My father-in-law had these sitting around in the backyard and graciously gifted them to us after I informed him that antlers are hip now. My husband created this copper-wire nest for a modern, edgier trophy look.Have you added anything awesome to your decorating scheme lately? Share your photos in the Lovely Little Vignettes group!
The antler and hunting trophy trend has been around for some time, and I will venture to say that taxidermy wall décor and antler chandeliers (sorry, Jason Miller) are officially over. But there's still a place for a call to the wild in your home — if you get creative. I love how one Living Etc reader reimagined the style by DIY-ing a set of rustic curtain rod finials and curtain tiebacks for her home from real antlers. She writes, "Thought you might like to see the curtain finials and tiebacks I made from the naturally shed antlers of red deer. Finials were glued on to a basic curtain pole and finial set from Ikea and tiebacks screwed directly into the wall." Not only is the look totally unique, but it's also a fantastically affordable way to update run-of-the-mill, basic, and cheap Ikea hardware.
"Seeing the images of wide open Big Sky country in the movie True Grit makes one long for the serene and peaceful out-of-doors. One searches for this simplicity and serenity in western looks," notes Starin. "What looks new for interiors is western vernacular cleaned up, updated with an eco-spin or used in a cleaner, more modern way."
Keep reading for Starin's favorite elements of this trend:
- Recycled Wood : "Trends overlap. The 'Western Look' meets eco-repurposing with the use of recycled woods. I have seen a number of interiors using recycled industrial wood palettes or old barn wood for a textural effect."
- Cow hides "Natural textures prevail. Hides show up in rugs, as shaped natural hides or as rugs pieced in squares or in strips. Furniture is especially interesting as mid-century Eames chairs are covered in cow hide = modern western or western moderne."
- Horns: "Horns look new because they are used in a cleaner way. Horns are bleached, and used in wall décor, lamps and chandeliers, table bases, chairs, and as accessories in a bowl on a table. I have seen horns and skulls recast in white or clear resin and lit from within for a new spin."
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One of North's all-time favorite treats is an antler — he's had it for almost an entire year, and their love affair is still going strong! By the look on this pup's face, my dog is not alone in his adoration.There are three reasons that I love treating him to this special toy, no matter what season it is:
First off, the Antlerz he has were naturally shed. No deer or elk were harmed to create this plaything and it's so eco-tastic to boot! Secondly, while he gnaws on it daily, after my examination, he still made no progress after months and months of work (unlike a rawhide he can finish in a few days . . . or hours)! And, last but definitely not least is the smell. As in none! That's right, it doesn't stink much like other natural dog chews, there's no discernible odor and no staining on my rugs either. Looks like we're both happy!
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Sometimes, when a room is photographed and styled well, it's easy to overlook multiple decorating faux pas. I'm not necessarily claiming that this room is rife with decor missteps, but there are some curious things going on here, from the competing patterns to the fur-draped antlers to the rather gauche artwork. What's your say?
The antler trend is certainly nothing new. We've seen the hunting trophies dressing walls, chandeliers crafted from them, and I've even used them as a decorative accessory. But Nendo's Antler Armchair ($3,330) puts a fresh spin on the antler motif, evoking the stag appendages in the shape of a strong backrest for a soft cushioned seat. I can't say the chair's style would fit in well in my own home, but I do find it intriguing. What do you think?
UK-based designer Sung Kug Kim debuted his Bi-King antler bike handlebars at ICFF this year. Not only are they hilariously brilliant and take the antler trend to a whole new level, but they're also beautifully polished, made of wood and chrome. What do you think? Would you rock these antler handlebars on your two-wheeler?
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Some may be over the whole antler trend, but a subtle twist can make them new again. Creating a lovely little vignette for my home, I came up with a new take on the horned décor. While it may be cool to mount hunting trophies on a wall, I quite like the look of these stags held in a glass vessel. Whether they're faux or the real deal, the contained bits bring a rustic look to a room without making them look cliché. Apothecary jars or hurricane lanterns can be the perfect candidate to hold them on a mantel or any bookcase.