Saturday, January 24, 2015

Animal Prints

Almost everyone loves 
an animal print.

Whether you it have it in your closet
or have it in your living space,
most people can admit that they 
have it somewhere.

This makes me dizzy....

via Veranda magazine

You might remember
that I mentioned in a post here
that I found a woven leopard velvet 
that I wanted to use for
our family room tufted ottoman?

It has been recovered!
(Will share pictures soon.)

Brunschwig & Fils Velvet Beige 8012113.12
I selected Brunschwig's Velvet Leopard

I currently have two clients
that are just crazy about animal prints.

There are so many 
wonderful versions of  animal prints
out there to choose from and they come in
every color under the rainbow
so it's been a lot of fun searching out
the perfect choices for their rooms.

Leopard Chaise

One of Charles Faudree's rooms

While investigating ...
I wondered what the difference was
between a jaguar and a leopard print
as they are so similar.

I decided to share my findings on 
 animal prints 
so we can all see how to identify
the stripes or spots
so specifically arranged by nature --
each having their own unique patterns.

The Leopard (sub-Saharan Africa, NE Africa, Central Asia, India, and China)  
The leopard's spots are rounded shapes with darker tan centers and broken black circles.

The Jaguar (South and Central America)

A jaguar has spotted circles on their fur. Very different from a leopard.

The Ocelot (South America, Mexico, Trinidad and Margarita, Central America - and rare sightings in Texas and Arizona) 
The spots on the ocelot's coat are more elongated and are a series of dots and lines
in an almost stretched or smeared pattern.

The Cheetah (Africa and Iran)

This fast cat's fur has a dotted pattern -- very easily identified.

And last but not least
 we have the 
striped guys to talk about...
the tiger and the zebra.

The magnificent tiger (Asia, Turkey, Russia) 

The Zebra (Africa)

The zebra skins are much more brown and white then black and white.
It's interesting to see the stripe patterns.

Here are some of my favorite
 animal print fabrics
that you can use in your home decor.
Lots of lovely options!

Colefax and Fowler's Ocelot
Brunschwig & Fils Velvet Beige 8012113.12
Brunschwig's Velvet Leopard 

Brunschwig & Fils Linen Fabric Custom Designer Throw Pillows Le Zebre Brown Pair
Le Zebre by Brunschwig & Fils
clarence house ocelot
Clarence House's Ocelot fabric
Barclay Butera - Lots of patterns
via Barclay Butera

Colefax and Fowler's Kruger

Duralee 15382-193

We have this Brunschwig & Fils on a long bench in the living room.
Kotuko Grospoint
Cowtan and Tout's Jaguar

Do you have any 
animal print in your home?

Lee Jofa Silk Yellow 2005227.4
Lee Jofa's Silk Tiger 

JUNGLE F2861002 - Designed by Pierre Frey
Pierre Frey's Jungle

Pierre Frey's Giraffe
ia Elle Decor magazine 

Osborne and Little's Kuri Velvet

dining room
via OnPinehurstPlace blog
Scalamandre LEOPARDO in Ivory, Gold & Black - Animal Velvet fabric 26168M-001
Scalamandre's Leopardo
via Architectural Digest

via Alessandra Branca

And if so,
do you wear them
decorate with them?

I really want to know!

 via Ralph Lauren 

Do you recognize the pattern!? Which fur is it?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Tartans and Plaids

Did you know that 
all tartans are plaid
but not all plaids are tartans?

These two patterns are similar
in the fact that they both 
have a series of
overlapping stripes of color.

Stripes can be wide or thin
and are woven in many colorways,
however, a true tartan pattern 
has a matching pattern both horizontally
and vertically with a center point
meeting at a 90 degree angle.

Take a look.
Here is a tartan:

You can see that from the center of the pattern, the same stripe is repeated both to the
left and right to equal their placement from top to bottom. Make sense?

Now take a look at the
 plaid pattern below.
It does not have color stripes
running equally both horizontally 
and vertically.  
You can really see the difference,
can't you?

The stripes are not the same in color, size, or pattern in both directions.
That is how you can identify a plaid versus a tartan.

So based on this information,
can you identify the next four patterns?

So take the challenge!
Can you tell which of the four images above are
plaid or tartan?

Here are some fun 
things that I have seen lately
that I am LOVING.

Monogrammed Wool Ball Caps at Mark and Graham

Barbour Tissington Quilted Jacket can be found here
Custom Stationery with tartan liner from The Fuller Collection
LOVE their items! Here

Cute fox clutch can be found at The Horse and Hound Gallery

Tartan key chains from TartanPup can be found here
Tartan Needlepoint Pillow Cover on sale here

Handsome backpack can be found at NM here

Plaid mugs on sale right now HERE

Burberry Wellies can be found here

Cute plaid/tartan circus bunting can be found on Ebay here

Antique Edwardian Tartanware box can be yours if you link here!