ETHAN ALLAN Animal Print Chairs Comments

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I can’t help making a comment on a recent ETHAN ALLEN ad. The girl in the picture is stating:
“It’s all Animal Print to me!” Doesn’t she look like a cat in her kingdom?
But ETHAN ALLEN is not the only one. Animal print chairs of any style are continuously gaining ground in the furniture industry and they are the preference of all designers. Traditional, contemporary or transitional, there is an animal skin pattern that fits the need.
Animal print chairs are fun, decorative and classic. They appear in many different designs and make you sizes. Whether they are made with fabric or leather, they are beautiful, rich in texture and color and they bring the up-beat in any room. Make your pick!

The Tommy Bahama Animal Print Elegance Comments

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Tommy Bahama Zebra rug

Tommy Bahama Chairs

I recently attended a presentation of  Tommy Bahama furniture collection by Lexington Furniture Brands and among lots of fun pieces the Zebra prints caught my eye. Tommy Bahama designs don’t hesitate to use animal prints as an accent to add the touch of exotic that promises adventure and relaxation at the same time… Known for his charm, wit and perpetual tan, Tommy Bahama himself, embodies the island life. An intrepid traveler, he speaks nine languages fluently and can flirt in dozens more. His legendary company is just that: A legend, the personification of an idyllic life. Inspired by the refined, unhurried attitude of coastal life, Tommy Bahama products started with printed silk shirts and tailored shirts, and quickly evolved into complete lines of apparel and products centered on the good , comfortable life. And today, you can fill your home from floor to ceiling with the “I am on vacation” look products that promise the relaxed elegance of Tommy Bahama.

For information on Tommy Bahama furniture, contact us.

Animal Print Vanguard Furniture Comments

I just came back from North Carolina visiting the Vanguard Furniture plant, and oh, how fun! I loved walking around the factory watching the nuts and bolts of fine upholstery making. Smiley faces and skillful hands were all around creating beautiful sofas, chairs, ottomans, settees and benches. Surfing through the production center, I took a few shots of my favorite Animal print projects. Sure enough there is another one around the corner ready to be shipped… I guess I am not the only one who thinks that Animal print upholstery is so much fun!

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Fresh Lime Leopard print bench and classic Cheetah ottoman

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Hair on hide Cow settee and Croco round ottoman right on production.

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Ocelot Leopard stripe ottoman and Zebra print bench.

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Ready for delivery Cheetah sofa  and Croco turquoise cocktail ottoman.

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Velvet Zebra dining side chair and Annie Selke occasional hair on hide Zebra chair-this is a beauty…

Have a seat!


Hickory Chair Spring 2010 Comments

Warmth and welcome abound in this season’s Hickory Chair showroom!
Here are some shots of the Spring market highlighted by beautiful Animal Prints.

Hickory Chair Animal Zebra cocktail ottoman

The Made-to- Measure Grant Ottoman by Alexa Hampton turned from traditional to a stylish transitional by wearing the playful hair-on hide Zebra! The Grant ottoman can be custom made  from 18 to 60 inches square or rectangular and it features hand-turned mahogany legs that terminate in Antique Brass ferrules with casters. Distinctive nail head trim of your choice outlines this elegant piece. You can personalize it with many different finishes.
Another traditional/contemporary cocktail ottoman in Zebra by Thomas O’Brien brings emphasis and movement to any room. Relating to the Zane Chaise, the legs are crafted in wood with the same Georgian-style beading, yet the piece reads simplicity and clean lines.

Leopard Print rug

This warm and fresh living room by Suzanne Kasler is anchored by a tone-on-tone understated Leopard print rug in soft blue and neutral colors.

Animal Print Bedding
The traditional Planter’s bed by Mark Hampton and the Belle canopy bed by Alexa Hampton have been transformed into a relaxing oasis with Animal Print bedding and Bed accessories. Leopard print bedding and Zebra pillows give the purr…fect look!

Hickory Chair Leopard bench

Here is another classic! The Cluny bench in Leopard print is a great accent piece for  along the foot of a bed,  a foyer beneath a grand staircase or even pulled up alongside a dining table. The upholstered seat, which stretches six feet from end to end, tops understated Directoire details like a squared apron and tapered legs. Available in many finishes.

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A few more Zebras: The Camp chair and ottoman with the amazing ergonomic comfort for casual lounging by James River and the versatile Oxford pull-up chair with a tight seat and back. Under the console table, the Charles hassock provides an extra seating in any occasion.

Hickory Chair Leopard Ottoman

The large Auburn Stool is inspired by a stool that Suzanne Kasler discovered at a Paris flea market. The original is from the 1940’s, with French Modern characteristics. Here with the classic Animal print is a definite winner. Available in many finishes.

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Occasional and dining chairs in the favorite neutral Leopard print make another strike in any room. I’m loving it!

For more information on Hickory Chair products please contact us.

JAB ANSTOETZ: Animal Print at its greatest! Comments

I recently attended a JAB ANSTOETZ textile presentation and I was completely captivated by the GRANDEZZA 2010 collection! The line offers textile masterpieces which combine elegance, luxury and sophistication. These unique fabrics are inspired by the international fashion catwalks and team striking colours with interesting textures for an ultimately stylish finish. And of course the Animal Prints in Zebra, Leopard and Snake were right on the front with exquisite patterns and colors!


