teeter totter? new year

Winter 2013
how balanced is your
teeter totter?
the art of
the scoop on
new year
animal appeal
by traci zeller
ould you “take a walk on the wild side” and
use animal print in your interior design?
Please tell me the answer is yes! If your room is
lacking a little bit of “oomph,” an animal-inspired
need. The pattern, color and texture of animal
prints or furs add interest and energy to just
about any space. Zebra, leopard, cheetah, snake
colors range from those found in nature to those
only imagined. Best of all, animal prints and furs
are available at all price points and in real or faux
In this traditional living room, I relied upon animal
print pillows to strengthen the color story and
add another layer of pattern and texture. The
small scale of the print does not compete with the
striped window treatments or the classic styling
of the spool chair, but instead makes the vignette
more vibrant and youthful.
Pillows, throws and rugs are easy ways to
incorporate animal print or furs into your décor.
A few of my favorites are the Black and White
Spotted Pillow from Furbish, the KOLDBY cowhide
from IKEA, the Mongolian Lamb Pillows from
West Elm, and the Celine Cheetah Rug from
Ballard Designs. If those things are too much for
you, pick something inexpensive and start small!
It’s the perfect way to experiment. Small elements
like coasters make a difference in the overall look of
a room and let you try out the style with little risk.
I found these faux snakeskin coasters from Zara
Home for a little shot of pattern that costs less than
a pack of diapers.
Remember, too, that animal prints are not limited
to fabrics! Tortoise glassware – like those available
at Horchow -- adds punch to the most basic white
dishes. A horn bowl or cup, such as this one
break alternative to glass accessories on a coffee
table. Similar items are often available at Home
Goods and other discount retailers. In the right
space, I also love the look of papier-mâché animal
sculptures like those sold at West Elm.
Happy decorating … and remember that these wild
things don’t bite!
Named by Charlotte Style magazine
as one of Charlotte’s 50 Most Stylish
People in 2010, Traci Zeller is an
interior designer known for her clean,
sophisticated mix of classic and modern
aesthetic through years of extensive travel, including
around the world. As a busy wife and mother to active
twin boys, she appreciates the need for spaces that are
beautiful and functional. Traci also authors a blog, in
which she shares her stylish favorites with over 120,000
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