When we wanted to introduce the Pantera collection to the world, we knew immediately who the perfect person would be to help us make that introduction: a longtime friend of SmithHönig, Tiffany Brown. You may know her from her inspiring Insta, My Eclectic Nest, where she has shared how she is transforming a new-build house in New Jersey into a personality-packed home thanks to her amazing eye and carefully curated mix.
And ‘mix’ is the word when it comes to Brown’s style: she doesn’t consider herself a minimalist or a maximalist either—she considers her aesthetic to be what she likes to call “mediumism”—right in the middle of those two design styles. And she loves to use many different design aesthetics or styles in her spaces to both give it a unique look as well as a real sense of the people who live there.
“I love a mix of old and new, vintage and modern,” said Brown. “I think that formula will always balance a rooms’ look if done properly.”
So, when it came time to finish her dining room, which she recently began as part of the spring One Room Challenge, she was clearly going to give it her signature style blend. And how does she achieve that effortless-looking mix?
“My normal “process”—and I use that word lightly—is I’ll see something and tend to base the rooms’ design and feel on that one item,” said Brown. “For my dining room, it was the Pantera Tundra peel and stick wallpaper.”
Tundra is one of three colorways available in our new Pantera pattern. Pantera is a totally sexy and maximalist statement-making print featuring a large-scale 13-inch panther. The colors are retro but bold, and it’s our favorite way to add a little wild style to any space.
While it became the centerpiece of her design, the pattern is almost the complete opposite of the original direction she planned to go for the dining room.
“I wanted something dark and moody, but when I saw Pantera Tundra, I knew that it was the exact pattern that I needed to bring all the elements in the room together and make it a cohesive space,” she said.
This wasn’t Brown’s first time using our peel-and-stick wallpaper: she hung Ravenswood Mystery to add color and lush appeal to her powder room earlier this year.
“Wallpaper has become my go-to for making a big change with minimal work and I can say that this peel-and-stick wallpaper is SO easy to work with,” said Brown. “I was able to get my wall done in less than two hours’ time.”
“It was easy to reposition if need be which is very important because you don’t always line it up perfectly the first time.”
While Brown says each of the colorways in the Pantera collection is amazing, choosing which colorway to use was a challenge because all three of the wallpapers are stunning in their own right. But she had quite a few large pieces of furniture that were not going to be replaced (primarily her large dark dining room table and glam red chairs) but while she really liked them all, they weren’t working together for her until she saw Tundra. When she saw the design in this particular colorway she knew it was exactly what she needed to blend all the styles together for a look that makes the pieces seem as if they all “belonged” there in that space together in the first place.
“I am 100% thrilled with how much interest this wallpaper has infused into our dining room,” said Brown. “The patterns and colors are vibrant and bold.”
Brown kept some of that original dark and moody feeling she wanted by creating a table runner out of our Pantera Night fabric, a lush velvet fabric with a subtle shimmer that is perfect for upholstery and drapes, featuring the same daring print. She also layered in our Sebra Stripe pillows on the adjoining loveseat for additional animal appeal.
“For me, animal prints are as timeless and classic as black and white,” said Brown.
“The tassels are so elegant and timeless so those are used in my table decor,” said Brown. “I want them to be seen, they bring such a luxe and rich feel to whatever space they’re used in.”
Expertly styled to be wild, the Pantera collection brought new life to Tiffany Brown’s dining room. The end result is a luxe, dramatic space that is anything but tame.
“Well it’s not for the weak at heart,” said Brown with a laugh. “It makes a statement and you need to be okay with that.”
Ready to make a wild statement in your home? Pantera is the perfect bold and sexy pattern your maximalist side is craving. Shop the collection.