Monday, October 21, 2013

The Staghorn Fern As Living Taxidermy

 For those who are squeamish about deer antlers in their decor, there is the staghorn fern plant as an alternative.

They are another "IT" plant that seems to be becoming more and more popular.

I'm currently obsessed!
 Martha Stewart seems to be too.
I'm loving the wall of ferns on her porch. 

I think they look great grouped together on an outside wall.

I mean, how cool is this?

And this?

For those living in cooler climates, hanging them indoors is a better option.

 They like humidity, so hanging them in a bathroom is a good choice.
As long as they get bright light too.

They require a weekly soak, allowing them to dry out between watering.
I did my research about the care of the staghorn fern before I bought two from the wholesale nursery last week.

 Isn't it beautiful?
I am toying with the idea of not hanging one of them, instead laying it flat on a table or stack of books.

 Or perhaps, propping it up on an easel in the living room.
The other one I'm planning to mount on the wall in the sunroom.
Who needs antlers when you have staghorn ferns!

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Marlis said...

I think you could leave that beautiful specimen on the table.. This might just be the perfect piece for our bathroom. Thanks for sharing...

Maryanne White said...

Great look for a covered entry. I am going to suggest this to a client I am working with. Thanks for posting.

Thehouseofhampton said...

How did I miss this? Fantastic photos you've shared. I'm running to the nursery now.....excellent idea for my dining room table.

Sarah said...

Fun! You are always on the cutting edge with what's the latest. ;-)

Anonymous said...

This is a beautiful idea for replacing real staghorns on the wall. I like the real things but my husband insist on me passing up the idea of bringing some into our home. We even gave up the staghorn chandelier in the kitchen breakfast area, to the seller when we bought our townhouse last spring, because he didn't like it. It was beautiful too.

Victoria said...

Love them. I had a large one on the wall of my breakfast room in the 1970s. The room had a large picture window and patio doors...lots of light. It thrived there. Now that I live in Florida, I think I'll try some on the lanai. Thanks for the reminder.

Chatfield Court said...

They are cool. My Grandfather grew them when I was growing up. I like them better than antlers, to tell you the truth. Thanks so much for sharing this.


Nita Stacy said...

I can totally embrace this trend. I never got behind the deer antler trend because they make me feel ill. But ferns on the wall? Oh Yes!

cindy hattersley design said...

I love these! So sorry you couldn't make it down for Bonnie's visit! We must connect another time!

24 Corners said...

Maybe I can talk Mr. 24 into one of these lovelies instead of the actual deer head that's laying on our dining room floor this very moment hoping to become upright on one of our walls (he used to hang in Mr. 24's office)...worth a try!
xo J~

Sammy said...

I love it all!

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