Inspired By The Zoo

Today my husband and I took our son to the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, RI. He’s 13 months old (exactly), and it was his first trip to the zoo.

At the Roger Williams Park Zoo

At the Roger Williams Park Zoo

At the Roger Williams Park Zoo

Yes, he basically pointed at the animals excitedly whenever he had a good view of them. My son wasn’t the only one who was mesmerized at the zoo today. On our way out, we made a quick stop to see the zebras. Now, this wasn’t my first encounter with a zebra – but it never occurred to me until today how beautiful and visually miraculous this creature is.

Zebras at Roger Williams Park Zoo

In an effort not to bore you to tears, I’m not going to go on gushing about the evolutionary wonder of a zebra’s hide, but I will say that my visit to the zoo today has made me think differently about animal prints  – especially those lovely black and white striped ones. They are truly “from nature,” but can often look a little tired and contrived (in my opinion) in a room. Here are some interiors where the zebra stripes look as miraculous as they do in real life – at the zoo!

Miles Redd - Elle DecorPhoto source: and she said (design by Miles Redd)

Orange Zebra Ottoman

Photo source: The Nesting Game

Zebra Greek Key Benches

Photo source: House Beautiful

Rachel Reider - Veranda House

Photo source: Rachel Reider Interiors

Zebra Mirror and Bench

Photo source: Emily A. Clark (design by Mary McDonald)

Zebra Rug

Photo source: Cote de Texas

Erin Gates Office

Photo source: Style Carrot (design by Erin Gates)

Zebra Round Ottoman

Photo source: Decor Pad (design by Ashley Whittaker)

And, last but not least, the zebra item you’ve all been waiting for – something you never knew you needed…until now…

Zebra Snuggie

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  1. Donna Frasca on August 23, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    Great post -isn’t great that we can get inspiration literally ANYWHERE? Animal prints are always awesome and your boy is adorable!

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