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Remember that blog post I did a few months ago about the overdone leopard look? Well, lately I’ve been seeing another wave of the leopard print trend again, but this time of the snow leopard variety and I’ll admit, I’m really liking it.

The original fabric is called Les Touches and was manufactured by Brunschwig & Fils, a massive fabric house that was bought by another fabric giant, Kravet. It was introduced to the decorating world in 1965 and has kept a strong presence ever since.

As much as I’ve got decor on the brain, every time I see this fabric I have flashbacks from my childhood and the countless times I watched Disney’s 101 Dalmatians (on VHS, of course). Remember having to wait and rewind videos? But I digress — back to decorating.

In the past, some designers have taken it a bit too far, like the fashion designer Geoffrey Beene. Back in 1988, he covered an entire room in this pattern. Luckily, things have changed since the ’80s…

The ever-so-stylish Tommy Smythe used this fabric on two wing chairs in his apartment that we featured back in our December 2009 issue. You can check out more of his bachelor pads, past and present, here.

This pattern might also be the best wallpaper ever if you have kids (or uneven walls); it’s guaranteed to hide all kinds of marks and fingerprints! Designer Tom Scheerer used it in this adorable powder room in an East Hampton cottage.

I’ve had this shot saved on my desktop for a few weeks now ever since I stumbled across it on a blog. This is my favourite application of this print — not too overpowering, but just enough to add that visual impact and interest to a room. It’s something I would totally do in my own space.

Speaking of which, you can recreate this look yourself! Emily, from High on the Tide, took matters into her own hands and completed the most affordable DIY project to recreate this look. Check it out here. All you need is some white vinyl, a black Sharpie and some time on your hands — the perfect rainy weekend project. I recommend having 101 Dalmatians playing in the background, you know, for a little inspiration!

For more inspiration on punches of pattern and colour, see our Colour-Packed Rooms photo gallery.

Photo credits:
1. High Street Market
2. 101 Dalmatians, Animation Archive
3. All the Best
4. House & Home December 2009 issue, photography by Michael Graydon
5. East Hampton Cottage, Tom Scheerer, photography by Simon Upton
6. Unknown source: Help! Does anyone know where this shot comes from?
7. High on the Tide

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