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The Allure of Leather

Taking a cue from winter’s fashion trends, home design has embraced leather. Instead of being limited to sofas and chairs, the supple material—both genuine and faux—is popping up in unexpected places, adding a sense of strength, comfort and enduring elegance.

By Rebecca L. Rhoades


The LeatherLuxe Ceiling Fan keeps homes cool with a sleek three-blade design featuring a cylindrical housing wrapped in smooth leather. Choose from five color/wood combinations, with an optional LED light, for a look that complements any decor. 54″ in diameter with a ceiling drop ranging from 13″ to 24″. $895 (


Inspired by leather-wrapped stair banisters found in European architecture, the timeless sophistication of the Dearborn floor lamp illuminates any reading nook or cozy corner. Crafted of aged brass with tan leather or polished nickel with black leather, it is crowned with a crisp white linen shade. 64.25″H by 22″ in diameter. $749 (


Patinated nailhead detailing in a classic tulip-and-berries pattern give the Dutch Leather Chest the look of a beloved family heirloom. Four drawers make it practical for use in the bedroom, while the sumptuous leather and antiqued brass hardware shine in any space. 39.5″H by 44.25″W by 24.5″D. Price upon request. (


Rooted in the romance of the equestrian aesthetic that is a permanent part of Ralph Lauren’s vernacular, the Dalton bed offers a contemporary update on the classic four-poster silhouette. Upholstered in exquisite nutmeg-hued saddle leather with brass accents, it is available in king and queen sizes. Prices start at $24,095. (


Rich imitation leather combines with the artistic elements of mosaic tiles to bring extra dimension and soundproofing to walls and ceilings. Create a custom padded headboard, a textured backdrop for a TV or an eye-catching tufted statement wall. Choose from 12 unique styles in various hues. Shown are Crystal Palace in Butterscotch, Contemporary Cabana in White, and Diamonds in the Sky in Black.15.75″ square. Prices start at $20/tile. (


You don’t have to change your interiors to bring the essence of leather into your home. Locally made soy candles with notes of cowhide lend an earthy, sensual aroma that warms a cool winter evening. Try Mame Soy Candles’ #9 with amber, teakwood and leather ($15/5.5-ounce reusable jar) or Leather & Merlot from Burn Candle Co. ($18/8-ounce tin; $24/10-ounce glass tumbler). (;


Quilted fango leather and brushed bronze elevate the Aston sideboard from functional to fashionable. Glass shelves and a mirrored back complement the black lacquered frame and showcase graceful stemware, petite curios and entertainment necessities. 29.5″H by 86″W by 18″D. $5,373 (


Upgrade your home beverage center with the refined Cela bar cart. Shagreen-embossed leather that echoes stingray hide pairs with rich metal accents for an elegant contrast of texture and tone. A removable leather tray allows for easy serving. Available in three colorways and two metal finishes. 34″H by 41.5″W by 20.5″D. $2,595 regular/$1,946 members. (


With stay-at-home measures continuing into the winter months, family game night is back. Add style to your strategy with the Maude game table. The minimalist pedestal design with two drawers makes a statement with soft white leather rimmed with high-gloss black wood accents. 30″H by 48″ in diameter. $1,799 (


Like the handles of a lavish designer handbag, the latigo Made Solid Leather-Wrapped Vase will develop a rich patina as it ages. Handcrafted by Los Angeles-based artist Peter Maxwell using traditional Western saddle-making techniques, it includes a removable glass insert. Choose from three sizes: 6″H by 4″ in diameter, 8″H by 6″ in diameter, and 12″H by 6″ in diameter. $85-$200 (


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