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Antlers: No Longer Just for Hunters

I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t always loved antlers.
Maybe because I can’t help but picture them displayed in a rustic cabin with no electricity, somewhere in the middle of nowhere, hanging by the dozen.

But when I married a man who loves to hunt, (he claims it’s biblical… Genesis 27:3, anyone?), I gained a new perspective on these “trophies”, and have grown quite fond of them over the last 2 years.

Maybe Ian and I don’t see eye-to-eye on exactly how to display them, but at least we’re making progress.

Here’s a few that have caught my eye recently:

one
Ok so I would never actually paint one of Ian’s like this (and Lord knows I’m not going hunting with him anytime soon), but luckily I found a little pair of my own at an antique fair a few weeks ago. I haven’t done anything with them yet, but I’m definitely considering this option.

two
Probably the only use of antlers here that Ian and I would agree on. How great is this room, paired with a huge antler chandelier? Often chandeliers made out of sheds like this can be overwhelming and make the room seem too heavy. But this, this is perfection. Tons of daylight with splashes of modern, rustic, and natural elements.

three
How adorable is this print from Etsy? I’d love to have it on our mantle.

| four |
Brilliant! A wreath! We all know I love wreaths (proof is here & here ), so why not add 1 more to the collection?

| five |
An antler shelf…genius.

| six |
I think this might be my favorite of all. Faux flowers added to the antlers give a feminine touch while still remaining slightly manly. Great for hanging jewelry, or so fun in a nursery.

| seven |
Antlers simply displayed as a work of art. With just the right amount of softness to give dimension to a modern fireplace like this one.

| eight & nine |
I got this for Ian myself last year for Christmas, (purchased here) and it now hangs on what I’m trying to make into our gallery wall. I love it because it’s modern, but masculine.
And last, but certainly not least, the little antlers I picked up at the antique fair. I had originally got them to drill into the wall and be curtain tie-backs, but for now their displayed in our kitchen along with all of my white dishes.

What are your thoughts on antlers?

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2 Comments Post a comment
  1. I absolutely love antlers! Only purely decorative antlers though. Real ones freak me out a little!

    Becky
    xx

    August 29, 2012
  2. I couldn’t agree more. They have been my new obsession lately. Love your blog! I am a new follower coming from my friend Molly\’s blog. Glad to have found it !
    xo
    Anna
    http://www.freckledblog.com

    September 10, 2012

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