Mixing in Menagerie

When I saw the menagerie-inspired Andrew Martin for Kravet collection, I was fascinated by all of the bright colors, animal prints, and stunning design.  It seems that lately, this menagerie theme is popping up all over our favorite stores, and we absolutely love it!  With Spring right around the corner, we love seeing designs like these overflowing with life and color!

From fabric, to dishes, to linens, and wall coverings, these four-legged creatures bring a feeling of the outdoors into your home.  Here are a few of our favorites we’d love to share!

 

Andrew Martin for Kravet

 

 

Andrew Martin

 

 

Williams Sonoma

 

 

World Market

 

 

Jonathan Adler

 

 

Jonathan Adler

 

 

Urban Outfitters

 

 

Anthropologie

 

 

Maximo Riera

 

 

Pottery Barn

 

 

Surya

 

 

Loloi

 

 

Arteriors Chandelier, Photo by Susan Hayward Interiors

 

 

Would you add a little menagerie to your home?  Let us know in the comments!

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Holiday Gift Guide: FOR THE ANIMAL LOVER

Whether they have pets of their own, or simply love animals in general, we’ve got something for every one on your list!  It can be hard to find creative gifts that won’t break the bank, so we’ve decided to do it for you.

In our family, we’ve got a German Shepherd named Rocco, a Pit mix named Millie, and two fluffy kitties, Jamie & Moe.  We think all of these holiday gifts would go great in their homes, and we hope you like them too!!

Rocco

Rocco

Millie

Millie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jamie

Jamie

Moe

Moe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who couldn’t use some fresh, new, kitchen towels?  And festive ones, at that!

West Elm

West Elm

 

These oven mitts are so cute that they deserve a place hung up on display, not just stuck in a drawer by the oven!

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

If the cat lover on your list has the wall space, this clock is just adorable.  Perfect for a bedroom!!

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

 

We all have someone on our list who is a bird lover- and with this Kate Spade print, how could you go wrong?  We’ve even used this Kate Spade print as a wallcovering!

Kate Spade

Kate Spade

 

 

Admittedly, these woodland creatures are my favorites items on the list.  I saw these little cuties in the store and knew they had to come home with me.  How can you resist those faces!?

World Market

World Market

World Market

World Market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Festive, and perfect for the holiday table.  Your friends and family will go crazy over this partridge in a pear tree salt & pepper set!

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

 

Any farm lovers on your list?  Target has the cutest little pig mat for their kitchen!

Target

Target

 

 

For all of those animal-loving yogies, this mat and S’well bottle are the perfect combo.  I have a S’well bottle for myself that keeps my water ice cold all throughout the hottest yoga classes, and my coffee hot all day at work!

S'well

S’well

KESS InHouse

KESS InHouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the dog fanatics out there, you simply can’t resist this bedding.  And maybe with a little bedside Bulldog lamp?  Now THIS is a bed Rocco would love!

The Company Store

The Company Store

 

 

Target

Target

 

 

 

What’s your favorite animal on our list this year?

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Puppy’s Perfect Patio

In our last blog post, we showed you how to update your outdoor décor for this summer.  Now it’s time to bring your dog outside with you!  Let your dog cool off in the pool or lounge in the shade while you enjoy a beautiful summer day!

 

Dog Bath with Deck, Charles & Hudson

Dog Bath with Deck, Charles & Hudson

Portable & Inflatable Dog Bathing Station, Maze Pets

Portable & Inflatable Dog Bathing Station, Maze Pets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MANY dog owners cringe when you mention bath time for their pups.  We know firsthand how tough (and messy) it can be trying to fit a German Shepherd in a bathtub for bath time, so take advantage of these warmer days, and take your pup OUTSIDE for his bath this summer.  If your dog is easily spooked by a hose, try the dog bath from Charles & Hudson.

For larger dogs (who may need more of a heavy-duty cleaning!) the inflatable dog wash is a perfect choice.  Not only is it perfect for storage, but it will help prevent your yard from turning into one big mud pit after a bath!

 

 

 

Kai Dog Bed Pool Float, Pottery Barn

Kai Dog Bed Pool Float, Pottery Barn

If you have a pool, chances are it’s probably hard to keep your dog out of the water during summer.  Why should you?  Give your pooch a float to lounge on while staying nice and cool at the same time!

 

 

 

Outdoor Dog Chaise Lounger, Sharper Image

Outdoor Dog Chaise Lounger, Sharper Image

Instead of watching your little ones curl up under the tree for shade, let them hang out next to you in this chaise lounge to stay out of the sun.  The design will look great on your patio, and your dogs will thank you for a cozy place to cool off!

