When I first saw this settee, upholstered in Scalamandre's smooth-as-silk Tigre, my heart skipped a beat. I loved how the ferociously luxurious textile enlivened an old piece with good bones. And then I saw double. Designer Jackie Higgins of Beach Glass Designs had upped the ante.
She had the formerly stodgy pair reupholstered for her clients manse overlooking Cold Spring Harbor. They wanted sophisticated, clean-cut decor with traditional roots and pieces that connected to the water. Higgins says, "The vibrant blue was a nod to my favorite seaside color and the bold pattern added enough punch for the windowless hallway that the settees flank. Add the Vintage Boat etchings and Ralph Lauren silver floor lamps and it was a perfect unexpected seaside vignette."
This is where my hunt for more blue animal prints and patterns officially began.
It led me to fashion-designer turned interior designer Laura Michaels and the fabulous office space she conjured from a small living room. Her client loved peacock blue laquer and that's where this project started. Michaels played up the color for maximal impact.
And yet another blue tiger iteration by NYC-based decorator Ashley Whittaker in an 800 sq. ft. NYC pied-a-terre. In a House Beautiful feature about this project, Whittaker says, "Wallpaper is what makes a space feel finished and decorated." The Rose Cumming Zebrine wallpaper is in navy, her client's favorite color and that was the starting point for the kitchen. The red lantern and yellow stool followed.
TIger stripes are just one of the many blue animal patterns roaming around the market, making interior decor more fierce one spot and stripe at a time. Between wallpaper, fabrics, and a little bit of fashion, here are some blue animal inspired products to make you growl with delight.
lead photo: Beach Glass Designs.