Critter comforts: Why animals are so common in home decor

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Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013 12:00 am

Ilyssa Brickman's cookie jar is shaped like an owl. Her sugar bowl is topped with a small bird. And she's had her eye on a pillow adorned with a large image of a stylized fox. Brickman, 25, is an animal lover, though she's not necessarily an owl person or a bird person or even a fox person. But for some reason, when it's come to home decor, the 25-year-old manager at Anthropologie gravitates toward an animal motif — a colorful, stylized, somewhat whimsical animal motif, at that.

She likes that it's cute, it's fun, it's a bit unexpected and it's comfortable.

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