 

 

 

Adirondack Outdoor Bridgeport Tiffany Blue Pet Bed, Sweeten Your World

Adirondack Outdoor Bridgeport Tiffany Blue Pet Bed, Sweeten Your World

Ok, does this Adirondack chair come in human size?!  Add a machine washable cushion for your pup to rest her head on, and this chair is fit for a queen!  This would be perfect for shadier patios or cooler days!

 

 

 

Dogit Design Alfresco Outdoor Pet Drinking Fountain, Hagen

Dogit Design Alfresco Outdoor Pet Drinking Fountain, Hagen

The one thing EVERY pet-friendly patio needs is a constant supply of fresh water to keep your dog hydrated.  This outdoor pet drinking fountain by Hagen is a stylish (and practical) alternative to the ever-filthy patio dog bowl.  The fountain will keep your water always fresh and always flowing, perfect for hot days and muddy backyards!

 

 

 

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From our family to yours, we hope to make YOUR summer the best that it can be, furry family members included!

 

Have any pet-friendly tips of your own?  Share them with us!

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Pet-Friendly Design

Whether you’re in the market for a new furry addition to your family, or already have a cat or dog of your own, you’re probably looking for some fun, creative ways to update your pet-friendly home.  Growing up I had poodles, toy poodles!  No shedding, no big wagging tail knocking over furniture and certainly never would my raincoat wearing poodle come in the house wet or muddy! These were house dogs, through and through!

Fast forward to 2014.  It seems all my clients now have dogs!  And not just any dog but a true member of the family.  I have grown pretty attached to some of these four -footed family members and try hard to help incorporate their “lifestyle” in my design ideas.  But it wasn’t until this past year that my daughter, Jillian, adopted two little fur balls of her own: Jamie, the tiniest little kitten you’ve ever seen; and Rocco, a giant, now 6-month old lab-shepherd mix.  All of the changes Jillian has made to her house for these little ones taught me how to take the every-day things pet owners need in their home and make them fun and stylish for an all-over pet-friendly place!

 

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Choose the Right Fabrics

FabricsWhether you want him to or not, chances are your pet will eventually end up paws first on your favorite couch or chair.  When choosing your fabrics, make sure you find something that is both durable and easy to wash. I love the Kravet Soleil line because their fabrics are so easy to clean that you can even use bleach to clean off extra muddy paw prints!  Fabrics like this are perfect for indoors and outdoors, not to mention their gorgeous patterns that will look great in any room of the house.

 

 

 

 

Kravetsoleil

Kravet Soleil

 

 

 

Get an Off-the-Floor Feeding Station

Keep your floors clean by feeding your cat or dog from an off-the-floor feeding station.  I’ve seen tons of these at discount stores like Home Goods, but we found this Dog Bone Pet Bowl Stand that we absolutely love for only $29.50-$49.50 at Pottery Barn.  If you really want to spoil your little kiddies, try ordering a handmade, personalized pet bowl stand from Etsy!

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Pottery Barn

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Etsy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hose Off Your Rugs

When your dog is running in and out of the backyard, you’ll want door mats that are easy to clean and can withstand any kind of weather.  Not to mention, a rug that can be hosed off outside is just an added bonus!  Chilewich doormats are perfect for pet-friendly homes in any season to keep your floors clean without sacrificing style.

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Chilewich

 

 

Lounge in Style

The Company Store

The Company Store

 

The Company Store

The Company Store

As the weather starts to warm up, you’ll want to spend more time outside with your pup.  So why not let him relax on your patio in this adorable Adirondack Outdoor Pet Bed ?  Not only will your dog love his new bed, but it will look great on your patio, too!

 

 

Get Creative!

Have some fun decorating your house by accessorizing with little things like leash-hanging hooks and door knockers!  Instead of throwing your dog’s leash in a cupboard, find a funky hook to hang it from next to the door, like this Show Dog Hook from Anthropologie or a Doggie Row of Hooks from Pottery Barn.  You could even match with this adorable Dash Dog Door Knocker !

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Anthropologie

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Anthropologie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pottery Barn

 

 

 

Spruce up the Storage

One thing every pet owner needs is a place to put all of your kiddie’s toys, blankets, and bones.  Instead of stuffing all of these things in a plastic container in the corner of the room, take this as an opportunity to add a little pizzaz to your living area!  Since these things can get a little hairy from time to time, make sure you choose something that is easy to clean and durable, like the wicker Doggie Toy Basket from Pottery Barn.

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Pottery Barn

 

 

Hopefully now you’ll be able spend a little bit less time cleaning and more time enjoying your furry family!

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