When it comes to farmhouse style, you don’t always have to keep the animals out in the barn. I love the whimsical nature of farmhouse animals such as pigs, sheep, cows, horses, roosters, and other creatures in everyday decor.
I think my husband thought moving out to “the country” was getting to me when I started introducing more animal decor pieces into our home, but now he’s the one pointing out and purchasing these little gems when we are at the antique shops. (For the record, we live in a planned subdivision in a rural area, not on a farm, so I’m not sure what he was so worried about.)
My favorite farmhouse animal decor pieces are usually painted in natural tones of white, gray and rust rather than their natural appearance, and I am especially fond of figures with lots of wear, weather and patina. Pieces I look for include:
- wall mount heads or busts (not taxidermy)
- small vintage figures of German Putz sheep from old nativity scenes
- dish towels with farm animal themes in black, white and neutral tones
- small iron or cast stone figures of pigs or sheep sized for adding to shelving or placing on books on a table vignette – usually standing or lying down and placed in groupings
- larger, heavier figures and statuary for placing in a corner next to a cabinet or under a table to fill dead space
- creamware pieces such as the old fashioned cow creamer or small farm animal salt and pepper shakers
- pitchers embossed or stamped with roosters and other animals
- snack plates, cheese boards and trays
You don’t have to go crazy and cover a whole room with them, but a nice scattering here and there is a pleasant and friendly little touch. When you think about it, we grew up on stories of Mary’s little lamb, old McDonald’s animals, and Wilber the pig. Farmhouse animals bring a nostalgic and comforting feeling to your home decor and have a way of saying, “don’t take it all so seriously.”
Here’s some more inspiration and places to find them…
Do YOU have any farmhouse animals on display in your decor? Is there a favorite in your home or vintage piece that’s been passed down in your family?
I’d LOVE to hear about your finds and treasures.
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