July 7, 2009

Welcome to our first Rewind Wednesday!!

Rewind buttonHere  we go with our first-ever Rewind Wednesday!! We’re digging into our archives and re-visiting some of our favourite posts. Sure, it’s a cheap and easy way to create a post without having to do much work ;-) But, it’s also a chance for you to catch up on some posts you may have missed that we think you’ll enjoy.

We’d love to turn this into a weekly blog party. So if you have an older post you’d like to share, please sign up with Mister Linky at the end of this post and join the Rewind Wednesday laziness. I mean fun!! :-D

So with no further ado, time to hit Rewind and bring you back to one of my favourite archived DesignTies posts from March 3, 2009…

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Black with white stripes or white with black stripes?


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“I’m ten years old. My life is half over and I don’t even know if I’m black with white stripes or white with black stripes!”

~ Marty the Zebra, Madagascar ~

Poor Marty, suffering a serious zebra identity crisis… is he black or is he white? Does he belong in a kid’s playful bedroom or an adult’s glamourous living room? Is he cool and hip or oh-so-passé? Is he hot or is he cold? (no, wait, that’s Katy Perry).

To answer these all-important questions…

1. Is a zebra black or white? Well, it really depends on the zebra—their stripes come in patterns that are unique to each individual, just like our fingerprints. Some are more black, and some are more white. And fake zebras can come in any colour—even multi-coloured!!

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multi colored zebra

Zebras can also be brown & cream or black & tan and shaped like a chair:

BrownZebraChairzebra chair two

Or like a bench:

michelle bench

2. Where does a zebra belong? Well, preferably roaming the plains of Africa. But if you want a zebra in your house—preferably the fake kind—you can put it anywhere you want! It looks fab in this funky turquoise, black, and white bedroom designed by Angelica Grace Designs for her daughter:

angelica grace designs

What is it about black & white zebra print with turquoise that’s so hot?! From Design by Cathleen:

design by cathleen

A bunny hanging out with a zebra in a kid’s room:

zebra window bench

These lovely vignettes were designed by Porchlight Interiors:

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porchlight interiors

You can put zebra on your stairs:

zebra stairs livingetc

You could light your zebra on fire if you really wanted to (FAKE zebras only!! Please don’t light REAL zebras on fire!!)

zebra candle bay

And finally, my absolute most favourite room everMonique Lhuillier’s gorgeous living room. It was featured on the cover of the January/February 2008 issue of Elle Decor. I keep this issue at the top of a stack of magazines on the bottom shelf of my coffee table. I put it on top of the table to take this picture, so you can see some of the similarities between Monique’s living room and my living room…

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I LOVE absolutely EVERYTHING about Monique’s room. The gorgeous gray sofa and chairs… the organic wood side table… the geometric carpet… the mirrored coffee table… the touch of purple… and the zebra prints!!

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The use of zebra print in Monique’s home is just perfect—there’s not too much of it, just enough to have impact… proof that zebra print can be glam!!

zebra ell decor bench

zebra elle decor cushions

zebra painting close 3. Is zebra hip & cool or oh-so-passé? Well, that’s really up to you to decide!! Do you like what you see in these pictures? Or are you rolling your eyes at the thought of zebra? For me, I go with what I love, regardless of whether or not it’s the trendy thing to do. And I love the touches of zebra print in my house. I even have a zebra painting too, which I bought about 6 or 7 years ago. I had no particular reason for buying it. There was just something about the look on the zebra’s face that appealed to me…

And as for Marty… let’s call him black with white stripes AND white with black stripes :-)

My personal little disclaimer… As much as I love zebra print, I don’t use real zebra (or animal of any kind) in my decorating. It’s faux all the way!! That’s just my own personal thing. Of course, everyone is free to decorate their homes using whatever materials they want :-)


Hope you enjoyed reading one of my all-time favourite DesignTies posts :-) Now it’s your turn — all you have to do is choose one of your archived posts that you’d like to share and add your name and the URL to Mister Linky. Make sure you use the post’s unique URL and not your blog URL. If you’re not sure how to do that, just follow these steps:

1. Go to the post in your blog that you want to add to Mister Linky.

2. Click the title of the post.

The URL for the post appears in the address bar.

