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Are Animal Statues by a Front Door Inevitably Pretentious?

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WHERE DO YOU think you live? Graceland? The New York Public Library? “Self-aggrandizing,” “unsophisticated” and “tacky” are among the words that scornful design pros attach to the practice of dotting your outdoor space with zoological replicas. Some believe that flanking your home’s entrance with a pair of lions, dogs, swans or, heaven forbid, geese, is not only in poor taste but downright unneighborly. “You have a pretty house and you put that out front? I don’t want to see that,” said Jessica Lagrange, an interior designer based in Chicago. “It’s laughable and embarrassing.” Ms. Lagrange would rather homeowners…

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