An idea. How it starts. How it fills your mind and your imagination…it takes you down that rabbit trail. That’s what the notion and idea of Curiosity Cabinets did for me. What is it? I wanted to understand the truth behind Curiosity Cabinets. I was curious – are you? Then…How I made my own.
The Fascinating Truth about Curiosity Cabinets.
It all started by visiting….
Laura’s blog, Decor to Adore. I always enjoy visiting her blog – love her style! I happened upon her post ‘A Cabinet of Curiosities’. She did the same as I. She saw this notion shared by another amazing blogger, Anita from Cedar Hill Farmhouse….see the trail is beginning….
It’s easy sometimes and then there are times when you stand there staring at the cabinet looking for inspiration…you just have to start somewhere. Laura started by wanting to change the look of her cabinet…
The Curious about Curiosities…
If you do a Pinterest search or Google ‘Cabinet of Curiosities‘ then look at images…you’ll find an interesting and sometimes odd collection of items. I mean…bones, really?!! There’s a book available about Curiosity Cabinets. The basis for that is a collection of natural items. There’s a start! You can display butterflies, eggs, sea shells, vintage cameras, bottles, dishes, cloches…
A Place to Start….
The first ones were ‘encyclopedic collection of objects whose categorical boundaries were yet to be defined. (during the Renaissance). Modern curiosities categorize items from natural history, geology, anthropology, and so on…Here’s where it gets interesting and usable for decor….’a microcosm, a theater of the world, and a memory theater’. Now we’re getting somewhere interesting…These are items that are collected by the owner, that mean something to them and tell a story.
My Story in a Cabinet of Curiosities…
I began to search my house for items that meant something to me…that tell a story of me and of us…our story.
More than Just a Collection…
As I was gathering items throughout my house, I realized there are a lot of little things that represent family, good memories and things that are important to me. These are more than collection…these are treasures.
The Collections Put Together
Together, these collections demonstrate snapshots of what’s important to me in my life. I loved this exercise. I am glad that I came across Laura’s post. What do you think? Are you inspired to gather items for your own Cabinet of Curiosities?
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