After creating the Black Forest/cuckoo clock-inspired deer/pheasant/fox/pine cone vignette, a harsh reality set in: our apartment did not resemble anything Bavarian in any way shape or form. Suddenly the "comfortable gentleman's club with a bit more color" (presumably adaptable into a Bavarian theme) was a fluorescent jungle of non-German exotics and more Anglophilia than a gift shop outside Buckingham Palace. Major steps needed to be taken. These steps included: moving almost every piece of furniture into my bedroom, purchasing 10 roe deer antlers, switching out a mantle, switching out a mirror, hiding about 8 heads and a stuffed alligator in my bedroom (with all the furniture), hiding some marble behind the couch and taping an elaborate faux timber theme onto the walls. Here are the results!
I converted the chandelier into a wild floating pine tree of sorts and I carried that 9' tree (with Porter's help guiding the tip) on my shoulder/back and almost died (it was 20 years old! A geezer of a tree!). No half measures allowed at the holidays - even if you're left half bent in pain for weeks.
(Photos by Porter Hovey)