Animal Instincts

This isn’t the first time we’ve discussed the merits of animal prints here—and it won’t be the last. Ideal for when you want to add an instant dose of style (and easy to incorporate into any decor or wardrobe), images like the above from Atlanta-based interior designer Robert Brown’s portfolio are enough to convert even the most pattern-averse into lovers of zebra, tiger, or leopard.

How great is the animal print ottoman in the above room by Houston’s Caroline + Morgan Interiors?  From the dark wood paneling to the luxurious purple velvet chairs, the gorgeous portrait above the mantel to the peacock in the corner, this library has style to spare, and the pop of leopard is icing on the cake.

Ready to add a wild touch to your decor (clockwise from top left): Fine pair of French 19th Century giltwood fauteuils in vintage leather from James & Jeffrey Antiques part of Antique Row-West in Palm Beach; a large Slab of Rare Stromatolite on Lucite Base available from Katy Briscoe in Houston;  a Pair of Lacquered Regency Style Armchairs available from James & Jeffrey Antiques, part of Antique Row-West in Palm Beach; and a recently auctioned Pair of Regency Style Black Painted and Parcel Gilt Bergeres from Doyle New York auction house.

We admit that the above image from Robert Brown is one we revisit again and again. The gilt detailing mixed with zebra and a perfectly placed pair of loafers inspires us every time.

We love the way Richmond-based interior designer Janie Molster layers color, pattern, and texture throughout her projects. Above, a zebra rug beautifully completes a sitting area with serene grey hues punctuated by vibrant accessories.

Left: Jackson, Mississippi’s Nancy Price Interiors creates an elegant space anchored by a zebra rug and adorned with stunning sconces that draw the eye up. Right: Houston’s Meg Lonergan tucks a sleek zebra bench under a clean-lined console in a well-appointed entryway.

Of course an animal print roundup wouldn’t be complete without including any apparel. Above is one of our favorite pieces: a gorgeous linen coat by Emerson Fry available from Pinehurst’s Patricia Finds.

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