leopard in life

I can’t think of a better way to start a grey, rainy week than with a discussion about leopard.  It’s the opposite of dreary!  Ever since I can remember, I have loved this pattern.  A little bit goes a long way, and frankly I consider a dash of leopard to be a staple in a home or wardrobe.  It adds a layer of luxury in an unrestrained kind of way.  And brings a nice punch to any look – especially a traditional space.


All it takes is a pillow, a stair runner, an unusual chair…


In our Bay house, I jazzed up our monochromatic keeping room with two simple leopard pillows that I’ve had forever.  Matter of fact, they’re so old that the welt is starting to fray – but I love them too much to part with them.  Our youngest was busy playing with his cars when I snapped the pic ; )  Note:  I’m planning a post about the redo of this room soon. 

simply seleta bay house

As you can see in our room above, pillows are a great way to add a touch of leopard in an affordable way.  Just found this little guy at Pier one – priced at a steal.


This lumbar pillow is a little pricier since it has a down-fill and a higher end leopard pattern.  Could be adorable on a side chair or loveseat.


For the wardrobe, I think every woman should have one pair of leopard heels in their closet.  The only bad news is the good ones are never cheap, so consider them one of your “investment pieces.”  You could wear leopard heels with anything from dresses to jeans.



Found these kate spade pumps – they’re a classic heel and a reasonable price for a higher end shoe.

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What I like about leopard heels is they add a little edge to basic pieces such as black dress or a pencil skirt and crisp white top.  Plus you can wear them year round.  In the workplace, you could easily rock leopard heels with a black fitted turtleneck or blazer and skirt – provided the hemline of your skirt is not above the knee…

Absolutely love this look too – I’m a sucker for tiny dots and a girly dress.  I do not have the source for the dress.



I’m still planning to put together a little post together on some of my recent outfits – leopard included!

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  1. pve says:

    I do love leopard in small doses, otherwise, it can border on “tacky.”
    Love your room vroom.

  2. CArolyn says:

    I agree with the leopard shoe, etc. I have a pair ( Jessica Simpson of all labels!) and wear them everywhere. Found a leopard pencil skirt at Target last year that gets lots of wear. It just jazzes up an outfit. Need to consider some in my home.

  3. Aunt Pat says:

    love the polka dot dress and leopard heels!

  4. JJ says:

    Thank you –now I know what I’m reupholstering my ottoman in!

  5. Ingrid says:

    I love a little bit of leopard it can look so chic when added in moderation

  6. Alana Goldstein says:

    Do you think leopard can go in a farmhouse?

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