How to Decorate Using Animal Hides

Hey Friends!

If there is ONE thing that I have noticed over and over again is that adding TEXTURE to your room will give it that polished, "magazine look" you have always wanted.

One of the best ways to add texture to a room is with "fuzzy" blankets or area rugs.  Using greenery is also a wonderful way to add texture.  Just think of all those green leaves, even if they are fake, you can visualize how much texture they can add to a room.

But for this post, I thought we would highlight and analyze some home decor pictures where they used animal hide (faux or real) as their main element of texture.

Notice the "fuzzy" sheepskin pillow and neutral hide rug.  They have created such a peaceful setting.

Adding hide over wood floors is beautiful....two natural elements. I love the contrast - the white rug against the brown floor.

Isn't this fancy :-)  This room is full of texture from the decorative wooden ceiling planks to the stone fireplace.  I personally think the hide is what makes this room - it was a bold move but I love it.

This porch would look boring without the splash of color the chestnut and white hide provides.  Notice they also layer each of the seats with even more sheepskin texture.

Lindsey Hene Interiors
Like the first photo, this is a very neutral setting.  Not only is there great texture by using the hide, I LOVE the texture the brick wall provides!

This is a great vignette.  Once again, it's a neutral setting but then it throws in a pop of industrial style with the lights and the metal table.  The greenery, pink blanket and the hide rug softens the setting. It's always fun to see an eclectic room come together.

Since this post is about decorating using animal hide, I can't forget to add Vivienne's dresser makeover.  I LOVE IT! (the before dresser was painted camouflage!)

Yes, that is real cow hide glued down to the front of each dresser panel and then tacked with upholstery tacks along the edges. 

You can purchase cow hide remnants off eBay for a decent price.  Last time I was in IKEA they had hides there too.

And in my OWN home I have added just a tiny bit of animal hide texture :-)

Living room faux animal hide blanket and pillows.

I'm sure there were a few of you who thought they would NEVER use animal hide in their home decor.  :-) What do you think of it now?  


The PICKLEBALL Sports Court Completed!

YES my friends, the sports court is finally completed :-)

I have to laugh......we thought it would be done at the beginning of summer, but HEY, life never goes as planned so having it finished before snow hits the ground works too ;-)

The landscaper did a BEAUTIFUL job and if it wasn't for all the awful issues with the FlexCourt company (who provided our sports tiles, I don't recommend them) it would have been completed a lot earlier.

One of my favorite things about the court is how much family/friend time we spend on it.  At least 3-4 times a week my husband and I see who can beat the other person in a game of pickleball.   When we have company over we always get them to try at least one game.  Of course, whenever my son's friends come over the FIRST thing they want to do is play on the court.

My son and his buddies playing pickeball.

I also want to mention the great companies that gave me pickleball paddles to review and try out on the court.

Paddletek gave me 4 awesome paddles - my favorite out of the four is The Elements
My tournament partner's favorite Paddletek paddle was the Power Pro (like the name suggests, it has lots of power due to the weighted top)

Selkirk paddles is an upcoming superb pickleball paddle company - the owners are fantastic.  In fact, the paddle they gave me to review (the 300A XL), I liked so much I used it in a tournament last weekend AND WON! :-)  

Grand Champion in the Spokane USAPA regulated tournament.  
My husband now calls me the "The Pickleball Queen" ha!

In case you want to see up-close what my shirt says here it is. (Oh boy, this is really starting to look like one of my Fess Up posts! Ha!)  You can get many other Pickleball Logo Shirts at RiverstoneApparel.

Somehow I also got into the paper: "Tickled to Talk Pickleball". Yep, should have saved this for a Fess Up post - hahaha!

"See Pickle" - this makes me least my RELISH the Moment shirt is making more sense to a few of you. ;-) 

Overall, I am thrilled with investing in a backyard sports court (and let me tell you, it was an investment! ugggh!) I know it will be used for MANY years to come.

Now who wants to come over and play a game of PICKLEBALL!!!! :-)
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