INTO THE WOODS

Deer and rein­deer mo­tifs make cosy al­ter­na­tive to hol­i­day glam

Regina Leader-Post - - HOMES - KIM COOK

Booths at this year’s gift and decor trade fairs fea­tured lots of deer and rein­deer mo­tifs — some specif­i­cally for the hol­i­days, and oth­ers to leave up and en­joy af­ter the fes­tive sea­son is over.

In­cor­po­rat­ing the wood­land icon into your home decor can be a fun de­par­ture from an other­wise luxe and el­e­gant hol­i­day es­thetic.

“We love to off­set all the glam by adding a woodsy, rus­tic feel to make a home feel cosy,” say Shan­non Wol­lack and Brit­tany Zwickl of Stu­dio Life/style in West Hol­ly­wood, Cal­i­for­nia.

“Run­ning with a clas­sic hol­i­day rein­deer mo­tif, we like to hang our stock­ings by the fire­place with a real or faux antler prop and add a wreath in­ter­twined with antlers to our front door.”

Or go for Front­gate’s 4-foot-tall resin stag, with re­al­is­tic tex­tured de­tail and a gleam­ing golden fin­ish (front­gate.com ships to Canada). There is a pair of re­gal rein­deer here as well — one stand­ing, the other feed­ing, crafted from an orig­i­nal sculp­ture and suit­able for in­doors or out.

In­doors, a stag-horn-framed mirror by Carolyn Kinder for Ut­ter­most would add drama to the en­try­way. It’s avail­able at Canada Light­ing ($261).

At CB2, the Don­ner wreath, avail­able in white or sil­ver polyresin, is a min­i­mal­ist, mod­ern way to in­clude the antler theme (CB2. com, $129-$219).

Chic and use­ful, a lac­quered tray from Mark & Gra­ham can be cus­tom­ized with a mono­gram framed by an antler mo­tif (markandgra­ham.com). Also from the re­tailer, a su­per-soft throw sim­i­larly per­son­al­ized makes a cosy hol­i­day gift.

Martha Ste­wart’s hol­i­day col­lec­tion at Macy’s in­cludes a deer’s head ta­ble dec­o­ra­tion made of vines and berries, decked out with fairy lights and faux snow. Cre­ate a snug­gly nook with a Sherpa fleece throw pil­low ap­pliqued with a plaid stag’s head, also part of the col­lec­tion (ma­cys.com).

For the sofa, Tar­get’s got throw pil­lows with il­lus­trated wood­land or rein­deer prints from Thresh­old, as well as a whim­si­cal Wes An­der­son-es­que deer bun­dled up in scarf and sweater (tar­get.com).

You could set up a small herd of Pier 1’s charm­ing rein­deer down the cen­tre of the ta­ble; made of Sty­ro­foam and faux fur, each walk­ing or rest­ing deer sports a lit­tle wreath neck­lace.

For the tree, there are sweet lit­tle plaid-fab­ric deer or­na­ments and snazzy, pas­tel, glit­ter-en­crusted ones at Tar­get.

Fi­nally, if you re­ally want to com­mit to the theme, go full-on win­ter won­der­land with Front­gate’s 59-inch-tall me­chan­i­cal deer. He’s got plush, snowy white faux fur and a head that nods back and forth.

Santa would no doubt ap­prove.

This life-size me­chan­i­cal rein­deer from Front­gate is clad in snowy-white faux fur.

This hol­i­day pil­low is from the Martha Ste­wart Col­lec­tion at Macy’s.

These rein­deer are crafted based on an orig­i­nal sculp­ture, and are fin­ished in a warm gold gild­ing. They are suit­able for in­door or out­door use and ship to Canada.

A su­per-soft throw with an antler mono­gram at Mark & Gra­ham makes a cosy hol­i­day gift.

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