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 Some folks might say it's  cruel and outdated to display dead animals on the walls of your home and that faux taxidermy items like heads and skulls shows an appreciation for the beauty of nature.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!

giraffe



 

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

 

It's amost Springtime! Give your home a Fresh, Spring Makeover!!

It's amost Springtime! Give your home a Fresh, Spring Makeover!!

Spring is almost here! The time for chirping birds... beautiful flowers... warmer weather... and.. of course...

A New Spring Look!!

To celebrate the end of this cold winter.... we are welcoming Spring with some fresh decorating ideas to help brighten up your home! From pastel color palettes and floral accents to fresh patterns and a few new farmhouse decor accent pieces you can easily add that fresh Spring feel to your home!

You can go all out...or just change out a few decor items for a more subtle change.

Sometimes all you need is a touch of the outdoors and a Pop of color to make all the difference. The simplest farmhouse vase is an old mason jar! Paint it a pastel color like mint, pink, yellow or blue. or leave it... it's your choice! Then pick a bunch of your favorite flowers and viola!!

Fun Tip: Put a few drops of food coloring in the water, then cut the stems and insert some white carnations or any other white flowers of your choice. The flowers will absorb the colored water and will turn color! Super simple & easy!!!

Allergic to flowers? No worries.... in place of real flowers fill your mason jar with silk flowers, potpourri.... or even jellybeans!...yes.... jellybeans! Super colorful and Easter-ish. But definitely keep that jar up high, away from the little fingers of the kiddos. Nothing spells disaster like a kid on a sugar high!

Another Tip... Mason jars make excellent Candle holders!!

Silk orchids are always a nice touch to brighten up your mantle! And when paired with the perfect metal wall decor it, adds a delicate contrast.


Bring the Outdoors In.

Switching out your table centerpieces is an easy way to make a subtle change for the season. For Spring..try the Organic look. A wooden box is a great for planting some grasses or low growing flowers, or use it in your kitchen to keep your favorite herbs handy for cooking! A galvanized metal bucket for use as a vase or flowerpot adds a definite farmhouse feel!

Fun with Fabrics.

Give a neutral room a fresh update with a mix of floral patterned fabrics. Spring is the perfect time to replace those old curtains and drapes. Try a new pattern, or... if you aren't a fan of patterned fabrics, simply update to a more Spring-y color!

This season, there are some amazing floral prints hitting he shelves that are a must have for the perfect Spring look! Go bold or simple...it's your choice! And don't be afraid to mix and match patterns... as long as use colors within the same palette you'll nail it!

Find this modern, floral pillow (right) at Wayfair.

To go along with your florals.... bring more of the outside in with leaf prints. Create an accent wall with a leaf print wallpaper if you are going all in on this makeover... or add a subtle leaf pattern to your gallery wall with a stencil. To complete the look, your accessories should either be among the same color palette... or find some awesome throw pillows with a leaf print fabric. Fern prints are always a hit!! But be careful not to overdo it... it's easy to go from chic to tacky... with just one printed fabric too many!

 


Time for a Color-lift?

Say goodbye to dark, deep tones... Let the Sunshine in with soft pastel shades.. or even neutral shades of white! Whether it's just one room or many, freshening up your walls is sure to bring some of Springtime indoors!

Mint green is a great choice... it's making a comeback and is a very calm, modern tone. It pairs beautifully with natural wood accents as well as metals!

And don’t overlook lavender. Lavender is a classy, neutral color that works beautifully with a wide array of other colors. Great for bedrooms! Pair it with other pastels or neutrals like gray, ivory, and white for a soft look.



A few GREAT wall accent ideas to go with your Fresh, Spring color palette...

Cast Iron Wall Decor! Helps to break up the "pretty" but adding an element of rustic. It compliments the pastel colors beautifully. Try some Cast Iron Arrows, Single or 3-Set Arrows... or maybe a Rustic Wall Anchor. A great way to fill in blank space on a gallery wall or just to give your wall a bit of dimension.


Another fun find....

Skeleton Keys are a big hit!

A great addition to any farmhouse decor but also lends a hint of old world with a subtle Gothic or Medieval vibe.

A  fun decorative accent for any bedroom or office!

Available in Rustic Bronze or Gold, these keys will add a nice touch to your makeover!


 Faux Taxidermy... adds an additional element of the outdoors to your home while  creating a fun, eye catching focus to your decor!

From the dignified gaze of the elegant white-tailed deer in our Virginia Deer Head Wall Mounts....

... to the rugged, Southwest vibe of our Longhorn Cow Skulls...

Our Faux taxidermy collection is A Fusion of Nature and Decor and hand finished in Sunny Arizona for a piece as unique as you are!

