Decorating with Antlers and Animal Heads {Trend or Tried-and-True?}

I really can’t explain my current obsession with antlers and animal heads, but every time I see them, I’m tempted to buy them.  Maybe it’s the season that has inspired me, although truthfully, they can be worked into any decor during any time of the year.

 

The sculptural shape of antlers adds so much texture and interests but their neutral color doesn’t make them overpower the space.  I did finally give in to my desire for antlers when I came across a pair at a great price and I’ve incorporated them into my fall mantel.

TidbitsTwine Fall Mantel Antlers Decorating with Antlers and Animal Heads {Trend or Tried and True?}

 

I also like the look of them stacked on books on coffee tables…

 

…or showcased on shelves…

Antler Bookcase Display Decorating with Antlers and Animal Heads {Trend or Tried and True?}

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…or even worked into a tablescape.

Antler Tablescape Decorating with Antlers and Animal Heads {Trend or Tried and True?}

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Now that I have a pair of antlers, though, my focus has turned to faux animal heads, or trophy heads.  I’m not referring to realistic, taxidermy heads, but decorative, ceramic or metal heads, like these resin ones from ZGallerie.  (While getting this image from their site, I saw a term referring to decorating heads I hadn’t come across before – fauxidermy!  Have you heard that term before??)

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My personal favorite are those that have antlers, like moose, deer, gazelle and ram.  I think they look beautiful grouped together in a display.

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But even just one can look great!

Single Head Decorating with Antlers and Animal Heads {Trend or Tried and True?}

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Animal heads can also be mixed with frames to create an eclectic gallery wall.

Animal Head Gallery Wall Decorating with Antlers and Animal Heads {Trend or Tried and True?}

 

West Elm has some beautiful papier-mâché animal sculptures that has a matte surface, as opposed to the glossy finish of ceramics.

West Elm Decorating with Antlers and Animal Heads {Trend or Tried and True?}

 

Zinc Door also has a beautiful selection of porcelain trophy heads.

Zinc Door Decorating with Antlers and Animal Heads {Trend or Tried and True?}

 

You can even find this trendy wall decor at Target!

Target Stag Head Decorating with Antlers and Animal Heads {Trend or Tried and True?}

 

I found these silver metal heads at HomeGoods over the weekend.  I was originally thinking that I’d incorporate them into a holiday display, but now I’m thinking I might spray them white and use them as everyday wall decor.

TidbitsTwine Animal Head Wall Decor Decorating with Antlers and Animal Heads {Trend or Tried and True?}

TidbitsTwine Deer Head Wall Decor Decorating with Antlers and Animal Heads {Trend or Tried and True?}

 

 

So, will antlers and trophy heads make your wish list this year?
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6 comments on Decorating with Antlers and Animal Heads {Trend or Tried-and-True?}

  1. Stacey
    November 25, 2013 at 2:31 PM (11 months ago)

    Not for me. I don’t even really understand the fake ones. I guess growing up in Texas showed me too much of the real thing.

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    • Tidbits&Twine
      November 25, 2013 at 5:54 PM (11 months ago)

      To be honest, I never thought I’d be decorating with trophy heads, real or fake! Yet here I am! :)

      Reply
  2. Kimberly
    November 25, 2013 at 3:05 PM (11 months ago)

    I am using antlers in decorating too.
    They are very versatile.
    I have Musk Oxen horns from my work in the NWT.
    Thanks for sharing so many decorating options.

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    • Tidbits&Twine
      November 25, 2013 at 5:56 PM (11 months ago)

      Oooohhhhh, musk oxen horns would be fun to work with!!! :)

      Reply
  3. Anne Boykin
    November 26, 2013 at 3:25 AM (11 months ago)

    Kim, I never thought I’d be decorating with them either but I am too. I have the faux antlers from Ballard Designs. Love your blog. Happy Thanksgiving.

    Reply
    • Tidbits&Twine
      November 26, 2013 at 8:07 AM (11 months ago)

      Thank you, Anne! Have a wonderful holiday!

      Reply

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