Faux taxidermy has been a major trend in home decor over the past several years and remains a staple in the list of hipster home essentials. While I love the texture that 3D decor adds to a gallery wall and am oddly not opposed to hanging faux heads on my wall, the stag head has been more than a little bit overdone and I can’t bring myself to jump on the antler bandwagon this late in the game. Hence the title of today’s post: “Faux, faux taxidermy”, or if you prefer, “Alternatives to the stag head cliche.”
Toronto Life’s feature on the home of designer Courtney Wotherspoon was the inspiration for today’s post. Wotherspoon’s Parkdale home features an oversized “DEER” print mounted over the couch in a cheeky nod to the aforementioned trend. This clever print got me thinking about other ways to put a unique spin on this pervasive trend. Check out my roundup of alternatives below.
First up, nothing says “faux faux taxidermy” like a live animal! I love these sleek, simple wall mounted fish bowls from Target. Two birds (pet/art), one stone, all for the low price of $16.00.
Next, if you must take a more literal approach to faux taxidermy, at least be creative about it. Forget deer, moose and other antler’d animals and embrace something different like Anthropologie’s pink flamingo or the glitter tusked elephant or bison by White Faux Taxidermy.
Finally, if animals aren’t your thing, give your art wall some depth with some awesome live succulent art. Create your own custom design by following the instructions of the crafty gardeners over at Better Homes and Gardens.
Any other ideas to add to the list? Let us know how/if you’ve paid homage to this trend!