Thursday, December 31, 2015

Decorating with Antlers


Antlers are popping up everywhere -- in decorating, that is. Never one to jump on the trends bandwagon too soon, I finally came to the conclusion that I'd love a pair of antlers in our home. Pine cones, turtle shells, stones, sea shells and other found objects from nature are some of my favorite elements in decorating.

One evening, while flipping through an Eddie Bauer catalog, I mentioned to my husband that I would love a pair of small antlers like the ones featured throughout the catalog. I actually found some for sale on Etsy, but my husband said he'd ask one of his coworkers, who is a hunter, if he might have some extras he wouldn't mind parting with. And, in fact, he did! I came home from work and there were two beautiful, perfectly sized deer antlers. How lovely they are! They feel so nice to the touch, both smooth and bumpy. I love how they look in this bowl on the coffee table. Paul tucked in sprigs of greenery with red berries, perfect for the holidays!

Every time I look at the antlers I feel happy. I realize that may sound off, but it's the little things that can have a lot of meaning. What little things around your home make you happy?

7 comments:

  1. I have some too...on my dining room table. I was told they were ones that fell off naturally. ? I wonder about that. I know they shed them every year. Pretty arrangement!

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    1. Hi Mary Ann. I have done some reading up on deer antler shedding. They are typically shed every year. I think it's rare that two antlers from the same deer would be cast at the same time or be found together, though I'm sure it happens. Our niece and her husband have found some awesome antlers while hiking. Typically, two antlers from one deer are the result of a kill. I don't have any problem with deer hunters who are responsible, careful and use the meat; they're helpful in controlling the deer populations. Here's an article on how to hunt sheds in the woods: http://www.outdoorlife.com/articles/hunting/whitetail-deer/2007/01/how-hunt-sheds
      Claudia

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  2. What a lovely arrangement! I've never thought of it, but antlers are a big hit in southern Germany, Austria and Switzerland. I haven't found anything as exciting on any of my nature-walks. Does coyote scat count? (I didn't think so...).

    My "happy things" are our paintings. We've amassed quite a decent collection of art over the past few years, and joke we need more walls to accommodate everything. Gasp - the Ritz Carleton even borrowed one of our paintings to put in Bono's apartment when he stayed in Montreal this summer! To think that Bono looked at a painting that is hanging in our house FREAKS ME OUT! Art excites me because it's the release of an accumulation of energy, it's the same thing for your antlers, in my opinion, just a different medium.

    On that note, enjoy your New Year's Eve. I'm hoping to fall into bed early and rise and shine on 2016 like never before!

    Once again, all the best. I echo the sentiments of many of your commenters when I say thanks to you for kindly sharing tidbits of your home with us. It's always a pleasure to read your posts. All the best (and more!) in 2016.

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    1. Happy New Year to you, Ann! I would love to see some of your art collection, especially the painting that Bono got to enjoy during his stay in Montreal. How cool is that! I wish we had more original artwork in our house, but the pieces we do have I get a lot of enjoyment out of.

      We attended a lovely New Year's Eve party this evening at our neighbor's house and met many wonderful folks (and had a great conversation with one family who are as much dog lovers as we are, as were the hosts of the party ... "dog people" are the best!).

      Thank you for all your support, comments and loyalty this past year. I really appreciate the time you take to leave notes. It means so much to me! Happy 2016. All the best,
      Claudia

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  3. Your antlers are magical...I have a bird's nest that I feel much the same way about --- Happy New Year!

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    1. Hi Sue. Yes, birds' nests are wonderful to use in decorating -- they are so cute! We have a small, pretty turtle shell that my husband found in the woods; it's placed on our mantle. I love having bits of nature through the house. Check out Joan's blog, For the Love of a House, if you're not familiar with it. She has some wonderful items from nature throughout her home. See the link over in the right column of this blog.
      Claudia

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  4. Happy New Year, Claudia! I have several naturally shed antlers that our old dog Andy would find in our woods in the spring. There was a deer trail that was used almost daily, he loved sniffing that area. Our puppy Bodhi loves to chew them but has not made a dent in them after months of chewing. I like the holly with them in the earthen bowl, very pretty.

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