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Animal magic


image: African Impala by Carola Van Dyke

African Impala by Carola Van Dyke

Animal magic is fairy dust for our homes. Sprinkle a little here and a little there and you’ll find it livens things up a little, raises a smile. You just choose how big and bold you want to go.

Textile taxidermy, the aptly coined Fauxidermy, is all the rage. Queen of the current wall plaque, Carola Van Dyke has freshly added truly one-off exquisite pieces from bright African fabric to her extensive collection of animals for indoors. A long way from the traditional skull and antlers… which can continue to look glorious, of course, especially when given a bit of botanical bling.

image: Flora-fauna by Meghan LaCroix

Flora-fauna by Meghan LaCroix

Animal magic works anywhere and everywhere. I can tell you first hand how a little line up of unusual egg cups will instantly cheer up the kitchen (and mine have their own little shelf!), they also make the perfect pot for a miniature cacti. You can have fun with these ceramic creatures and think laterally - a pug vase is not just for flowers. Anyone up for an interesting utensil or pen holder?

images: Pug and Barn Owl at Quail Ceramics

Pug and Barn Owl at Quail Ceramics


While we’re in the kitchen I’m thinking of Rory Dobner’s beautiful animal-inspired ceramics and wishing I’d put these salt and pepper shaker hares on my Christmas list…

image: Salty and Peppery by Rory Dobner

Salty and Peppery by Rory Dobner

Fancy starting small somewhere else? How about introducing an innocent animal hook or two…

image: Assorted animal hooks at Anthropologie

Assorted animal hooks at Anthropologie

A slightly larger addition to an animal-adorned wall might be this black monkey wall lamp. He’s  certainly a conversation piece and there’s a whole troop where he comes from. This beautifully serene golden hare is slightly more discreet…

image: Monkey lamp by Seletti			image: Hare lamp at Anthropologie

Left: Monkey lamp by Seletti | Right: Hare lamp at Anthropologie


Soft furnishings can be a subtler way to start and a carefully chosen cushion or two may be all that’s needed. If you’re a feline fan you might consider this addition - House of Hackney donates a portion of the proceeds to Panthera, an organisation devoted to the conservation of the world’s wild cats.

image: Saber cushion by House of Hackney

Saber cushion by House of Hackney


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