To Go Faux... or No?

To Go Faux... or No?

Over the years, faux taxidermy has become a popular trend in interior design. Folks love the idea of displaying beautiful creatures from nature, but don't always love, well, the "real thing"!

Enter Faux Taxidermy!

Beautiful sculptures made from materials like resin, metal, and even cardboard have taken the place of your grandfather's prized buck, antelope, or even bear. This decor is just as majestic as the real thing, but more modern and completely chic and animal-friendly.

Of course as with everything, some say Yay and others Nay (to Taxidermy)! Some folks might say it's  cruel and outdated to display dead animals on the walls of your home and that faux taxidermy items like heads and skulls shows an appreciation for the beauty of nature. They add that rustic farmhouse or "nature" vibe that so many love. And the fact that it is they are Animal Friendly is a HUGE bonus!  Others will proudly display their "trophy" of a past hunting experience that they want to treasure.

Whichever side you are on... after you see the beautiful detail in these pieces, you will understand why Faux Taxidermy decor is making their way into homes across the country!

white gold longhorn cow skull

Take this Longhorn Cow Skull for instance...

It adds the perfect amount of POP to your gallery wall.

The detail is incredible and will make a definite statement! It turns an otherwise flat wall into an eye catching 3D focal point!

Any Faux Taxidermy piece will create that same affect.. so if Longhorn skulls aren't your thing.... pick one! If the animal exists in nature, there is likely a Faux version for you to enjoy!

Longhorn Cow Skull

Whether you group several together as a dramatic gallery or hang just one as a  focal point, faux taxidermy will surely turn heads!

  Try creating a collage with large and mini sizes in different colors to compliment the rest of your home decor!


Another fun piece is the Deer Head. It features the dignified gaze of the elegant white-tailed deer. The natural detail in this piece is stunning and is a great way to bring nature into your home in a chic and animal-friendly way! Great for kids rooms and nurseries, as well as a living or dining room accent piece.

mini deer head wall decor

 Decor Tip: Pair some rustic elegance with your Faux Taxidermy elements! Cast Iron Arrows make a great addition! Just the right amount of rustic to go with your Animal pal!

  We have also seen a HUGE growth trend with Faux Taxidermy decor being added to baby nurseries or kids rooms! Face it... you all know people that have decorated their little ones nursery with baby animals! Mini faux taxidermy pieces are the perfect addition to that decor! Some folks opt for ceramic/resin material over stuffed animal wall mounts due to allergens and cleanliness. But that's completely up to you!
From mini elephants, bears, deer...or even giraffes... the possibilities are endless!! Add a piece of nature to your baby's room for a fun and playful statement! And as baby grows, you're little kids will love it for years to come!

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Need more design tips? Check out some Great Medieval Home Decor Tips!

 

Farmhouse Design Inspiration Sources

Farmhouse Design Inspiration Sources

When it comes to designing our homes, we look to many different sources for vision.

Often times, we've just visited a friends home and we think, "Wow! I love that?!" and wonder how we can implement a similar style into our own home.

Sure, we've all seen something, perhaps a piece of furniture, wall decor, or tabletop centerpiece that we love and want to try to merge it into our current design... or even redecorate entirely!

   Will this Rustic Faux Deer Skull or Faux Antler Rack go with my current decor style?

✔   How do I incorporate this Distressed Farmhouse Cast Iron Arrow wall decor?

Farmhouse decor is trending and there are so many different sources of information to help you get it right! Just "winging it" can be tricky and often times ends up looking like a hot mess! A hodge podge of different decor items all slammed together! You need to be aware of what "goes" and what clashes. Incorporating the right accents with your furniture and color scheme is key! Take a look at some of the inspiration resources below. They'll surely get your creative juices flowing!

Gold Faux antler hooks

✔  Design Blogs

There are so many Farmhouse Design blogs on the internet you can surely get a TON of inspiration!  A great source on ways to incorporate current trends, modern and classic farmhouse design, or, if Farmhouse isn't your thing, search up Contemporary, Medieval, Colonial, whatever tickles your fancy! Often times bloggers have great design ideas you wouldn't otherwise think of yourself. If you want to know it... there's a blog for it! Guaranteed!!! And once you find a blogger you love, follow them on social media. Chances are their social media accounts are packed with great images and articles links related to their blog.

✔  DIY TV Shows

This is a big one! I, myself, love DIY home decor and renovation TV shows. I fell in LOVE with Farmhouse style when the show Fixer Upper on HGTV launched! LOVE their style! They have such a great eye for incorporating Farmhouse decor but also take into consideration the style of the folks who own the home. There many other shows on HGTV that are great for helping with your Farmhouse decor, and they're super entertaining too! Oh.. for you Farmhouse DIY show lovers, there is a new one coming this year ... The pilot for Farmhouse Fixer is set to premiere on HGTV in 2019. The host will work to renovate a centuries old New England Farmhouse! I can't wait to see how he preserves the historic charm of the house while adding a modern layout!

Check out HGTV's website for more information on this new show!

✔  Social Media

Pinterest WC FarmhouseSocial Media is a big one! Pinterest, Instagram, even Facebook  are great sources! Also look to Tumblr for some great ideas! Millions of people visually share, and discover new interests by posting on these social media sites!

✔  Online Shopping Sites

Shopping for your home isn't always easy, especially online. However, in this digital age of home decor, the interior design world is stepping up its game. There are so many e-commerce outlets where you can find the big, small, unique, and everything in between, tailored to your specific design style. Since we are talking about Farmhouse decor, I've made a list of great online shopping sites to offer some inspiration.

