12 October 2014

LEOPARD ANYONE?

Recently I saw this photo and totally flipped out.  

Aerin Lauder on her fabulous leopard sofa
I don't know who to credit for the photo.
Oops
It is everywhere you look these days.  It comes and goes in and out of fashion every few years, but really, I think it could be put over into the "classic" column.  Some people love it (me) and some people hate it.  


the same room as seen from the sofa

The years when it is hot stuff, I inject a little here and there.  When it is not, I put it in the closet.  Once I had a computer station in a closet in our last house.  I painted the walls bright red, used a black and gold and cream acanthus leaf border around the wainscot, and papered the ceiling with leopard.  I had a leopard director's chair, too.  The floor was parquet.  My personal little bordello computer room, and I loved it.

I should have had one of these in that office.
I found some leopard sheets at Steinmart yesterday.  Thinking I might buy them.  My little step stool to get on and off the bed is leopard, too.  

Isn't this a cool chair?


I was so inspired by Aerin Lauder's sofa that I started looking for a ready-made slip for my sofa.  Alas, nothing but ticky-tacky crap which no one in her right mind would waste a nickel on.  I need to find someone to make me a winter-time slip, and I have been looking for fabric.  I think a corduroy in a leopard print would be nice and comfy.  I suppose it will be an investment.  Meantime, I found some fabric pieces I had used in the adjoining library of our previous house with the bordello computer closet.  

I would look pretty cute in this wouldn't I?




I decided to make some big Euro-size pillows out of it for our LR sofa.  I have some more pieces left, but I could only get five large pillow faces.  I used another fabric for the pillow backs. The trim came from my stash, scored long ago at a wholesale resource.  This weekend I have sewn up three of them, so two more Euro-size to go.  Then I am going to sew some smaller ones to use in other spots.  You know me -- go big or go home!

Never too early to start a little Fashionista out on the right feet!



I like these better than the flats.

I guess I need to get my other knee fixed before I risk these.


I am in the process of making a few changes in the LR till I can redo the room in its entirety.  It seems kind of silly really, to decorate for Winter, since it has been in the high 80s most days.  I have a few new things coming into the LR in the next couple of weeks which you will see very soon, and they have to work for all seasons.  






I am wearing leopard, too.  (But in case you are wondering, I am not the model in any of these photos!  LOL!  I stole all these photos from Pinterest.)  My new tote bag for Fall is leopard, too.  Last year I bought some Michael Kors skinny jeans. Two years ago, I bought a faux leopard coat at an estate sale.  It came with a pillbox hat, too.  I want some leopard flats, but so far I can't find any that are comfy.

I like turbans.

Leopard is definitely my thing this year.  I will show you my pillows, etc. when I get them all done and all the stuff together. Here is one little sneaky peaky:



What about you?  Love leopard or hate it?




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29 comments:

  1. I am not that big of a fan but I think I should at least have one pillow, lol just to let people I do know it is still around...I think the last time it was in vogue it just never went out, who knew...lol loved the post

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    1. One pillow is sometimes all I have used. This year I went crazy!

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  2. if you love it, use it any way you can..
    what matters most is what appeals to you and makes your soul sing.

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    1. That describes it perfectly: it makes my soul sing!

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  3. That longer skirt is just perfect for me! Gotta find it now!

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  4. I love it- especially as an accent! I put one pillow on the sofa this year with it. I have a pair of shoes by Easy Spirit that has the print as an accent. They're not glamorous (not fashionista worthy) but I get compliments on them (safer than high heels)! I love the spelling of Aerin Lauder's name- her mother had great taste didn't she!

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  5. Like you, I adore leopard. But I've never worn it or used it in home decor. I'm not sure exactly why but, years ago, when I was in the Prado Museum in Madrid, there was a woman wearing a real leopard coat. You saw that in Spain many years back. I was shocked at first and sort of horrified and I think that's put me off leopard ever since. I do feel shoes would be a way to dip a toe into the leopard-print pool. I've long wanted leopard clogs, flats or sandals. Still looking.....

