Fur Example

Two jobs and a recession era later, I’m looking forward to moving into my first house with KFK. I’ve been collecting pictures of interior designs as inspiration and making mental notes of themes, colors and decor that tug at my home-sweet-home heart strings. And what better to make myself feel rich even though I’ve been struggling with this damn economy than a fur-embossed abode? To be honest, fur and animal print have always been a love of mine, but I’ve always confined them to outerwear or outerwear accessories, like scarves or gloves. After the fur trend exploded this season and I began seeing animal hide rugs all over interior design websites, I’m making a point of incorporating the trend into my future home.

I found this post touring the apartment digs of one Vanessa Traina, style setter and daughter of popular author, Diane Steele, for Harper’s Bazaar. One need not ask why it’s going into my interior design archives.

“‘Ah-lo, an’ welcome to my ‘umble abode! See zee fur pee-lows? I plop onto zem when I am tired from all zee glah-morous seengs I do at my work.” (I don’t think Vanessa has a French accent, but this is how I imagine a glamazon such as herself would talk when entering a decked out pad like this.)

I love furniture that takes the form of shapes from nature like side tables in the form of tree trunks. Antlers and bone are another option to add to my decorating arsenal.

Although I find the clean, white aesthetic pleasing to the eye, it doesn’t quite reflect my personality which prefers to be bombarded with rich hues. However, I am digging the layering of rugs on the hardwood floor.

“I love to wear zee cheetah-print blazer when I go work. It helps me to feel wild and chic at zee same time.”

The black fur vest in the background reminds me that I am in the market for my own shaggy cover-up.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had animal print bedding. Perhaps now it’s time to upgrade to a fur comforter and live like the cave people did (huh, isn’t that ironic?).

I’m enamored with the mixture of prints and textures here: the fur throw pillows, ragged upholstery, leather bag and…is that a real tiger hide rug??? I’m both a little frightened and impressed.

Well, apparently, this zebra is the real thing. I wouldn’t feel comfortable having so many dead animals in my home being used as decoration but I can definitely get down with the faux trend.

On that note, a little DIY for the home: a fur covered bench to elevate your bathroom to glam status. Yay! Below is the tutorial from Design Sponge.

  • Comb estate sales, flea markets and junk stores to find a bench with legs you like. Lynn-Ann chose one with sexy claw and ball feet.
  • Pick up one of Ikea’s classic fluffy flokatis, which comes in both small and large sizes.
  • Clean your bench well (you can stain, paint or strip the legs but we’re currently liking the contrast of rough legs with a glamorous top). You can leave the upholstery as is (give it a good shampooing) or rip it off. Lynn-Ann took her upholstery off.
  • Lynn-Ann took off the legs but we’d probably just trim the flokati to work around them.
  • Lay your flokati on the floor, fur side down, center your bench seat on top of it, seat side down, and wrap the flokati around it.
  • Use a heavy duty staple gun to staple the flokati in place underneath your bench. Be sure you pull your sheepskin taut.
  • Turn it over and voila! A fabulously glam seat for your bathroom, your living room or your bedroom.
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