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antlers

Notice something? Hint: the title of this post is a HUGE giveaway.

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Bam. Antlers. In the kitchen no less. I know they aren’t for everyone but I love them. Many of my favorite design crushes use them and I’ve been wanting to do the same for some time now.

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I searched “deer antlers” on ebay and etsy for weeks. I was picky. I wanted something large scale with a unique silhouette, simple plaque and preferably sun bleached. I found this 10-point vintage beauty here and was sold.

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Initially, I hung the antlers on a wall in our bedroom but after living with them for a few weeks the placement didn’t feel quite right. They were massive and slightly oppressive in our small-ish bedroom. Earlier this week I moved the antlers to the kitchen and immediately I was in love. HH felt the same way.

I hung them above the french doors in the kitchen near my desk. The doors just clear the lower tines {I think that’s what they’re called}. The antlers work so much better in a larger room with higher ceilings. They still have a presence but they’re not all “Hey, I’m going to poke your eye out.”

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Can you believe it’s late July and I have my doors and windows open?! I’m not complaining. Can you spy the last of our deck supplies on horses in the backyard? You guys. We were so stoked to get that deck finished the day before we left for our vacation a month ago but we ran out of fasteners on the LAST THREE BOARDS. And, at least where we are, those fasteners are hard to come by. Anyway, the deck is 99% done-zo.

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Back to those antlers.

Today after trying {and failing} to completely wear out my kids {seriously, we did a 4-mile bike ride, played outside for hours, did some yard work, visited the playground, etc. and the only person who was worn out was me}, I rested on the floor right in front of the french doors and stared up at the antlers and through the skylights. In that moment from that point of view, I forgot about the cracked driveway, the peeling garage door, the out of whack front door, the bathroom in waiting, those damn three deck boards and all the other imperfections in my house and let myself truly enjoy the finished things right in front of me. The original dining window that we replaced with french doors. The trendy antlers. The tongue and groove vaulted ceiling. The game changing skylights.

Every day it feels a little more like home.

images: Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

41 Comments

“Hey, I’m going to poke your eye out.” Tee hee. Perfect placement.

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I would have never thought to place them there but it looks amazing. Especially that last picture, I can see what you sat on the floor for awhile admiring your accomplishments!

You mentioned design crushes…I think for a lot of your followers (myself included) you’re considered to be a “design crush.” I’m curious, who are yours? I’m a huge fan of your style!

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replied on July 29th, 2013

Yes, I also wonder who your Design Crushes are? You’re definitely one of mine Dana!

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It might just be me, but don’t they look upside down? Love your kitchen! :)

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replied on July 26th, 2013

I had a hard time figuring out which way was up too! That’s just part of their unique silhouette ;)

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replied on July 26th, 2013

They are hung correctly- my husband does quite a bit of hunting, so I see many antlers… :)

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Love them! I dug a pair out of my parent’s attic last year, spray painted them glossy white and hung them in my bedroom over the TV. Sort of a modern take on rabbit ears. Yours look great over the door!

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Nice antlers. Nice post. ‘Nuff said.

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26.July.2013

The kitchen is amazing but love seeing it from a new perspective, certainly helps me appreciate the size and space and I bet the light is amazing. I really do think the little things help distract from the big picture jobs/touch ups/fix ups that still need doing by making us smile, relax and feel at home. Just wondering, the desk area has a gap between the units and wall. How do you keep this clean? I have a gap like this between the pantry and sliding door recess, it drives me bonkers and all the dust bunnies and stray bread tags laugh at me.

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replied on July 26th, 2013

In a perfect world, that gap wouldn’t be there but the IKEA design planner suggested it so that the upper and base cabinets could open properly. {There is a matching gap on the other side of the kitchen between the upper cabinets and wall as well.} To me, it looks like it wouldn’t have been a problem to butt them up to the wall but maybe I’m missing something. Anyhow, for some reason the gap doesn’t fill with dust bunnies. Probably because there isn’t a ton of traffic going by {it’s more a part of my desk than the busy kitchen} and also because we have hard floors {no carpet} throughout the house. It’s big enough that I can swipe a broom into it when necessary. xo

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26.July.2013

LOVE. but no surprise there, really. I think we have similar taste (well, I like to tell myself that anyway!) I was trying so hard to recall what happened to the antlers i had a few years ago. i honestly don’t know where the survivor of the pair ended up (one broke). I think it’s important to admire what you have achieved – especially when you know exactly how it was before you added your stamp. It makes the humungous to-do list more bearable when you know how satisfying the crossed-off to-dos are. if that makes sense. xxx

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replied on July 26th, 2013

Thanks B. Funny, I’m always looking to you to find “my” taste! And you’re right. It is important to enjoy the things you have done instead of focusing on the things still left to do. So much more rewarding.

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26.July.2013

Hi Dana! You may haven mentioned this before in another post, but where did you get your silver canisters? I am looking for some for my kitchen that have an airtight seal. How well do yours hold up? Thanks!

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replied on July 26th, 2013

They are from Target! They have a hinged lid with a seal and latch to keep ingredients from drying out. I’ve had them for about 6 months now and they’re still working great.

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Kirsten
replied on July 26th, 2013

Thank you! I will have to check them out!

