Thursday, September 25, 2014

Loathe or Love? Decorating with Antlers and Transferware

Antlers.  Love them?  Loathe them?   I posted about antlers a few years ago and there were lots of comments but very few of you were sitting on the fence when it came to using them as design elements.  Some of you flat out said, "no way".   Some of you loved them and use them yourself.  Antlers make a statement in a room for sure.   I have really grown to love the very European, organic, natural look of antlers.  They feel so English Country to me, so old world.   Though they are currently a design trend with manufacturers producing them in resin and even starkly painted white, Charles Faudree, just to name one very famous designer, used them for years in his timeless interiors and they've been used to decorate the finest of European homes, and castles, for hundreds of years.  These days they are seen in everything from modern, high rise apartments to the very traditional English trophy room.  

Because I'm so keen on transferware, I've decided to share mostly  images of rooms combining both antlers and transferware, though I've snuck in a few that don't have any of my beloved dishes.  All of my selections are quite traditional in aesthetic combining a wonderful recipe for R and R (rustic and refined). 

I fell in love with this kitchen the first time I saw it, I believe on Amy's blog (Maison Decor).  Purple transferware and small, Roe deer antler mounts over the sink.

Blue and white is always in style.  I like the use of the antlers flanking the blue transferware plates in this arrangement by Jen Owens

This hallway showcases a wonderful brown transferware collection and antlers.
I think the idea of topping the secretary with the large antler mount is great.  Love!

Fantastic collection of yellow / brown two color transferware!

An antler chandelier hangs above the dining table in this lovely living / dining room combining majolica and brown transferware.

source Michele at Dreaming of A Farmhouse

I like Savvy Seekers asymmetric arrangement.

Eddie Ross' entire bathroom is black and white…I loved this feature and loved the use of the antlers as a towel holder.
Eddie Ross

These antlers were in my old dining room…
but are now above the fireplace in my office.

I can't say how much I love Delores's styling. 
source Delores, Vignette Design

Okay, so this pic might send some of you over the edge but I had to show it anyway.

No transferware in this next shot, but I think this foyer is absolutely charming.  A few plates here and there would be nice; but of course I would think that!

There are antler mounts over the stove in this stunning kitchen…and check out the chandelier!

I love the symmetry of the arrangement over the sofa in Uptown Acorns sitting room.  This room is void of color but has so much texture and is rich in interesting, beautiful objects.  I like the hats by the door as well.

Kim, at Savvy Southern Style, has a wonderful antler collection displayed all around her home.  

Another view of the kitchen in the first photo.  I can't find a thing here that I'm not crazy about.

Here is another fantastic room by Francie Hargrove with which I can find nothing I don't like.  It is anchored with a heavy antler chandelier.  I love those red chairs!  

Brambly is a blog I discovered a couple of years ago and fell in instant love with her decorating style.  She's got a great display of transferware in her breakfast nook, and look….an antler mount as well!

Antlers make interesting table top accents too, especially in Fall or Christmas settings.  I used some naturally shed antlers in this tablescape I did a couple of years ago, mixing them with holly, pine and berries flanking an antique tray of leather decanters. 

Most of us don't think of pink as an accent color in Autumn but not Everyday Home.  This is a stunning use of pink in an elegant Fall table setting. 

Susan, at BNOTP, set this stunning table and used antlers around the table.

So, have you seen enough antlers or are you wanting more?  Do you decorate with them?  Do you want to decorate with them?  Are you a lover or a loather????  Of antler decor that is!

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Panier a Champignons - Foraging Baskets & More of my English Cottage Living Room

Around this time last month I showed you part of my English Cottage style living room and mentioned that I was working on a post about a recent find which wasn't transferware; an item shown in the picture below.  Guess what it is?!?

Have you ever been introduced to a particular type of item and then decided you've got to find one for yourself?  A few years back I discovered foraging baskets attached to walking sticks.  I have been a little enamored with them ever since seeing one in a decorating book and then finding one in an online antique store.  I finally found one for myself…see it in the pic above, just to the right of the fireplace?

The Foragers Walking Stick basket is usually constructed of a hand made wicker basket built around a rustic walking stick or cane.  They have been popular in France for many years and are known there as "Panier a Champignons" or mushroom basket.  Traditionally, they were used for collecting wild mushrooms before they were cultivated and sometimes berries or other food foraged from the woods.  My foraging basket doubles as a flower picking basket as it's got leather, buckled straps inside which could hold shears or stand up small bunches of flowers.  

Many of these baskets have spiked ends, sometimes carved from the wood and sometimes with a metal spike which allows one to stick it into the ground while foraging in the wild and freeing up both hands.  The crook can also be hung on a branch for apple picking.   Once I'd run across one and began my hunt for one of my own I came across several before I found an antique that was in a price range I could afford.  It has some issues but they don't bother me at all since it's a decorative piece for me and I'm not usually out scouring the countryside for fungi =) 

Above is a late, 19C walking stick and trug sold at Sotheby's.  This walking stick / basket combination was used by Roald Dahl ( author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach ).  Dahl would go mushroom picking above his orchard in fields around his home with his Jack Russell at his side.  It has a hickory shaft and beech basket / trug. 

This basket was found at a roadside farm stand by another blogger for only $1!  Unbelievable.  Especially as the previous one I showed had a valuation of about $700!

I think that two of these with the hooked ends facing opposite directions would be such a pretty welcome on either side of a door or entryway, especially for a party.  The contents could be changed out seasonally with fruits, foliage, flowers, gourds, pinecones, etc.  

I love Anita's (Cedar Hill Farmhouse) arrangement of walking sticks and this foraging basket in her home.  Click the link to see the rest of her post!

And isn't this Victorian era cane basket an unusual one?  Does it also remind you a little of an umbrella not fully opened?

Recently as I was searching for an antique foraging basket I came across a few reproductions and bought some to sell in my online shop of which only 1 remains.  I hope to get more in!  I've also found some reproductions in online nurseries, most located in the UK so shipping tends to be pricey if you're in the USA. 

Below, I partially filled one of the reproductions with a few flowers and placed it in my artillery basket along with some walking sticks.  

And, in our back hall/entry I filled one of the foraging baskets with a bundle of twigs.

I think the baskets are such charming pieces making perfect cottage accents!

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