Lusting for leopard!


First thanks so very much for all of your many and truly fabulous contributions to my first “Can we talk” post. It was all about products and boy I have a list a mile long of things I need and am going to try based on your rave reviews. So thank you! If you didn’t’ catch it you must check it out. Click here.

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Secondly,? happy Tuesday to you. How was your weekend?? Ours was great, busy, got a teeny bit of snow and now I am gearing up for a busy week. Lots going on over here. On top of my green fetish, I am also crazy for a little leopard love. Just a touch here or there, nothing over the top. Give me a beautiful velvet leopard chair, ottoman or even a few pillows…and you will hear me roar with delight!?

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It’s such a classic, if you look back at homes from 50 years ago…..you will see leopard. And I am quite certain if you look ahead another 50 years, leopard will still be out there. I like the fact that its so neutral, its at home in the most formal of spaces as it is in more transitional homes or even very modern ones. What about you? Is it a like or love? Lets take a look at leopard and how beautiful it can make a room…..

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?This beautiful ottoman is what sort of stirred up my inner leopard lusting……Chinoiserie Chic

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?This is such a rich and masculine space…love how the leopard pops against the drama of the dark accents, Elle Decor



?House Beautiful lets the beautiful ottoman be the focal point in this monochromatic room…..

Madelaine? Castaing’s beautiful stool sits atop this decadent leopard carpeting…….

This room is a monument to some serious leopard love….but how fabulous it is! Tumblir

Miles Redd….got it so right in this beautiful room

?Renea Abbot uses animal prints as the focal point in an otherwise monochromatic space

Leopard walls? Why not! Arch Digest

?I do think the idea of a small accent piece like this from Sally Wheat via Laurie Perez is a wonderful way to bring in just a pop of leopard into a room.

Love the leopard pillow on this fabulous green sofa….so chic! Palmer Weiss

?Absolutely love the way its used int this gorgeous room! Mona Ross Berman


A perfect example with how just a subtle touch is so effective, a neckroll is a perfect accent!
So sumptuous! Mary McDonald


Candace Cavanaugh designed this very elegant dining room

An open airy and dramatic space with the four leopard chairs,House Beautiful

?Alexa Hampton shows how versatile this fabric is in this more modern space

So elegant, especially when paired with blue and white!

?Talk about a serious statement piece! Charles Spada

?Love the softly hued leopard runner on the stairs….works so well with the warm woods. Elle Decor

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LOVE this chair! Leave it up to Ralph as in Ralph Lauren, but of course!

Tony Duquette…..how opulent!

Joe Nye added a pair of leopard pillows to this eclectic space…

Leopard carpeting really makes this fabulous red space, Stark

Used as a stair runner, Metropolitan Home

Even in the most traditional room, leopard carpeting is right at home


Velvet, antique mirror and leopard…..OH YES!


Love the colors and think the leopard and tiger used here is spot on! Arch Digest

?A touch in a dark masculine room channels a Ralph Lauren vibe…..which I absolutely love!

?This is how I think I like it best, as a small accent on the pillows and an ottoman

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And who says its has to be black and tan! I love it in all its many colors…a fun take on a timeless classic!
And if all this leopard lusting has you craving some…..here’s a few inexpensive ways to add some leopard into your life!
?Cozy flannel blankets from Ballard (I just ordered one)
These rainboots are so much fun. Now on sale for? $39 at Ballard!!
Snag this chic leopard cashmere cardigan from Dolce and Gabanna

Add a pair of leopard velvet pillows to a room for instant impact! 1stdibs

Add a? cashmere leopard scarf to a simple outfit, it gives it an immediate wow factor!
Another very simple way to give even the simplest of outfits a bit of panache, J Crew?

?Or change things up with a fun personalized leopard phone case, click here.
Well..this should give you your leopard dose for the day! Is this something you would ever incorporate into your home? Wardrobe? Or do you already? Again for me, it has to be a small dose, but I do think in the right room used in the right way, it can be quite beautiful. Ditto for wardrobes, I own a leopard scarf, leopard flats and a leopard print velvet jacket. Only use one at a time (naturally) but when paired with something very classic and simple…the effect is really quite pretty! So, as usual I? would love to know your thoughts……..enjoy your Tuesday!



