Thursday, October 4, 2007

Seeing spots can be good for you!

I am a big fan of leopard print if done in the right application. But for what ever reason, the first image that comes to mind when thinking of this print...is of an 80's Glam Rock band running around the stage in leopard print tights with crazy hair. Not a pretty picture then and now, but when done right this print can really make a room...

(Designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard, featured in Elle Decor/Oct. '06)

(Designed by Joelle Mortier Vallat, featured in Elle Decor Home book)


(Designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard, featured in Rooms to Inspire book)

(Nina Griscom home, House and Garden/'06)

Okay, what do we think...

Q: Leopard prints (faux)...good or bad ?!?! Let me know, I'm interested...

19 comments:

Jane Flanagan said...

Bad! But, I'm very slow to warm up to animal prints. I just hate the dead animal connotations, even when it's just a print on cotton. However, I have been warming up to zebra prints, especially in non-zebra colours (those chairs on Elle Decor!), so maybe I'll turn into a full-on cougar yet ;)

Brilliant Asylum said...

I love an accent of leopard print, like in the photos you have posted. It hints at the exotic.

girl meets glamour said...

Thanks for the comment Jane, yes...I agree with you, I've been loving the non trad zebra prints in red and yellow esp.

~Kate

girl meets glamour said...

Yes, hints is the key work right Brilliant Asylum. Too much is just too much. Thanks for the comment!

~Kate

design for mankind. said...

LOOOOOVE. And I LOOOOVE your blog! Mind if I add you to my blogroll???

coco+kelley said...

I love that last photo (it's in my book of inspirations!) because the leopard print is subtle yet unexpected. I think it can be done well to add a bit of punch to a room, but wall to wall carpeting? No thank you!!

robyn said...

My middle daughter was about 3 when we were in a beautiful store that had a gorgeous leopard print throw for sale with a gorgeous price tag. She wouldn't stop talking about it, so... I went to a great fabric store and bought really nice soft leopard fabric and some cording in black and made her one. She is now a senior in H.S. and still loves that leopard throw. Definitely a print that's a keeper. :) Nice post Kate.

ALL THE BEST said...

Done right they can be very good, love Nina Griscom home!

Fairfax said...

Check out the pix of Courtney Love at the Paris Fashion shows today if you want to see leopard gone bad. really bad.

Suzy said...

If they're done tastefully it is very chic and timeless, otherwise it can just look tacky and kitsch.

girl meets glamour said...

Hi Design for Mankind! Thanks for commenting and I would love to exchange links with you :)

~Kate

girl meets glamour said...

I agree C + K, although in the photo wall to wall leopard print carpeting looks fab...I don't know if I could live with it day in and day out, maybe at my vacation home :) Thanks for the comment!

~Kate

girl meets glamour said...

Oh, I'm going to have to check that out Fairfax...I love a good train wreck :)

~Kate

girl meets glamour said...

I couldn't agree more Suzy!!

~Kate

girl meets glamour said...

Yes, Nina's home is great isn't it Ronda.

~Kate

Mélanie said...

Those leopard print look gorgeous ...This winter will be animal

franki durbin said...

oh thank goodness I'm not alone. LOL! I try to keep my love of zebra stripes (done well) and subtle leopard print to myself. But I just can't help but be drawn to their graphic pattern.

Nice to know I'm not alone ;)

design for mankind. said...

Yay! Adding you to my blogroll now...

patricia gray said...

Good & Chic!!!