Accenting with Animal Prints

Lately, it seems as though the design world has been having a love affair with animal prints. Leopard throws on the chaise, cowhide rugs underneath coffee tables or the occasional zebra print splashing onto a pillow have been surfacing all over Elle Decor, Veranda and House Beautiful. Adding some spice to an area or piece of furniture using this technique can make the dullest of rooms come alive, but adding too much of this can make your space appear more like a jungle than a room. How does one find balance and true beauty when accenting with animal prints? Meg White of Meg White Interiors is going to tell us. BACKGROUND: Meg White is a Nashville based interior designer and former co- owner of Petit Chateau as well as Sevier and White Interiors. Since closing her store, Meg White has opened her own design firm Meg White Interiors. Meg's style is a mixture of classical yet comfortable, traditional yet fresh. She loves combining antique pieces with new unique fabrics and furnishings. The key to her design is for the home to reflect the clients personalty, and to look acquired rather than straight off a showroom floor. Meg, a graduate of the University of Georgia, received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Interior Design. After she graduated, she moved to New York City where she worked in fashion as well as traveled through Europe studying the paintings and architecture. This is where she began to hone her own personal sense of style and design. She then moved back to her hometown of Nashville, TN, where she began her design career in 2004 at Bradford's Interiors. Now a mother of an amazing nine month old baby boy, she has really started to focus on the design products that are child and pet friendly. Using these child and pet friendly products, her clients are able to relax and enjoy their spaces because they do not have to worry and stains, spills, and wear and tear. Accenting with Animal Prints Thank you Interior Canvas! The key to designing with animal print is to use it as an accent in the space. When used correctly, an animal print can add a subtle graphic pop to any room. Below are some of my favorites ways to use animal prints throughout the home. 1. Stair Runners- there is something so fabulous about using an animal print as a stair runner. Something so simple as a staircase can become a piece of art in your home when you add this graphic print to you stairs! "In the entrance of a Manhattan apartment decorated by Miles Redd, a leopard-print stair runner adds a subtle graphic touch". elledecor.com Here is another example of a fabulous stair runner taking the space to a new level! This space also happens to be designed by one of my all time favorite designers, Palmer Weiss: 2. Area Rugs- One of my all time favorite animal prints is called "Antelope" designed by Stark Carpet Company. This animal print area rug grounds the space, and compliments all of the antiques throughout the room. This is a "Manhattan apartment decorated by Randall A. Ridless. The carpet unites several sitting areas furnished with Robert Adam–style armchairs and vintage Alfred Chambon leather club chairs." elledecor.com Here is another example of a great way to ground these neutral furnishings- zebra rug! why not! 3. Accent pillows- I love to add a small touch of animal to a large neutral sofa. It is like adding the jewelry to an outfit. It just adds the finishing touch; taking a simple plain sofa to the next level! This is a sofa that we designed while working at Sevier and White Interiors, the beautiful camel colored chenille is the perfect backdrop for this Schumacher animal print to take the center stage. Here is another example of exquisite animal accent pillows. "In the living room of decorator Todd Romano’s Manhattan apartment, he places ocelot-fur pillows on a Louis XVI banquette upholstered in a Scalamandré velvet." elledecor.com Thank you Meg! We hope you enjoyed this post. To contact Meg please read below!

Meg White Interiors 2306 Sterling Road Nashville, TN 37215 p. 615-390-3373 f. 615-354-1463 e. megfwhite@yahoo.com

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