An award-winning interior designer, Emily Johnston Larkin offers advice on incorporating leather accents into your home
Q: Leather is great for shoes and bags, but does it really work for home décor? How do you keep it from feeling overly Western/ranch-y?
I love leather in an unexpected color such as navy blue or deep teal. I think using leather in a fun color (versus brown or beige) keeps it looking fresh and modern.
Q: What are other pieces or materials that pair well with leather accents?
The juxtaposition of a smooth leather with a fabric that has a lot of texture, like Belgian linen, always looks great. I also think darker leather is stunning with furniture that is “lighter” in appearance such as lucite, painted or metallic pieces.
Q: What about faux-leather? Is that a yay or nay when it comes to décor?
I actually don’t mind faux leather as it has become increasingly difficult to tell the difference between the two. Faux leather can be the perfect solution for a client that is on a budget.
Q: What are some of your favorite Dallas-area design shops? Any hidden gems?
There are so many amazing shops near the Design District that it’s tough to name just a few. A couple of my favorite vintage shops are Again and Again and Scout Design Studio. I also love Mary Cates, Mecox and Blue Print for unique furniture pieces and artwork.
Q: What piece of décor advice do you always give to clients?
Add a touch of whimsy and the unexpected.