Thursday, February 7, 2013

Another Post About Hallways

Are you sick of hearing about my hallway yet? If not, then please continue on.

Since reading this post, my mother has started a campaign to talk me out of choosing leopard for my stair and hallway runner ("Your house will look like a Vegas nightclub, Carrie!"). But I disagree. I think it can be rather tasteful and fabulous. Not to mention its stain disguising powers. I've never seen a dirty leopard, have you?
Jennifer Eisenstadt Design
So I brought home some samples from my local carpet showroom.

But the practical side of me is afraid I'll get tired of leopard before my wallet will allow me to replace it. So I am also looking at "safer" options. 

Wool sisal could be kind of fun if paired with an interesting border, like this one from the 2012 Hamptons Designer Show House. 
Habitually Chic
I found something pretty close at the carpet showroom.

The good news is that I've narrowed it down to these two options. The bad news is that I'm officially undecided between the two. The carpet showroom is sending out a designer to measure on Friday. Hopefully, she'll help me select one over the other.

Until then, I'm curious to hear where you stand... Spots or not?


40 comments:

Andrea said...

Oooh, that is a tough one. I also love leopard, but I tend to agree that you may tire of it quickly. Maybe go little more neutral and then add a leopard rug somewhere to get your leopard fill. I can't wait to see what you decide on.

Ashley said...

Yeah that's a tough one... I love the look of the leopard but a safer option might be best. Gosh... not much help am I :)

Kim @ Plumberry Pie said...

love 'em both! I tend to be practical and guessing i would go w/the sisal buuuuuut, I also find it's these special moments like leopard that I end up liking the best. When i go out on a limb a bit. when i walk into someone's home, these are the parts that make my heart sing.
yep, i know, that was as indecisive and unhelpful as i could get. ;) perhaps go w/sisal and get a mini leopard rug like the first commenter said. that could be the trick! good luck. everything looks great so far!

Cara said...

Spots!

Lilac and Grey

Heather Peterson said...

Leopard, hands down.
A total classic that will never go out of style. Plus just enough funk for your older/more staid house.

While I LOVE wool sisal, I worry it will look dirty fast, plus the greek key or trellis trim is trendy. More trendy than leopard.

How about one of the leopard options with relatively low contrast, so it doesn't shout?

Heather
loveyourspace.blogspot.com

My Crafty Home Life said...

This is really hard. I see why you can't decide. I think I'm just going to watch the vote on this one. Good luck.

Cathy Wall said...

Leopard, it is classic, always in style! I used it for a runner on a client project years ago and loved how it worked with the other elements in the space. I recently used a product by Millikin for a client runner, a very subtle pattern that had the appearance of leopard but wasn't. In the end, you can't go wrong with the bordered wool sisal if that is what you decide. Good luck!

LindsB said...

You HAVE to do leopard its classic, hides stains and is just all around awesome. There is no WAY your house could look Vegas! Here is another of my favorite leopard runner- its in a super traditional house and it just looks amazing!
http://pinterest.com/pin/136374694938340317/

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

A large room carpeted in the leopard might be too much of a good thing, but personally I think your staircase would be a perfect location to add an unexpected element like that. Both the other choices are lovely and safe but I guess you have to ask yourself if safe is what you're going for or are you willing to take a risk. It seems like your heart was set on the leopard. Life's short, why not go with what will make you happy. Either way, I can't wait to see what you choose, already love what you've done so far.

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Totally, 100% definitely, hands down, leopard!!!!! Especially since the rest of your house is not Vegas-y AT ALL and you have your beautiful traditional molding in the hallway to offset the spiciness of the leopard. I think it will grow on your mom. And it will hide stains. And it's fun!! And so you might replace it in 10 years - you would probably want to do that anyway no matter what you chose. So excited to see what you choose!

Laura@happyroost said...

I really like both ideas. How about the leopard print that is second from the bottom in the photo? That has a nice, neutral feel to it but still has a fun pattern. It's not as "in your face" as the other leopard patterns.

Laura
www.Happyroostblog.com

Ashley said...

Could you do a leopard border on the sisal?!

Laurie said...

Spots!! Go risky

Unknown said...

What Heather said.

Janna McCalley said...

I like the subtle leapord print a lot (the lighter tan or grey). If your hubby will let you do it-go for it! I know mine would NOT :)

DecorandtheDog said...

I'm too big of a chicken for leopard but it does look awesome though!

Giles Family said...

I agree with Ashley, could you do a sisal with leopard border and get the best of both worlds?

Stephanie said...

Another vote for the leopard!

Amber B (Simple Dwellings) said...

