Introducing Art from Natural Curiosities: An Inside Tour

We recently took a trip to the curious world of Natural Curiosities. Set in Echo Park’s converted Jensen Recreation Center, the studio itself is an ode to the ever-evolving and fantastical nature of art. Once an Ancient Egyptian-themed bowling alley, it’s now an inspiring space for creating oversized prints, silkscreening, metallic leafing, and other artistic techniques.

Natural Curiosities Studio

With Natural Curiosities pieces being spotted everywhere these days, with notable appearances in Elle Decor, Vogue.com, House Beautiful, and Stylebeat, among many others, it was refreshing to see that owner Christopher Wilcox and his team remain close to their hands-on roots. Beyond the inventive design of the space itself – high ceilings, exposed brick, and other thoughtful remnants of the original Jensen Rec Center – the art house is filled with beautiful finished pieces hung floor to ceiling as well as large tables for aging prints, drying racks filled with delightful new pieces, printing screens and inks, and sustainably sourced natural specimens awaiting their close-ups.

Despite their popularity, Natural Curiosities has managed to retain the feeling of an intimate artists’ co-op. This comes through in each of their whimsical collections, which they take care to keep from overproduction, retaining the integrity of the art.

Natural Curiosities silkscreen and metallic-leaf pieces, like the Rumana Seahorses, are stunning. See how these incredible techniques are used: Metallic Leaf and Silkscreen

Rumana Seahorse 1, Framed, $1,612.50

We also love the uniqueness of hand-colored prints like Noah’s Ark. Take a look at the process: Hand Watercoloring

Noah’s Ark, Framed, $4,487.50

Photographs from Natural Curiosities carry a nostalgic and magical feel, while remaining chic and modern design statements.

The Hyden Horses, Blonde, Framed, $1,987.50

Their sculptures breathe new life and beauty into objects we’ve seen many times before.

Stradivarius Violin Half, $1,987.50

Prints come in a variety of styles with something for any room. The Lord Bodner Triptych speaks to Natural Curiosities’ octopus fascination.

Lord Bodner Triptych in Blue, Framed, $4,087.50

Finally, we think their specimen art, like Fallen Feathers, is right on trend in the art world with clever ideas we’ve never seen before.

Framed Fallen Feathers 1 & 2, $5,975.00

For more art from Natural Curiosities, visit GraciousStyle.com. And don’t forget to take a look at our entire Art section.

How to Get This Look: Escape to Marrakech

Gracious Style takes inspiration from Morocco, one of today’s most popular travel destinations, in our latest Lookbook, Escape to Marrakech.

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Lacefield Marrakesh Firefly Throw Pillow 20 in Sq Lacefield Marrakesh Batik Indigo Throw Pillow 20 in Sq Vietri Turquoise Garden Large Bowl 8 x 16.5 in Selamat Calabash Large Hanging Pendant Graphic Image 1000 Places Orange Leather Cover Tabriz Dinnerware Dransfield and Ross Mogador Table, Gold Medallion Linen Table Runner

 

*Start with colorful pillows from Lacefield. We’ve chosen the Marrakesh Throw Pillow in Firefly and Batik Indigo.

*Add even more color with fun pottery, like the Vietri Turquoise Garden Large Bowl.

*Create the perfect ambiance using decorative Selamat lanterns, like the Calabash Large Hanging Pendant.

*Layer in a beautiful scent with NEST’s Moroccan Amber diffuser.

*Catch the travel bug and invite your guests to take a peek at this incredible leather-bound book of 1,000 places to see from Graphic Image.

*L’Objet Tabriz Dinnerware is special and will add drama and warmth to your table.

*The iconic form of the Gold Mogador Table from Dransfield & Ross will bring Marrakech style right into your home.

*Dress up the dinner table with a gorgeous runner, like Kim Seybert‘s Medallion Linen Table Runner.

For more inspiration, check out Hotel Chic’s blog post on Peacock Pavilions, a retreat outside of Marrakech, and Marisa’s amazing photographs from her recent trip to Morocco on Stylebeat!

How to Get This Look: The Chic Bathroom

Round two of our Lookbooks series is live! Gracious Style Lookbooks are where we put together great ideas for your home using some of our favorite products. The Chic Bathroom is all about taking your bathroom to the next level, creating a spa getaway right in your home.

