It is barbaric of me I suppose, considering I’m quite opposed to hunting for sport, that my favorite decor in my home is the four point deer trophy I scored at a thrift shop a few years ago in Northeast Idaho. I can remember the morbid fascination I felt inspecting the little hairs at the base of the antlers and knowing how stupid it was that I needed–needed!–to bring it home with me. I hung it over the bed and my husband rolled his eyes grandly. It instantly made the bedroom look amazingly put together. When we moved to New York my husband asked whether Bambi would necessarily be coming with. Are you kidding?! Bambi was getting his own seat on the airplane if needed. He’s coming!
My personal feelings on the matter are that if someone else did the killing, boasted it proudly on their walls, then had to donate it to the Goodwill because their wife made them, then why not? I see no moral reason why I shouldn’t bring it home to give it some more love (though I can see why one would). (Is it ironic that in this case, my husband is the one doing the wishing-I’d-return-it-to-Goodwill dance?)
Luckily we’re all in luck these days, those of us who love the look of taxidermy but don’t actually love the process of what got it here: Faux Taxidermy. It’s a thing. It’s incredibly trendy, sometimes affordable (depending on the material), and sure to lend a sense of humor to a room–if not a touch of chicness, even, should you find the right piece.
After the jump, some of my favorite entirely fake trophy for you to display proudly/embarrasedly/good humoredly about your home. You decide. Good luck convincing your husband.