Booths at this year’s gift and decor trade fairs featured lots of deer and reindeer motifs – some specifically for the holidays and others to leave up and enjoy after the festive season is over.
Incorporating the woodland icon into your home decor can be a fun departure from an otherwise luxe and elegant holiday esthetic.
“We love to offset all the glam by adding a woodsy, rustic feel to make a home feel cozy,” say Shannon Wollack and Brittany Zwickl of Studio Life/Style in West Hollywood, California.
“Running with a classic holiday reindeer motif, we like to hang our stockings by the fireplace with a real or faux antler prop, and add a wreath intertwined with antlers to our front door.”
Or go for Frontgate’s 4-foot-tall resin stag, with realistic textured detail and a gleaming golden finish (frontgate.com ships to Canada). There is a pair of regal reindeer here as well – one standing, the other feeding, crafted from an original sculpture and suitable for indoors or out.
Indoors, a stag-horn-framed mirror by Carolyn Kinder for Uttermost would add drama to the entryway. It’s available at Canada Lighting ($261).
At CB2, the Donner wreath, available in white or silver polyresin, is a minimalist, modern way to include the antler theme (CB2. com, $129-$219).
Chic and useful, a lacquered tray from Mark & Graham can be customized with a monogram framed by an antler motif (markandgraham.com). Also from the retailer, a super-soft throw makes a cozy holiday gift.
Martha Stewart’s holiday collection at Macy’s includes a deer’s head table decoration made of vines and berries, decked out with fairy lights and faux snow. Create a snuggly nook with a Sherpa fleece throw pillow appliqued with a plaid stag’s head, also part of the collection (macys.com).
Throw pillows with illustrated woodland or reindeer prints are available at many home decor stores, as well as whimsical creatures bundled in winter attire.
You could set up a small herd of Pier 1’s charming reindeer down the centre of the table; made of Styrofoam and faux fur, each walking or resting deer sports a little wreath necklace.
For the tree, there are sweet little plaid-fabric deer ornaments and snazzy, pastel, glitter-encrusted ones.
Finally, if you really want to commit to the theme, go full-on winter wonderland with Frontgate’s 59-inch-tall mechanical deer. He’s got plush, snowy white faux fur and a head that nods back and forth.
Santa would no doubt approve.
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