There is a difference between cheetah & leopard spots…

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I see so many people refer to the wrong feline when talking about the timeless spots. So figured I would clear up any confusion. Cheetah’s solid spots are my fav but I love leopard’s horseshoe shaped spots too. Which do you prefer?

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This is a very stylish kid’s playroom. The pieces can easily transition when the tots grow up. The leopard carpeting combined with giant stuffed animals keeps it playful and the teepee is always a fun way to keep the kid’s toys at bay but easily hidden without feeling so cluttered. See more cute teepees to get inspiration…
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There are a lot of nice cheetah prints around like these from The Aestate & Made by Girl

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I just love this entire room…
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{Images via Miles Redd, Lynne Scalo Design, Domaine Home, HGTV, Elle Décor,Elizabeth Bauer Design, Aureta Thomollari for Refinery 29, CWB Architects, with collages by me}

I only like peacock taxidermy…

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I think animals propped up on the wall are creepy. I loathe animal heads at the end of a rug. I disapprove of hunting. I have a soft spot for Bambi & friends….(I live in Milwaukee.. our basketball mascot and team are deer. #goBucksgo) so I always scratch my head when I see random animals as decor and hope that at the very least they died naturally. With that said, the only animal taxidermy that doesn’t creep me out are the beautiful peacocks. God showed out when he made those birds. They’re pretty ballsy too. I like when they walk up close to you at the zoo. They act as if we humans are on their turf and they run shi the sidewalks. Anyway, here’s to pretty peacock decor…

Contemporary Living Room by London Media and Bloggers World Architecture News (WAN)
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{Images Design by Suzanne Tucker/Tucker & Marks w/Photo by Matthew Millman,  the coveteur as seen on interior collective, plantation design, perch new orleans & Kathleen Clements}

Tips for tying your room together

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{Hgtv}

Even within one room, linking up different décor elements can be difficult. You start with a vague idea of a color scheme and then play mix and match, with the hope shades and items compliment each other. Instead, it can be useful to focus on just one bold item – maybe something that’s often overlooked or neglected. Use this focus to build your room using pre-determined design blocks and you’ll achieve a more purposeful finish. Focusing on one or two small strands of a room also allows you to alter a neutral landscape with items that don’t require lots of manual labor to update. This gives you the option to get creative again in the future and change the feel of the room easily. Here are a few ideas for where you may want your focus to fall:

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{William Diamond & Anthony Barratta}

Rug

A rug is a very versatile item – not only does it protect flooring from wear and tear and provide you with a comfy spot to sit in front of the fire, it can also tie together a room very effectively. If you are lucky enough to be in a position to use a rug as a starting point, you can choose colours or prints from your rug to feed into other soft furnishings in a room.

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{Colorado Homes Mag}

Or, if you want to bring together different colours and shades, choose a rug with two or three colours from elsewhere in the room. This works in even the most bohemian of rooms, and in a neutral room it can set the style note for the whole space. Take a look online for ideas – the ScS rug collection has some bright new season printed rugs.

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{Traditional Home}

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Cannot get enough of a fabulous chandelier or light fixture

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{Designer: Marianne Tiegen photo: Jeremy WilsonFonte for Elle Deco UK}

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{Samuel Lippke Photography, Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations & Isari Flower Studio + Event Design}

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{Other images via Jamie Drake with photo by William Waldron for AD, Todd Alexander, Martine Chaisson for Domaine Mag,Nuno Benito}

If space & money weren’t an object, I would have these fab pieces of furniture

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A leopard upholstered chair…

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This gold legged table to spread out fabric samples and drawings for clients…

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Something acrylic & gold. That sawhorse desk is calling me….

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Something with an art-deco border and lion pulls….

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Jewel toned tables for my bedroom & a piece done in malachite

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Bistro & Tulip tables are great in small spaces…

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When living in a cramped space, it’s often hard to find the room to sit a dining or kitchen table. Often times apartment kitchens are small or galley styled and may only have a dinette area verses a full dining room. So purchasing furniture that fits the space is imperative. You want to be able to move around the tables and still have something functional.

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I wasn’t always sold on tulip tables or anything mid-century for that matter but over time I have come to appreciate how genius the design is. Having a pedastal base allows chairs to easily scoot in without bumping legs. A circular table frees up more space than a traditional rectangular shaped one and they fit perfectly in any small nook and cranny of a room.

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So if you’re in a dorm or moved back to the parents home and need a bit of privacy when dining, consider a table of this style. Pairing it with one or four chairs really doesn’t matter if the circumferance of tabletop isn’t too big. Bistro tables typically look great in pairs of chairs or even solo dolo when placed in a corner. Add a light to create a cozy reading nook.

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Love how they made use of this space above. This is how you make every square inch count…

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