Into the Woods

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.

Moose-themed pot holders were a hit on the Kilworth United Church home tour. (Mike Hensen/The London Free Press)

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 ( 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 ( 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 (

Throw pillows with illustrated woodland or reindeer prints are available at many home decor stores, as well as whimsical creatures bundled in winter attire.

Life-sized mechanical reindeer clad in snowy-white faux fur, are designed for indoor use. (Frontgate via AP )

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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