(Closed) Would you hang a deer head in the living room, or put it in another room?

posted 9 years ago in Home
Post # 47
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

My husband’s deer heads (yes, plural, he has 2 of them) are on the wall in our basement rec room, along with the beer decor he keeps buying from the flea market, and a painting of John Goodman in the Big Lebowski (which, shhh….i kind of like.) Whatever. They’re expensive, and they’ve gotta be somewhere, and it’s pretty obvious that I had no hand in decorating. At least it’s all in one man-splosion room.

But I’m from western PA so it doesn’t ruffle my feathers too much.

Post # 48
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

One of my best friend’s husband has more or less panelled their basement rec room in UFC and Yankees stuff, so I feel that I got off easy with a couple of deer heads and some beer crap.

Post # 49
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think this is an american trend, hanging dead animals heads on their wall.

Personally, as I have never ever seen anything like this part from in movies. There would be now way in hell would I put anything like that in my house. That head wouldnt even be getting its way up the driveway.

It would have me yelling at it to move its furry self away from my home.

But… this all just boils down to is personal taste.

Living room no.

Garage…maybe.

Post # 50
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

It seems like I’m different than many lady bees here, lol.  I LOVE deer, so having thier dead body parts on the wall makes me happier than it probably should, lol.  My fiance is a hunter and so far he only has one mounted deer.  We have it hanging in a prominant place in the living room of our one bedroom apt.  I even mounted a set of smaller antlers he had in a box at his mom’s.  Then I still wasn’t satisfied, so I raided the stash of antlers that my mom wouldn’t allow my dad to hang up and brought them home.    I love it!  The antlers have such an organic flow to them.  I think it’s beautiful!

Painted deer antlers are amazing as well.   My next project is to make something like this to incorporate into the flowers arrangements at our wedding:

 

It’s ok if you think I’m crazy.  I know I’m weird 😛  When I graduate, I told my fiance that we are taking one of my first paychecks and going on an African Safari and getting so amazing horned, herd animals for our home. (no felines or threatened species, of course).  We try to be as responsible as possible with hunting!

Post # 51
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Deer heads are one of the reasons why women invented man caves.

(Contrary to popular belief, I am convinced that it was a woman who first came up with the concept of a man cave. DH has one and I love it!)

Post # 52
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

This thread made me laugh a little… Fiance hunts but goes more for the guy hang out time than for the actual hunting, but his dad loves hunting and had several animal heads in the livingroom of their old house. I have a strange fear of deer, so it always freaked me out. Everyone else I know that has animals or animal heads around the house has them in a basement or man cave area, so I think that’s more than fair. No deer head would ever make it into my house no matter what room it was headed for.

Post # 53
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

2 words: man cave.

even singleton hunters I know put their trophies (they all use the meat & skins so please no flaming) in a den, basement or ‘man cave’ that is not in the immediate public entertaining area of the homeapartment.

Post # 54
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’ve been in houses with deer heads and it totally creeps me out. Like I seriously want to leave the room as quickly as possible. One friend of ours has one in their sons room! bleh I think just for the sake of comfort for your guests I would put it somewhere less prominent.

Post # 55
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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@ccranetobe: Deer heads/hunting trophies as decor started in Europe! Like in the Middle Ages or earlier! So that’s where we got it from.

Granted, it’s no longer the Middle Ages so I would agree with PPs and say that’s a man cave item. Deer heads don’t gross me out one bit but they just don’t fit with living room stuff In My Humble Opinion. They’re very eye-catching and would overpower the rest of the decor.

Post # 56
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think they suit a certain decor, but you need to go with a very rustic, log cabin type feel for the whole space, otherwise they just don’t work.

I told Fiance that until we move into a log cabin, he can keep his antlers/skulls/bear skin in the spare room-office area.

 

Post # 57
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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@calypso522: AH! That’s awesome that you’re incorporating that into your wedding decor! 

As the child of a hunter (I have a love for venison and I’m not too squeemish about seeing a dead deer sliced open in the garage) I can certainly appreciate the natural beauty of something like that…

I personally have a fondness for antler chandeliers… I’ve always felt like my parents *need* to own one. 

So pretty! 

Post # 58
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

man cave.

Post # 59
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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@tinylittlebird:  That chandelier is amazing!  I want one!!!

 

For the OP, just do what you are comfortable with!  We don’t have many visitors really… and the ones that have come over don’t seem to care what’s on our wall.  If I put all the deer decor in a man cave, I’d probably kick the men out to the living room and claim the cave for myself! 

Post # 59
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Wannabee

You dont need to live in a cabin or a certain type of house. Our home is brand new very modern and in an urban area. Everything is glass and chrome mixed with modern teak.

We have a bear rug on our living room floor, two deer heads in our dinning area, and a massive elk in our upper stairwell. If it is tastefully done and mixed with the right furniture selections it can look really amazing. But it can also be too much if your not careful. We get alot of compliments. I myself can appreciate their beauty. But, its not for everyone.

Post # 60
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

I will bea dealing with this issue very soon. The house is small only 1 living room and 2-3 bedrooms depending upon which one we choose and he want to promenently desplay the head in the living room where all of our visitors will see it. I love the antler chandelier maybe I could talk him into that instead. It would also be a cool project for him to do I’m just afraid he is going to want the head. 🙁

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