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Lusting for leopard!

First thanks so very much for all of your many and truly fabulous contributions to my first “Can we talk” post. It was all about products and boy I have a list a mile long of things I need and am going to try based on your rave reviews. So thank you! If you didn’t’ catch it you must check it out. Click here.
 
Secondly,  happy Tuesday to you. How was your weekend?  Ours was great, busy, got a teeny bit of snow and now I am gearing up for a busy week. Lots going on over here. On top of my green fetish, I am also crazy for a little leopard love. Just a touch here or there, nothing over the top. Give me a beautiful velvet leopard chair, ottoman or even a few pillows…and you will hear me roar with delight! 
 
It’s such a classic, if you look back at homes from 50 years ago…..you will see leopard. And I am quite certain if you look ahead another 50 years, leopard will still be out there. I like the fact that its so neutral, its at home in the most formal of spaces as it is in more transitional homes or even very modern ones. What about you? Is it a like or love? Lets take a look at leopard and how beautiful it can make a room…..
 

 This beautiful ottoman is what sort of stirred up my inner leopard lusting……Chinoiserie Chic
 

 This is such a rich and masculine space…love how the leopard pops against the drama of the dark accents, Elle Decor

 House Beautiful lets the beautiful ottoman be the focal point in this monochromatic room…..

Madelaine  Castaing’s beautiful stool sits atop this decadent leopard carpeting…….

This room is a monument to some serious leopard love….but how fabulous it is! Tumblir

Miles Redd….got it so right in this beautiful room

 Renea Abbot uses animal prints as the focal point in an otherwise monochromatic space

Leopard walls? Why not! Arch Digest

 I do think the idea of a small accent piece like this from Sally Wheat via Laurie Perez is a wonderful way to bring in just a pop of leopard into a room.

Love the leopard pillow on this fabulous green sofa….so chic! Palmer Weiss

 Absolutely love the way its used int this gorgeous room! Mona Ross Berman

A perfect example with how just a subtle touch is so effective, a neckroll is a perfect accent!
So sumptuous! Mary McDonald

Candace Cavanaugh designed this very elegant dining room

An open airy and dramatic space with the four leopard chairs,House Beautiful

 Alexa Hampton shows how versatile this fabric is in this more modern space

So elegant, especially when paired with blue and white!

 Talk about a serious statement piece! Charles Spada

 Love the softly hued leopard runner on the stairs….works so well with the warm woods. Elle Decor

 

LOVE this chair! Leave it up to Ralph as in Ralph Lauren, but of course!

Tony Duquette…..how opulent!

Joe Nye added a pair of leopard pillows to this eclectic space…

Leopard carpeting really makes this fabulous red space, Stark

Used as a stair runner, Metropolitan Home

Even in the most traditional room, leopard carpeting is right at home

Velvet, antique mirror and leopard…..OH YES!

Love the colors and think the leopard and tiger used here is spot on! Arch Digest

 A touch in a dark masculine room channels a Ralph Lauren vibe…..which I absolutely love!

 This is how I think I like it best, as a small accent on the pillows and an ottoman

 

And who says its has to be black and tan! I love it in all its many colors…a fun take on a timeless classic!
And if all this leopard lusting has you craving some…..here’s a few inexpensive ways to add some leopard into your life!
 Cozy flannel blankets from Ballard (I just ordered one)
These rainboots are so much fun. Now on sale for  $39 at Ballard!!
Snag this chic leopard cashmere cardigan from Dolce and Gabanna

Add a pair of leopard velvet pillows to a room for instant impact! 1stdibs

Add a  cashmere leopard scarf to a simple outfit, it gives it an immediate wow factor!
Another very simple way to give even the simplest of outfits a bit of panache, J Crew 

 Or change things up with a fun personalized leopard phone case, click here.
Well..this should give you your leopard dose for the day! Is this something you would ever incorporate into your home? Wardrobe? Or do you already? Again for me, it has to be a small dose, but I do think in the right room used in the right way, it can be quite beautiful. Ditto for wardrobes, I own a leopard scarf, leopard flats and a leopard print velvet jacket. Only use one at a time (naturally) but when paired with something very classic and simple…the effect is really quite pretty! So, as usual I  would love to know your thoughts……..enjoy your Tuesday!

