The Original Leopard Parsons Chairs. An Epilogue.


I have been wanting to write a post about the chairs for a while but I kept changing my mind. But with our recent move, it seemed like now was the right time.

So, let’s see, where to start….. I guess for newcomers to the blog, the long story can be found in this post. The short story is that about four years ago, I decided to take some vintage Parsons chairs and reupholster them in a leopard fabric and came up with this…..


I don’t mean to sound obnoxious, but I would call them a bonafide hit. They got featured on numerous websites and blogs, got pinned and re-pinned, and many readers found vintage chairs and made their own versions. I loved getting emails with photos of leopard chairs all over the country. Thank you everyone for your emails, links, and credits!

A big thanks also go out to my friends and readers who would send me emails and messages every time they spotted photos of my chairs (in my house!) without credit. I’m fiercely protective of my friends too so I really appreciated you looking out for me in that way. Fabric stores were using photos of my chairs on their sales sites, an etsy seller did the same, and vintage stores even began producing their own versions of the chairs, using my photos in their catalogs. I couldn’t believe it.

Then it got even more incredible.

I spotted these on 1stdibs…..

Source: 1stdibs
Source: 1stdibs

That price made my eyes bug out of my head like in a cartoon. Mine were not cheap but holy moly…..

Then came the Elle Decor cover…..

Source: Elle Decor
Source: Elle Decor

And finally, mass production by Ballard….

Source: Ballard
Source: Ballard

I could never have imagined. They had officially become a thing.

Now I’m going to tell you a little secret. Right around the 1stdibs sighting, I was getting a little tired of the chairs. Shocking, right? It wasn’t the chairs. It was me. I have a contrarian personality so if I see too much of something, my automatic response is to dislike it. And by the time we started organizing for the move, I seriously considered selling them. But in the end, I just couldn’t do it because as #theOriginalLeopardParsonsChairs (as I started tagging them on Instagram), they’ll always have a special place in my heart.

So the chairs have moved with us to the new house but I knew I didn’t want them so front and center like in our last house. After trying them out in a few different spots, they’ve landed in the (unfinished) master bedroom……


I think this will eventually make a nice reading spot. I have to figure out the art situation for the wall and some sort of reading light and there are shades coming for the windows. (Between here and the farmhouse, I feel like all I’ve been doing lately is ordering and waiting on shades…..)

So for those of you have followed the story of the Original Leopard Parsons Chairs (some from birth! haha) and wondered where they ended up, this epilogue is for you.

Thank you so much for all the love you’ve shown them over the years!

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12 thoughts on “The Original Leopard Parsons Chairs. An Epilogue.

  1. Oh, lady!! My heart would have broken if you’d gotten rid of them, and I’d have cried my eyes out if I weren’t the one to buy them 😉 Excited to see more improvement on the new digs (x2!!).

  2. Hey Ally, I love those chairs…
    I feel like I must have seen them here in the past, but now for some reason, they look completely new to me;)
    Isn’t that weird how you came up with a cool design like that and the design jsut totally evolved and spread like wildfire?!
    That is awesome.

  3. I’m always proud that I know the original leopard Parsons chairs owner. 🙂 I feel like you should get a commission or something?! A client of mine actually ordered a pair from an eBay seller and they look fabulous. They will look as chic in your bedroom as they have in the past. Love seeing glimpses of your new home!

  4. I am so glad that you found them, created them, and then shared them. You brought a dose of creativity and style into a time when that is badly needed. I am now searching for my leopard (or to be leopard) chairs. (of course if you ever want to part with yours I’ll drive to pick them up lol). You will enjoy moving yours around to different rooms, and thanks for the gift of sharing your vision and creativity

    1. Wow, Dru, thank you so much! That is one of the kindest and most thoughtful comments I’ve ever received! That is interesting that you thought them as timely and what a compliment! If I change my mind about keeping, I’ll definitely let you know! 😉 Thanks so much again, I really appreciate it.

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