Whose got the horn?

Me.

I've had it for ages.

So long that I was beginning to wonder if it was too late to do anything about it. And then I did do something about it and discovered what you probably already knew. That it's never to late to get the horn.

I'm talking of course about animal horns. Antlers, skulls .. you know, the kind of macabre hunting trophies that have become so popular that they're something of a cliche in the fashionable home. And yet a quick browse on Pinterest will tell you, they're still popping up in new guises and modern schemes - quite a feat for something that's been dead a while don't you think?

Of course, the idea of displaying the boney remains of cattle on our walls has been around some time. Like centuries. Only these days, you don't need to join a hunt and shoot down your wall candy before dragging it home, skinning, it, eating it, and hanging it above the fireplace. Things have moved on.

But still, when you think of it like that, it's a wonder this is still such a massively popular look for mild mannered suburban house dwellers such as me. Why do we love antlers so much? How can we be OK with a majestic (yet sadly murdered) stags staring at us through vacant eyes in the hallway? 

'Cos interior design is a hunt of course. And we hunters do like a trophy.

Antlers add instant masculinity and a shed load of drama to a scheme. They are without question the furs of the decorating world - and the same rules apply to skulls as they do to coats:

1) Fabulous fauxs and fakes earn fashion points

2) Real ones are more socially acceptable if they are antiques. 

Here's some gloriously unapologetic examples of most excellent horn:

1) Clean and copper

Image from Cush & Nooks

Image from Cush & Nooks

2) Dark and handsome

Abigail Ahern

Abigail Ahern

3) Inky and quirky

Houzz.co.uk

Houzz.co.uk

4) Head of the house

Theestatetrentham.com.au

Theestatetrentham.com.au

5) Baronial bathtime

Decormag.com

Decormag.com

Stag Do's

Even if you didn't have the horn before, I assume you do now? And what to do about it? Well predictably, I'm going to say size matters here; think big.

Guilded graphite 10 pointer www.skulldouggery.co.uk

Guilded graphite 10 pointer www.skulldouggery.co.uk

This is a ten point Red Deer, lovingly cleaned, painted and gilded by antler artiste Douglas Moffat of Skulldouggery, whose statement hunting trophies totally qualify as art with attitude. The range of vintage stag heads and antlers on offer on this site (and via a few select retailers) can be modified to your exact decor requirements. 

Another idea I am enjoying right now is the use of antlers as coat hooks. This set from Etsy has enough space to fulfil the hanging requirements of my full herd. Find a similar version here: www.etsy.co.uk.

Funny, isn't it, that skulls of all things are able to cross so many style boundaries. They are just as likely to pop up in minimalist scandi schemes as they are a maximalist glam rock abode.  I guess when it comes to horn porn, we're all hooked.

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How do you feel about antlers? Why not drop me a comment below, I'd love to hear from you!