I absolutely love leopard print. I've been particularly into in the last couple of years, as it really can be used as a neutral. It's also oh so timeless.
I love it on a large scale like this carpet.
And on a tiny scale like this bench.
image via ElementsofStyle
I like it on stairs a la Erin Gates.
I like it on chairs.
I love green eggs and ham, Sam I am!
(that's what I was starting to sound like there for a minute, haha)
I love how it mixes so effortlessly with any color---turquoise, yellow, graphic black and white. It's just perfect.
So, here's why I'm proclaiming my undying love for leopard today.
I'm helping a friend of mine choose a few things for her house. She mentioned to me that she wants leopard chairs.
So I started researching them.
I had seen the image below before (they are chairs at the boutique Canary in Dallas)
and assumed (stupidly) that they were upholstered in Scalamandre's Leopardo silk velvet.
Which is this beauty. And which is also UBER expensive.
These chairs are similar and after a few minutes of research,I came to find out that both chairs are in fact upholstered in this.
Braemore's Jamil Fabric in Natural.
Which Duralee sells to the trade.
Which is quite a bit more cost effective.
And all the sudden I had a hair brained thought.
Remember my 1950's tufted sofa that I got for a song on eBay a couple years ago?
Well it still looks like it does below (except with corgi inflicted dirt ALL OVER IT).
I have been looking for an emerald green velvet to reupholster it in.
Something really deep and luscious.
I was considering the Sophia Velvet from JF Fabrics.
Which is really gorgeous and really yummy.
But then I thought, what IF I upholstered my whole sofa in the Jamil Leopard?
Crazy Lady right here, I know.
But I just can't push the thought out of my head.
So I took to Pinterest to see who had dared to do this before.
First picture I found was this.
And guess who it belongs to?
None other than Aerin Lauder (Estee's granddaughter for those of you who live under a rock). There are about 5 people on this planet who I believe can do no wrong when it comes to style and interiors.
Aerin happens to be one of them.
I wasn't able to find a ton of other examples, probably because not many people have been brave enough to attempt this.
I love the mix of emerald with the leopard here, with the pops of yellow and pink.
And another leopard sofa looking very stately and traditional.
I have been going back and forth on whether it's a huge mistake to put leopard all over my sofa or a really good idea.
And you know what, sometimes it's more fun not to "play it safe".
Life is just too short.
Like with my wedding china.
I totally could have gone with the traditional white and gold, or white and silver.
Which is beautiful, timeless and classic.
But what did I do?
I decided to mix two aqua patterns.
And I have not regretted it for one second.
You know why? It's fun to take risks in decorating!
And then I started to think to myself whether it would work with all of my 1960's decor.
And I stumbled on this photograph, taken by Mark Shaw In Paris, circa 1960.
image via The Neotraditionalist
I think I might be okay.
What do ya'll think? Honest opinions now. Should I take the plunge?
Or am I totally certifiably, bonkers?