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Barbara Cosgrove Double Arm Sconce - Pair Lance Wovens Bling Warm Silver Leather Pillow Lance Wovens Bling Antique Gold Leather Pillow Lance Wovens Bling Antique Gold Leather Pillow Claus Porto Blue Box of 5 Mini Soaps Bedminster Scroll Bath Rug Vizcaya Bath Accessories oomph Tini Tufted Chair Mary Jurek Aurora Tray Marvis Toothpaste Whitening 75ml

Recreate this look in your bathroom with our chic finds:

*Lighting will set a calming mood – Pair of Double Arm Sconces from Barbara Cosgrove

*Pillows add comfy luxury – Leather Pillows in Antique Gold and Warm Silver from Lance Wovens

*Treat your skin to lavish Claus Porto Soaps in a lovely blue box.

*Simply updating your vanity accessories can make a big difference; change out the old with Vizcaya Bath Accessories from Kassatex.

*Add color and texture with an elegant Bedminster Scroll Bath Rug also from Kassatex.

*The Tini Tufted Chair from oomph is perfect for giving your bathroom a spa feeling that makes you want to linger.

*Give little items a beautiful place to rest with the Mary Jurek Aurora Tray.

*Finally, don’t forget the basics like Marvis Whitening Toothpaste; also available in other gourmet flavors.

Love This Look: Lara Spencer’s Connecticut Bedroom

The charming Good Morning America lifestyle anchor was featured in House Beautiful’s column “I Love My Bed” for June. We fell in love with the fun yet relaxed style of the bedroom in her Connecticut home.

Photo by Miki Duisterhof for House Beautiful

We couldn’t help but notice the resemblance of her thrift store nightstands to the Bungalow 5 Jacqui side table:

Jacqui Side Table

Jacqui Side Table by Bungalow 5

So if you love this look, but don’t have time to browse thrift shops or antique stores for the perfect piece, you’re in luck!

Here are a few more ways to bring this eclectic look home:

Sconces by Barbara Cosgrove

Sconces by Barbara Cosgrove

Elizabeth Custom Headboard by Legacy Home

Elizabeth Custom Headboard by Legacy Home

Beacon Hill Duvet Cover by Legacy Home

Beacon Hill Duvet Cover by Legacy Home

Lemongrass Batik Pillow by Lacefield Designs

Lemongrass Batik Pillow by Lacefield Designs

Montecito Pillow by oomph

Montecito Pillow by oomph

How to Get This Look: The Beach House

Here’s our first Gracious Style Lookbook, The Beach House, created just in time to get you and your home ready for summery beach house style!

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Lacefield Casablanca Geranium Throw Pillow 20 in Sq Lacefield Casablanca Midnight Throw Pillow 20 in Sq Coral Branch Napkin Rings Lance Wovens Classic Navy Tote Barbara Cosgrove Dominoes with Box Aladdin Antique Taupe Flatware Slipper Chair Claus Porto Blue Guest Soap Pastille Gift Box Taboret Light Blue Caskata School of Fish Blue 12.25 in Round Platter Fresco Bali Batik Indigo Beach Towel

Want to capture this look? Here are the items featured:

*Casual-chic Lacefield Casablanca Throw Pillows in Midnight and Geranium.

*Kim Seybert‘s Coral Branch Napkin Rings are a fun accent for any table.

*Lance Wovens Classic Navy Tote is a best bet for beach trips.

*Games of all kinds bring fun into your home, like our Barbara Cosgrove Dominoes with Box.

*To complete your summer table try adding Aladdin Antique Taupe Flatware by Vietri.

*Make guests feel right at home with the cozy Slipper Chair from oomph.

*Pamper yourself with Claus Porto Blue Guest Soap Pastilles.

*The Taboret table from Bungalow 5 in Light Blue adds just a touch of seaside color.

*Dine in style with playful tableware by Caskata. We love the School of Fish Blue Platter.

*And last, but definitely not least, don’t forget soft, luxurious beach towels, like the Bali Batik Indigo Beach Towel from Fresco.

Find these great beachy finds, and much more, on our site.