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Decorating Ideas: Animal Magnetism

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  • Table (from estate sale); side and host chairs (from estate sale): owner’s collection.
    Chair fabric (“Versailles Velvet,’’ discontinued): Kravet, 888/457-2838,, trade only.
    Jug on table holding flowers (Massucco Warner Miller collection); upholstering on chairs, drapery (custom): Massucco Warner Miller Interior Design & Decoration, 415/409-1997,
    Chargers: Richard Ginori 1735 Inc., 212/213-6884.
    Glassware: Lenox, 800/223-4311,
    Chandelier: vintage.
    Wallpaper (“Earlham’’ silk panels, Chinoiserie Collection): De Gournay, 212/564-9750,
    Trim paint (“Grange Hall’’ #NA71): Ralph Lauren Paint, 800/379-7656,
    Drapery and trim (“Pirouette’’/Viceroy #92905-05): Rogers & Goffigon, 203/532-8068, trade only.
    Area rug (“Mamba’’): Stark Carpet Corp., 212/752-9000,, trade only.

  • Area carpet (“Mamba”): Stark Carpet, 212/752-9000,, trade only. Drapery (“Changeant Taffeta”/Nasturtium #34067-11): Clarence House Inc., 800/803-2850,, trade only.
    Sheers: ADO Fine Fabrics, 800/845-0918,, trade only.
    Sofa (“James,” custom): McLaughlin Upholstery, 617/389-0761, trade only.
    Sofa fabric (“Bloom”/Ivory #2020); sofa trim (“Armilla”/Giada, discontinued): Dedar, 800/493-2209,, trade only.
    Sofa fringe (“Boullion Fringe”): Rose Cumming, 785/434-2725, trade only.
    Pillow on sofa (“Manhattan”/Olive, discontinued): Dedar, 800/493-2209,, trade only.
    Pillow trim (“Moss Fringe”): Rose Cumming, 785/434-2725, trade only.
    Swan chair (antique): owner’s collection.
    Chair fabric (“Silk Velvet”/Willow, discontinued): Rose Cumming, 785/434-2725, trade only.
    Venetian tea table; art; accessories: owner’s collection.

  • Interior designer: Megan Winters, Megan Winters Atelier and Maison, 675 Forest Avenue, Lake Forest, IL 60045; 847/295-1675,

  • Desk (custom, bamboo with glass top); fauteuil (antique); art; bookends on desk (antique); books (antiques, owner’s collection of Charles Dicken’s novels); bergere on right (antique), lamp on desk (antique): owner’s collection.
    Fabric on fauteuil (“Blended Raffia’’/Black Straw): Robert Allen, 800/333-3777,, trade only.

  • Gold-framed fauteuil: antique.
    Fauteuil fabric (“Jaguar Velours Soie’’/Natural #32297-1): Clarence House Ltd., 800/803-2850,, trade only.
    Upholstered chair: A Rudin, 310/659-2388,
    Chair fabric (“Compel’’/Bamboo): Robert Allen, 800/333-3777,, trade only.
    Round black table (by James Mont): Pavilion Antiques, 773/645-0924.
    Floor covering: Patterson, Flynn & Martin, 212/688-7700,, trade only.
    Piano: Baldwin Piano & Organ Co.,

  • Butterflies under glass: owner’s collection.

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  • Wall paint (“Chervil” #22-30); ceiling and trim paint (“Designer White” #33-1):Pratt & Lambert Paints, 800/289-7728,
    Molding (custom): Hyde Park Molding, 631/752-7837,
    Animal drawings on wall: Jess Ryan,
    Chandelier (“Marigot 6-Light Chandelier with wood beads” #CHC1415): Circa Lighting, 877/762-2323,
    Large round center table (“Montego”): Drexel Heritage, 866/450-3434,
    Area rug: Blue Door Antiques, 616/456-7888.
    Floor lamp; lampshade: Jamie Young, 866/295-2677,
    Figurine on piano; candlesticks on center table: Calypso Home, 866/422-5977,
    Sconces on wall by piano (vintage); piano: owner’s collection.

