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Big Cat Fabrics

Inspired by this surprising photo of adorable bobcat cubs, captured on a Kiawah Island home security camera, I felt compelled to explore the Big Cat fabric trend in interior fabrics.

Kiawah Island Bobcats kitties at play

Humans have been covering their bodies and floors with animal fur since we began walking upright.   Around the 18th Century, fabrics with patterns and colors emulating animal fur were made fashionable in home furnishings.

Touted as the worlds first interior decorator, Elsie De Wolfe crafted trend setting rooms during her entire career.  In the sunroom of the Villa Trianon, her French country house near Versailles, she opted for a double dose of leopard print applying the pattern on both the loveseat and the rug.

Elsie De Wolfe Villa Trianon

21st Century interior designers, continue to use the classic leopard spot in their room schemes.  Designer Tobi Fairly, covered the Elle Chair from her CR Laine furniture line in the iconic fabric.

CR Lane Tobi Fairley chairs

A John Richard bench upholstered in a leopard print.

John Richard

While often confused and misnamed leopard, cheetah spots actually resemble polka dots on the animal’s fur.

Kravet’s “Baby Cheetah” velvet fabric

Kravet Baby Cheetah velvet fabric

If it’s color you prefer, cat fabrics need not be neutral or natural, as this Robert Allen velvet in lacquer red proves.

Robert Allen Soft Cheetah in Lacquer Red

Thibaut “Panthera” fabric in Navy

Thibaut Panthera fabric in Navy

While leopard fabrics dominate the market, majestic tiger stripes have their appeal in home decor.

Milo Baugham’s Mid-Century teak recliner with tiger velvet upholstery

Midcentury Teak Recliner with Tiger Velvet Upholstery by Milo Baughman

Don’t forget that dogs like big cat prints too!

Mr. H says: Cats follow the principle that it never hurts to ask for what you want-Enjoy!

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Inspired by China Patterns

Southern Living magazine featured a Fall outfit inspired by the Spode Woodland china pattern in this month’s edition

Southen Living magazine
Southern Living

This motivated me to do the same only pairing gorgeous china with a fabulous interior.

Always in style, black and white, this Kate Spade pattern would serve up a stylish bedside breakfast in this modern bedroom.

kate spade new york Union Street Dinnerware

Photo by ISLABAU constructora

With the liberal use of a printed floral fabric, Wedgewood’s Strawberry Hill pattern is well suited for this Chicago dining room.

Wedgewood Strawberry Hill China

Photo by LKID 

To celebrate designer Oika Toikka’s 50 years, Littala reintroduced a selection of the most popular pieces from his original 1964 dewdrop collection.

Iittala Kastehelmi Dinnerware

It could easily grace the table in this Minneapolis dining room

Photo by Martha O’Hara Interiors 

Villeroy & Boch packs the freshness and cheer of a garden into their Lina Collection which would play well with Tobi Fairley’s bright mix of turquoise and red.

Villeroy & Boch Lina Collection

Photo by Tobi Fairley Interior Design 

Mr. H says: All great change begins at the dinner table-Enjoy!