Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Step it up!

So I'm back at it again with faux animal prints, please don't hate me. It may just be my latest obsession, but who knows cause I'm obsessed about a lot of things. See, if you didn't know me, you'd think I meant the over the top animal print..one you might find at some obscure/ "out of the movies" type home. But, thankfully you know I'm not like that!

(Designed by Haynes-Roberts, featured in House and Garden, Oct. '07)

I thought I would share some of my latest inspiration, of where stairs meet their counter part: faux animal print runners...and together they make a perfect team.


(Designed by Michael Simon, featured in House and Garden, Feb. '07)


(Designed by Miles Redd)

Sometimes a space needs that added bit of exotic and these runners certainly do the trick, don't you think?

But, these prints even look great as broadloom too! Jan Shower's design (above) makes a statement with this Stark Carpet leopard print. Stark is where it's at when it comes to rugs and carpet, including their animal print line, do check them out!

13 comments:

Style Court said...

These are all great options. The Showers room especially appeals to me. I think you will love the leopard tablecloth in Bazaar's Duquette spread!

patricia gray said...

I am loving all these animal prints, especially the stair runners.

Mélanie said...

I LOVE LOVE the exotic staircase. Does it go to a petit cabinet de curiosités where you can find old rints , maps ...and taxidermy

Things That Inspire said...

I love the look of animal print on a stair runner, which is interesting because I do not have a speck of animal print anywhere in my house (well, I do have a leopard print belt).

A few years ago, I went to a party at someone's house, and they had an animal print stair runner. It was absolutely beautiful. Great post!

Jane Flanagan said...

OMG! - the top image just about made me weep. In a way, it's a good thing I don't have a staircase or I'd be spending a small fortune replicating this look...

Sarah in Marrakech (soon to be in Paris!) said...

Normally I'm not a fan of animal prints, but these are marvellous!

blushing apples said...

i adore prints, mostly zebra prints!

Bill said...

I am so loving the runners...I need a new runner for my stairs & this is perfect! A few years ago Karastan, I think, had great animal prints...hope they still do...they were affordable. Thanks for the inspiration!

design for mankind. said...

OOOOH, I still love faux animal print rugs, but MOSTLY the zebra.

LOOOOVE the stair runner!

Brilliant Asylum said...

Please keep on! I have yet to grow tired of a little animal print. And using it as a runner seems like a nice minimal way to get your fix without over doing it.

morrismore said...

This reminds me of a photograph of one a Billy Baldwin-decorated stairhall from the 1930s. The house had a zebra print carpet, but the rest of the (very grand)hall was very spare, very subdued.

morrismore said...

I forgot this, but there was another stairhall that Bilhuber did with straw mats that had been stencilled with faux (oversized)leopard prints. Amazingly chic.

{this is glamorous} said...

It's a great idea, using animal prints for stair runners--really spices things up and makes everything a little more adventurous.