Animal Magnetism

Home décor has gone to the birds—and shellfish and antelope and the whole animal kingdom. Wildlife-inspired accents connote a whimsical, yet powerful ambience. But not any old leopard print will do. Beasts reimagined into functional pieces and finished in a trendy metallic (think bronze) serve as an offbeat conversation starter. And real and faux cowhides add an unexpected textural element in a variety of applications. Go for a bold and rustic vibe by hanging oversized antlers in a formal room, or keep it demure, if not a little tongue-in-cheek, with a lobster serving platter.

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Cyndi Murray is an associate editor at Long Island Pulse. Have a story idea or just want to say hello? Email or reach out on Twitter @cyndi_murray