Leopard Print Love It!

Leopard print.  I’m wild about its power presence in all its spot on spotted glory.  A classic pattern in both fashion and interior design, leopard print love is based on the look, texture and ability to add a punch of decorative prowess to the piece it adorns.

leopardLeopard print is the shake it up-style it up friend of fashion, fabric and space.

leopard chairTraditional Home

I’m still standing by my unwavering opinion in regards to interior design and decorating.  I’m not wired for complication or confrontation, nor am I a fan of rocket science philosophy when it comes to our homes and what we associate beauty and style with.  It’s your home, your money, your tastes and your traditional, shabby, simple, extravagant, over-the-top, funky or fabulous decor choice.   My opinions and suggestions provide an idea to guide the course.  Let’s look at leopard print as an example.

leopard print barstool

Houzz

For me, the use of a leopard print accessory or accent has got to be tempered and tasteful.

leopard runnerElle Decor

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Alida Leopard-Print Hairhide Rug

Fashion guides us to certain principles of style.  Coco Chanel said it best when she advised the following:

“Once you’ve dressed, and before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take at least one thing off.

Coco Chanel

I don’t profess to remotely be on the same level of fashion or style expertise as Coco Chanel, but I will build upon her words.  Once the space is “dressed”,  and before the it’s perfect stamp of approval is awarded, take one accessory out of the total equation.  

Ruth Kintzer Interior Design

Once removed, look  at the space with a discerning eye and decide if the absence of the removed accessory makes or breaks the look.

Alino-Cho-Leopard-print-foyerVogue

Too much of a good thing can be a great thing or a tacky thing.   I’ve got loads of experience with this life application.  My darling mother is wholeheartedly convinced if one of something is good two must be absolutely fabulous.

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Leopard Hide Table Lamp

This logic works at certain times in limited situations. Off the top of my head I can think of one situation where two is better than one.  In most instances, two days of vacation is certainly better than one.

Okay.  I’ll give her that.

Cayce side chairChaddock Home

Exceptions to rules and all that aside, two of too much often leads to a fashion or interior design misstep.  There is so much to the less is more school of thought.   A classic color, texture or pattern is visually capable of carrying the space as the focal point.

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Inside Fabric

I like to think that is the reason accessories and accents exist.

My design and decor rule for leopard print love and the use of it is straight forward.   A well appointed space will only further impress the eye when there is a spot of leopard print present.   I get a kick out of referring to leopard print pieces as the ultimate spot accent.

leopard pillows

Pinterest

Inquiring and designing minds want to know.

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Leopard print.

Like it?  Hate it?  Leave it?  LOVE it?

Classic Pieces

It’s a thin line between fashion and interior design.  From the runway to the entryway-  classic lines, textures, patterns, and colors captivate the tastes and eyes of fashionistas and decoristas the world over.  There’s never a language barrier. Classic pieces in the world of fashion and interior design speak fluent influence and style.

pink and leopard

Inspiration is everywhere, and the above image testifies to the truth of  those three words.  When fashion needs beautifully collide with home decor wants the result can be fabulous and inspiring.  Where one good eye sees a drop dead gorgeous outfit, another good eye may see a home decor accessory must-have. It just so happens I saw both.  I’m seeing bright pink everywhere, and my love of leopard isn’t going anywhere as you’ll read in an upcoming blog post.  I’ve asked the following question several times, even writing a blog post about it.  It gets its footing from inspiration and its merit from this visual world we live, write, design, groove, relax and Pinterest in.  When you see an image of an iconic figure from the world of fashion, design, cinema, or music do you think interior design?

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The onslaught of seasonal home decor finds and fashions is in full fall force. What’s hot, what’s not and what’s trending makes an interesting read, but I chalk it up to what it really is- a subjective reference guide.  My wallet can’t keep up with the ever changing fads from season to season, year to year. This is where trend pieces come in.  Selecting affordable wardrobe and home decor accessories keeps things updated, fresh, and fun.  That’s a good thing.  Leaning toward favoring the classics, I follow a basic principle of style in both fashion and interior design.  Build your house of style upon timeless and classic foundation and investment pieces, and let trending accessories do what trends do best, come and go.  A  timeless piece is a quality investment you’ll only have to make once.  This applies to fashion, interior design and home decor accessories. 

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What trends and classics are inspiring you?