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05/09/2013 03:57 pm ET | Updated May 14, 2013

Faux Taxidermy Is A Surprisingly Chic Decor Element (PHOTOS)

Faux taxidermy, or "fauxidermy" as it's been termed, has become a popular trend in interior design -- and it seems like it's sticking around. We won't argue that displaying, er, animals who have seen better days on our walls may be a little barbaric or even a total turn-off to guests and potential homebuyers.

That's why beautiful sculptures made from alternative materials like resin, metal and cardboard have taken their place. This decor is just as majestic as the real thing, but cooler, more modern and totally animal-friendly. Whether you cluster several busts in a group as a dramatic gallery or hang just one as a unique focal point, these pieces will surely turn heads. Here are eight homes that have mastered the look:

1. Fauxidermy by Z Gallerie
2. The Olivers House - Dallas, TX
3. Carriage House - Atlanta,GA
4. 35 Liberty Residence - San Francisco, CA
5. East 75th Street Residence - New York, NY
6. Supon Phornirunlit House - DC Metro
7. Daniel Meloche House - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
8. Modern Vintage Loft - DC Metro

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