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  • Paint (“Super White”): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667,
    Bird art (by Ellen Granter); table under bird art (custom): owner’s collection.

  • “If we treated everyone we meet with the same affection we bestow upon our favorite cat, they, too, would purr.” – Martin Buxbaum

    Wall covering (“Nine Lives”): Tyler Hall, 212/239-0362,
    Cat painting: by Agnes Lemaire, 410/745-9350. 

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  • Chair: Art & Antiques; 847/886-0200. 
    Leopard fabric (“Jaguar Velours Soie”/Natural 32297-1): Clarence House,, to trade.
    Drapery  fabric (“Bengal”/Taffy 8401-8): Carleton V, 212/355-4525, to trade.
    Drapery trim (“Fleurs Indiennes”/Tan FT499-13): Scalamandre, 800/932-4361, to trade.
    Table, mirror, footstool: owner’s collection.

  • Leather chair (custom, Waldo Design): through Kneedler-Fauchère, 310/855-1313, trade only.
    Sofa: Stark Carpet Corp., 212/752-9000,, trade only.
    Sofa fabric: Clarence House,, trade only.
    Stool next to sofa (antique); area rug (antique): Linda L. Floyd Inc., 408/978-6542.
    Drapery fabric: discontinued.
    Coffee table: Richard Mulligan-Sunset Cottage, 323/650-8660,, trade only.
    Plaid pillow backs (“Dorney Check’’): Brunschwig & Fils, 212/838-7878,, trade only.
    Floral pillow fabric (“Exotic Tree of Life’’): Chelsea Editions, 212/758-0005,, trade only.
    Wicker bookcase: Indigo Seas, 310/550-8758.

  • “Butterflies are self-propelled flowers.” – R.H. Heinlein

  • Sofa (custom): Designed by Lucas Studio, 310/858-6884.
    Sofa fabric (“Velours Trigance’’/Spruce #2034-02): Rose Tarlow-Melrose House, 323/651-2202,, trade only.
    Sofa pillow at left (antique): owner’s collection.
    Sofa pillow, center (“Silk Denim’’/Bronze #2515-06, by Larsen); sofa pillow, right (“Suzani’’ by Manuel Canovas; discontinued; for similar, “Byzance’’/Turquoise #4571-03): Cowtan & Tout, 212/647-6900,, trade only.
    Rug: Michaelian & Kohlberg, 212/431-9009,, trade only.
    Elephant side table (antiques market find); sconces (Paris Flea Market): owner’s collection.
    Wall paint (“Manchester Tan’’ #HC-81): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667,

  • See more from this dog-loving designer on the following slides.

  • “My home is my dog’s home first, and mine second. If it’s the other way around, it’s not safe for the dog. If Sebastian is comfortable here, I’m definitely comfortable.” – Designer Eric Cohler

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  • Tidbit plates (“Festive Peacock”); accent plates (“Oleander Avenue”): Kate Spade through Lennox, 800/223-4311.
    Glass charger (“Dancing Stars Jazz”): Nachtmann.
    Patterned flatware: Sabre through Yvonne Estelle’s.
    Red linen napkins with green bead trim (“Carmina”): Nuko Creations, 732/542-0200.

  • Vibrant and classic, zebra print can often have a hard time fitting into a traditional space. Designer Kenneth Brown has added a cascade of black and white photographs to complement the chairs’ contrasting hues.

  • “Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel.” – G.K. Chesterton

  • The Chinese wallpaper is a salute to eternal springtime in this New York City apartment’s entryway.

    Wallpaper (“Earlham’’ by de Gournay, custom color green to match paint): Todd Romano, 212/879-7722.
    Paint (“Green Ground’’ #206): Farrow & Ball, 888/511-1121, Flooring: stained ebony.
    Chairs and fabric: owner’s collection.

  • A big copper bunny doesn’t let this immense space dominate her. Even the biggest spaces can be tamed by decorating with large-scale pieces, like this great blue heron painting.

