The Well Placed Animal Head

I'm a sucker for the well placed animal head. Although some may think them trendy, I'd say they're timeless. Plus, there are so many different mock animal heads you can buy these days, you can always trade in one for another... 

I like the whimsy of these two homes. The kitchen to the left shares the space with three wooden animals that each have a personality of their own. The inhabitants of the home to the right must like venison... 

The pink cashmere cable knit deer may be my favorite. Created by Rachel Denny as an art piece, I just love the color and the beauty it brings out. The animal heads on the bottom right were found by the fabulous Novogratz duo. I wish I knew where I could find them myself?? I'm drawn to that warthog, my new favorite animal. 

The carved wooden deer head is one of my favorites. They're a little pricey but I do believe they can last you a lifetime, or close to it. This one looks amazing against the stark black and complements the chandelier above... 

Grouping any one thing together is always a great design trick and it works well for these five animal heads. I love the myriad of textures and complementary colors. Ceramic animals are on the pricey side but still quite fun. Find them here. 

A beautiful bedroom... I like the mix of vintage science posters, the soft fabrics and industrial shelving with this animal head. 

One of my favorite shops, White Faux Taxidermy creates stunning resin versions of their own...

I found two great Southern designers that have their own take on animal head decor. The first is Jen Khoshbin of Ruby's Lounge in San Antonio, Texas. She makes these lovely deer heads to order and I love how unique and fun these are. They are covered in various patterned papers that are as colorful as they are beautiful. 

The second is an incredible low cost option. Chris Jessee and Luis Rodrigalvarez of Cardboard Safari in Charlottesville, Virginia have found inspiration through nature to produce these incredibly fun and sustainable animal heads. Using recycled cardboard they craft all manner of animals you'd find on a safari...I personally love the moose. I think I'd decorate it with beads too...

The Tex Longhorn would be perfect for any Texan's home. I remember when I did a shoot with Flavor Flav for VH1 and he put fresh croissants on the ends of his viking horns. For some reason, that's what I think about when I see this. See more of the fabulous Cardboard Safari shop here. 

 

 Photos: keenonthis.com; Atlanta Homes Magazine, Apartment Therapy; Rachel Denny, Apartment Therapy; desergirlsvintage.blogspot.com, sheknows.com;  farmerstrophywife.com; alixbragginteriordesign.com; countryliving.com, Graham and Green; bemz.typepad.com; White Faux Taxidermy; Ruby's Lounge; Cardboard Safari      Content: Sweet Peach