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Mid week musings……..

Hello and happy Wednesday. How has your week been going? Mine has been good and productive. I have been on a serious productivity binge lately and it feels great. I know when it slows down, it normally comes to a grinding halt so taking full advantage while these productivity juices are flowing! Lets get right down to business…….

I love to share cooking tips, recipes and ideas with you. I want to include the pesto cheese dip that is always and I do mean always such a huge hit.? Several of you asked for it so here it goes. It is easy as pie and wonderful for a small group or to double up and serve to a larger crowd. Served with crostinis…I could make a meal out of this alone!

Pesto cheese dip

1 8 oz cream cheese
A pinch of sea salt and fresh pepper
Pinch of salt and pinch of pepper
2 cloves garlic very thinly minced
1/4 cup pesto ( I add a little more)
1/2 cup feta
thinly sliced 1/2 red onion
About 3 tbsp olive oil
1 small roma tomato sliced thin
Mix together everything except the tomato in a pyrex dish.(or you can make a mold out of it as I did with the mini springform pan or any other small baking dish).? Add tomato on top. Cover and heat in preheated oven at 350 for about 25 min. Then remove aluminum and turn up oven to about 450 and let broil/slightly bubble for maybe 8-10 min. Take out. Spoon onto warmed crostinis or serve directly. This is sooooo good!

?Also made a really good and tasty meal a few nights ago (and my picky husband will second this) he looooved this dinner. My white clam sauce is a staple,? but have been searching for a good caesar salad recipe and I discovered a fabulous one from my buddy, Kate over at Party Resources. My personal benchmark for caesar salad is from the Waterlot Inn in Bermuda, they make it tableside and it is out of this world. This salad comes mighty close to that one and is one of the best I have eaten.? Delicious! So I have included a few pics and the caesar salad recipe that is a must make!

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Here is Kate’s recipe…and its a hit!
Funny I made it the first time without anchovies, becuase of my kids but she said to try it again and we wouldn’t even taste them, and she was right…you must include them!

Caesar Salad

Ingredients
Small tin of anchovies
3 large garlic cloves
3 generous tablespoons mayonnaise
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
Freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
Worcestershire Sauce to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups good mild olive oil
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus additional cheese to mix in to the salad
Croutons
Romaine hearts

For the dressing, place the garlic and anchovies (dump entire tin with the oil) in the food processor and blend until smooth. Then add mayo, mustard, lemon juice, Worcestershire, salt, and pepper and process until smooth. With the food processor running, slowly pour the olive oil through the feed tube and process until thick. Add 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese and pulse 3 times.

Toss the lettuce with enough dressing to moisten well. Add a generous amount of grated Parmesan and croutons. Toss and enjoy.

Lets move away from food, I am getting hungry again! I am in love with this leopard ottoman, I want it. I need it. I must have it. Period. Maybe for the library? I am doing a whole post on leopard soon so stay tuned……

Though the red looks beautiful I would pipe mine in moss green to match the gorgeous velvet moss green sofa I have visions in my head of for that room…..

And this is the idea for the luscious green sofa I have in mind…..

Hey what is Tory doing on MY sofa….lol. This one is a beauty………

Antlers….do you like them? I don’t know but? I have developed a real crush on them. So I impulsively bought a pair on One Kings Lane. Thinking of putting them above my stone hood in my kitchen or mounted somewhere in my family room. What do you think? Here they are! (these are faux antlers FYI) I remember seeing them all over in France, above doorways, in kitchens, libraries and foyers….they really captivated me. I like how the black base compliments my island.


