re enjoying my blog, and stoked I have inspired you!!!
      I’m fairly new to blogging really- it’s been about 18 months now, and I just love it, so welcome to a fabulous blogging journey 😊

      • jacquih15 says:

        I love the everyday, down to earth feel of your blog I find it a breath of fresh air and its so obvious you love your home and creativity. I feel we probably share some things in common. Thanks for the welcome 🙂

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