mini trend: elephants

Elephants seem to be in a category all their own. They fit into any type of decor from a traditional living room to a young child’s bedroom. Elephants are exotic. They exude both sophistication and whimsy. Symbolizing wisdom, they also add a sense of mystery and character to a space. Regardless of their placement, an elephant of any kind or style will bring strength to your decor or even fashion. Go ahead! Indulge in some exotic flavor for your space.

1. John Derian 12″ decoupage square tray. 2. Elizabeth and James black sapphire, diamond & sterling silver elephant ring available at Saks Fifth Avenue. 3. Jonathan Adler ceramic elephant. 4. Banana Republic cotton elephant tote. 5. Paperweights by iomoi. 6. Birthday greeting from Cartolina Cards available at Modern Paper Goods. 7. Hand blocked linen pillow by Sue Fisher King. 8. Acrylic elephant book ends available at Neiman Marcus. 9. Vitra elephant stool. 10. Dwell Studio elephant bookshelf. 11. Ink & Wit elephant safari tea towel or wall hanging. 12. Personalized ‘peek-a-boo’ bin from Smidgebox. 13. ‘Recycled’ mixed media on panel painting by Michael Cutlip, represented by Jacana Gallery.

Left: GT House by Studio Guilherme Torres via Amy at abcddesign. Right: Anthroplogie Sept. 2010 catalogue. Ralph Lauren’s Chic Retreat. Image via Elle Decor.

I hesitate even calling this a ‘mini-trend’ as elephants can be a classic and timeless addition to any room.

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    Michelle from Holley & Gill Nov 9 2010 - 7:15 am Reply

    You are always so on point with your trends Nyla. Love that you have an “ear to the ground” as far as interiors for us and this is such a great post!

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    Fiona Richards Nov 9 2010 - 7:44 am Reply

    Hi Nyla, thank you for including one of our elephant cards in your post. We have at least half a dozen cards with vintage elephants on them. For as long as I can remember there have been vintage elephants in my creative world. We had shelves of Indian silver elephant bells in our home in Scotland. We even had weird antique ceramic elephants feet planters. They will always be a part of Cartolina! Thanks, Fiona

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    Anne-Marie Nov 9 2010 - 8:08 am Reply

    well spotted! I used to collect elephant figurines as a teenager, after being told they brought good fortune.. looks like I should have held on to them :)

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    lesley Nov 10 2010 - 12:11 am Reply

    beautiful round-up, nyla! i have always loved elephants. there is something so melancholy yet wise about their faces, their beautiful eyes. funny, i’m cutting out a whole fleet of little mini elephant buckets right now :) thanks for including me here!

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    Tania @ Passport2Design Nov 11 2010 - 7:33 am Reply

    Love the elephant trend, Nyla! I wrote a post about elephants too…I’ve always loved them for beign such kind, gentle beasts and love integrating a bold elephant effigy into decor.

    Great post, keep ‘em coming :)

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    Dany Nov 13 2010 - 1:52 pm Reply

    eh! …always new elephants were popular figures, but never realized they were everywhere these days!
    Thanks for the peak on Michael Cutlip’s painting (with elephant), Nyla!
    looking forward to discover the next micro-trends :-)

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