On the house front…..working on my bedroom, dining room and loggia simultaneously. Its a lot of fun and I am making really good progress. Here’s a mood board I designed for my loggia, the furniture has been ordered, unfortunately the lanterns from Currey I found out are not suitable for outdoor use to back to the drawing board on the lanterns. So here are my ideas (the furniture has been ordered)……

?I chose neutral furniture because this way I can switch out fun colored and patterned pillows and accessories to get a different feel. For winter I can go darker and for summer/spring light and airy.

Here is my new tole blue lamp that looks perfect in my little office/nook off my master bedroom .Its like it was made for this wallpaper! I love it..

I am also getting closer to making final decisions on my bedroom. Pulling the trigger and ordering the ivory background carpet with blue accents. If down the road I want to bring in another color its less limiting than the blue though both were winners in my book. Fell madly in love with the chinoiserie upper left fabric, its a linen and I am just determined to use it….spoke to my fabricator about possibly using it for the bed crown, I think it could be really pretty and line it with a softly toned mini silk check or solid can you visualize? Also love a rich velvet, maybe for an otttoman or bench……..

The stripe on right I am considering for drapes…its a beautiful silk from Beacon Hill

Anyone out there a serial cookbook collector like myself? I tend to go on binges, won’t buy anything then I will go on Amazon who makes it mighty easy with one click and buy 3 or 4 at a time. Here is what is due here anyday, anyone have them and if so what are your thoughts?

Anybody out there a stationary fanatic like me? I would throw a party every month just to have an excuse to go out and pick and buy a beautiful invitation if it wasn’t so much work to host one. I LOVE stationary and am shocked that I have not opened up a stationary business at this point in my life. One of the lines I love is Lobird, have spoken of them before…..just ordered some of these notecards. They offer a lot of customization, and their selections are fabulous and sophisticated. I ordered one for me (wonder if you can guess which) and a few for gifts…….click here to visit them.

Last order of biz…here are the latest and greatest items just added to my online store. Some are available in limited quantities. As usual if you have any questions just ask! Email me here.

New chargers! These are beautiful nickel and such an easy way to dress up even a simple dish. I snagged a large lot (85 pieces) and these are officially up under new additions, click here to visit.

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And how pretty is this two tiered garland silver serving piece? Its a love for me! Also under new additions…….such a beautiful serving piece for desserts, petit fours, any kind of appetizer, etc…..

When I find unusual and beautiful things, I get very excited.? Here are a few new cake dishes that I am just getting in, in addition to the spectacular new addition featured first. Are these not the most beautiful cake dishes!! Heirloom quality, and soooo classically elegant.

And how about this sensational ginger jar!! LOOOOVE it…. standing at a whopping 30″ tall this is what I call a serious statement piece!!

Gorgeous painted tole bracket….a real showstopper!

In love with this absolutely breathtaking wastepaper basket…only 3! This is exceptional for any tole lovers!

All of these pretties can be found under my new additions on my online store. Click here to visit.

?I love when i get your pictures and thank you all for sending them. I had put together a new album to upload of customer pictures and somehow the album totally disappeared, literally have no idea where it went. So…..if anyone cares to send in pictures of their bell jars, dough bowls, blue and whites, napkin rings, or any other Enchanted home item in use…sure would love to see them and add them to my online collection of customers homes! Click here to email me your pictures. And thanks in advance and apologies if you sent me them and they were lost:(

Well that wraps up things over here. Wishing you a wonderful day, will be back in a day or two on a wonderful post all about one of my favorite subjects………until then!

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Mid week musings……..

Hello and happy Wednesday. How has your week been going? Mine has been good and productive. I have been on a serious productivity binge lately and it feels great. I know when it slows down, it normally comes to a grinding halt so taking full advantage while these productivity juices are flowing! Lets get right down to business…….

I love to share cooking tips, recipes and ideas with you. I want to include the pesto cheese dip that is always and I do mean always such a huge hit.  Several of you asked for it so here it goes. It is easy as pie and wonderful for a small group or to double up and serve to a larger crowd. Served with crostinis…I could make a meal out of this alone!