    Interior designer: Greg Lanza, Greg Lanza Design, 641 Lexington Ave., 14th Floor, New York, NY 10022; 212/537-9090; and 75 Highland Rd., Glen Cove, NY 11542; 516/656-9848,
    Chandelier (wooden): Donna Parker Habitat Ltd., 631/726-9311, Area rug (Tibetan): Tamarian Carpets, 800/854-0538,
    Copper rabbit and snail: Robert Kuo, 212/229-2020,
    Heron painting (Great Blue Heron): Dutch Touch Art, 212/721-6521,
    Chair under painting (Eames “La Chaise”): Design Within Reach, 800/944-2233,
    Flowers/orchids: Murphy and Company, 516/676-5577.
    Hexagon tray foyer table (TrueForm Furniture); driftwood floor lamps; white-and-chrome benches; wing chair; accessories: Greg Lanza Design Home Collection, 516/656-9848,
    Yellow hexagon side tables: West Elm, 888/921-4119,
    Fabrics: Duralee, 800/275-3872,, and Highland Court, 800/387-2533,
    White side table (“Jacques Garcia Outdoor Chi Chi ‘C’ Table”) McGuire, 800/662-4847,

  • “How dreary—to be—somebody! How public—like a frog—to tell your name—the livelong June—to an admiring bog!” – Emily Dickinson

  • Designer Irwin Feld re-created a snow day in this showhouse living room. Celebrating nature, he includes a large hand-carved wooden deer beneath the mantel and a faux-fur bench.

  • “A wise old owl sat on an oak; The more he saw the less he spoke; The less he spoke the more he heard; Why aren’t we like that wise old bird?”

  • Zebras leap across the walls of this powder room. The large print playfully opens up a smaller space.

    Wallpaper (“Zebras”/Safari Brown #WP81388M-3): Scalamandré, 800/932-4361,, trade only.
    Vanity sink (“Savoy Vitreous China Oval Undermount Lavatory’’/White); faucets (“Boulevard’’/Lumen): Waterworks,  800/899-6757,
    Mirror: vintage.
    Sconces (“Ginger Single-Arm Sconce’’ #AH2010, Alexa Hampton Collectio): Visual Comfort & Co., 713/686-5999, trade only.

  • A plush leopard ottoman is covered in a faux sheep throw from Ikea.

    Ottoman; ottoman fabric; mirror over mantel; table to left of mantel (discontinued); pair of chairs in front of mantel (discontinued); chair fabric; table beside love seat (with dog figurines): Drexel Heritage, 866/450-3434,
    Pillows on love seat: Calypso Home, 866/422-5977,
    White throw on ottoman: IKEA, 800/434-4532,

  • Designer Charles Faudree loves dogs, especially his Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Here, he celebrates his canine companions with a bulldog statue and two needlepoint pillows featuring sweet puppy faces.

  • Animal-inspired prints abound in this home designed by Lisa Sternfeld. A chair from Clarence House is upholstered in fanciful zebra print from Jonas. Its hues complement the sofa pillows, which look like cowhide but are in fact needlepoint.

    See more from this house on the following slides.

  • A gilded horse from Etós stands guard over the dining room mantel.

  • A beetle vase sits on the mantel with a porthole mirror and vintage clock.

  • In 2006, designer Eric Cohler produced his own collection of fabrics. “’Unleashed,’” he says, “was the celebration of the American dog—especially those that my family has had as pets over the years.” His black and white poodles Tyler and Sebastian are included in the design.

    Fabric (Unleashed” by Eric Cohler): Lee Jofa, 800/453-3563,

  • “Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to.” -Alfred A. Montapert

  • A large painting of a friendly cat’s face makes for the perfect welcome in the entryway.

    Wall color (“Buckingham Gardens’’ #545): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667. Table to right of door (antique): owner’s collection.
    Lamp: Baker, 800/592-2537,
    Painting above antique table: Pugrant Assoc., 202/863-0050, trade only.
    Altar table; cat painting (by Agnes Lemaire): owner’s collection. 
    Candles: Crate & Barrel, 800/996-9960,

  • In this Hampton’s showhouse, a large-scale black-and-white photograph of a horse brings a welcome dose of serenity to balance this artist’s studio.

