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Lusting for Leopard

Not to be confused with The Lusty Leopard (…if you watch How I Met Your Mother, you’ll get that.)

But, seriously.

I’ve always had a thing for fur.  Lately, it’s beginning to transform into a “I-must-have-leopard-somewhere-in-my-house-right-now!” kind of thing.

It all started a few seasons ago when I bought the perfect leopard print silk blouse.

It became a closet staple, and went ridiculously well with so many things.

The result was a new neutral.

Do I think it can have the same effect in an interior setting?


Now, I’m not saying to run and deck out your home in gaudy jungle cat overload, but a well, and maybe unexpected, placement of key pieces could be just the chic update you’re looking for.

I was completely inspired by designer Stephen Shubel’s 2008 renovation of his San Francisco workspace/loft.  I love the unexpected places (hello, stairs!) he’s incorporated this fun print.

And why not?

Stephen Shuman via Domino

Stephen Shubel via Domino

Okay.  Technically it’s a cheetah print, but…

Stephen Shubel via Domino

Stephen Shubel via Domino


Stephen Shubel via Domino

Stephen Shubel via Domino

Okay, seriously?  Could you get any more adorable?

(Well, maybe if your a Boston Terrier named, Big or a Jack Russell named, Belle… I’m just saying…)

Stehen Shubel via Domino

Stehen Shubel via Domino

So, as for my own home, I decided to ease my hubby into the idea by incorporating some leopard throw pillows.   

You know, just to see how he’d react.  

So far he hasn’t said a word.  That could be good or bad.  

Wouldn’t I just LOVE to have some of these Scalamandre Leopardo Silk Velvet Pillows?  Yes.  Yes, I would:


1st Dibbs

1st Dibbs

But…considering there would be puppy paws all over them (…and they may just be a bit out of my budget, but we’ll just say it’s the puppy paws…), I decided to try out these on a whim for my test run:


World Market $24.99

World Market $24.99


They’re working out well, but I’d really like ones that are closer to the silk velvet or even in a lumbar pillow.  Plus, I can use these in another place I have planned (See?  Easing him in…).

I’ll probably end up getting something like these as the final option:


Adrianna Belle via Etsy

Adrianna Belle via Etsy

or these:

Adrianna Belle via Etsy

Adrianna Belle via Etsy

…or even these

(Okay, maybe not for this area, but I saw them and I love them so I had to share…): 

Adrianna Belle via Etsy

Adrianna Belle via Etsy

Maybe I should just ease into phase II… I’ve been thinking of reupholstering these bad boys:


What do you think?


4 Comments Post a comment
  1. the stairs are me! Love them, never thought of using leopard in this way. Always like a touch of leopard here and there to spice things up a bit. Thanks for the idea!

    November 6, 2013
    • I know! Those stairs have won my heart. Just awesome!


      November 7, 2013
  2. Nici #

    Leopard will forever remind me of our college years.

    November 8, 2013
    • That just made me giggle out loud. SO many memories…


      November 11, 2013

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