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  6. Oh my, YES to the leopard. I'm not so sure I love the volume that the couch projects, but I would certainly take the chair! Your computer closet sounds absolutely fabulous - reminded me of Alessandra Branca's style immediately. Can't to see what you do with the fabric. I love ALL of the clothes & accessories you included here. I would wear any and all of them.

    I have 4 pr of leopard shoes - flat driving mocs & ballerinas, kitten heels, and stacked pumps. I own a sweet 3/4 Jackie O vintage jacket & matching pillbox hat that I purchased at an upscale Va estate, a couple sweaters, and I have a couple home accessories, including a throw and a hatbox that was my mom's. When I first started wearing leopard, my husband called me by my mother's name (fine by me). All my sisters have a little of leopard (aka mom) in them, and my oldest daughter now owns a pair of leopard flats, thanks to me. Love it!

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    1. 4 pair of leopard shoes? I bow down.

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  7. I love leopard and animal prints but.......that's all you see in stores this fall. We may all soon be very weary of overkill.

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    1. That may be true but I always like it, every time it pops up.

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  8. I <3 that phone and the couture slippers! Pinned

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  9. I love leopard also and I found a pair of slacks, top and skirt in leopard that I had forgotten all about until I was getting rid of a lot of my work clothes. So I wore my leopard slacks Saturday night when I went out to dinner with friends and much to my surprise my friend had on leopard slacks and black sweater.
    I would like to use some leopard fabric also for winter. Your pillows look terrific.
    One of our blogger friends, I believe Kris from Junk Chic Cottage had a slip cover made by Linda for her couch and she was very pleased with it. Maybe she can help with yours.
    Have a good week.
    Mary

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    1. I might look into getting one. Right now, I have too many other things going on. I do appreciate the source!

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  10. LOVE the LEOPARD! Yes, it is a classic, it goes in and out but oh so briefly, it is always in! It is so your style Ellen, bold, beautiful and crazy wild! Can't wait to see more of your living room redo! And yes, you would look adorable in that coat!
    Jenna

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    1. Thanks! You are too flattering to little old moi.

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  11. Absolutely love leopard, Don't have any in my décor, but would like to. I have a leopard sweater, and leopard shirt. Always get compliments on them. I too, think it is becoming a classic. I have that last sweater/cape pinned in pinterest, but have never been able to find it online to buy. Alas, no leopard shoes, as I have foot problems, but sure would like some comfy ones. Good topic!

    As ever... teaching and waiting for retirement to join the blogging world again.
    Pat

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    1. I hope we see you soon in all your leopard glory!

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  12. I love love leopard, and have for years, still have a few vintage items. Especially love leopard now due to the 3 year old Bengal Cat we have!
    Now I am crazed, buying and wearing leopard. Thanks for sharing I will pin some of these on my Leopard Love Board.

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    1. OK - pin away! You have an actual leopard?

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  13. LOOOOOOVE IT!!! I have a rug in my LR that is 2 shades of leopard, one in my basement FR that has leopard in it. I have a tapestry leopard coat, with white background, with purple satin inside. My fave coat EVER! I get compliments EVERY time I wear it. I just love animal print period. Don't get me started on ZEBRA! hahaha

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  14. Love it along with other animal prints. I don't own anything, but a shirt with it! Your pillows came out fabulous!
    Have a great week, Ellen.

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  15. Years ago, when I ordered expensive dog beds ... I got them with faux fur in leopard, of course. Goes with everything, and doesn't show the dog hair! They still look smashing. Would you believe I had to talk Annie into letting me buy her a pair of leopard print shoes at DSW last month? What is wrong with the younger generation? For myself, all I have is a leopard chiffon scarf. Must remedy that.

    Thanks for visiting today, and yes, Annie is great fun. Very talented (I am not at all prejudiced) and an endless store of costuming knowledge. Watching period movies or shows with her is a trip -- you will find out if the costumers used the correct buttons, and everything else! But I love that she has found an excellent job in her field, and loves it, although I do miss her and miss her wild mix of theater experiences the last few years. (It was fun yesterday to tell my friend, on her way to see Aladdin on Broadway, "Hey Annie worked on the Genie's clothes!") But a regular paycheck and benefits, AND still doing costuming ... well, that works!

    Can't wait to see you in your leopard skinny jeans, my dear ... Cass

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