Maybe it started with all the horn accessories I saw at home shows over the last few years. Maybe it was that blasted ram’s head table, which I still haven’t bought and am now second-guessing for its size. But suddenly I feel like I’m being followed by a flock of bighorn sheep, with a few gazelles and goats tagging along behind. They’re on my Pinterest feed, in magazines, and even my email inbox.
The experience—noticing a detail, then suddenly seeing it everywhere—is one I have often in this industry, and it’s not unlike what happened when I was a food writer. A chef would bring out a dish with black garlic, and suddenly I couldn’t go out to dinner without seeing a dish with black garlic. Black garlic for everyone!
But back to the rams. This week, I spotted this design by Amy Berry via Viyet, anchored by a Hollywood Regency-style ram’s head table topped with glass.
Then the online magazine Rue brought me this airy-yet-glam space from jewelry designer Zoe Chicco, featuring a cocktail-sized version of the same table.
And then, of course, I realized that the gorgeous design tome Habitat by Lauren Liess, which I’ve been poring over for weeks, is full of horns and rammy things...
...and all of a sudden I’m shopping for ram’s head bookends and hoof-shaped paperweights and vintage zoological prints of curly-horned sheep and holy hell I need to stop before a nymph jumps out of my bedroom closet with a pan flute.
For now, I might just indulge my fixation by printing and framing this illustration that I found in the New York Public Library’s Digital Collections.
(Note: If you haven’t heard of the NYPL Digital Collections, go check ‘em out tout de suite. A few years ago the NYPL put their archives online, and you can now access over 600,000 fascinating images including botanical, ornithological, and zoological prints, for free. You can print them yourself or order higher-quality prints via the website. It’s a great way to fill out a gallery wall on a budget.)
Ready for more horns and hooves? Let’s shop.