Hundreds of years back when explorers discovered new species of fauna and flora, they couldn’t whip their iPhones, take a snapshot and mail it back home. They really had to study said plants and creatures, draw them bring back specimens and have them symbolized by hand, whether in painting or drawing. Because engraving plates were created, many of these prints are still in circulation and add organic beauty to homes all over the world.
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Soft greens and hot browns are improved by a Natural Curiosities turtle print.
Nile Voyage Turtle 1 – Natural Curiosities – $2,240
The bewitching turtle print seen above remains available for purchase. The turtle was discovered by Scottish Explorer James Bruce while investigating the Nile River in 1768; the image has survived for hundreds of years.
Katie Ridder used classic Swedish bird prints from this glowing green dining room wall.
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This proud pelican adds personality to the toned-down coastal design of the living room.
J.Banks Design Group
Spying an alligator or a crocodile for the first time must have been quite a jolt to explorers. This majestic creature is a superb choice over this console.
Brian Watford Interiors
Pressing leaves and flowers is a tradition which continues today. Finding classic styled pressed plants are always a true coup at the flea market.
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This 8-legged creature from the deep would be a perfect match over the headboard, and is the very interesting thing in the room.
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More fascinating and bizarre sea creatures pack a layout punch, like the jellyfish represented from the Languishing Drifter prints.
Emily A. Clark
This informative article is peppered with pictures of oceanographic curiosities. The group works well together due to the black, black, white and deep blue colour palette.
Liz Williams Interiors
Sweet botanicals in equal frames and mats produce a gorgeous composition within this entryway.
Tobi Fairley Interior Design
These dimmed botanicals play off the floral upholstery onto the dining seats.
Shell prints are another genre of character paintings and drawings. These colorful plates are improved with gilded frames.
Vintage bird prints topped with tortoise shells add subtle coastal design for the home in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
Those explorers I said in the intro brought back original specimens when possible. Continuing this spirit, fan-shaped pieces of coral have been matted and framed. This works especially well with another organic sculptural components on the adjacent shelves.
American Flamingo Giclee Print by John James Audubon
Back in 1820, John James Audobon took a boat down the Mississippi River, which prompted many of his Birds of America drawings and watercolors. Because he tracked a topnotch foreign printer, his work survives today. One of the most famous prints, this proud flamingo, is a traditional image that brings a lot of attention.
Lord Bodner’s Octopus Study Triptych Print – $3,550
This octopus triptych from Natural Curiosities makes a a large impact on a wall.
Cabinet of Natural Curiosities – $119.95
Back in the 18th century, Amsterdam-based pharmacist Albertus Seba amassed an unbelievable collection of specimans and commissioned examples of them. A wonderful way to enjoy gorgeous renderings of fauna and flora is simply leaving a copy of the Cabinet of Natural Curiosities out on the coffee table. I love to leave mine studying a page for a few days and then flipping to a new one.
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