Creature Comfort: Using Farmhouse Animals in Everyday Decor

Farmhouse animals in everyday decor - sheep on the coffee table

Sheep figures on my coffee table.

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.)

Farmhouse animals in everyday decor - wall mountsMy 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
Farmhouse Animal Decor - little piggy

My HUSBAND’s latest purchase at Little Eclectic House. My daughter named him Wilber.

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…

Farmhouse animal decor - cow creamer at Antique Farmhouse

Creamware Cow via Antique Farmhouse

Farmhouse Animal decor - sheep statue via Edith & Evelyn Vintage

Sheep Statue via Edith & Evelyn Vintage on Etsy

Farmhouse animal decor - ceramic ttop canisters

Canisters via Antique Farmhouse

Farmhouse Animal decor - farmhouse plates at Cedar Hill farmhouse

Farmhouse Animal Plates at Cedar Hill Farmhouse

Farmhouse Animal Decor - cast iron animals

Cast Iron Animals via Antique Farmhouse

Farmhouse animal decor

Framed art via Toadstool Pond on Etsy

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.

Linking up at…

Home & Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life

Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House

The SCOOP at Stone Gable Blog

Favorite Things Thursday

Treasure Hunt Thursday

The Alder Collective

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    • abitofvintage says:

      Thanks for stopping by! Uggg, I know. I am waiting to get the rest of my drapes installed so everything looks finished before I share photos of the new house. DO NOT ever order drapes around the holidays or end of the year. Found out the fabric suppliers like to dwindle their stock for end of year inventory purposes and of course like 3 of my choices are out of stock till who knows when. This is the first time I’ve ever done custom drapes, so I was clueless. Well, you learn as you go. Hope to have it all ready by end of the month!

  1. Katherines Corner says:

    they are all so cute! I especially like the green sheep ( I was humming ch ch chia, I hope you know what I mean) . The farmhouse print with the stacked animals is definitely my favorite. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Watch for your feature tomorrow xo

    • abitofvintage says:

      Thanks for including me Katherine. I know exactly what you mean about the green sheep. I thought the same thing and tried to explain it to my kids who thought i was weird. lol. Have a great week!

  2. Angelina says:

    I live in the country too but didn’t want to go overboard by decorating with farm animals… So I show my farm animal love by mainly purchasing paintings with farm animals in them! I do have a few roosters in the kitchen and a big sheep in the laundry room. Visiting from Katherine’s corner from your feature!

  3. Abby says:

    I love the pig under the chair, and I SO wish I was a coffee drinker because I’ve always wanted a cow creamer!

    Thanks for linking up with The Alder Collective! Your post has been pinned to our group board. This week’s party is still open- don’t forget to come link up again!

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