early duck and dead things

{photo taken at the barn house harvest celebration}

I grew up in a home where my father was a hunter.  I am now married to a hunter.  There have always been heads on the walls of the homes I live in (some of my sister and my old boyfriends were afraid their own heads would end up there).  So, I find the current trend of antlers, taxidermy, and faux taxidermy rather interesting.

{photos of taxidermy taken at the barn house harvest celebration}

My mom used to call all of my dad’s taxidermy the “early duck and dead things” look.  If you visit my parents home in Colorado you feel like you  just stepped into a hunting lodge…a very tasteful hunting lodge (they live in the foothills west of Denver and can get away with the look).

{photos of some of the taxidermy in my own home}

Recently, I had a conversation with a friend about where to put all of the taxidermy that my husband has (which is very minimal compared to my father’s collection).  I said that I wanted to stick it all in my husbands office, but there isn’t the room to do it. Since that conversation antlers, taxidermy, and faux taxidermy has been popping up everywhere…so, for now I am going to embrace the “early duck and dead things” and leave them out in open.

{more taxidermy from my own home}

Everything except the wild turkey that the dogs destroyed earlier this year…they are “bird dogs” after all!

{photo taken at the barn house harvest celebration}

What is your take on the antler, taxidermy and faux taxidermy trend?  Or, as my mom called it, the “early duck and dead things” look?

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One thought on “early duck and dead things

  1. peggy says:

    I remember your mom coining the phrase “early duck and dead things” more than thirty years ago. It certainly fits beautifully in your parent’s home. In mine…maybe a few tasteful accents. I’m not really sure I could accommodate mounted heads, but the antlers and hides are nice

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