Decorating With.....Antlers

1.18.2014

I know a lot of folks can't stand the thought of animal parts in their homes, but I love using antler mounts and antler sheds in my home. I don't like a whole deer head with the eyes looking at me, but the antlers I'm okay with. Before I share some of the changes in my home in the coming weeks I thought I would share some images of rooms decorated with antlers so y'all will understand where I got the idea from. I have bought most of my roe deer antler trophies on ebay from an antique dealer.




I love everything about this room found at Country Living.

This is another favorite by Phoebe Howard.



Love everything about this cozy space too. Also by Francie Hargrove.


Even Downton Abbey has mounted antlers. You can see part of a mount on the back wall.

And I found this one from googling Downton Abbey, too. Look at all those antlers. Must be a trophy room. I didn't know Paul Giamatti is coming to Downton Abbey this season. He is such a good actor.

My sitting room at night.

So do you like decorating with antlers?

Want to see more rooms decorated with antlers? Check out my pinterest board.

Have a great weekend and stay warm.

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40 comments:

  1. Nope, I do not like the antler motif--but I never did. I didn't like it when they would do partial sculls either ;-). However, I do love your collection of prints above your sofa---I really love them and the table in front of the sofa. I really wish I could have a high table like that, but unfortunately I have discovered, along with my hubby, that we love putting our feet on a coffee table---we are addicted. I love the English hunting scenes , the hunting dogs, and all of that----it makes me feel cozy as in old English style coziness ;-)

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  2. I love using antlers in my home too. Those are some great inspiration pics. Your sitting room looks beautiful at night!

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  3. I love antlers, but I use the shed ones (so luck the hubs picks those up for me on the farm!) not anything mounted. I like that they add three dimensionality to your wall decor! Well done, Kim!
    xo Heidi

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  4. I don't dislike antlers, but it's not something I use in our home. I know it is very trendy right now. I kind of like to march to the beat of a different drummer! LOL!! I, too like your prints above the sofa.

    Sun is shining here although it's COLD but I'm about to get out and about!

    tina

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  5. i have used antler sheds for quite some time and enjoy the mounted ones although don't have any. i know many hunters and understand the population control that comes into play with deer but you are right can be a touchy subject with many.

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  6. Tina, this has been trending for several years now here in the states, but is just normal decor in Europe.

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  7. Your sitting room looks wonderful at night Kim, love those hunting scenes. I like using sheds, mounted antlers not so much, but you've managed to pull it off. Your room looks like it has history and that makes it interesting to me.

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  8. Women across the south land have spent years trying to keep hunting trophies off their walls and resigned them to garages and basements. Many hunters will be thrilled that they may now get displayed.
    I detest the way deer destroy my landscaping but don't think I would ever want antlers on my walls.
    Love you English hunt wall prints.

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  9. I like the "sheds" which fall off naturally. Not a fan myself of "prize" antlers.. that said, my son's college football team is the Stags and nothing could be better than a mascot with antlers!! Love your sitting room. The bhg shot you show is actually Jennifer's house from The Old Painted Cottage :)
    marcy

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  10. No, not for me, don't care how trendy they are. But your room is cozy with the colors and that gorgeous round table!!

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  11. Cracks me up that antlers are "trend," seeing as how I'm from Texas and they are everywhere here, and always have been! I love them, to me they honor the beauty of our natural world. Yours are gorgeous, and I love that cozy room!

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  12. Kim I'm with you I LOVE everything about that room from Country Living!! That's such a pretty shot of your sitting room at night...what setting do you have your camera set on...my night shots always seem to yellow?

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  13. I agree I don't like an actual animal head on my wall,but I don't mind antlers.I do have a set,but I think they are faux.I did not put them out this year,just changing things a little around here.Yes I agree he is an amazing actor.I really loved the mini series John Adams.

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  14. Those are sure some beautiful inspiration rooms, Kim! I do use shed antlers in my decorating, I love the natural feeling. My dad has a couple of mounted antlers from hunting when he was a boy, but my brother wants them...

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  15. Beautiful room choices, Kim. I love antlers myself, and plan on adding some to my home as well.

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  16. Not for me..but your room is cozy and lovely.

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  17. I like a few antlers around to. We picked some up during our vacation to Yellowstone. They remind me of the mountains and the beautiful creatures that live there.

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  18. I like the antlers, although I don't have any myself. Do you think that they are a "fad" (like chevron) that we will all overdo and soon we will be tired of them? Maybe not. BTW. Paul Giammatti will be on Downton Abbey toward the end of the season as Cora's brother. Can't wait to see him.

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  19. I don't have antlers in my house, but I do admire them in the right setting, like the rooms you've featured. And your sitting room looks fabulous!

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  20. LOVE antler's too. I'll be adding two European mounts to my family room this spring. Bobby got them and I'm having them done and framed. YIKES!

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  21. I like that they are a quirky accent in a room. I like them the most in a non traditional setting....and when I say like....I'm ok seeing photos of rooms with them but I'd never have them in my house. Shedded ones are ok but I still probably will never do them. I know taxidermy is in style now too but I just can't embrace any sort of dead animal in my home. I've thought about doing a silly head on the wall - making it out of wood or fabric but I just can't even joke about a head on the wall. I'm just uncomfortable with it. I recently had a customer call me at home and ask me if I thought she should buy a cow skin rug she'd found to go in her living room. I told her it was very instyle and would look good but I personally would not have it in my home. She asked if I thought it would stain. I said I guess you could spot wash it. She asked, "Really...do you think?" I said "cows stand out in the rain all the time and turn out ok." After that comment she decided to go with a different sort of rug. I think she really didn't think about that that rug actually used to be an animal. Anyway...I helped her put together her room with a different rug and it turned out great! I love your home and I appreciate your collections....it's just not for me.

