One of the easiest ways to personalize your décor is by adding curiosities, quirky objects and oddities that speak to you simply because they’re interesting. While curiosities often come from the natural world—think fossils, petrified wood, dried marine life (sand dollars, starfish, urchins, crab legs), and insects—they can also be any piece that prompts the reaction “What is that?”
When incorporating curiosities into a room, consider these tips from Annie:
- The objects should be visually appealing, yet defy easy categorization.
- Note that visually appealing doesn’t necessarily mean “beautiful.” One of Annie’s favorite items is this Victorian horn chair that she came across in an antique store and couldn’t leave without. It now holds court in her office. Not everyone is a fan of it, but they always ask about it!
- Look first for curiosities that you love and that tell a story; people can’t resist asking about unusual objects and how they were acquired.
- Give similar objects, like these butterflies, the group treatment.
- Let striking single objects, like this African sculpture, stand on their own—for example, on an uncluttered side table.