Written by: Brad Mee

In our 2012 fall issue’s Mountain High feature, interior designer Heather Humphrey demonstrated her ability to offset the weightiness of a mountain home with a mix of unexpected elements and enlightened treatments. “I needed to change the room’s dynamics,” she explained. Shimmering shell chandeliers, metallic manzanita-branch candelabras and light-colored upholstery were part of her arsenal for fighting the interior’s heavy woods and dark granites. So too were casual hair-on-hide furnishings and accents, from barstools to table throws.

Funny thing, hair-on-hide is still as chic today as it was five years ago, and the following finds prove it. (They also prove hides aren’t just for your floors.)

Jackson Chair, Alice Lane Home Collection, SLC

Hair on Hide Ivory Pouf, Crate & Barrel, Murray

Bardot Lounge Chair by Mimi London, to the trade, John Brooks Inc., SLC

Little Miss Tuffet, Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams

South American Cowhide Pillow Covers, Restoration Hardware, SLC

Marco Chest by Theodore Alexander,  deConde’s , SLC

Hide Wallpaper, Kyle Bunting, kylebunting.com

Natural Brindle Cowhide Coasters, Sunland Home Decor

Feature image: Douglas Burke

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