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.
Shopping in one of my favorite local consignment furniture shops, I fell hard for this pair of white wooden artichoke finials, originally meant for the ends of a curtain rod or bed posts. I really have no use for them as curtain rod finials, but I instantly realized they'd make great bookends! They have a regal, statuesque shape that's practically destined for bookshelf styling. And their wooden form gives them enough heft and stability to parenthesize a literary collection of nearly any width and weight. Want a pair for yourself? Check out the wide selection of finials on ShopStyle!
I've written about Stray Dog Designs lamps before, and while some of you loved the designs, you weren't keen on shelling out 400 smackers for a lamp. Granted, the funky fixtures are statement pieces, but that price point isn't in all of our budgets. I just noticed that Stray Dog now sells eye-catching finials for a fraction of the price of their lamps. Something like this Aqua Stalk Finial ($60) could instantly transform a humble lamp into something all of your friends ask about. I'd love to see it on a glass-base lamp like the Crate and Barrel Jack Table Lamp ($179). Prices range from $38 to $110, based on how elaborate they are.
I tend to gravitate toward more modern pieces that are a departure from nature and the outdoors; you won't find any taxidermy in my house. So, I wondered if there was a way to balance the two without sacrificing my aesthetic. There is, and Martha Stewart has found it. You can bring a dash of wintry outdoorsy-ness into your home by topping off a modern lamp with a pinecone as a finial. To learn how, read more
If you're in the market for window hardware (or like myself, you have three bay windows to dress), you might have noticed that purchasing curtain rods, finials, holdbacks, and curtain rings really adds up, not to mention the added cost of the curtains themselves. So, it's a good idea to save wherever you can. read more
A finial is a decorative ornament used to emphasize the top of an architectural structure or a piece of furniture. Finials are often seen on the tops of bed posts and clocks, and on the ends of curtain rods. They're also used to fasten lamp shades to bases, and are an easy solution for perking up a plain-vanilla lamp. You see them topping Christmas trees during the holidays and flagpoles year round, and they even function as lightning rods on rooftops.