Pesto cheese dip

1 8 oz cream cheese
A pinch of sea salt and fresh pepper
Pinch of salt and pinch of pepper
2 cloves garlic very thinly minced
1/4 cup pesto ( I add a little more)
1/2 cup feta
thinly sliced 1/2 red onion
About 3 tbsp olive oil
1 small roma tomato sliced thin
Mix together everything except the tomato in a pyrex dish.(or you can make a mold out of it as I did with the mini springform pan or any other small baking dish).  Add tomato on top. Cover and heat in preheated oven at 350 for about 25 min. Then remove aluminum and turn up oven to about 450 and let broil/slightly bubble for maybe 8-10 min. Take out. Spoon onto warmed crostinis or serve directly. This is sooooo good!

 Also made a really good and tasty meal a few nights ago (and my picky husband will second this) he looooved this dinner. My white clam sauce is a staple,  but have been searching for a good caesar salad recipe and I discovered a fabulous one from my buddy, Kate over at Party Resources. My personal benchmark for caesar salad is from the Waterlot Inn in Bermuda, they make it tableside and it is out of this world. This salad comes mighty close to that one and is one of the best I have eaten.  Delicious! So I have included a few pics and the caesar salad recipe that is a must make!

 
Here is Kate’s recipe…and its a hit!
Funny I made it the first time without anchovies, becuase of my kids but she said to try it again and we wouldn’t even taste them, and she was right…you must include them!

Caesar Salad
Ingredients
Small tin of anchovies
3 large garlic cloves
3 generous tablespoons mayonnaise
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
Freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
Worcestershire Sauce to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups good mild olive oil
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus additional cheese to mix in to the salad
Croutons
Romaine hearts

For the dressing, place the garlic and anchovies (dump entire tin with the oil) in the food processor and blend until smooth. Then add mayo, mustard, lemon juice, Worcestershire, salt, and pepper and process until smooth. With the food processor running, slowly pour the olive oil through the feed tube and process until thick. Add 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese and pulse 3 times.

Toss the lettuce with enough dressing to moisten well. Add a generous amount of grated Parmesan and croutons. Toss and enjoy.

Lets move away from food, I am getting hungry again! I am in love with this leopard ottoman, I want it. I need it. I must have it. Period. Maybe for the library? I am doing a whole post on leopard soon so stay tuned……

Though the red looks beautiful I would pipe mine in moss green to match the gorgeous velvet moss green sofa I have visions in my head of for that room…..

And this is the idea for the luscious green sofa I have in mind…..

Hey what is Tory doing on MY sofa….lol. This one is a beauty………

Antlers….do you like them? I don’t know but  I have developed a real crush on them. So I impulsively bought a pair on One Kings Lane. Thinking of putting them above my stone hood in my kitchen or mounted somewhere in my family room. What do you think? Here they are! (these are faux antlers FYI) I remember seeing them all over in France, above doorways, in kitchens, libraries and foyers….they really captivated me. I like how the black base compliments my island.


On the house front…..working on my bedroom, dining room and loggia simultaneously. Its a lot of fun and I am making really good progress. Here’s a mood board I designed for my loggia, the furniture has been ordered, unfortunately the lanterns from Currey I found out are not suitable for outdoor use to back to the drawing board on the lanterns. So here are my ideas (the furniture has been ordered)……

 I chose neutral furniture because this way I can switch out fun colored and patterned pillows and accessories to get a different feel. For winter I can go darker and for summer/spring light and airy.

Here is my new tole blue lamp that looks perfect in my little office/nook off my master bedroom .Its like it was made for this wallpaper! I love it..

I am also getting closer to making final decisions on my bedroom. Pulling the trigger and ordering the ivory background carpet with blue accents. If down the road I want to bring in another color its less limiting than the blue though both were winners in my book. Fell madly in love with the chinoiserie upper left fabric, its a linen and I am just determined to use it….spoke to my fabricator about possibly using it for the bed crown, I think it could be really pretty and line it with a softly toned mini silk check or solid can you visualize? Also love a rich velvet, maybe for an otttoman or bench……..

The stripe on right I am considering for drapes…its a beautiful silk from Beacon Hill

Anyone out there a serial cookbook collector like myself? I tend to go on binges, won’t buy anything then I will go on Amazon who makes it mighty easy with one click and buy 3 or 4 at a time. Here is what is due here anyday, anyone have them and if so what are your thoughts?