    Interior designer: Joe Lucas, Lucas Studio Inc., 636-A B. Almont Drive, West Hollywood, CA 90069; 310/858-6884,
    Wall covering (“Gauhara Begum” #01W, by Idarica Gazzoni): Harbinger, 310/858-6884,
    Sofa (“Sag Harbor Button Sofa”); coffee table (“Oyster Bay Coffee Table”): Harbinger, 310/858-6884,
    Sofa fabric (“Aqua Velvet”/Rock Garden #200/10, by Great Outdoors): Holly Hunt, 312/661-1900,
    Paintings over sofa (by Alex K. Mason): Alex K. Mason, 011 61 45 159 8623,
    Table under horse photo (“Mayfair Nightstand,” discontinued): Thomasville Furniture Industries Inc., 800/225-0265,
    Horse photo (“Bob Tabor Horse Print #73): Mecox Gardens, 800/487-4854,

  • “Lots of people talk to animals...Not very many listen though...that's the problem.”
    Benjamin Hoff, The Tao Of Pooh

    Mural: Sue Leal, 518/781-4369.
    Floor: original to house.
    Chair (“Hayworth Carved Chair’’/Gold Leaf #7011-CH): Annie Selke Home for Vanguard Furniture,
    Fabric (“Slubby Linen’’/Ivory): Annie Selke Home, available at Calico Corners/Calico Home, 800/213-6366,
    Throw; sink (one-of-a-kind); faucet; soap dish; vase; mirror: owner’s collection

  • Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened. -Anatole France

  • A collection of carved wooden bears from Germany’s Black Forest frolics along a fireplace mantel.

  • A deer wanders straight out of a fairytale to grace an antique wooden chair.

    Side chair (antique, 19th-century rush-seat side chair): Kim Faison Antiques, 804/282-3736,

  • "Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole." - Roger Caras

    Paisley chair: owner’s collection.
    Chair fabric (“Mirande”/Nutmeg #10447-02): Cowtan & Tout, 212/647-6900,

  • The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears.  - Arabian proverb

  • Architect Ken Tate put his design skills to the test in his own New Orleans home. “”You throw in what works,” he says. “You might ask, did you measure it? No, I just tasted it. I know what it should taste like.” Tate followed his instinct by adding chenille zebra print pillows in the chocolate-brown guest bedroom to add a little flair against the dark walls.

    Paint (“Northwood Brown’’ #1000): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667,
    Bed (“Pencil Post Bed’’/Stove Black #705): Harden Furniture Inc., 315/245-1000,
     Zebra chenille pillows: discontinued.
    Drapery (“Vasto Check’’/Coffee): Randolph & Hein, 800/844-9922,, trade only.
    Acrylic paintings (left, Animus; right, Anima, by Ken Tate): Ken Tate Architect, 985/845-8181,
    Oil painting over bed (antique, Italian); rug (antique, kilim dowry rug): owner’s collection.
    Console table (family heirloom); lamp; ottoman: owner’s collection.

  • In a Lake Forest, Illinois, showhouse, designer Gail Plechaty creates a serene space in the master bedroom which balances dreamy feminine with elements of masculine heft. “It is maddening to me when the exterior and interior do not flow as one,” she explains. “After all, the world’s best architect and designer is Mother Nature.”

  • A pair of doves alighted on the mantel helps to achieve symmetry in this living room.

    Sofas: custom.
    Sofa fabric (linen velvet): Clarence House, 800/803-2850, Large pillow on sofa (silk); small pillow (embroidered silk, discontinued): Koplavitch & Zimmer, 214/742-0500.
    Oval table (antique, French); round gold end table (gilded iron with mirrored glass top): owner’s collection.
    Candle sconces (antique): Illuminati Antiques, 404/519-0186,
    Mantel (Louis XV): original to house.
    Mirror (antique trumeau in original paint): Willow Creek Gallery, 865/525-1925,
    Birds on mantel: owner’s collection.
    Wall paint (“Appaloosa” #33-28); ceiling and trim paint (“Silver Lining” #32-32): Pratt & Lambert, 800/289-7728,

  • Guests will appreciate the details, especially in the form of a dainty golden songbird at the dinner table.

