After years of embracing a minimalist lifestyle (not because I was trendy, but because I couldn’t afford much more than an Amazon sofa and a toothbrush), I have finally been able to live my best life and decorate my apartment the way I’ve always dreamed: by filling all 600 square feet with charming oddities. Like many a great and organized hoarder before me, I like to define my apartment’s aesthetic as “eclectic.” This term helps me justify the shelf in my living room that has both a life-size pug lamp and a life-size felted Ben & Jerry’s pint of ice cream. I love finding good pieces with a great story, and of all the weird knickknacks that fill my Brooklyn apartment to the brim, two of my very favorite pieces are small bottles holding lovely little moths from Etsy shop Flutter by Katie.
I found Flutter by Katie while stalking Brooklyn flea markets a couple of years ago looking for a Christmas gift for my spouse. Instead, I found Katie’s work — i.e., gifts for my spouse to get me. I loved how gorgeous every jar and terrarium was, each with such original detail that every piece felt like its own miniature world. I loved these pieces so much, in fact, that I gave my husband full range in the selection process. With dozens of colorful jars full of butterflies and moths of various shapes and sizes, with different bottles and thimbles and plants in place, I knew I would like any of them. I opened my gift on Christmas Day to find two understated and lovely pieces, each with a tiny moth/butterfly (I really do not know anything about lepidopteron, other than their going by the order name lepidopteron) and each with unique accent pieces to accentuate their beauty. The first floats in a clear jar above three small acorns, and the second sits atop a gorgeous (and teensy) apothecary jar.
The pieces themselves are surprisingly sturdy and can be personalized upon request. When I talked with Katie, she joked about how she must look lugging a storefront’s worth of butterflies on the subway. If those butterflies can make it across Brooklyn on the G train…they can make it anywhere. Katie recommended keeping them away from direct sunlight, which I did, and after two years mine still look absolutely lovely. They are set between two windows and not in direct sunlight, but do still see a fair amount of sun and haven’t faded a bit.
The butterflies used in her pieces are farmed responsibly through connections Katie has made herself, where she uses specimens that have already passed naturally, giving them new life in her gorgeous artwork. I love my little lepidopteron and the art Flutter by Katie has brought into my home. —Mallory Mower
Get a one-of-a-kind piece from Flutter by Katie on Etsy for $35+.