Of course, a short while later, that one led to another. I chose my second acquisition thoughtfully and went for something more dramatic, selecting the antler for its color and sculptural quality. This example is bleached almost white.
Then I saw this image, captured by designer Brooke Gianetti and featured on her beautiful blog Velvet and Linen, and I left all moderation on the curb. I absolutely love the Alpine chalet vibe of the silver punch bowl filled with antlers - it has me reaching for the Gorsuch catalog and thinking of snowy evenings by the fire.
A few more images that have me planning for holiday decorating already (listen, winter is our longest season and I fully embrace it) - an antler filled garden urn arranged by Swedish stylist and author of the enchanting blog Min Lilla Veranda, Marie Delice Karlsson:
From Marianne Lamberth's exquisite blog Nordic Bliss, a vignette by stylist and photographer Eva Lindh. (Visit Marianne's shop by the same name, Nordic Bliss, for a fabulous selection of home furnishings.)
And this photo by Sacramento interior designer Katie Denham featured on Scot Meacham Wood's entertaining and stylish blog, The Adventures of Tartanscot:
Like the look, but not necessarily the real thing? Pottery Barn has great looking faux antlers.
A few accessories one might need - from Columbus Architectural Salvage, a white, cast iron garden urn:
For those of you who don't have access to an abundance of pine cones, from Balsam Hill, a ready and ample supply:
From Christmas Farms, winterberry stems:
Unscented pillar candles from West Elm:
And from Wisteria, antiqued sheet music votive holders:
We had our first taste of winter today, snow flurries on and off all day, and I am so looking forward to the coming season.
Many thanks to Brooke, Marie, Marianne and Scot for kindly granting permission to have their photos used here! xo