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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Nature or Not


This has definitely been the year we've seen a lot of nature being used in home decor.  I think it is something that we have really embraced or some of us are a little shy about some of it. 

Antlers are a great example.  Very popular and seems that you either love it or hate it.  However since there are so many faux antlers, a few more people are on board. They are definitely used in a wide variety of decor designs and vignettes.

 There's also the turtle shell that is making a huge splash in decor.  Natural or painted, small or large, they are used in a ton of different way.I've definitely been on the fence as to how I personally feel about these elements.  Sometimes I think I am a little squeemish when it comes to certain things.

 
 I found this turtle shell at a garage sale and she had it displayed on a teacup hook, sitting on a chest.  I love the wonderful detail of the design on the shell and the colors are stunning.




I thought for $3 it was a very different accessory and one that I might use somewhere.


 I think it can probably be worked into several different displays, but for now I placed it in the bookcase.



It is a real shell, and as I said, sometimes I am a little squeemish, and this almost kept me from buying it.  Am I just a sissy or what?


 The Lord made this shell wonderful, and I do appreciate the beauty of it, so I will concentrate on that.



So, tell me, how do you feel about antlers, shells and other bits of nature?  Like it, love it, hate it or no opinion?



47 comments:

  1. The turtle shell is awesome Marty, I do like it. I like how the antlers look in other homes, but not mine..just does not work.

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  2. I think it's neat to use those things when they are found in nature. The whole antler thing escapes me though. My husband has antlers from his bygone years of hunting. They hang out in the garage.

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  3. Hey Marty,
    I think I am too squeamish, too. I think the shell is pretty, but I think I'd honestly prefer it to be faux. The antlers are not my thing either. But, I like the shell on your bookcase!
    Jenny

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  4. That shell is pretty, and looks great on your shelf. I am not the type to put antlers, shells or wasp nests (another big trend!) in my decorating scheme. It just isn't me.

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  5. its very pretty Marty and looks good against the books..

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  6. I love nature!!! and vintage nature is the best!!

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  7. Well, I have mixed feelings. In a way, to kill an animal for their shell, fur, antlers, etc. I find horrible. But to throw away something like that instead of giving it a place of honor...just seems horrible too.
    Here's the thing. I was born a very long time ago and grew up in a home where the men hunted and fished. The second man I married after the death of my husband, was a hunter and fisherman. That was how he grew up. I have antlers in my home. I won't throw them out. They were not from sport and the fun of just killing. They are beautiful and I will keep them in my home. Remember that the fake ones come from casts of REAL ones...so there were antlers involved no matter what.
    Do I love them? ..no..but I do honor them and will take care of them.
    It's complicated! LOL
    What a great post. Food for thought.
    I guess it's just a matter of culture in some ways. What do you think, Marty?

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  8. "Yes" to nature...absolutely "No", to dead animals....kisses!!

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  9. I love your turtle shell! If you ever want to get rid of it let me know. I love to use natural elements in my decorating...only things I find on the ground--bird nests, wasp nests, grasses, feathers, butterfly wings or dragonflies, rocks, sea shells, fossils--you name it, I love it. I don't hang antlers on my wall, but like to use "sheds" in other ways. So much beauty in nature! Glad you kept that turtle shell out of the landfill!

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  10. The pattern on the turtle shell is lovely. I am not one to display antlers or anything of animals in my home. Just doesn't go with my decor.

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  11. I think that is a great turtle shell --

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  12. hi marty!
    Although I do like the look of it, I will have to say not to nature,Sorry. I hope you are doing great:)

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  13. Marty, what a gorgeous shell. You know I love turtle shells and antlers. That is surely a beauty.

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  14. Charming turtle shell, it looks beautiful on your bookshelfs. Thank you for sharing with us, I really enjoyed this post.
    Fondly,
    Laurie

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  15. I love animals too much to like this. A human head? maybe. LOL Just kidding!

