Thursday, January 13, 2011

Your Thoughts Please


Taxidermy is definitely a design trend that seems to be staying around. Your thoughts please.

Image of the home of Vanessa Traina featured in Harper's Bazaar via La Maison Fou.

26 comments:

" SHABBY JUNK" said...

I like it. I have shabby chic with a deer head on the wall. judy

Renee@Modus Operandi Designs said...

dead animals will never be caught dead in my house. not a fan.

Blondie said...

I have to admit I love it, but don't like the idea of killing things. Kori xoxo

Gerry said...

I don't mind a few antlers here and there or even a mounted deer head, but just something about the whole stuffed zebra makes me sad.

pve design said...

I say yes to books, but hmmm, not to taxidermy.
It is fascinating...and an art in it's own right....but I prefer my creatures living.
pve

a little luxe said...

I have to say when I see those tortoise shells in homes I love them, but I saw some at an antique market recently and in person they creeped me out. To each his own!

Jennifer

jessicarsommer said...

Truthfully, I've seen them used in designs and though they were beautiful as a whole... but you don't see any dead animals in my house either.

Jennifer- creep factor, well put!

Xo Jessica
{lovely ugly design}
http://lovelyuglydesign.blogspot.com/

beachbungalow8 said...

my husband was just reading an article in the LAtimes this morning about a landowner, shooting 3 zebras that wandered onto his property from the Hearst estate in Cambria, CA.

He and his neighbor have taken the bodies to a local taxidermist.

So while I love a zebra rug, this sort of hit home. kind of gross.

sue in mexico mo said...

NO! No dead animals in my house, EVER!

Dumbwit Tellher said...

I like small doses of it but an actual Zebra, I'd have nightmares for sure. What do you think sweet Valorie?

Hope you 2 dashing folk are having a good week & staying toasty warm? xo xo

La Maison Fou said...

Well,
I am on the fenceon this one. In my own home, the antlers are resin. Not any animals, I do have a few tortoise shells, but they were found in the woods and were already shed!
I am guilty of having a zebra hide or two pillows, covered ottoman and frame. But no other animal taxidermy in the house.
However, there are some great Natural History txidermist pieces out there. So, I am not sure.....

I think it has to be considered and to each his or her own??

Although I do love the thought of a zebra of my own, but maybe real and running! The one featured is absolutely incredible, imagine being surrounded by a wild herd.
Fascinating!!!!!

L.

p.s. Thanks for the mention!

betsy said...

Who wants their living room to look like a diorama at the Museum of Natural History?

VictoriaArt said...

Oh, how horrible, tasteless unless you are perhaps Sarah Palin....

Anonymous said...

Having seen zebras in the wild, I would say that this sucks. Deer heads, I've seen so many, but at least people eat the deer. Not for me. Surprised the woman doesn't have a stuffed pony somewhere around the house.

Arlene (via FB)

Irene said...

I'm afraid I love animals, and although I'm not a vegan, I don't think I could do the zebra thing. I'd love to have a real zebra in my yard.

Anonymous said...

Victoria, you just couldn't help yourself could you?

Cameo said...

Timeless, sometimes chic, sometimes kitsch, for me it would err on the ironic.

Rachel said...

A few deer heads or something of the like, high up on the wall in a study or lodge is fine. Not really my thing, but it doesn't bother me.

However, THIS thing bothers me! Can you imagine trying to navigate the dark halls past it in the middle of the night on your way to the bathroom?? And you'd better hope that your friends don't get too obnoxious at your parties... or else it's destined to become like a carousel horse!

Jessica Wrasman said...

Not a big fan. There's something about paralyzed animals staring at me that makes me uncomfortable. :)

Linda in AZ * said...

* I am an ANIMAL LOVER... BIG TIME!!!

* SO, my question is: What will the "owner" of this once-beautiful, sweet animal provide her taxidermist for "NEXT TIME"? Her HUSBAND?

One should NEVER kill what one cannot or will not eat... This is IMHO...) Period.

Linda in AZ *

my favorite and my best said...

i mean, why? that's my question. i've seen the rest of her place...and it's filled with animalia.

Sketch42 said...

Agree with Jenny- WHY do we need to have multiple stuffed animals in a CITY apartment?

I get the whole deer head thing, i do. I can even get into it if you live in the right house for it, but stuffed dogs, birds, peacocks, squirrels, and a whole freakin zebra are not something I would EVER consider. EVER.

Vickie H. said...

Ugh! No! No dead animals in my home ever.

Anonymous said...

Unacceptable. Not only is it unethical, can you imagine the bacteria and other creatures that live on that zebra? How would you clean it?
I know an "exceptional" taxidermist who has won numerous awards. He
is very strange and repeatedly gets in verbal disputes with people
around town. Guess it takes a special person.
Julie

Anonymous said...

PHEH!

i can maybe get to the point of shed antlers as a chandelier, and i even like a fur rug or cowhide once in a while, but a whole animal corpse in the parlor or dining room, never mind the bedroom, is just perverse.

there's a lot of good sculpture out there, even african 'airport' stuff, so that it is insane to spend what this must cost for what is now an undead and unreal thing.

was a wonderful fad years ago to have a merry-go-round horse in the house, or one of those lalanne sheep, which are great fun.

next, this woman is going to run out and buy one of those preserved human beings--or become one, like the guy who invented the process is going to be.

oy, oy. and she'll write the book which begins, ' i had a farm in canarsie.....'

robert browning's poem, 'that's my last duchess' was plenty.

(aarrff to cholo, anyway--but don't tell him about this at all).

michael/bagelbrookefarm

corine said...

My thoughts are: 'I need this'. Also 'it's against everything I stand for'. same way i feel about too many things.