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3. Copy the URL, and then and paste the URL into the Your URL box.

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4. In the Your name box, type your blog name. You can also include a brief description of your post.

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5. Click Enter.

You’re done!! It may take a few moments for your name to appear in the list. Now you’re ready for the real thing…


Kelly at Kitchen Sync said...

Ok, fun! I'll play. :) Love the empire chair covering--now I want it.

Zebra prints have been "trendy" for decades, and I think will never be out of style if it's done subtly with a piece or two, like you show.

I love the second chair with the armrests. Now I want something zebra patterned. Again. Still.


Dumbwit Tellher said...

Kelly you are too clever girl. Thanks for hosting such fun for a Wed.
I can never fully retire zebra, but must admit I will not be adding anymore anytime soon. I have my black & white zebra rug & with that I have my zebra love. xxx deb

Awesome Sara said...

zebra prints... i used to liek them but i have seen them done in such bad ways and my brain exploded and is totally hating the zebra print. but i do really really like monquie's room that is pretty awesome.

Gayle said...

Kelly, what a fun post!

{sue-in-sydney} said...

I looooove this post!!
You're too clever, Kelly!

amariaf2000 said...

This is a GREAT post! Identity crisis...for sure! I'm not sure how I personally feel about zebra prints in my home, don't have any right now, but I'm not opposed if it were ever in the perfect location!!

~angela @ peonypatch

Katie Lane said...

You make zebras look good :) I like this ff idea!

Diane Schuller said...

I adore that first zebra chair -- so much that I wish I could buy that EXACT chair for our city condo. I need another chair but have been waiting for just the right one :)
I also love that great zebra plate on your coffee table ... ooh la la

I think I'll try to play rewind today ... better go find one :)

Maya said...

Love this idea of Rewind! Why not a bit of laziness, it's healthy (+ fun). The colored zebras..., wow, if they looked like that by nature, imagine!

Maya said...

I'm playing along with my other blog too (hope that's okay).

Maya said...

Sorry, me again. Just to clarify..., you don't want us to link back to you!? I did but see that others don't?

DesignTies said...

Hey Maya -- sure, you can add as many of your blogs as you want!!

Whoops, never thought to mention linking back here. Oh well, it's our first time doing this, we'll learn as we go along :-) Thanks for mentioning it -- we'll include the link back in next week's Rewind Wednesday instructions :-)


Brillante Interiors said...

Not sure if my previous comment got in the system...just in case: same as you I do love zebras alive and well. Zebra pattern in cream and tan are less bold and more elegant. In case you received my previous comment disregard the part on Google alert, now I see my red bowl on the sidebar. Thanks for helping me with the giveaway! Ciao.

Michele Dunker Interiors said...

Love your post, creative way to give information. and love the zebra print!!

Carolyn said...

Interesting post! Thank you so much for posting about my blog here. That is so nice of you.So nice to find other Canadian bloggers-I am off to enjoy more of your blog now.
Thanks again,

Modern Ottawa said...

Zebra patterns definitely gives a bold touch to a room. My favorite from this set is the zebra pillow with turquoise bed set.
- Marie

Verdigris Vie said...

I love this post ! This rewind business is great esp since I missed this the first time.

I am terrified of all animal prints ! some of the pics up there are beautiful - but I just don't have the courage to do it! I know - I know - I am weak..honest..but weak..:+]


Maria Killam said...

I need to create one of these for my blog!! Good idea although I missed this weeks round! xo Maria

Lauren said...

sucha great idea!!! i miss WAY TOO MANY posts now that summer is here so this is a great way for another chance.

also- i think zebra is one of those things that if you love, you should use. (vs, just using it because it's trendy) I think it's gorgeous but no so much my personal style & love seeing it & using it in others' rooms.

Puna said...

I'm glad you did the rewind. I had not seen this before and it's great! My daughter wants a zebra room, now I think I can do it without going over the top. No guarantees of course! Thanks!

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