Putting animal busts up in a child’s room is a fun way of creating a 3-D element into a room without scaring a child. I’m not talking about a real stuffed animal head, more like stuffed animal, paper mache and wood carved pieces. There are a selection of styles to choose from out there but here are some of my favorites. If any of you readers have used these or similar ones in your children’s rooms please share!
These papier mache busts available at Anthropologie are made by Haitians to honor their African heritage. They are made from recycled bags and books. See by buying these you are helping support a country and are saving the environment. Animals available on-line include giraffe, rhino, zebra & gazelle.
Another papier mache option comes from overseas by a company called Rice. This stags head shown in turquoise is also available in red and purple. It is an instant focal piece in a room and would be a great inspirational piece.
For a more neutral toned room (these could actually go anywhere in the house), I really like these carved wood deer heads by Roost from Uma. They are pricey but look very elegant and subdued. As an added bonus you can hand hats on it.
The Texan in me is coming out again by showing you this stuffed longhorn option. Really this is a cute stuffed animal head for a playful cowboy room or for a die hard UT fan. Big Game Trophies has a large assortment of about any game animal you can think of in stuffed animal form. This hand made deer head by Tamar Mogendorff from Brooklyn is pretty fabulous and is actually a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork. She uses vintage pieces of linen, embroidery, tweed, burlap, and even newspaper to create rustic-looking patchwork treasures. These pieces are not made to look perfect, they are supposed to have rough edges. The character is fabulous! Lillea Shop has the best selection of her works for sale on-line.
Last but not least, some teddy bear trophies! Available at a wonderful store in San Francisco called Paxton Gate. (Introduced to me by this post by Remodelista) Here is a photo below of the whole collection on the wall in their store from the Remodelista article. Creepily adorable actually!