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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

It's a cow in drag

Canadian House and Home.

Why do people buy zebra-stenciled cowhides?

Elle Decor.

If the budget doesn't allow for a real zebra skin, then embrace the bovine.

28 comments:

Edith Hope said...

Dear Raina, I could not agree more....the real thing or nothing.....a motto to live by in all things if you ask me!!

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Ditto that.

Emily said...

agreed! like if you can't afford leather, would you buy a vinyl sofa?

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

I saw one of these printed numbers in person a few weeks ago and trust me they are far worse in person! Honor the cow!

Sketch42 said...

If I ever open up la lampshade and find a picture of my house up here I will kill myself.

Its not only that zebra is expensive, its sad looking.

So sue me. I have a printed zebra.

Topaz said...

I love the design, but I would never want a dead zebra lying on my floor, so I have a Jonathan Adler wool zebra rug. Much nicer-looking than inked cowhide.

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

Hm, verily, there is nothing like the real thang babee.

I plead guilty on two counts -- I've got a stenciled hide but it is striped in brown, not black, which makes it look ever-so-slightly more natural-looking.

I also have a zebra hide which I found on Ebay for less than I would've paid for a hide at IKEA -- timing and a good airing out.

If I recall correctly, the reason for buying the first stencil was twofold -- youth and budget. However, it's in a layered room with a real zebra bench mere inches away. It all sort of runs together, works fine.

As with most things design, I'd say context and placement are key. If you get the context and the mix right, pretty much anything is a viable possibility.

Cheers, Alcira

nerochronicles.com

NK said...

ok, no throwing rotten tomatoes, but I don't get the cow/zebra craze going on. I'm always thinking that I'm going to trip up and fall flat on my face because the edge is so random. It looks nice in styled photos, but in real life?? Probably not for me.

And I try to stay away from fakes. Sometimes its not that easy, sometimes you have no choice. To each their own, but picking a fake, go with highest quality fake.

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

I'm just not really a fan of zebra as a whole- fake or otherwise- I definitely prefer the bovine hide variety and when it comes to animal prints, I'll always choose leopard over everything else.

nkp said...

Admittedly, I prefer my hide au naturale, even better with a bit of metallic sparkle. Ultimately, when it comes to the home, to each his own.

The Down East Dilettante said...

The room with the unadorned cow is so gor-gee-us that I cannot imagine wanting anything the zebra tattoo.

I've always said (and I say a lot of things) that if one can't afford real, always go with the unabashedly fake---i.e. I love Albert Hadley's hyper chic hooked zebra pattern rugs, I love the real zebra rug, but keep that Canal St. Zebra on Canal St.

Of course, that stenciled rug might be the least of that room's problems...

susie q said...

I mostly agree, but that middle photo still looks stunning even with the cow-in-zebra-drag rug.

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

I'm not a zebra person, but I'm actually kinda digging on the pony hair zebra hide rug that Williams Sonoma Home has. (The lighter version!)

Crazy? Maybe I like it bc it doesn't look too zebra-y

http://www.wshome.com/products/p4115/index.cfm?pkey=crugs-naturals-hides

rexkellymidcentury said...

I kind of like the way cowhide looks...especially when it's one of those bi- or tri-colored cows. Tell me I'm not alone.

Raina Cox said...

rexkellymidcentury - Oh no, don't get me wrong. I adore a cowhide and want one for my living room (it just always seems that those few hundred dollars get spent elsewhere).

And welcome to this deliciousness!

sanctuaryhome said...

I don't mind a cow in drag, but if looking for a graphic contrast of black and white, I generally use a Holstein cow instead.
That said, in my house cow or zebra hides have been soundly vetoed by my husband.

Anonymous said...

I'm not a fan of the dead-animal motif in decorating, so, speaking for the squeamish, I say the faker the better. Do people's kids react? After all the "z is for zebra" alphabet books we've read, I think mine would be creeped out.

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

Damn Raina,

Recently gave a friend a cream-colored IKEA hide when I reshuffled a room.
Wish I'd known you when ;)
Alcira

erin@designcrisis said...

I'm really not a fan of either... or so I think until I see rooms like that last one.

my favorite and my best- MFAMB to you said...

i want a robert pattinson skin rug.

word verification? fackslat

Shauna said...

Normally, I'd agree. But I don't eat zebra meat, so I'll skip real zebra hide and do the ru-paul cow.

Do you mind zebra print silk, canvas, whatever else fabric? Faux snakeskin tray? Or the Scalamande Le Tigre velvet (like a lush, fake bengal tiger - yum!)? What about leopard print carpet or the fawn carpets?

I love/ own all that sort of fancy, fake-y animal shit. I can't help it. Though I try to keep it to one animal per room.

I also adore the plain hides and the ones jackson pollacked with gold and silver paint. Especially when used in upholstery.

The black and white bovine hides are too ranch-vibe for me. I grew up in Texas so I don't miss it a lick.

I guess that makes me a Glamour-don't of decor? Oh well...

Raina Cox said...

Shauna - Hello and welcome! I think you missed the point. This post was not an indictment of animal prints per se, just something in the world of decor I find odd. I would think a pony skin painted to look like a cow equally as strange.

Design Junkie said...

I like cow as cow. I don't like cow as zebra, but I like zebra as wool. And since someone brought it up - I LOVE le tigre and leopardo as silk velvet. And I'm dying over that.

Designers' Brew said...

semi-related... you will laugh your ass off to hear that I bought a zebra print rug for my new apartment. After all that hatred. After all these years.

... in my defense, it's a rectangular woven wool. In white and pale gray.

...but, yeah.

Just A Girl said...

Best post title EVER haha

Raina Cox said...

Just a Girl - Hello and welcome to this deliciousness!

Bri@Meyouandawiener said...

Have you seen the ones some bloggers started making out of vinyl and sharpies not sure how that's holding up but my guess is NOT GOOD!

Raina Cox said...

Bri - Good Lord - NO! That makes me so sad.