Wednesday, October 7, 2009

A question of antlers...

Growing up in Africa, it wasn't uncommon to see large sets of antlers of various African antelope adorning the walls (the ones in Jenna Lyon's dressing room (below) are kudu). I grew accustomed to seeing them and often when I spot them now, I feel a slight nostalgic twinge. Antlers have a very rustic, old world feel to them. They are all at once triumphant and audacious, yet organic and giving a small tribute to nature. They blend perfectly with the fall aesthetic - a roaring fire, some plaid blankets and a stag trophy above the mantle. While they've been used in decor for hundreds of years, they still require more of a brave heart - how about you? Would you dare to bear antlers?








{Photos: LivingEtc, JacquesGrangeviaHabituallyChic, Domino, JosePicano, Domino}

8 comments:

parallel-botany said...

My boyfriend has a longhorn skull that he had on his bedroom wall before I moved in with him. Now it's in the closet ;)

I'm not opposed to having it up in the apartment, I just don't want to have it in the bedroom. So we're stashing it until we can find an appropriate spot for it. Maybe we should put it up with a Georgia O'Keefe print...

Alaina @ Live Creating Yourself said...

I agree I sometimes like the look. But I'm not sure I'd want them displayed on my wall... I have the same ethical problem with cowhide rugs. Love the look. Hate where it's from.

I would use an antler that a deer has shed as a decorate piece on a table or mantel, however!

I completely agree about the fall, lodge feel they exude.

pretty*pink*rat said...

Since my boyfriend is a hunter, I am guaranteed to have a future including antlers, which I think can be done very tastefully and even romantically.

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Happy Wednesday!

Sarah said...

I am obsessed with these! I am desperate to find antlers for my home in Maine...I think they are lovely and add a nice rustic feel to a room. Great post!

Sarah said...

I forgot to add that you can buy antlers from this website in Scotland: https://www. papastour.com - I have been toying with this idea for a long time.

down and out chic said...

i really like them as decor, i just prefer if they're not real (like wooden or ceramic). b and i have a ceramic bull's head over our bead, it's an antique and i love it!

Apt. #34 said...

That last room has long been one of my faves!

A Life More Fabulous said...

Thanks for the link Sarah!

DOC - you'll have to share a pic of that ceramic bull, I'm curious to see it now...

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