How I love a spot of leopard!  Animal prints are some of my favorite patterns and leopard specifically owns a large chunk of my heart.  When used or worn tastefully (i.e. in small doses), leopard can make a perfectly chic statement without being garish.  From the leopard pillows in Elsie de Wolfe’s Villa Trianon to the pair of spotted shorts in Peter Som’s recent collection, designers throughout the centuries have held a particular affection for the print.  Robert Kime once said Parisian antique dealer Madeleine Castaing “pretty much had it all figured out—leopard carpet looks good anywhere.”  I couldn’t agree more!  In fact, Castaing’s country home at Leves is brimming with leopard and is one of my all time favorite interiors (get a glimpse below).  Now my darling readers, do feast your eyes upon a selection of drool-worthy wild treats…

Above, leopard safari cards by Crane & Co.


Camel Leopard Cashmere Throw by Williams Sonoma Home


Leopard abounds in the country house of the late, great Madeleine Castaing


Vintage 1960’s Leopard Hat from JessJamesJake

x2DSCN9099Scalamandre Leopard Silk Velvet Pillows by Amy Zook Antiques

Picture 41Christiane Calf Hair Ballet Flats by J.Crew

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For a modern twist, “Leopard Snow” Rug by Neiman Marcus

Picture 3Needlepoint Pillows by Jayson Home + Garden


French Leopard Watercolor from Soniat House Antiques

whatshebuys_2084_85708956Felix Leopard Clutch by Lambertson Truex


Kate Moss looking casual + chic in a leopard stole by Louis Vuitton

69_JUIK_LEOPARD.JPGFor the budding Kate Moss, a faux-fur leopard print children’s coat from Milk Shop


Leopard Jacquard Bath Towels by Pottery Barn


Pair of Ceramic Leopard Cubs, Italy 1970’s from Steven Sclaroff

20 comments on “Rawr.

  1. La Maison Fou

    I love to see spots! The Kate Moss scarf is quite inventive, my guilty pleasure is the zebra stripe! But I love a bit of kitty here and there too!! Peeerrrfect!

  2. Amanda

    I’m with you – I love leopard prints and they never go out of style for me! (My 6-year-old daughter would agree; she has a cheetah costume she wears year-round and has to be pried off for laundry day — early signs of style!)

  3. celia

    oooh, i want the cubs! joe gets a not so funny expression on his face whenever i bring home new knickknacks… let’s test him, shall we? ;)

  4. Nichole

    A girl after my own heart– I have my leopard print ballet flats on right now! They are my favorite shoes and I completely agree that just a splash of animal print can really make an outfit chic (head-to-toe is another story!).

    The Pottery Barn towels are my favorite. I don’t think I’ve ever seen leopard print towels, but I am sold.

  5. Rachel

    Oooh!! Me too!
    I love touches of leopard print (and zebra, and antelope…) in fashion and interiors! I am lucky enough to have a leopard print carpet runner in my hallway, and while I’m sure it’s not everyone’s cup of tea – I love it. Plus, I think it’s the most forgiving carpet you can own!!

    Great post – love all your picks. (Especially the shoes!)

  6. jane

    Love the leopard print things! I totally want a scarf like the one Kate Moss is wearing now. Animal print in the right context is SO great!

  7. the NEO-traditionalist Post author

    Rachel —- May I move in with you? I would kill for a leopard runner! You’re too chic.

    Looks as though the J.Crew ballet flats are a big hit! I can’t wait until it starts warming up and I can actually wear all my ballet flats again!

    XX Kate

  8. style maniac

    something else we have in common, Kate … i am wild about animal prints–pretty much the only prints i wear … definitely timeless for fashion or home (i wallpapered my powder room in a Ralph Lauren leopard pattern 10 years ago and it still delights me every day)… love the Castaing carpet and want to steal that Milk Shop coat for myself

  9. Cate Louise

    I bought the hat! I l am so excited! Thank you for the tip. I only discovered your site today after getting directed here from HabituallyChic. I will be back!!

  10. lauren

    i’ve been looking for a demure little leopard clutch bag and that one is JUST perfect. but it’s also perfectly outside of my budgie!

  11. the NEO-traditionalist Post author

    Style Maniac — a Ralph Lauren leopard Powder Room?! Can I please be you?! That sounds spectacular. You must post pictures!

    Cate Louise — So glad you bought the hat! Yay!!!! You are going to look MARVELOUS in it…I just know it!

    Lauren — I’m with you! I was so in love with the clutch I just had to include it, but unfortunately, I’m also in no position to splurge on a $500 accessory at the moment. Besides, you have better more affordable finds on Dear Golden, who needs overpriced new things anyway? XX Kate

  12. Karen

    If I win Powerball, I’m going to hire you to be my stylist. Is that cool? B/c we have identical taste except you find way cooler stuff in your online travels :)

    LOVE the stationary and the flats and the clutch especially!

  13. Jess

    Wow, what an amazing website! You have fabulous taste, Kate. I’m thrilled to be included among these amazing finds. Thank you! xo, jess (jamesjake)

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