I saw a designer ad for a cream and blue-colored dining room with two tall, slender lucite lamps on the buffet and in the middle of the table there were two tall cylindrical flower vases and an even taller deer antler piece. The antler was fitted to a white base and was a sort-of antiqued silver/grey or at least bleached color.
There are a lot of people who take a lot of pride in their antlers. The more points, the better.
(Not all antlers are the result of hunting — some are simply scavenged. Deer do shed their antlers and deer are also prey to larger predators so sometimes a simple walk in the woods will lead to the discovery of amazing antlers.)
Outdoorsmen and hunters love to display their antlers, which they collect like trophies. The idea of a leather man-cave comes to mind, with mounts hanging on the wall or treasured finds placed strategically across a natural stone and wood mantle.
But this designer ad got me thinking — in what ways can the natural beauty of a deer antler fit into a less bachelor-esque/bear-cave setting? How can we incorporate them into a modern theme or even other styles?
I love the idea of this Deer Antler Jewelry Stand & Display from leonasheffield. Imagine if you surrounded it with pretty jars or bottles with fresh cut flowers in them?
Speaking of fresh cut flowers … here’s a do-it-yourself Antler Flower Display via A Subtle Revelry. (Click here for the How-To.)
Okay, enough with the flowers, right? (And I promise this blog isn’t all about combining antlers with plants.) I just had to show you this totally awesome Tillandsia Antler Garden (air plants!) from FalconandFinch. If you don’t like it, I’ll be amazed and dismayed!
You can buy glass domes on Amazon.com, at Hobby Lobby, or at similar stores.
How about if you just want a pop of quirky color in your room? Think paint. Check out these awesome antlers!
Okay, so the antlers on the left are actually resin but they are meant to inspire you! They come in a variety of colors from 2CountryChics on Etsy. I found the picture of the dressing room with the antler chandelier on Houzz but I have no idea where it originally came from.
Another use for many-pointed antlers — whether real or faux, painted or natural — is a jewelry holder, key hook, or even coat rack (assuming you have a strong way to mount them to your wall).
Here are Shed Hunting Wall Hooks from Huset.
LucyHaus suggests using the colored deer antlers to hang jewelry, scarves or mugs.
I also loved these curtain tie-backs that were a good, practical, subtle use for antlers, especially in (but not limited to) a country setting.
The antler on the left was posted by Shelter. The one on the right is from UpscaleDownhome. These are mounted to the wall and if you would like to see how that works you can view this item on the shop by clicking here.
They would actually look great with an antler basket. This one is available from McGregorCustomInlay but you could also make one with a basket that did not have a handle — which you could probably find at a craft supply store or from your local basket-makers.
Of course another option if you love the rustic look of antlers but don’t want them actually hanging out in your house is … wall art! If you are a friend or family to an outdoorsman and you have an artistic flair, take a well-composed picture of the antlers and frame it for posterity.
If you are interested in the fine art of antlers but would rather just buy some amazing photographs to hang on your wall, Kari Herer has some beautiful photos and illustrations. These pictures feature Antler and Magnolia No. 6935.
Here is a more plainspoken antler photograph from gullylux:
Whether you plan to have actual antlers incorporated into your decor or not, this print from frenchprints would look whimsical and colorful in any room. I saw a similar print with butterflies around the antlers in a picture of a nursery. If you plant to paint some antlers or buy some colored resin antlers, you could coordinate them with the colors of these birds.
Do you have any more ideas for antlers? How have you used them? Leave a comment below to keep us inspired!