Thursday, September 22, 2011

Animal Instincts

I love decorating with items found in nature.  So, it only makes sense that I would also decorate with those that live among it! 

One of my favorite pieces in my home is this cow picture that my sister gave me.  She has them hung in her kitchen and now I do too!  Call me a copycat, I don't care.  Ha!


I love how rustic it looks and adds a farmhouse feeling to my kitchen.  Doesn't every farmhouse have a cow nearby? 

I have alot of animal prints in my home as well.  I like the graphic quality of their design.  The zebra pattern adds a slight modern touch.  I like modern in small doses.

Two of these are in my kitchen.


I also have a touch of zebra in my dining room.


Next up are leopard prints.  I have quite a bit, but they're scattered throughout so it doesn't feel like too much!

In my foyer, two large leopard print pillows sit on the bench.


Notice the antlers on the wall beside the bench?  Oh yeah, love those too. 

I also love pictures of dogs.  I only have one and it is prominently displayed in the foyer next to the front door.


At the top of my stairs you are greeted by a couple of rooster pictures.  I used to have roosters EVERYWHERE.  I have scaled  back and now only have a few.  I guess I had to make room for all the other animals, didn't I?


In my master bedroom, I have a leopard foot stool in front of a chest of drawers.



And I wouldn't want the other side of my bed to feel left out, so I have a dog statue filled with feathers and a real bull horn on the side table. 

 

You'll notice that I have no problem mixing all these animal "parts" with feminine elements either.  It somehow all works together.

Back in the family room, I have pheasant feathers in an urn and antlers stacked on books. 


What's nice about decorating with these items is that they fit right in with the Fall season. All I need to do is add a little Fall color and that's it!

And before I go, it goes without saying, that my FAVORITE animal in my house is this sweet guy!


He watches over our house when we're gone and thinks he's protecting us all!  Here he is lying on the stair landing (so he can see the front door).  So far, he hasn't tried to attack any of the animal "parts" I have sprinkled thoughout the house.  That's a relief!

~ Kelly ~  

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20 comments:

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

You have some great touches of nature, Kelly. That rooster painting caught my eye, and the photo with the bench. You, like your sister, have a great eye for display.

Christie said...

Your decor is lovely! I love any outdoor elements brought in from outside and these are some great ones! Thanks for stopping by Three Pixie Lane! The little scale was found in the decor section in the middle of our store! Good luck! Christie

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

You know I love all your animals and parts all over the house. Look how cute Max is. Looks like nap time to me not watch dog time!

Pat said...

Fabulous post, Kelly. I like all the animals and animal prints. Max I like especially!:-)

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Kelly, great post! You know I love the mix of animal prints!! Like you, I just like to sprinkle them around in various rooms...just a touch makes a big statement. Beautiful, as always!

Christine @ Stonehouse Living said...

Hi Kelly,

I love the farmhouse style in your home. I have to tell you that I was in Michael's the other day in the silk flower section when believe it or not there were some long stem zebra printed petalled flowers. Whew...! they were eye catching, I think they would fit right in at your place!
Have a great day!
All the Best,
Christine

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

LOL! Kelly, I have lots of animal 'parts' strewn throughout, too! Most of them the real deal. (Christmas gifts from my hunter friends who know I love my 'atrocities,' as my children refer to them. lol. blessings ~ tanna

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Kelly you have beautiful touches spread throughout your home! I love the cow canvas both you and Kim have and your rooster paintings are beautiful! And your little guy is just too cute!! Martina

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Kelly,
You have some great animal touches in your nest...love all the zebra touches and also lovin' those pheasant feathers...just my style!!!

Blessings,
Linda

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Love it! I'm an animal person too. ;) Happy to be following your blog now.

Babs said...

Your animal prints and painting look great in your house. I love your pheasant feathers. My old pheasant feathers started shedding after so many years, and I need to get new ones. Love your Fall looks and your sweet Boston Terrier.

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

Kelly you have just the right touch of animal print. My MIL loves animal prints, but to be honest she over does it, big time. Yours are classy yet cozy looking and are complimenting your other decor, not taking it over.

Mandy said...

Great post. Love your animal touches. The pic of the cow is awesome! I'd love it if you shared it at my Link Pary www.projectqueen.org.
I'm you newest follower. Enjoyed my tour!

FARMHOUSE PORCH said...

What pretty things! I like the pheasant feathers in the urn...I have some too, what a great and simple idea!

-Linsey @THE FARMHOUSE PORCH

bj said...

O, gosh...everything looks just beautiful. I, too, have scaled way back on roosters..just a few, scattered thru the house.

I smile when I see everyone using antlers..I told Kim at Savvy Southern Style that I just couldn't get used to seeing them as decorators. Mr. Sweet being a hunter, we have a shed full of antlers and always have. Just never thought they were pretty until I saw yours and Kim's. :))

Melissa Miller said...

You have beautiful, natural and animal touches throughout your home Kelly. I love the leopard pillows and your doggie is too cute!

Anita said...

I love the way you have incorporated the animal prints in so elegantly! Makes me want to add some myself! Everything is just beautiful and so welcoming too!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Great post...you really inspired me. You have used all of these elements so well thoughout your house. Really nice. They add so much charm and coziness. My favorite though is the little fellow at the end ~ so cute!

elizabeth said...

Your home is so lovely! I'm so glad you stopped by and commented on my PEI farmhouse post. Thanks so much.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Love all your animal artwork and animal prints!! I have been adding a bit here and there to my house too! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!