Inspired by creations presented by renowned designers at fashion shows in Paris, Milan or New York and also by the impressions these capitals deliver, GRANDEZZA Vol.3 reveals itself with modern fabrics dressed up in interpretations of animal prints and in shimmering materials.


Beautiful Silver tones in Zebra and Snake skin print.


New York – Soho Club – Monterosi


Glamorous decoration and upholstery fabrics in 98 colourways present themselves in a very experimental and exclusive way. Here we see different scales of bold and vibrant Leopard prints.


But also soft colours such as white and  rosy-pink  like this small scale cheetah print on the chairs, which are much softer and more discreet. They radiate a calm yet amazing elegance.


For more information about JAB ANSTOETZ fabrics, please contact us.

Have an Animal Print Seat! Comments

Full of texture and pattern that brings life to any room, Animal Print chairs can be used in any room without a doubt. Whether occasional or lounge, club or dining, animal print upholstery gives character and style!
The selection and variety of colors, animal prints and textures is huge. Large or small scale leopard prints, giraffe and zebra print are the most popular.
If you need help finding any type of animal print upholstery fabric or ideas about chairs, please contact us.

The 10 “Must Haves” For The Dining Room Comments

1. Warm palatable colors. Reds and pinks stimulate conversation and open the appetite, yellow and spices promote good mood and cheerfulness. If you want a richer effect than plain paint, the industry offers many wall covering solutions, faux paintings for more texture, and beautiful wallpapers for a desirable atmosphere.

2. A tasty rug. Although today many homeowners choose carpet for the entire house for budget reasons, a good rug for the dining room is a great investment and will create an anchor in the room. Make sure that your rug is bigger than the size of the table and the chairs together and will allow about 20” more rug surface when chairs are completed drawn to the table.

3. Comfortable seating. Nothing beats a chair you can relax in while enjoying dinner and talking to your guests. Depending on the size of your chairs, allow a 24” clearance from the surrounding walls or other furniture.

4. Adjustable seating. Owning a table that offers more than one size dimension is always ideal. When you buy your dining room chairs invest in an extra pair– two more than the regular number around the smallest size of your table. Then when you don’t entertain, you can place them on either side of the buffet or server if the room permits, or use them around the house as  occasional chairs.

5. Flexible lighting. Different occasions require different lighting. Give yourself the option to dim the chandelier if you need to, or use a set of luminaries or wall sconces for warmer ambient  lighting. If your chandelier is too bright add some adaptable shades to cover the candles. They cut the glare significantly.

6. Furniture for storage, serving and display. Depending on your room allowance invest in at least one piece of storage, like a buffet or china cabinet and one place for serving. Serving surfaces are very handy and will allow you a “buffet” type of dining when you entertain.

7. Wall art and mirror. Wall art is a must for every dining room outfit. It adds color and can give the “feel” of the room. Mirrors, as we all know, add dimension and enlarge any room. In the dining room, mirrors will reflect the existing light.

8. Beautiful linens and place-settings. The tabletop design sets the mood of the dining. Setting a table is an art on its own and can create the whole atmosphere or theme. What designer doesn’t love to present a table dressed up for royalty!

9. Soft window treatments. Although shutters and shades will give you lots of privacy, draperies are very important for the completion of the room. Whether you have a bay or individual windows there are numerous window treatment designs that can compliment the room. Draperies add softness and color and will outline the style and the formality of the room.

10. Candles and flowers. Add a warm, soft touch with candles, or inject some life with a beautiful bunch of flowers. Avoid plastic flowers and artificial greenery. Although they are very popular, they take away from a sense of beauty and class.

Zebra Print Slipcover for Parsons Armless Chair

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Give a new fresh look to your plain parsons chairs!
Couture style animal print slipcover with the look and fit of custom upholstery, made exclusively for our collection of customizable furniture.
Slipcover fits our Parsons armless chair that can be purchased separately.
Fits precisely and snugly with tailored edges and Velcro attachments.
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Tiger Print Ottoman Comments

“I want a room warm and vibrant, comfortable and welcoming. This is the place I am going to sit and relax, watch TV, or curl up and read. And when my parents come to visit, I want them to feel at home.”
When my client Kay asked me to help her with her family-room design, I considered all her wants and family needs, and put together a room that had it all. We chose a warm and vibrant color palette, with an exchange of bold and understated details, and a mix of traditional-contemporary lines for a softer look.
The room is anchored with a faux fur square ottoman in tiger print, for multi-purpose use. The soft wheat paint on the wall and the tone-on-tone fret key pattern on the sofa allowed us to let loose with the animal print material, with its quiet-bold stripe effect.
The major color players in the room are the art and the red chinoiserie pair of tufted chairs right across from the art.
And for dad’s chair, when he visits, we used a  classic brown croco leather in white antique finish and wicker back, for adding more texture.
With all these textures, the room feels extremely comfortable and multi-dimensional. And the overall results are very rewarding.