    Dinnerware (“Rich Collection”): Prouna,
    Napkins: Kim Seybert,
    Gold napkin ring: L’Objet,

  • This ethereal bedroom has a mirrored dresser that seems inspired by a dream. Painted stallions, buffalo, and mythical animals prance across its surface.

    Bed (custom, “Eaton Bed,” king size #50223): Donghia, 914/662-2377,
    Bed fabric (“Elsa”/Seine #2020-02): Brentano, 847/657-8481,
    Bedding: Abrielle Fine Linens, 202/364-6118.
    Mirrored cabinet with decorative design: Mitchell Yanosky Custom Furniture Finishes, 410/467-2211,
    Table lamp (“Wabi Sabi Alt Lamps”/Crème #80059): Donghia, 914/662-2377,
    Art behind bed (Three Seconds with the Masters—Reaching, 2008, archival print, by James Osher): Addison/Ripley Fine Art, 202/338-5180, Wall paint (custom): Donald Kaufman Color,
    Ceiling and trim paint (“America’s Cup” #C064): C2 Paint,
    Carpet (custom, “Rosettes”/Brown, Blue, designed by David Herchik): Stark Carpet, 212/752-9000,

  • Prints of tropical fish hang above a cane chair upholstered in an exotic “Ocelot” pattern. A parrot appears on the desk lamp, completing the jungle theme.

    See more from this house on the following slide.

    Desk (“Dutch Writing Table” #F-DE01): Formations, 310/659-3062.
    Trunk (antique): owner’s collection.
    Lamp on desk (“Parrot Lamp” #L91): Patina Inc.,
    Cane chair (“Brighton Chair”/London Black finish #6146.11): Minton-Spidell, 310/836-0403,
    Chair fabric (“Ocelot”/Brown, Black #10877-02): Cowtan & Tout, 212/647-6900,
    Drapery (“Jembala Print”/Brown #34054-4); drapery fringe (“Eugenie Candle Fringe,” custom color): Clarence House, 800/803-2850,
    Area rug (custom): Todd Richesin Interiors, 865/675-5828,
    Chandelier (custom): Ironware International, 800/850-0460,

  • "A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song." - Chinese proverb

    Plates and bird art: owner’s collection.
    Chandeliers (“Ceiling Mount Crystal Chandelier with Fruit”/Dark Stained Bronze #1447/F/FRT): New Metal Crafts, 312/787-6991,
    Paneling (Dade County Pine): original to house.

  • The dusty pink wallpaper, original to this old house, inspired the palette for the rest of the home. Two papier maché birds guard the entryway.

    Chest of drawers (antique, Biedermeier): owner’s collection.
    Carved mirror (“By the Sea’’): Byford & Mills, 732/842-5778.
    Lamp: Ambiance Antiques, 732/219-6767.
    Birds (papier maché): Church Street Gardens, 732/936-1200.
    Wall covering (antique): original to house.

  • This 1930s Egyptian revival bench is from Paul Marra Design.

    "The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself, too." - Samuel Butler

  • Designer Jeffrey Bilhuber identifies his decorative mojo as a dashing marriage of modernity (like luxurious fabrics and clean lines) and tradition (what he calls “the connective tissue that bonds the past with the future.”). This room exemplifies his style with natural textures, sleek furniture, and a subtle dash of leopard print on the throw pillows to tie it all together.

    Sofa (“Crescent Sofa’’): Bilhuber Basics, through Bilhuber & Assoc., 212/308-4888.
    Leopard pillow fabric: vintage.
    Fauteuil; mirrored sconces: Amy Perlin Antiques, 212/593-5756.

  • “Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.” - George Eliot

  • The Sidecar, price available upon request from Moore & Giles [1-800-737-0169]

    This beautifully crafted bar cart, The Sidecar by Moore and Giles, is a great way to store liquor, glassware, bar tools, and anything else needed to complete your own miniature bar. The cart, made of Virginia black walnut, birch, leather, aluminum, and brass, is wheeled to make sure the party can travel with you. Perfect for drink-lovers without the space for a full bar.