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  22. One dead head on the wall here, I'm not sure I want a heard but one is ok. Im not sure how I feel about it all and I certainly don't like touching them. Your space always looks great Kim :)

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  23. I have actually bought two antlers but they were for gifts…so maybe the next one will be for me!..I say, If Phoebe Howard and Francie Hargrove love them, then so do I !!!!…Love those designers!!!

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  24. Hi Kim, I never thought I would decorate with antlers but I do now. I fell in love with the faux antlers in the Ballard Design catalog and bought them. I know it's not for everyone, nothing is, but I love the look. Especially the real antlers against the white walls in the photos above. Your room is beautiful as always.

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  25. I love these pictures AND your room ! Personally, I love natural things inside. I'm a plant lover but my cats would destroy them, so I have to bring other things in. I found a half dozen old antlers in an abandoned shed and after being relegated to the outdoors for many years, they are finally indoors after seeing so many ideas on the blogs and pinterest. "Unfortunately" my husband has a few lovely perks with his job and received not one...but TWO... all expenses paid fancy-schmancy hunting trips. Yep...the whole shebang...TWO of them.... hanging on my wall. UGH. I don't like the whole heads either, but I have to relent somewhere. After all, he doesn't mind the swan on the buffet, the birdhouses on the bookcase, or the vintage baby blocks that spell out Welcome. Still.... the heads stay in the back room, at least until I find a way to "pinterest" them up !

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  26. I am British, now living in Cleveland, Ohio, and you are so right. The British have used antler in decorating for years, and not just the 'upper class' , as we still call them, 'over there'.... ! I do like to use them in decorating, how ever I just use the 'sheds', if my son is lucky enough to find them for me before the squirrels take them ! I love the look and the general look of using 'nature' in my decorating. I'm not a hunter, and I could never, ever kill a deer - I love to watch them in my garden, even as they eat my hostas, but I do love the look of the natural outdoors in my decorating inside.....

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  27. Kim, your sitting room looks just beautiful...cozy and inviting...I personally would not do antlers because I think I would tire of them in my decor ....I know they are and have been used in European decorating for centuries and compliment many interiors...I love the look in appropriate settings, just not here...I am anxious to see how you are using your beautiful French acquisitions in your home...N.xo

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  28. I don't like antlers as decor. I find them distracting in otherwise lovely rooms. Plus, they're just too trendy now; I bet I see them in 50-percent of the blogs I read. The day I see chalk-painted antlers you'll see me running screaming down the street :)

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  29. I'm with Andrea at OC. In Texas, they're everywhere! I've never given much thought to decorating with them, however, I'd like to have at least one. :) Your sitting room looks so warm and inviting!

    xo
    Pat

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  30. Sorry, Kim...Noooo to the antlers! Not beautiful. Your home is gorgeous and I love your blog, just not the antlers.
    A Louisviile Follower

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  31. You know I love antlers! I don't even mind the whole head if it's done right. I think that this comes from the fact that in E. Washington and N. Idaho, there is nothing but lodge and plenty of taxidermy and it was the norm for me. My husband's also a hunter so he loves his trophies :) The rooms you shared make my heart go pitter patter!!

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  32. Hi, Kim! I have been seeing a lot of "loose" antlers, (not as a pair), on Pinterest, used as decorations in centerpieces just placed on a table with other objects making up the centerpiece, or just stuck in a bowl or tray with other items, and I think this is pretty, too. Do you have any suggestions as to where I might find loose antlers like this? I don't want any huge, long antlers. I would like to know where I could get some that aren't super expensive. I really would prefer faux antlers, but the ones I've seen on EBay are expensive or are shaped into a candleholder or picture frame, etc. Do you have any ideas? I love all the great ideas you share with us! Thank you so much!!
    Hugs,
    Laura
    City girl in SO CA.

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  33. I've never used antlers in my decoration, but your pictures are very inspiring. I'm off to check more of the house in Country Living.

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  34. Hazel, I have found my sheds at flea markets.

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  35. I know a lot of people don't like them either but I love them too! I love all your photos and your sitting room is sooo beautiful and cozy! Looks fantastic!

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  36. Hi Kim...I haven't been here in awhile. I will try to link up tonight for your party. I am a little on the fence about antlers. I like them when I see them in other people's homes...but I think I always felt it was some kind of cruelty to have them mounted. But, I guess since they fall of naturally - that's a different story. I'll have to think about where I could place them - perhaps my great room, which is the most mascualine of the rooms in my house.

    Now that I've read your post, I am think back about 18 or so years ago I went to Jackson Hole WY for a ski trip. In the middle of town, they have a square and I believe it's the entrance to it - it's loaded with antlers! I have see if I can get a picture of it for you!

    Linda

    http://www.thecolorfulbee.com

    PS - did you get a new haircut?

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  37. Hi again...here's link to a picture of the elk antler arches (during Christmas!) in Jackson Hole. It's pretty incredible to see in person.

    http://firesidejacksonhole.com/a-history-of-jackson-holes-town-square-antler-arches/

    Linda

    http://www.thecolorfulbee.com

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  38. I never did like antlers when I was younger but now do have some here. Just the sheds that my BIL found for me and sent me. I would like to have some small mounted ones but aven't found any in my budget:) Your sitting room looks beautiful. I love everywhere you have put your antlers.

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