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{A Chic Dining Room featuring Louis XVI Style Dining Chairs with Leopard Upholstery by Melissa Rufty via Domaine}

We’ve all heard the old adage about leopard being a neutral and it truly is. I happen to like it in small doses, whether I’m using it in a room or in my wardrobe. I find that it has a stronger impact that way. It works beautifully with most color palettes from dark and saturated to those with light, crisp neutrals. It also lends itself to every style whether masculine or feminine, traditional or modern. Leopard often makes an appearance on pillows, chairs, and even rugs or stair runners. It seems ocelot and cheetah often get confused with leopard and it is easy to see why, but no matter which spots you are seeing, chances are the results will be chic! I’m currently working on a new design project in which the overall look will be ultra tailored, polished, and chic with a mostly neutral color palette. I always opt to throw in a pattern or two for visual interest and texture and I’m thinking a little dose of leopard will do just the trick! Are you a fan of leopard? It seems people either love it or hate it. Do you embrace it in both your home and wardrobe?

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{A Beautiful Antique Chair in Leopard Upholstery | Image via Pinterest– Original Source Unknown}

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{A Leopard Pillow in the Original Iteration of my Friend, Mark Sikes‘ Los Angeles Living Room | Image via Lonny}

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{A Show-Stopping Leopard Ottoman by Vicente Wolf}

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{Leopard meets Prep on a Green Sofa | Design by Palmer Weiss}

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{An Ultra-Chic Vignette by Kirsten Kelli as featured in Veranda}

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{A Sunny Room with Pops of Leopard by Luxe Report}

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{How fabulous is this leopard settee by Melissa Rufty?}

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{A Leopard Stair Runner via Metropolitan Home}

 

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{Mark Sikes’ Beautiful Leopard is Dressed in Neutrals including a Pair of Leopard Lumbar Pillows}

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{Another Chic Leopard (or is it ocelot?) Ottoman by Allen Kirsch}

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{I mixed leopard pillows by Arianna Belle with polka dot bedding in my guest bedroom as featured in the current issue of Domino.}

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{Leopard Pillows add a Graphic Touch to a Neutral Living Room by Benjamin Vandiver}

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{A leopard rug reads as a neutral in this fabulous, maximalist bedroom by Miles Redd}

leopard art

{Another beautiful leopard chair, this time paired with an amazing Bernard Frize painting in a vignette by Alex Papachristidis}

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{A little leopard stool is the perfect match for an oversized photograph in this lovely living room. | Image via Pinterest– Original Source Unknown}

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{1. Safari Pillow | 2. Pair of French Walnut Stools with Square Leopard Seats | 3. Faux Branch Arm Chair with Leopard Upholstery | 4. Hand-Knotted Leopard Rug}

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My Home in Domino

Domino Winter 2014 Cover

I had a little something extra to be thankful for this Thanksgiving– my home is featured in the new, Winter issue of Domino and Tate and I appear on the cover! It’s definitely a “pinch me”, dream come true moment and I am incredibly grateful to the wonderful team at Domino (Robert Leleux, Brittany Ambridge, Brittany Chevalier, Amanda Thompson, and Caroline Biggs) for making this entire experience so amazing. I may be biased, but the Winter issue is my favorite this year. My home is featured alongside other inspiring homes and features on Jeremiah Brent, Christopher Spitzmiller, and Clare Vivier. I am honored to be in such talented company.

In my home, I took the approach of creating a backdrop of neutral, rich, saturated color and layering upon that with pattern, texture, art, and items with personal meaning. The spaces from my house that made it into the spread are all tied together by the use of Behr’s “Aging Barrel” on the walls–a rich, chocolate hue that makes for a beautiful, neutral backdrop. Be sure to pick up a copy of the Winter issue of Domino which is on newsstands now to see all of the images and read the full story! Thank you to everyone who has emailed, texted, and shared images of the feature on social media!

Paloma Contreras Design | Domino | Living Room | Abstract Art

{Our Formal Living Room | Custom Sofa and Pillows, Vintage Marcel Breuer Leather and Chrome Arm Chair, Natural Curiosities Black and White Abstract, AERIN Dover Table Lamp, West Elm Faceted Mirror Side Table}

Paloma Contreras Design | Domino | Bar Area | Abstract Art

{The Bar Area in our Dining Room | Adjustable Table Lamp, Custom Artwork, iomoi Lucite Tray}

Paloma Contreras Design | Domino | Breakfast Room

{Our Breakfast Room | Custom Curtains, Martha Stewart for FLOR Rug (discontinued) Layered over Seagrass, Marble Topped Tulip Table (similar), Ballard Designs Dayna Side Chairs, Choros Chandelier}

Paloma Contreras Design | Domino | Blue and White Vignette

{A Blue and White Vignette in our Master Bedroom}

Paloma Contreras Design | Domino | Guest Bedroom | Leopard | Gilt

{Our Guest Bedroom | AERIN Warren Table Lamp, Biscuit Katie Polka Dot Bedding, Arianna Belle Leopard Pillows, 55 Downing Street Upholstered Bed}

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{Images by Brittany Ambridge for Domino}

Endless Summer at Home

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{Alessandra Branca via Lonny}

I hope you had a wonderful Fourth of July weekend! It’s funny- the Fourth always seems to signal that summer is officially here and somehow, already halfway gone. I have totally been in summer mode lately, forcing myself to disconnect from work on the weekends and even spending more time outdoors. With summer firmly on my mind, I have been really drawn to beach houses as of late, probably because I am secretly craving a beach vacation. There are elements that are tailor-made for beach houses and outdoor use– wicker, rattan, and other natural fibers, bamboo and coral details, weathered wood, crisp white director’s chairs, stripes and ethnic fabrics and colors like red, white, and blue, of course. The beauty of these elements is that they really work anywhere and at anytime of year. It’s like having an endless summer at home no matter where you are.

 

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{The Blue and White Pool House at Blue Ridge Farm in Albemarle County, Virgina via The Pink Pagoda}

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{Bunny Williams}

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{Casa Tua in Miami via Domino}

india hicks chairs

{No one does British Colonial Tropical Style quite like India Hicks}

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{India Hicks}

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{Alan Wanzenberg}

JAM

{Jeffrey Alan Marks}

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{Nathan Turner}

ralph lauren

{Ralph Lauren}

max and co

{Phoebe Howard’s Max & Company}

sig bergamin

{Sig Bergamin via ELLE DECOR}

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{A Villa in St. Barth’s}

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{Tim Barber}

tim clarke

{Tim Clarke}

tom scheerer

{I seriously considered making this post strictly about Tom Scheerer’s work since it is the epitome of beachside chic even when an ocean isn’t remotely nearby.}

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{Tom Scheerer}

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{Tom Scheerer}

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{Tom Scheerer}

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{Tom Scheerer}

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{Tom Scheerer}

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{Tom Scheerer}

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