The cows have come home in a grand and stylish way in regards to cowhide home decor accessories. The look created by introducing one regal piece of home on the range chic can leave a design impression on even the biggest skeptic.
A trip to Dallas, Texas proved my theory correct. I think it’s safe to say this style may not be for every space and taste, but as long as there is farmhouse chic and home on the range style it is not going to roll the way of the tumbling tumbleweed.
I first took notice of cowhide furnishings in 2004 while browsing through a Neiman Marcus catalog. The chair delivered a one-two punch. The frame was stunning, but the price tag was numbing. I archived the look in my mental Rolodex, and when I spotted a cowhide chair at auction a few years later it was go time. I won the bidding battle, but soon lost the design war when a client literally begged me to sell her the chair.
How about a pair of these beauties as captain’s dining chairs at the ponderosa, partner? Did I really just type that? Yee-haw!
I found this dusty yet affordable cowhide upholstered accent chair at one of my favorite home design haunts, Paul Michael Company in Canton, Texas. The rich deep fawn and black hide paired with my favorite accent feature, nail heads, make a chair in this style a big contender for office or study use.
Faux or authentic, cowhide furnishings lend a chic presence to the sleekest and most modern decor.
If you’ve contemplated this design choice but feared the look would come across as too rustic, practice the rule of less is more. Go with one piece and place it in an optimum setting.
A little trial and error is to be expected, but when it comes together it will be the right balance of town and country chic.