Anybody out there a stationary fanatic like me? I would throw a party every month just to have an excuse to go out and pick and buy a beautiful invitation if it wasn’t so much work to host one. I LOVE stationary and am shocked that I have not opened up a stationary business at this point in my life. One of the lines I love is Lobird, have spoken of them before…..just ordered some of these notecards. They offer a lot of customization, and their selections are fabulous and sophisticated. I ordered one for me (wonder if you can guess which) and a few for gifts…….click here to visit them.

Last order of biz…here are the latest and greatest items just added to my online store. Some are available in limited quantities. As usual if you have any questions just ask! Email me here.

New chargers! These are beautiful nickel and such an easy way to dress up even a simple dish. I snagged a large lot (85 pieces) and these are officially up under new additions, click here to visit.

 
And how pretty is this two tiered garland silver serving piece? Its a love for me! Also under new additions…….such a beautiful serving piece for desserts, petit fours, any kind of appetizer, etc…..

When I find unusual and beautiful things, I get very excited.  Here are a few new cake dishes that I am just getting in, in addition to the spectacular new addition featured first. Are these not the most beautiful cake dishes!! Heirloom quality, and soooo classically elegant.

And how about this sensational ginger jar!! LOOOOVE it…. standing at a whopping 30″ tall this is what I call a serious statement piece!!

Gorgeous painted tole bracket….a real showstopper!

In love with this absolutely breathtaking wastepaper basket…only 3! This is exceptional for any tole lovers!

All of these pretties can be found under my new additions on my online store. Click here to visit.

 I love when i get your pictures and thank you all for sending them. I had put together a new album to upload of customer pictures and somehow the album totally disappeared, literally have no idea where it went. So…..if anyone cares to send in pictures of their bell jars, dough bowls, blue and whites, napkin rings, or any other Enchanted home item in use…sure would love to see them and add them to my online collection of customers homes! Click here to email me your pictures. And thanks in advance and apologies if you sent me them and they were lost:(

Well that wraps up things over here. Wishing you a wonderful day, will be back in a day or two on a wonderful post all about one of my favorite subjects………until then!

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Hear them roar!

Good morning….so nice that its Friday. We are having a string of incredibly beautiful weather. 70’s, slightly breezy, sunny skies and NO HUMIDITY. This is key for me, I can deal wtih the heat but really have a problem wtih the oppressive humidity so I am loving this weather!?



So what are your thoughts on animal prints? Leopard, tiger,zebra, etc….I happen to like touches of animal prints in a room, not too much more than touches however. I love the look on an ottoman, a small area rug, maybe on a small chair or a grouping of pillows. Am not such a fan on very large pieces of furniture like sofas or large rugs or surfaces. The neat thing is it seems to work with almost any style decor and virtually any color. I have thought about incorporating only tiny doses into the new house and in considering it have been looking at a lot of images to digest the look and see if I think I would like it. So thought I might share some of my “findings” with you. I love a number of the smaller traditional styled ottomans, in a classic traditional room, it somehow gives a little twist and takes any “fussiness” out of the room, in my opinion. I don’t mind a smaller rug here and there, but couldn’t handle wall to wall animal print carpeting. Its an interesting design element and one that is fun to play around with……Would love to know, as always what you think!

