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cabinet(s) of curiosities

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Back in October I shared some peeks of my cabinet of curiosities, since then my collection has grown and bigger than that, I've moved. My new apartment has the best built in cabinets with gorgeous glass doors on each side of the entrance to my tiny kitchen. The second I saw them I knew I'd fill them with skulls, teeth and the like. I also chose to have my hutch, that at my old residence held weather houses, in the dining room to house the rest of my collection. I absolutely love how it looks.
It's really fun to have these things I love so much on display instead of tucked away in my office. From my desk, which is set up in the back corner of the living room, I can see into the dining room where I have the perfect view of the hutch.

Not the best photo, thanks iPhone panorama feature, but here's one last photo so you can get the gist of the room's layout, and a better look at those beautiful built ins.
I'm really loving this place. For the most part, I'd say I definitely had creative control over my last place but this one is mine. Every little corner is mine, everything in it is mine, and I can make it look exactly how I'd like which is almost kind of overwhelming in a way. I'm a little bit stumped on what to hang on the walls. As you can kind of see in that last photo I have some prints taped to the wall. Not permanently of course, but just to see what it would look like. Previously I was a cluster-er when decorating. For example, all my paint by numbers went on one wall, all the cuckoo clocks together on another, etc. So, my first choice is to hang my taxidermy in there because it would fit so well with the rest of the things but I'm thinking of mixing it up and spreading my taxidermy out throughout the place. Plus those prints really are perfect for in there. We'll see! I'll surely share full room photos are soon as I figure out what to hang more permanently than with tape.
xoxo

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  1. I love those cabinets. Love built in shelves and whatnot and how they frame your kitchen. I have no clue how to decorate my bedroom. The living room was a bit easier. But the bedroom has been difficult. Can't wait to see the rest of your place.

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  2. I love these pictures, you've such wonderful, unusual collections and it's lovely to see them displayed so prettily ^_^ it looks like you're making a perfect home for yourself!

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  3. I just love your apartment, it's so darn cute. And your treasures are fabulous!

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  4. Your apartment is so dreamy, I love all the details. Those built-in's with those glass doors... that archway. Love it!

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  5. Such an adorable apartment!! I LOVE old charm and character in a home. I live in an apartment as well, but it's so modern. It was built in 2006. The coolest thing I've got going on in here is an electric fireplace in my living room. I would love to have some awesome built-ins and amazing windows! Your place looks fabulous!! And of course it's decorated SO well! So much personality! Congrats on your own place! :)

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  6. That looks awesome! You got pretty lucky with those cabinets, they're perfect.

    You should think about playing with some wall decals for the white walls - perfect for rented spaces!

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  7. Your curiosities are amazing and your new apartment looks SO beautiful, congratulations! Hope you're having a great day!
    xo Hannah
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    http://thebraidedbandit.etsy.com

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  8. Kaylah, your apartment is gorgeous! I love the specimens and the butterflies. Perfection!

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  9. I love those cases on either side of the kitchen! Also, what is in the Klaus jar?? Love your apartment!

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    1. His testicles. I also have Professor Stingray's.

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  10. Oooo, I love that hutch! And your teeth collection made me think of another favorite blogger of mine, check out her tooth-rings (in Swedish, though) here: http://www.karinskonstgrepp.se/p/juveler.html

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  11. your collection of curiosities is amazing! and so are those built in cabinets!! i love old houses and apartments because of those types of things.

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  12. Loved the butterflies jar ^^

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  13. Oh man, I'm so jealous of you apartment! I love the kitchen entryway and those glass window shelving units are friggin' AWESOME!!!

    And of course...you have one hell of a great collection.

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  14. Wow I love how this is all displayed, quite odd but beautiful in itself. I love the jar of butterflies! <3

    The Quirky Queer

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  15. Build in cabinets?! Lucky goose! Your new apartment was practically made for your curiosities! I am continually impressed by your extensive collection.

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    1. Right!? The cabinets are just so perfect!

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  16. Saw this and had to think of you! http://beautifuldecay.com/2014/03/04/human-teeth-hair-replace-gemstones-perfectly-grotesque-jewelry/

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  17. Found this and had to think of you! http://beautifuldecay.com/2014/03/04/human-teeth-hair-replace-gemstones-perfectly-grotesque-jewelry/

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  18. love love love the tooth collection! I'm really into these kind of curiosity too.
    The door frame and the build-in cabinets are lovely.

    I just can't wait to have my own apartment, living with three persons isnt always fun!.

    xx
    http://enil-orac.blogspot.ca/

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  19. Where do you find all the teeth??!? They're so cool!

    http://adeersheartx.blogspot.com.au

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  20. Everything about this post makes me smile. I'm so happy you found a place for yourself and all your curiosities even though they aren't all on display yet. :)

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  21. I love it all, of course, but that see-though cat is AMAZING.

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  22. Are those... Klaus' testicles????

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  23. Long time lurker, rare commenter, sorry! -- Happy new apartment though! I was at the eye doctor today and they had an anatomical model of an eyeball and I thought of you, haha. I know you're more into teeth, but I was totally wanting to steal that eyeball for ya.

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    1. Oh girl, I don't discriminate! I love all medical models. I actually just bought an eye model over the weekend. It's the best.

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  24. Wow, what an incredible collection! This apartment of yours was definitely meant for you, especially with those great little in built cabinets to display your curiosities. I'm looking forward to seeing how you finish decorating the place!

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  25. Looks fantastic! I'm jealous of all your skulls. I want several but have none. :( For now! And those built-ins are the coolest. Love that they actually have glass doors on them. Your new place is shaping up nicely, lady. :)

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  26. Your new home looks very spacious, despite it's size. Those build-in cabinets are really cool! I couldn't pass on those either.

    PS: how do you keep your cats out of the plants? I have four cats myself, but they keep trying to eat them or sleep on it...

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    1. Despite it's size? I don't understand the whole "it's an apartment, it must be tiny" thing. It's barely smaller than my previous residence.

      They're just not interested in my plants.

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    2. Oh, my bad! I thought you wrote earlier that it was smaller than your last home. The apartments I know vary from 40 to 150 square meters, so indeed anything is possible. :-) Nevertheless, it looks great!

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  27. I hope to one day have a collection as great as yours <3 my taxidermy/bones collection is puny!

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  28. Those built in cabinets are so cool! What luck! My favorite is the skeleton guy just hanging out in there. I've always thought skeletons were cute.

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  29. Kaylah! if you ever find yourself in asheville, nc please please please visit Freaks and Geeks Tattoo Sideshow. Even if you don't plan on getting a tattoo, I think you should just go and check it out, I know you would love it. They have a "curiosity cabinet" and all kinds of collections of strange and freaky and wonderful taxidermy hehe. The whole place is like a big collection of freaky circus and vintage things. It's amazing and the best place ever to get tattooed. LOVE <3

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  30. Oh my! I love your collection! I'm slowly gathering stuff for Hubby's steampunk study and my dentist has been very helpful. He gave me some of his precious porcelain anatomy teeth. I know, right? Most of the other stuff I've made, like a dead fairy in a jar and a mummified brownie (the fairy kind, not the..uh..). I love your monarch wings in a glass jar! So stealing that idea, when it finally warm enough for butterflies.

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  31. THE MONARCHS! man, what I would do to stumble upon one of those for my collection. Nice set up you got there.

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  32. I love stuff like this! I recently started a small insect collection. I don't really do it properly--I just find intact dead ones in my dad's yard and pin them in a box. I also have a taxidermy alligator head. Your collection is rad.

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  33. What a beautiful apartment. I love your collections and the cabinets do them justice, for sure! Really, really cool!

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