I love this Spring blue wall color paired with the fresh white wicker baskets! (right) The perfect farmhouse touch. And the Faux Taxidermy Virginia Deer Head wall decor adds an element of POP to this bathroom!

Rustic Wall Shelves are a great way to display a vase of beautiful flowers, memorable pieces, or even paintings and family portraits.  Find a great ledge shelf that works in your space and hang it on your gallery wall or anywhere you want to add some focus.

Add some Time!!  Why not add a new rustic farmhouse clock to the mix? With so many great new styles, you are sure to find the perfect fit for your space.



With all these great Spring Decor ideas...
"It's gonna be a Bright, Bright Sunshiny day!" in your home!


For more design inspiration, be sure to check out Farmhouse Decor Inspiration... Some of our Faves!

Farmhouse Decor Inspiration .... Some of our Faves!

Farmhouse Decor Inspiration .... Some of our Faves!

Choosing the right decor items isn't always easy. It requires some thought and foreshadowing... does it go with your current decor? Is your color scheme all wrong? Size... is it so big that it's overpowering? Too small and gets lost in the mix?


You want your decor items to stand out! To POP! Incorporating them the right way is a must!

To help you out, we've come up with a few farmhouse decor items that we just LOVE! We hope they speak to you also! Hey, anything we can do to help you out! :-)

Let's start with a few smaller, simple items to fill in some dead wall space. There's nothing worse than spending your time finding the best paintings, or family photos to frame.... oh, and then there's the added task of choosing the right frames... for the perfect Gallery wall and end up having it look like there is something missing! Small, subtle items can really help finish off our look.

single gold arrow wall decorTake a look at this Arrow Wall Mount! (right) It's the perfect size to fill in the space between some differently sized picture frames. Our Cast Iron Arrows have dual key holes on the back so you can vertically or horizontally..whichever way best suits you!

Cast Iron Distressed Bronze Skeleton KeyAnother one of our faves.... this  Distressed Bronze Skeleton Key (right). It fills in the blank space perfectly without overcrowding. What's perfect about the Skeleton Key is that it goes perfectly with any Farmhouse motif, but also... with the right complimenting accent pieces, is Medieval, or Gothic, as well! Bonus!

Find this, as well as the Cast Iron Arrow, at WallCharmers.

Rustic Farmhouse Wall Window PaneNothing says Rustic Farmhouse like our next favorite! This Weathered Rustic Windowpane Wood Wall Plaque is the perfect addition to any living room or bedroom.

Stand it against the wall on a rustic wood console table or dresser or hang it on the wall!

You can even get extra creative and use it to display your favorite vacation photos, or school pics of the kiddos!
Available at Kirklands.


Rustic Farmhouse Floor lamoLet's  talk about accent lamps! The right lighting is always crucial when decorating your home. With Farmhouse decor, depending on whether you are going for the Classic Farmhouse feel, or a more Modern Farmhouse look you could go in a number of different directions with this one! You could opt for an uber rustic floor lamp like the one featured left. It goes perfectly with a more Rustic, Classic Farmhouse look!

Texas Longhorn Cow HeadA great compliment would be to add a Longhorn Cow Head Wall Mount! Sure to make your wall POP!

Both of these lamps are available on Wayfair. Texas Longhorn Cow Head available at WallCharmers.



 

Arched Floor lampFor a more modern lighting take.... try this Arched bell, lantern style floor lamp (right). It's not as rustic, but still adds the element of farmhouse with the hanging lantern light effect! And, if I might add, the wall color is the perfect neutral palette to compliment the lamp and hanging mirror.
Cast Iron 3-Set Distressed Bronze wall decor
Consider switching out the wall decor to something a bit more farmhouse, like Cast Iron Arrows...

Or a great Faux Taxidermy accent.... like our next fave...


Longhorn Cow SkullFaux taxidermy is a great rustic touch to any decor style!


It's A Fusion of Nature and Modern Home Decor

... and incorporates beautifully with any Classic or Modern Farmhouse style decor!

Check out this black and gold Longhorn Cow Skull! It adds a rustic POP to this gorgeous breakfast nook!
The additional rustic features including the Farmhouse sign plaque and the gingham patterned dishes are a great addition! Oh, and the rustic wood ladder is the perfect finisher to this wall!

Not a longhorn skull fan?
Try a White Faux Deer Head or Skull instead! Or even a majestic Moose Head or a beautiful Bison Head!
You can find all of these great Faux Taxidermy items at WallCharmers.


Large Faux Deer Skull


These are just a few of our faves! Find the Farmhouse decor accents that speak to you and easily incorporate them with the overall flow of your home!

Happy Decorating!


Need some Design Inspiration? Check out  Farmhouse Design Inspiration Sources to help get your creative juices flowing!