 

  • Wayfair and Houzz are great sources of inspiration. Decor for Every Style & Budget. Even Yours! You can sort by design style if you are looking for a specific style.
  • LTD Commodities is another good find! Incredible values in home decor, bed and bath, and more!
  • And I LOVE Antique Farmhouse! Everything from shabby chic to farmhouse home decor to enhance your space.
  • But, of course, Wall Charmers is the BEST!  (We may be a bit biased though.)  We aren't just Faux Taxidermy! We're always adding to our Farmhouse Collection, including our Cast Iron Arrow wall decor, so check back from time to time for updates! Lots of BIG, exciting things happening in the near future!

✔  Magazines

A few great magazines to peak your interest!

  • Farmhouse Style is our #1 mag pick! Inside every issue you will find Gorgeous  home tours to inspire you,Today's BEST rustic decorating tips, Easy DIY farmhouse decor ideas, and more!  
  • Better Homes and Gardens is a great magazine for detailed tips on subjects ranging from interior decorating to healthy cooking.
  • Country Living for sure! It focuses on modern design ideas that retain the natural country feel. Enjoy tips on gardening, recipes and do-it-yourself craft ideas.
  • House Beautiful is all about making your house beautiful with interior design and gardening tips. Whether you are downsizing, or upsizing, create the look and style that's right for you.

You're probably not an interior designer.. but with the right tips and tricks, and the right decor items, your home will look like you are!

Wall Charmers Antelope Head

So, whether you know the "look" you are going for and you need some help putting it all together, or you have no idea what you want to do, you just need a change... All of the sources above are sure to leave you with heaps of design inspiration to complete your Farmhouse makeover!   

Check out The History of Farmhouse Decor to see where this trending new design style started!

The History of Farmhouse

The History of Farmhouse

Where did it originate? And where is it today?

Farmhouse architecture originated in Europe, more specifically, in Germany and Scandinavia. Traditionally, farmhouses were nothing more than homes built on farm lands to house the people who owned or worked the land. The term Farmhouse wasn't as much considered a style, but, rather, a setting for a way of life. From Europe, it made its way to the farm lands of the US in the 1700s and, as time progressed, the 1930s brought about a new era for the American Farmhouse.

Back in the day, homes were not only a place to keep warm and dry. Everything in the home served a purpose. Farmhouses were made of wood because it was easy to come by and easy to work with. This saved the owner time and money, which was essential. Farmhouses would usually be found in the countryside with a river or other water source nearby for both convenience and necessity.

Today, when decorating in the classic farmhouse style, keeping true to it's roots, you will see rustic wood elements like an old paned window that's been refinished and distressed as a wall accent. It's a great idea especially if you want to add family photos to add a personal touch. For folks who want more than just a touch of that classic farmhouse style, you will likely see a shiplap wall, hung horizontally or vertically. After all, classic farmhouses did not have drywall. Adding shiplap introduces strong lines and adds a homey feel to your home, while staying true to this classic style. For a more modern, less rustic, farmhouse look, paint it white.

Large Longhorn Cow Skull

Farmhouses of the past had large front porches that stretched the entire length of the house. These porches were not only built as a decorative accent, but they served a valuable purpose. Wood for home heating and cooking was stored there. Porches were also a place to leave muddy boots after a days work on the farm. And, yes, after a hard days work, families would gather on the porch to relax. After all, farming is hard work and a little R & R was well deserved!

Nowadays, it's less about function and more about entertainment and aesthetics. Add a wooden bench to your front porch, or hang a lantern light fixture to enhance the farmhouse feel of your home's exterior. Another great lighting idea....incorporate some barn lighting. They have wonderful style. Gooseneck lamps and other barn-style lights bring the classic farmhouse look to your home, while being simple enough to tie in well with more modern designs.

The original farmhouses had large spacious kitchens due to the amount of work and gathering that happened there. Because of this, you would think farmhouse kitchens of the past would have lots of cabinetry covering the walls. You would be wrong! Instead, wood shelving was used as a means to store food and essentials.

In classic farmhouse kitchens of today, keeping true to its roots, you still see this lack of overhead cabinets, with wood shelving in its place. It adds a rustic touch and is a great way to display all your fabulous farmhouse decor! I mean, why would you want to hide it!?

In the past, ceilings were low and doorways were narrow, not like the more modern farmhouses we see today.

Today we see huge vaulted ceilings, often times with reclaimed, rustic wood beams which adds an element of age and history. It really makes a statement and adds lots of rustic charm to the home.

Look how far we've come!

We always look to history for inspiration in our everyday lives! Home decorating is no exception. Classic farmhouse has stood the test of time and has transformed into the more modern farmhouse style we see today.

Not sure which one better suits your style? Classic farmhouse mimics the traditional farmhouse style of the past, introducing natural wood accents, vintage furniture and accessories, and more traditional prints such as florals and paisley. The more modern farmhouse style that has become increasingly popular is less rustic and adds contemporary design elements. It takes the comfortable, relaxed farmhouse style, and adds modern touches such as neutral color palettes, smooth, clean lines, and metal accent pieces like cast iron arrows and perhaps even a touch of faux taxidermy. A well placed faux deer skull wall mount adds just the right amount of POP to any wall! Mix and match both metal decor and faux taxidermy for the perfect look!
Deer skull faux taxidermy, modern farmhouse decor

Still need help decorating your home Farmhouse Style? Check out Introduction to Farmhouse. What is it?