    Andie

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  16. Pleople have been decorating there homes with antlers and turtle shells for centuries. Most of the early settlers killed and ate both. Antlers and shells can be found in the woods where they are natural deaths. I am against people killing just for the antlers and shells, but if they eat or find them naturally I love them in decore. Richard from My Old Historic House.

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  17. That turtle shell is beautiful and I would have bought it. We went to a local antique dealers "yard" sale and she had an enormous turtle shell, must have been two feet across. She only wanted six hundred dollars for it. I had an interesting response to some antlers I posted on my blog-some are vehemently against them.

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  18. I have to say it makes me squeamish as well. I love nature of all kinds. But I can't seem to "go" there with this kind of decorating for some reason.
    Brenda

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  19. LOVE IT!!!!! That shell is so wonderful. Antlers, I like, but don't fit my personal style. Maybe in a man's den or on a tablescape.
    I love the detail of the shell.

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  20. I'm not a fan of antler decor either - just personal taste. I think hunting is fine if the meat is used for food. The turtle shell is beautiful but my only worry is that, if they become a popular decor style, then there will be opportunists out there who will destroy these creatures for their shells. That would make me sad.

    Robin

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  21. I think the shell is lovely Marty though I too am a little squeamish - I've only recently obtained an antler, but It was naturally shed and not a pair attached to the skull, I don't know if I'd like one of those...

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  22. Well, I'm squeamish, too, then Marty. It is a beautiful shell, but the nature animal thing isn't my thing. I've seen it where it works well for other people, but it just doesn't represent our lifestyle or home. To each his own, right?

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  23. Well, you know where I stand on this topic. One look at my blog and you know I have a HUGE affinity for antlers! I could easily buy more if I found some. I prefer the REAL deal too. I'm from the south and maybe that's why taxidermy and natural elements in the home just seem normal to me. Seashells are normal in a coastal home and noone thinks anything of it, so why not antlers in a southern home (where hunting is popular). I don't think you should kill an animal though just for the hide, or rack, but for food. Then the rest of the animal is fair game. You might as well use it all! I wish I had a turtle shell. Yours is very pretty! Kim has one and I told my husband to keep an eye out for me when he's cutting grass. Turtles outgrow their shell so again, it's not doing any harm to keep it as a thing of beauty.

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  24. Marty, your turtle shell is very pretty on your bookcase but it wouldn't go with my decor. As for antlers, no thanks. I do love sea shells, rocks, driftwood, etc though.
    Barb

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  25. I like the turtle shell and how you have it displayed. I'm not a fan of antlers.

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  26. The shell is gorgeous my friend. Antlers, well, I don't eat red meat so.....I will leave it at that but would never judge...
    i hope you are doing well and always enjoy your visits, thank you!
    XOXO
    Kristin

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  27. Marty, I had to laugh when I saw your comments!!! I had been feeling a bit funny about the antlers and wasp nest etc but I thought it was beacause I was an Aussie that I just wasn't 'getting it'!!
    Suzyq
    PS I do think the patterns on your turtle shell are awesome!

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  28. So beautiful!
    Thank you for sharing.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  29. The turtle shell looks wonderful.Folks in this area have been using antlers for years to
    decorate with.I like a little touch of nature but not alot.Bet someone will have an antlers on the christmas tree. lol JoAnn

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  30. The turtle shell looks wonderful.Folks in this area have been using antlers for years to
    decorate with.I like a little touch of nature but not alot.Bet someone will have an antlers on the christmas tree. lol JoAnn

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  31. I am not for it. Like someone said, they will be killing turtles for their shells.

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  32. I have antlers in my home....I added them as a decorative element because my husband really likes them. He never asks for much or shows much interest in the way our home is decorated so I figure it is a small sacrifice and it makes him so happy. I have a turtle shell too but I have not found the perfect spot for it yet. Yours looks beautiful displayed in your bookcase :o)
    ~Des

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  33. I find natural things beautiful, but remains of dead animals a little...not creepy, but they are more saddening than life affirming, to me.

    I love natural things in fabric design and on china, they seem more finished and more "at home" in the home, somehow.

