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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

When Your Roommate is Your Best Friend.

                                                                



Generally, when we think of pet-themed decor, we tend to think of cutesy/overly kitchty items that do little but clutter your home with objects destined to end up on a yard sale table somewhere and  seriously downgrade your overall level of maturity.  I love my cat, but it is unlikely that you will find a velvet painted portrait of her playing poker hanging on my wall, or her bloated ceramic likeness sticking her head in a fishbowl, on my kitchen countertop. The thought of that just makes me shiver. This does not mean I don't have a sense of humor and do not believe in incorporating it in interior design. In fact, I believe there is a definite place for humor and whimsy, but a fine line has been known to exist between trendy quirkiness and downright tackiness. 

This blog entry is dedicated to fashionably oriented pet owners everywhere who are interested in incorporating animal themes into their spaces and utilizing practical design solutions to living with their pets while maintaining aesthetic integrity.  Whether in a home environment or a veterinary office, there are a myriad of design possibilities for those of us who love animals. I have come across some fun ideas for home decor filled with humor, charm and whimsy.  Please note: all price points are represented here as this is a democratically inspired design blog.

I found these very unique animal-themed french style chairs on the Cote France website. Above left: #9202 Bergere A Orielles, $11,595, above right: # 9203 Fauteille Medallion, $4,611.  To the trade only.


Stain-resistant line of fabrics designed by famed weimaramer photographer William Wegman for Crypton.

  
                                                             Pet Mats Cat, $35

                                                            www.momastore.org


  
Michael Aram Dog Bone Frame, $59
       www.gracioushome.com








                                            
                                                                                                          
Sock Monkey Blanket, $40 
Cat and Terrior Pillows, sale: $69.99                                                           
Unique eco-friendly and socially concious gifts from www.uncommongoods.com


Scottie decorative pillow, item #065424, $139

 
Ok, ok, I admit it -- I like cute and kitchty sometimes! These adorable vintage porcelian doggie figurines from occupied Japan  were just too darling to pass up. Item #300574878703 buy it now price: $14.99 on www.ebay.com


White Rabbits Duvet Cover, $69 - $79 at www.urbanoutfitters.com


How about a glamorous photoshoot with your best friend or an artistic portrait capturing the essence of your furry kid(s)? Animal (and human) portraits by arist and photographer Wanda Behrens.

Pick up this book by renowned pet and design expert Julia Szabo for practical and pretty design solutions to living with your fuzzies.


Legendary silent film actress Mabel Normand
photographed with her cat.

Poster for "A Dog's Life".