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Trends Flashback

I was doing some research for an upcoming presentation on 2011 trends, and while flipping through old issues of House & Home, I came across this photo from our “Dressed to the Nineties” feature in the December/January 1990 issue.

Photo Blog Trends Flashback 2011 Leopard Bedroom

Crazy, right?!

Well, maybe not, since the leopard print trend is back. Interior designer Miles Redd has been incorporating it into his designs for a while. Check out these rooms from his portfolio:

Photo Blog Trends Flashback 2011 Leopard Bedroom Rug

Photo Blog Trends Flashback 2011 Leopard Dining Room Chairs

Photo Blog Trends Flashback 2011 Leopard Blue Living Room

I love everything about this living room: the super dark lacquered walls, the rich jewel tones, the chevron wood floors and the combination of patterns and textures. A tiny hit of leopard on a cushion adds a playful element to the space — just the right amount of leopard to throw you off a bit.

But then there are some extremists…

Photo Blog Trends Flashback 2011 Leopard Living Room

Way too much. Really?! Leopard print on the walls, drapes and furniture? I feel a little dizzy looking at this. Perhaps they took inspiration from our 1990 issue?

So my advice, dear blog readers, follow Miles’ footsteps and bring this recycled trend into your home (and wardrobe!) in small doses. It’s smart to invest a little in trends, we (and by we I mean House & Home) called it a trend 20 years ago and look, it’s already back.

Photo Blog Trends Flashback 2011 Leopard Shoes Flats J Crew

Or, if you’re so brave, like me, start by investing in a great pair of leopard flats. They’ll look great on me and in my apartment, ha!

For Suzanne Dimma’s tips on how to spend wisely, see Top Trends.

Photo credits:
1. From December/January 1990 issue of House & Home
2. Design by Miles Redd, photography by Francesco Lagnese, Habitually Chic
3. Design by Miles Redd, Whitehaven Interiors
4. Design by Miles Redd, photography by Thomas Loof, House Beautiful
5. Classic Glamour, Mary MacDonald
6. Kelcey Calf Hair Ballet Shoes, J.Crew