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i have to tell you how much i related to the end of this post! we’ve been renovating our house for 6 years now, and are very close to being done. yet, there still seems like there is always something waiting to be done. at least we enjoy it, for the most part & honestly, i think i’ll feel somewhat of a void when it’s all finished! love the antlers, and your shiny black doors!

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26.July.2013

SAD DAY…hahaha, I read the “hint:the title is a HUGE giveaway” as “ANTLERS….GIVEAWAY” and thought I could get my chance to snag a stag. Looks great though!

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replied on July 29th, 2013

Haha! Sorry for the confusion.

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I LOVE LOVE your black french doors! They are so glossy. Did you paint them yourself? They look like they must been done with oil paint?

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replied on July 29th, 2013

Yep, I painted them. I used a gel-flow paint seen here…

http://www.housetweaking.com/2012/12/06/random-tidbits/

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replied on July 29th, 2013

thanks so much! I’ll have to take a look at it at Home Depot and decide whether to use that or traditional oil based.

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26.July.2013

love. love. love.

The antlers look great, I’ve been on the search for either antlers or a bull skull for our living room. The bull skull sounds super weird, but I saw a monster one at a vintage show in Frederick, Maryland and it was pretty awesome. Plus – these two items (antlers and skulls) are the only time I’ve ever seen my husband interested in home decor. Guys are so weird.

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26.July.2013

I did the same thing with bull horns. My hubby thinks it’s bad enough that our home is filled with antique oil paintings of barn scenes and cow sketches, but he just about lost it when he saw the horns. Bahahahahha. They’re still up and we get tons of compliments on them. They’re fun and kitschy.

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26.July.2013

Love love love them! I’ve been searching for months and finally settled on a pair at pottery barn. I spray painted the plaque and antlers white and now wish I left plaque wood after seeing these. Plus mine are small. Wish the etsy seller had more of these!! I’d buy another pair. Love your blog so much!

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26.July.2013

Dana! Update your flippin’ “See My House” tour already! (in your spare time ;) Your current house is so so so awesome and deserves props under that tab – unfinished bathroom, wonky front door and all. Your old house was lovely, but your current house seems somehow more “you” (you know, to me anyway, who doesn’t know you at all). Just don’t want the underdog to feel left out for too much longer :)

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replied on July 29th, 2013

I know! I really need to get on that. Hopefully, once my boys are back in school I’ll have some time for an updated house tour.

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26.July.2013

So fun! I just love seeing how all these small changes can make such a huge impact. It’s so helpful to be reminded to focus on the micro versus the macro every once in a while.

BTW, I plan to add a set of antlers to our backyard somewhere!

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26.July.2013

Your kitchen is so nice – love the antlers! They look great above your doors which are also fantastic!

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26.July.2013

Those look great! I have a pair of antlers in the living room, definitely my favorite piece in the room!

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27.July.2013

DANA!!!! these are amazing! I’ve been wanting to hang some up in our bedroom and love how these turned out. I think they add just the right amount of masculinity but are so whimsical too. Thanks for the idea of searching crags list and ebay. All of the ones I’ve looked at are crazy expensive and that seems to be the rout I’ll take. thanks!!!

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Absolutely amazing. I would’ve never have put you down for an antler girl but I am so glad. It’s the perfect counterpoint to your modern kitchen and plays off with that rug perfectly. I think it makes it feel like home. The more I follow you the more I crave a modernish home!

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Man- I have the biggest crush on your kitchen. Those ceilings are absolutely to die for, and the skylights are icing on the cake. I love watching your home come together!

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Hi! I have been searching your blog to find your list of pain colors, but am struggling. I’m interested in your new house’s living area wall color. It looks really subtle, which I like. Does it lean towards the beige or gray side? Thank you, Dana!

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replied on July 29th, 2013

The great room {kitchen and living areas} and hallway are Benjamin Moore’s tapestry beige. It’s a great light neutral that is warmer than a stark white. If I had to describe it I would say it’s a creamy light gray if that makes sense.

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replied on August 1st, 2013

Thank you so much, Dana! We’ll be getting a sample ASAP. Have a great day!

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I love them! I know some people jumped on the antler bandwagon HARD for a while, but I think antlers can look awesome when used with a little restraint. :)

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30.July.2013

Stunning last shot! I actually like the look of these antlers. They are so modern looking and less I just killed something. I love seeing things re-done and used in a new way. Makes me happeh! Love your home and blog!

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30.July.2013

It seems fitting for a kitchen… in my various historical trivia reading years ago I read that people used to throw antlers onto the roofs of inns to signify that there was a place to get something good to eat there.

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31.July.2013

Okay, somehow you never cease to amaze me with something{s} that I absolutely love in a room of yours! Though I do really love those antlers, I spied that rug and think I love that even more. Did you snag it recently? I have been looking for just the right rug for our new rental and have been coming up short and unimpressed with my options thus far. Please share!!! Thanks. :)

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replied on July 31st, 2013

Read all about the kitchen desk rug here…

http://www.housetweaking.com/2013/03/14/a-new-desk-rug/

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23.March.2014

Not to be picky but I believe they may be hung upside down…

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