Specimens as works of art
From dramatic antlers to vintage taxidermy, specimen decor is certainly having a moment. But is it cool or just plain weird? Below, some feminine (and decidedly non-creepy ways) to bring this museum-chic aesthetic home.
Plants Get the vibe of a Victorian apothecary (sans the unsettling skulls or potions) with framed herb pressings like this lovely Etsy find ($15). Or channel your old biology classroom with Three Potato Four's quirky-cool pteridophyte shadowbox ($175).
Shells and Marine Life Seaside finds take on scientific airs when organized and matted. Los Angeles artist Christopher Wilcox's arresting rows of sand dollars and starfish are hypnotically minimalist while his small sea fans have a moodier appeal (prices available upon request).
Butterflies You need not be a lepidopterist (though you might want to call yourself one) to love mounted butterflies. Christopher Marley is known for his exquisite winged-creature offerings ($1,125), but at a lower price point we also like Bug Under Glass's butterfly creations ($22 to $68).