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Bad use of a perfectly good zebra rug

I love a zebra rug. I do. I know I shouldn't but I do. I fell in love with zebra rugs the first day I saw one on the top floor in the home collection of Ralph Lauren. But, here's what I don't love. I do not love it when people put their zebra rug at the wrong angle. Its very important not to do this. Its easy NOT to do this. Look:

This is the perfect example of how to use a zebra rug. The most important step in using a zebra rug is the angle. The wrong angle use can make it look like you are walking directly into the zebra's bum. Not good. 


Now look at this one:
See? This is wrong. It looks like you are walking right IN it. Additionally, this rug is too big. Small doses are key. I love this bathroom but if they had just angled it better and found a bit smaller rug it would be perfect.


And for god's sake, if you are going to commit to getting a zebra rug, get a REAL one. Its not like you are being a better person by getting a cowhide zebra rug. FYI, cows are animals too.


Here are some examples of improper embarrasing uses of zebra rugs.
 Bad angle but great blue chairs. This is a nice room but if they had just bought a real rug and angled it better it would have been great. Oh, and gotten rid of that Tuesday Morning cachepot on that beautiful guerdion table. 
This is a great room but if they had just turned that beast around at a slight angle and bought a real zebra it would be perfect. Who wants to walk into a room and walk into a zebra's privates?
I love this room but I think the rug should be turned a bit, no? And real. It's like, "I'm a cow dressed a zebra, Surprise!"  Love the room though.

This almost works but if they had just angled it under the bed a pit it would be perfect. I also like the layering of a sisal and then a zebra. Gives it some depth.


Yikes. Looks like the zebra went, "Splat!" On a side note, there are too many little pieces here. A small sofa would have been better and then the table. I love the table. At least they used a real zebra.


Okay, now for some good examples of zebra rugs:
This is perfect.

Perfect

So, to sum up MY thoughts on zebra rugs:
1. Angle it
                                                                          2. Use a real one
                                                                          3. Only use one zebra per house.
                                                                          4. Use appropriate size





6 comments:

  1. Think the zebra rug under the bed looks terrible! Agree with your 'perfect' though. The under bed one clashes massively with the other carpet/rug on the floor, not good.

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  3. Dear Eleanor,

    I am thinking strongly about putting a zebra rug in my new house. I want to put it under my dining room table (possibly layered over a sisal). I was wondering if you think this is a proper use of a zebra. Also, any recommendations on angling?

    Thanks!

    Kirstin

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    1. Dear Kirstin,
      yes, it sounds like a great use of zebra. I love the layering aspect. Angle the zebra so it doesn't look like you are walking into its fanny. Also, don't put it straight underneath your dining room table. Angle it a bit. XOXO Ellie

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  4. Oh dear, this made me giggle MIGHTILY. Not only because you just are so witty but I just had this conversation with my Honey the other day regarding our (fake! I know! I am kicking myself for not buying the real one in Tanzania but it seemed...kind of...smelly) zebra rug and now I have proof that it needs to be angled. Ha! Thank you Mam.

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