I blame it on my inner chav but I have to admit I have a weakness for animal skin print – leopard, zebra, cheetah, anything with spots or stripes.
Rick has adopted the armchair in the bay window, he spends hours sitting and looking out of the window (waiting for some poor, unsuspecting visitor to venture up the driveway). The leather chair has been covered by a throw to protect it from sunlight and Rick’s sharp claws but every time he jumped up the fabric would slide and I would have to rearrange it. My solution was to use the sheepskin rug that covered my foot stool, it is heavy enough to stay in position and sturdy enough to withstand Rick’s antics.
This left me with a foot stool that needed a new cover. We bought the stool in 1983 at the Ideal Home Exhibition; it was part of a dark brown, buttoned leather three piece suite. We sold the sofa when we moved to France, and reluctantly left the two matching armchairs in France when we moved back to the UK. But I shall never part with my stool. Over the years the leather became worn and cracked and it has been re-covered several times, easy to do with just a metre of fabric. The fabric hidden by the sheepskin was a shade of terracotta that just didn’t fit in right with my colour scheme so I needed something a bit different.
On Monday I ordered the leopard print online from the Yorkshire Fabric Shop and it arrived yesterday. This morning, with the help of my trusty assistant, I covered the stool with my exotic leopard skin velvet fabric. Voila, an instant makeover!