07/06/2012 11:11 EDT | Updated 09/06/2012 05:33 EDT

Deer Heads Should Return To The Wilderness: Minute 16


By definition, trends are fleeting. They're ephemeral. And each day we see our fair share of looks we'd like to remove from our sartorial lexicon. So join us, each week, as we analyze a trend that's had its 15 minutes of fame. These looks are well into their Minute 16, folks. It's time to usher them toward stage left.

The Trend: Deer in headlights? Try deer in living room lights! Decorating with dead animals is, for some, the final touch in creating a cabin-chic, rural-sophisticated look. Mounted antlers made of many materials (the faux ones can be wood, cardboard, porcelain or wicker) have become a popular way to decorate living rooms, hallways and even bedrooms.

Chief Offenders: Even those who don’t fit a "hunter" image are befriending the beasts.Jenny McCarthy doesn't believe in hunting, but she popped a deer head off her father's wall and gave it to her son for his birthday; it sits mounted in his room.

What's Wrong With It:Although many deer heads are vegan these days, they still bring us back to childhood traumatic memories of Bambi's mom being, ahem, shot -- cue the waterworks.

Deer heads grew enormously popular in home décor last winter, but many now consider it a big old "don’t" -- including us. This taxidermy trend is not only passé, but reminds us of the deer hunter's ultimate trophy (it probably sits perched high up, parallel to a collection of firearms and shotguns). When this talking deer head made to sit over a mantle was introduced, we knew the trend had gone too far.

As the world of interior design moves to simpler, cleaner lines, the deer head is seen to be "dysfunctional decoration," a term which designer Mario Buatta highlighted as a form of decoration that's overstylized and doesn't relate to people. He's not alone in thinking the deer head is an overly ornate accessory that's in stark contrast to design's new lines.

May We Suggest: If you want to create a rural-cabin look, try mixing materials and textures. We love the look of mismatched frames hanging on the wall; it's unique and clean while also ornate.

What do you think? Are we just plain wrong about this trend? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @HuffPostCaStyle.

Check out the other trends that are well past their prime:

Photo gallery Past Minute 16s See Gallery

Want more? Be sure to check out HuffPost Canada Style on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.