Guest Picks: A Natural History Home
20 finds to show your love of quirky science and history
I have a deep love for natural history museums, and any cabinet of curiosity will capture my attention. I adore any item that brings a little bit of that history, that science education, that quirky and interesting feel into the home. I myself own plenty of old botanical prints and chemistry beakers. This Ideabook features many pieces that are meant to be displayed, simply because they are beautiful and hold a piece of invaluable history. — Lillian from Unstitched
This butterfly frame is a lovely way to bring a bit of nature into the home. It would make a wonderful display piece.
This gorgeous piece of pyrite is the perfect mix of glam and natural beauty. It would make a beautiful paperweight or a quirky addition to any display.
This botanical poster is a reproduction of a German education chart originally illustrated in the 1950s. It brings history, education and art into the home all at once!
A glimpse into the human mind, this phrenology head would be a great topic of dinner conversation. It could sit beautifully on your bookshelf, and it could even double as a bookend.
Globes are really popular these days, but this is a new (or old) take on the globe. The spheres add an Old World charm that could give your home a bit of that charm as well.
This beautiful piece recalls the days of astronomers and scientists back in the Scientific Revolution. It is both charming and functional, and it would be the perfect addition to any office space.
This chicakadee decoy is a lovely replication of nature. Laminated to stay sturdy, this piece would be perfect for indoor or outdoor decoration.
This is a functional and beautiful piece. Made of graphite, it writes like a pencil without ever staining your hands. It can be used as a writing instrument or just a piece of art to display.
This charming diorama is a work of art by San Francisco–based artist Lisa Wood. One of these beetle scenes would make the perfect gift or quirky piece of decor.
These glass cloches are perfect for displaying your own home collections. Fill it with flowers, seashells, even photos, and you have a beautiful display piece.
A piece that so resembles the real thing in nature, this Pussywillow Nest is a lovely piece to add some real natural texture to your home. You could use it as a dish to display some of your favorite items.
Antlers are another popular item popping up in homes and stores, so why not bring a functional version into the home? Made from shed deer antlers, these are great for hanging towels, jewelry or photographs.
Fun fact: sea fans are actually nocturnal sea animals, not plants. Either way, this piece would be beautiful for decorating your aquarium. Or, you could frame it up and use it as wall art.
Beakers are lovely and interesting pieces to add to any home, whether you're a science geek or not. These are perfect for displaying, collecting, holding — they're an all-around versatile vessel.
This flask has such a beautiful shape. You would hardly know it was from a chemistry lab if you weren't paying attention. A perfect vase for a single flower, it would be beautiful in any home.
This flask has a very distinctive shape. We can all remember it from our high school chemistry days, right? But now, you could rework it as a beautiful piece in the home. It would be absolutely perfect for use as a vase.
John Derian is known for his decoupage work, and this fine whale tray is one example of that. It's is a work of art, and it can be displayed as art or just put to use as a tray. Either way, it would be a beautiful addition to any home.
This pearlized nautilus is an elegant piece of home decor that would be beautiful to display.
For those like me who aren't completely comfortable with full-on taxidermic animals, this zebra head is a great mid-way piece. It would be a charming piece to add to any frame wall.