    Oh and just FYI, turtles do not outgrow their shells. Hermit crabs, it's true, outgrow their borrowed shells and find new and larger ones. But a turtle shell is the remains of a dead turtle.

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  34. I don't mind the shell, but antlers....definitely not.

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  35. HI MARTY,
    I ENJOYED SEEING YOUR PHOTOS OF THE TURTLE SHELL AND THE ANTLERS.
    YOU WERE VERY LUCKY TO FIND THAT SHELL FOR 3.00, I HOPE PEOPLE ARE BUYING VINTAGE PIECES. THERE ARE EVEN SOME THAT ARE SCRIMMED.
    MAYBE ONE OR TWO BUT WHEN PEOPLE START COVERING THEIR WALLS WITH
    THEM ...THAT IS JUST TOO DISCONCERTING.
    I ONCE WENT INTO A RESTAURANT THAT HAD 20 DISPLAYED ON THE WALL. THAT WAS A TURN OFF AND HAVEN'T BEEN BACK TO THE RESTAURANT SINCE.

    GOOD LUCK ON YOUR HUNT FOR "NATURAL" ACCESSORIES....
    HOW ABOUT GEODES ROCK CRYSTAL PIECES OR VINTAGE TAXEDERMY BIRDS, PETRIFIED WOOD SLABS???
    BILLIE

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  36. I think in the right places all those things are wonderful. I have some birdnests that I decorate with.. sort of on the same line.. right? I say.. when decorating ones house... use "what ever pleases! " right?
    have a great day Marty!
    xo
    vivian

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  37. Marty,
    I'd just as soon NOT use the deer sheds and the turtle shells...but "Mr. Ed" is an outdoorsman and takes great delight when I tuck them in here and there. So, for that reason alone...I use them...just don't always include them in my posts!
    Your shell looks great in your bookcase, dear!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  38. Hi Marty, I have to say the turtle shell is interesting.. would not have thought to use it decorate with.. I have a tiny one Mr. P and the grandson picked up many years ago.. I believe it's coming out.. lol.. Thanks so much for your sweet comments about the shop, it means the world. hugs ~lynne~

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  39. Thanks for visiting me, Marty. I'm with you on both counts--a bit squeamish, but I recognize that these creatures are God's doing... I love antlers, though, and do like the turtle shell in your bookcase. I think this was a lovely post, and gives us food for thought.

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  40. Well I think the shell totally works on your shelf. But I have to say... I'm just not a lover of this kind of nature. But since it is already in this current state... Then love it. It is kind of like vintage furs. I would never go buy a new one. But I love my grandmothers. See what I'm saying. :)

    ~Liz

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  41. Personally, the turtle shells make me a little squeamish. Love the look, but I can't stop thinking about the squishy creature that lives in those things. And are they really not in there now? But in general I love nature decor. I have antlers (faux and real), feathers and birds nests. Now go check out the turtle shell and see if anyone is still living in there.

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  42. I am with you. Some of the "natural" things make me a little uncomfortable. I do think the turtle shell is pretty though. I definately don't like the antler's. Will not use them in my home. . And I don't like the antlers still attached to the skull. That really freaks me. Just my opinion. Karie

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  43. to antler or NOT to antler...THAT IS THE QUESTION....
    rebecca

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  44. Interesting. Never thought of using skeletal remains as displays. I admire your courage.

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  45. Love the turtle shell. Personally I don't mind the whole nature thing, I mean my grandson has a 5 foot long snake skin (Moe's skin to be exact) hanging over a picture in his room and it works. I guess it just depends on how it is used. I've seen some rooms where they just go way over board with the antlers!!

    Have a wonderful week.

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  46. Love your shell! This is an interesting topic. I grew up with antlers in the house. I used to hate them and never thought I'd have any. But I do now. I'm big on nature.

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  47. HI Marty, I have never liked seeing deer heads etc. hanging on people's walls as TROPHYS, BUT, I do like the antlers, shells etc. used in decor. I think they look so nice, earthy etc. I wish I had some. I LOVE your turtle shell and $3.00 sounds like a good deal! XO, Pinky

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