Make It Happen: Faux Taxidermy

Z Gallerie Faux Taxidermy

Inspiration Explosion


So tonight I had the best idea. Here’s how it happened: Me, cross legged with my lap top- struggling to focus due to my boyfriend’s obnoxiously loud game of Call of Duty going on next to me. Me, still not thinking of blog post idea. Me, getting up and turning down said obnoxious game. Me, finally focusing and thinking of brilliant idea.

Idea: Help my readers implement trends, or timeless design styles into their homes. Have you ever thought to yourself “Wow that’s freaking awesome, but I have no clue how to even go about pulling that off in my own house”…? Well you’re in luck because I decided to start another design series!! *cries of relief from devoted audience*

*loud applause* *confetti cannons*

Make it Happen: (Insert Style of Concern Here)

Comments From the Peanut Gallery


Before I get started with today’s point of discussion, Faux taxidermy, I would like to mention that I am 100% open to topic suggestions! If there is something you’re trying to figure out how to work into your space, then ask me about it! I love feedback and want this series to be largely feedback based.

I Adore Animal Heads


Ya. I just said that. Don’t judge. I love faux taxidermy because it can add a really unique eclectic look, a really sophisticated look, or a rustic- we own lots of guns- look to a space as well as create something in between. By adding the large antelope head (shot in the dark here, I have no clue what that actually is) the large wall space above the sectional is effectively filled. It looks great with the modern architecture and furnishings and doesn’t look too rustic or out of place. In fact, I think the head adds a unique visual element to the  space.

The Bottom Line: Use them higher than you might normally, they can be a great way to fill wall space while creating a unique focal point in your room.

Jamie Drake, Architectural Digest

This bronze longhorn looks great with the other bronze and gold accents in Emily Henderson’s unique guest room. Once again it creates a focal point and adds some over the headboard art.

The Bottom Line: Faux taxidermy looks great over the bed when placed in the middle of a mini gallery wall or just flyin solo like in Emily’s room.

Emily Henderson Guest Room

Chic Faux Taxidermy

Huffington Post
Huffington Post

I love this white lion head against the stunning wallpaper. I can totally imagine this over someone’s modern white couch in their living room. By using a head with coordinating colors, it blends the lion more seamlessly into the room’s decor and wall color/pattern.

The Bottom Line: Center the taxidermy over the couch or fireplace, similar to over a bed. Use the large expanse of wall to emphasize the head and  make a larger statement. If  white taxidermy, for example, is placed over the mantel of a fireplace, it plays on the placement of actual taxidermy over the fireplace. However, instead of your fire place looking trailer chic ski lodge chic, it will look fun, modern and fabulous.

Faux Lion Head
White Faux Taxidermy, Etsy

Note: These guys don’t need to be the main feature. Put them in a less noticeable spot like a side table, to create a subtler look.

I love taxidermy in children’s rooms. You can get really color creative! They always add fun, whimsical flair to the space.

6th Street Design School
DIY Faux Taxidermy
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If after reading this post you’re still a little unsure about using faux taxidermy, then why not take it slow and just bust it out for the holidays? That way, you can get a little taste of it without committing to anything else  longer term. Let’s stop and picture it for a minute: A white resin dear head on a beautiful fireplace with a big red bow or maybe some garland and ornaments hanging from its antlers. Boom chic holiday decor.

Buy Your Own Faux Taxidermy



There are many awesome places to get faux taxidermy for your home. These are a couple that I love!

White Faux Taxidermy

Z Gallerie


I hope that you found helpful ideas and inspiration in this post  so that you can try and work some of these concepts into your own space! Faux taxidermy is a fun, easy way to add a unique design element to almost any room in your house! I would love to hear your comments and thoughts on these little guys. Love em  hate em, let me know! Happy designing everyone! Be sure and check back for more Make It Happen posts.





  • Reply Brynne@TheGatheredHome June 30, 2013 at 9:55 am

    I love the jewelry display idea! I have a pair of wooden antlers I picked up at Goodwill a long time ago that I now want to spray paint white & repurpose!

    Great series!

    • Reply Marie Huang June 30, 2013 at 10:30 am

      Good I’m glad that you found it inspiring! I’m really excited to write some of the other posts in the series! Let me know if you have any topic requests or anything 🙂

      Marie H.

  • Reply Lauren July 17, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    You had me at “Me, cross legged with my lap top- struggling to focus due to my boyfriend’s obnoxiously loud game of Call of Duty going on next to me.” At this moment, my boyfriend and I are in our usual spots in the living room: me, blogging, and he, playing his usual game of “League of Legends” and entirely ignoring any comment I might make.

    I like your controversial first choice of taxidermy! It’s not so much my thing (I can’t shake the “I like hunting” feeling of them), but I must say, you do a good job of arguing of how sleek and modern they can actually look.

    • Reply Marie Huang July 18, 2013 at 1:50 am

      Hahaha at least someone can sympathize with me! But yeah I know faux taxidermy isn’t for everyone! I’m still unsure if I will actually use it in my own home but I love what people have done with it! Your comment has literally been my fave out of anyone that I have gotten I love it!

      Marie H.

  • Reply Lauren July 22, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Haha I’m glad! Good to know I’m not the only one 🙂

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