I can’t seem to stop searching for and pinning/tagging/posting images that use a combination of soft, Scandanavian styling, warm whites, pale browns, lashings of dusty pink, and animal hides in some form or other – be it buffalo, shaggy Icelandic sheepskin, or cowskin. I’m not sure exactly what the attraction is – probably the texture and colour – but my boards and walls are peppered with photos like that.
How about a giant fluffy buffalo pelt for in front of the fire? They are considered to be eco-friendly as buffalo are farmed for their meat in the U.S., and the pelts otherwise would have been discarded.
If the thought of warming up with something that used to belong to a sentient being bothers you, Ikea has introduced a line of faux sheepskin rugs:
I can’t help but wonder if my original non-antipodean life, ten years past now, is still haunting me, because we’re rolling in to autumn down here in New Zealand and I can’t shake the desire to spring clean. I’ve been happy with my home thus far, but finding images like these on Pinterest, etc, has motivated me to begin re-decorating:
I love the look of this living room but would add a handful more tribal artifacts such as an Oceanic War Shield to the shelf or painting by Gloria Peytarre above it, and possibly a much-loved and more colourful killim rug:
And finally, to cheer up those long and cool winter nights, I’d add a splash of colour and perhaps fragrance with some fresh, summery flowers – to remind me that spring isn’t far away!