Considering my dislike of traditional taxidermy, I have a rather contradictory crush on antlers. The use of antlers (real and faux) as decor accessories is nothing new, they have been increasing in popularity for some time now, moving beyond the stereotype hunting lodges and into stylish homes of all genres.
Admittedly, it took some for me to fully embrace the trend, but now that I am on board, I can’t help but love the versatile use of antlers in an array of decorative applications, from conventional wall mounts and well-placed decorative accents to more functional and practical uses as candlesticks, coat hooks and jewelry displays.
Any form of taxidermy-inspired decor always has and always will be one of those controversial issues. I personally have no qualms with the ‘real thing’, as long as no animal was harmed in the process (i.e.: naturally shed antlers), but I definitely find that I have a preference for the artistic ways in which the trend has advanced to crafting pieces from paper mache, clay, resin and even simple artwork replicas.
I purchased this paper mache stag from West Elm soon after they opened in the Middle East last year. The kids named him Bob. Bob was intended for my hallway but eventually found a place in my living room… I seem to have a habit of purchasing items with a particular room in mind and somehow end up installing them elsewhere!
You may also recall the antler pendant featured on my dining room wish list – by far my most sought after piece of antler treasure, but alas, the price tag is as breathtaking as its beauty so it remains firmly on the wish list for now.
I have however managed to purchase two other pieces to scratch my antler itch: a resin deer horn mount found at Zara Home and a beautiful watercolor print by Kelly Bermudez via Etsy. Kelly has stunning collection of mostly nature-inspired watercolors, and amongst them are some gorgeous animal prints that would be ideal for a nursery… not that I am planning any more of those.
I am so excited to see my print when it arrives. And I am still working on whether to cluster the new additions with the existing piece in the living room or add them to my guest room. I guess I’ll make that decision when my print arrives and will update you accordingly. Watch this space, peeps.