A bold zebra rug can look fabulous even in the most formal of living rooms, Dan Carithers
Love the mix here for the crisp blue and white against the dark wood paired with a zebra rug, it really works, Decorpad
A leopard ottoman gives a sense of texture, pattern and boldness to this elegant room, House Beautiful
Zebra stripes for this elegant dark stained staircase, Alina Apteker
Love this space by Mary McDonald, bold and beautiful!
In a simple but elegant bedroom, this brown zebra rug adds some flair to the room, Lonny
Joe Nye used a bold zebra print and tiger pillows to give a fun flair to this study
Willaim Eubanks seems to like using animal prints, he did so beautifully in this very formal study, blending fine antiques and blue and white china
I like how Elizabeth Dinkel choose to bring in leopard in small doses such as the pillows and small benches, the elegance of the serenity of the room are maintained
Todd Romano went bold with this navy painted room and a geometric zebra rug
Bunny Williams chose an animal print rug for her beautiful office
A new take on an old classic…blue zebra stripes! Roger Davies photographer
Ashley Goforth used leopard as an accent in this otherwise black and white room
Elizabeth Dinkel used a small scaled bench covered in zebra for a little punch in this master
Brian Watford chose a few beautiful patterns including a dark gray zebra for the pillows in this elegant and streamlined bedroom
Candace Olsen used a leopard pillow on the brown chairs
I like this elegant marble floored foyer with the leopard runner…..Decorpad
Jamie Drake did not hold back in this yellow dramatic bedroom with?zebra bed and rug!?
David Adler’s elegant stairway complete with leopard runner
The zebra ottoman looks quite fabulous with this unique color combination…Mary McDonald
Leopard on the walls…who knew! Arch Digest
Graciela Rutowski used two pair of elegant animal prints on these simple beautiful chairs
Clare Watkins went for a zebra patterned rug to add interest to this setting
I like the of many traditional elements here paired with an exotic zebra skin rug, Mary McDonald
How about leopard on dining room chairs like in this elegant dining room, Rene Margies
A zebra ottoman paired next to a coffee table….DM magazine
Living room of Madelaine Castaing
A pair of zebra covered chairs and pillows add a little “animal instinct” to this opulent room by Rose Anne De Pampelonne
I feel like I can almost hear this sofa roar….loaded with its zebra pillows. Against the white sofa its quite beautiful and dramatic (though I would use only 2 or 3) Sarah Kaplan
Anne Coyle used a leopard area rug to add some life to this otherwise fairly monochromatic room
Perfect example of how you can mix prints like florals, checks, solids and leopard!
Barclay Butera choose a leopard area rug as an expected floor covering in this blue and white room
Another view of another room in Madelaine Castaing’s home
Mary McDonald gave tiger full court press in this room, too much for me personally but its “a look” for sure!
This elegant transitional living room gets its drama from the zebra rug, Elizabeth Dinkel
This dramatic foyer gets a zebra rug for extra drama, Hortencia Vitale
Ralph Lauren’s “leopard” carpet
Lawrence Boeder used a pair of leopard pillows for a little punch in this bright lime green space
Lawrence Boeder used a pair of small stools covered in leopard (this is something like I could see myself doing, just a small touch in a traditional room)
Markham Roberts used an elegant tiger velvet on this traditional ottoman, beautiful colors!
How about the punch of drama these little zebra stools add to this fun black and white bedroom? Decorpad
Mary McDonald used a zebra ottoman in the middle of a pair of chaises to act as ?a small table
So what do you think? Did you hear them roar? I love the look of a small touch of leopard or zebra but wouldn’t personally be able to live with large pieces or large rugs, it wouldn’t feel soft and serene enough for me. But give me a stool, an ottoman, a small chair, or a few pillows and I like it! I always love to know your thoughts and so appreciate your wonderful comments!
?Have a wonderful Friday!

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Hear them roar!

Good morning….so nice that its Friday. We are having a string of incredibly beautiful weather. 70’s, slightly breezy, sunny skies and NO HUMIDITY. This is key for me, I can deal wtih the heat but really have a problem wtih the oppressive humidity so I am loving this weather! 

So what are your thoughts on animal prints? Leopard, tiger,zebra, etc….I happen to like touches of animal prints in a room, not too much more than touches however. I love the look on an ottoman, a small area rug, maybe on a small chair or a grouping of pillows. Am not such a fan on very large pieces of furniture like sofas or large rugs or surfaces. The neat thing is it seems to work with almost any style decor and virtually any color. I have thought about incorporating only tiny doses into the new house and in considering it have been looking at a lot of images to digest the look and see if I think I would like it. So thought I might share some of my “findings” with you. I love a number of the smaller traditional styled ottomans, in a classic traditional room, it somehow gives a little twist and takes any “fussiness” out of the room, in my opinion. I don’t mind a smaller rug here and there, but couldn’t handle wall to wall animal print carpeting. Its an interesting design element and one that is fun to play around with……Would love to know, as always what you think!

