"The Tonic of Wilderness"
My Instagram post earlier this week on "design compromise" in marriage and my husband's affinity for all things collectable, including abandoned wasps' and birds' nests, snake skins, antlers, driftwood, taxidermy (and the list goes on ....) generated a lot of comments! Either because you're also married to a "hunter and gatherer" and have grown to love the raw, natural beauty these one-of-a-kind pieces bring into your living spaces or because you're the ones bringing home the feathers, pine cones, chestnuts, stones, birch sticks, skulls and fossils!
The overwhelming consensus was YES to bringing nature's little gifts into our homes and only a handful of people were a bit squeamish about the skulls, antlers and taxidermy. I'm always a little nervous about how people will react to our antlers and taxidermy, but I love the way one commenter put it: "The antlers are a nice little treasure that nature leaves behind." Beautifully said @anthologyhomewi.
As Henry David Thoreau observed, "We need the tonic of wilderness. We can never have enough of nature." (Walden, 1854) His words are over 150 years old and yet we arguably need to hear them more today than ever!