I agree with a lot of what Kim said. It's those moments in a home when you take risks, that get the most reward! Sometimes, stepping outside your box and going with what you love ends up being your favorite decision. I also love your second option with the greek key looking trim. I say, go with your heart- you can never be wrong! :) Good luck- can't wait to hear what you choose!

Holly said...

Just like in that very first photo, you've got the classic elements and architectural features in your home to support going with a leopard runner - I say go for it. If you lived in a newer home or a home that had more modern features then I think it would look too forced but I think it's that perfect touch of unexpected that will bring a smile to your face when you walk into your home. Now where is my invite over ? ;) PS - what are Chris's thoughts? Or is he letting you decide?

Calypso In The Country said...

I love the leopard and it will hide stains beautifully. Having said that, my husband would never allow it. I think the wool sisal would be a classic choice though. Just don't choose one that is too light or it might be hard to keep clean.
-Shelley

Sarah said...

Tough choice! I'm not as bold as you though, so I would probably go classic and neutral with the sisal. But, girl, you've got vision and never seem to get it wrong, so go with your gut!!!

Maury @ Life on Mars said...

I gotta go with the sisal, but I'm safe like that. Plus I really like texture and I'm just not sure about that much leopard. I'm always on board with a leopard throw or pillow, but something so permanent would make me nervous too.

Mrs. Handyverger said...

I understand your hesitation, but I have to say... when I have gotten brave and gone with the bolder choice, I have ended up being so, so happy that I did - even 12 years down the road when I got "brave" and picked the plum suede jacket instead of the brown. I still wear it to this day! Leopard is my vote! :)

Tiffany said...

I love both. Either would look fantastic. Flip a coin?

Section 36 said...

You have to go with the spots.

Natalie said...

I want to tell you to go bold, to go with the spots. BUT, it's a tough choice. Both options are classy and neutral, but the leopard is riskier. When we started our historic renovation in 2004, budget was a factor. We tried to spend more on elements that we wouldn't get tired of and less on bolder choices like paint choices. This year, I'm ready to start re-doing some of the original rooms, and I'm SO glad that the paint colors and accessories are going to be easy and fairly inexpensive to change. Another consideration is resale. You getting tired of the spots is one thing, but having to appeal to buyers is much more of a factor...
Good luck! I know either choice will be beautiful!
--Natalie {TheShadyAcre.com}

Andrea said...

I LOVE LOVE animal print runners, whether it's leopard or antelope print. I went into aN old French quarter home as a teenager and he had leopard print runner on the stairs with a dark purple on the walls and beautiful lighting.....it made me swoon. You can always do the lighter color leopard print (I think 4th down on the sample board). But you have to decide on what works for y'all. If you are someone who tires of prints then the other carpet samples would be your best bet.

Whitney @ Drab to Fab Design said...

That is a REALLY tough one! I think they'd both look amazing, but I'm leaning towards the leopard! It's your home so whatever will make you the happiest is what you should do! :)

kimt said...

spots...love the beige on darker beige. what better place than stairs...not much to look at while you are walking up. it would be classy, chic, unexpected and lovely.

K. said...

Go with antelope, leopard's more demure cousin.
Whatever you choose, it will look great with your hall (which we'll never tire of hearing about)
Animal print is classic, while it may be less trendy at time, it never really goes out of style.

Kirsten said...

Hmm...the leopard would be pretty amazing. However, knowing how often you like to redecorate your spaces, I would go with the sisal. Maybe you could find a narrow bench to upholster in leopard to put under the mirror since you decided against the table. Just a thought...

Lisa @ Cozy Condo Living said...

I think the spots are fun, but you're right that you may get tired of it faster than the second choice (which is my fav). Good luck!

figtreesundays said...

I am not against a leopard print runner per se, but I do think your house has very few of that kind of fresh-modern/fun/poppy style choices. The leopard print statement at the entrance would seem unrelated to the rest of the home, is my 2 cents' worth.

Kelly said...

Oh I am so torn. I tend to think with semi-permanent fixtures that you should fall on the safe side, but on the other hand, I always admire houses that take risks, and I think that's what sets the most beautiful homes apart. The leopard would be beautiful, but I also really love that greek key. Glad I don't have to make the decision! :)

Linda Pakravan said...

You only live once. Go for the leopard!

Linda Pakravan said...

p.s. forgot to add that if you love it you won't care if it goes out of style.

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

Go for an animal print! You only live once and every time my mother has talked me out of a design idea I have been sorry.....If your afraid go with the one that is more subtle in color. Leopard-or animal prints never go out of style but the sisal will.

pam {simple details} said...

Hands down leopard!! I've had a leopard chair for about 10 years, it's probably my favorite piece of furniture I own, and everyone thought I was crazy! leopard

nancy john said...

Nice look of interior design it is really cool

Manipulative hallway

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