A bold zebra rug can look fabulous even in the most formal of living rooms, Dan Carithers
Love the mix here for the crisp blue and white against the dark wood paired with a zebra rug, it really works, Decorpad
A leopard ottoman gives a sense of texture, pattern and boldness to this elegant room, House Beautiful
Zebra stripes for this elegant dark stained staircase, Alina Apteker
Love this space by Mary McDonald, bold and beautiful!
In a simple but elegant bedroom, this brown zebra rug adds some flair to the room, Lonny
Joe Nye used a bold zebra print and tiger pillows to give a fun flair to this study
Willaim Eubanks seems to like using animal prints, he did so beautifully in this very formal study, blending fine antiques and blue and white china
I like how Elizabeth Dinkel choose to bring in leopard in small doses such as the pillows and small benches, the elegance of the serenity of the room are maintained
Todd Romano went bold with this navy painted room and a geometric zebra rug
Bunny Williams chose an animal print rug for her beautiful office
A new take on an old classic…blue zebra stripes! Roger Davies photographer
Ashley Goforth used leopard as an accent in this otherwise black and white room
Elizabeth Dinkel used a small scaled bench covered in zebra for a little punch in this master
Brian Watford chose a few beautiful patterns including a dark gray zebra for the pillows in this elegant and streamlined bedroom
Candace Olsen used a leopard pillow on the brown chairs
I like this elegant marble floored foyer with the leopard runner…..Decorpad
Jamie Drake did not hold back in this yellow dramatic bedroom with zebra bed and rug! 
David Adler’s elegant stairway complete with leopard runner
The zebra ottoman looks quite fabulous with this unique color combination…Mary McDonald
Leopard on the walls…who knew! Arch Digest
Graciela Rutowski used two pair of elegant animal prints on these simple beautiful chairs
Clare Watkins went for a zebra patterned rug to add interest to this setting
I like the of many traditional elements here paired with an exotic zebra skin rug, Mary McDonald
How about leopard on dining room chairs like in this elegant dining room, Rene Margies
A zebra ottoman paired next to a coffee table….DM magazine
Living room of Madelaine Castaing
A pair of zebra covered chairs and pillows add a little “animal instinct” to this opulent room by Rose Anne De Pampelonne
I feel like I can almost hear this sofa roar….loaded with its zebra pillows. Against the white sofa its quite beautiful and dramatic (though I would use only 2 or 3) Sarah Kaplan
Anne Coyle used a leopard area rug to add some life to this otherwise fairly monochromatic room
Perfect example of how you can mix prints like florals, checks, solids and leopard!
Barclay Butera choose a leopard area rug as an expected floor covering in this blue and white room
Another view of another room in Madelaine Castaing’s home
Mary McDonald gave tiger full court press in this room, too much for me personally but its “a look” for sure!
This elegant transitional living room gets its drama from the zebra rug, Elizabeth Dinkel
This dramatic foyer gets a zebra rug for extra drama, Hortencia Vitale
Ralph Lauren’s “leopard” carpet
Lawrence Boeder used a pair of leopard pillows for a little punch in this bright lime green space
Lawrence Boeder used a pair of small stools covered in leopard (this is something like I could see myself doing, just a small touch in a traditional room)
Markham Roberts used an elegant tiger velvet on this traditional ottoman, beautiful colors!
How about the punch of drama these little zebra stools add to this fun black and white bedroom? Decorpad
Mary McDonald used a zebra ottoman in the middle of a pair of chaises to act as  a small table
So what do you think? Did you hear them roar? I love the look of a small touch of leopard or zebra but wouldn’t personally be able to live with large pieces or large rugs, it wouldn’t feel soft and serene enough for me. But give me a stool, an ottoman, a small chair, or a few pillows and I like it! I always love to know your thoughts and so appreciate your wonderful comments!
 Have a wonderful Friday!

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