This is a sad week for my family. My husband and I had to put our beloved 14 year old golden retriever Paco to sleep as he could not walk anymore. He was our first "baby boy"! Then we had two boys of our own and the three of them have had a blast in the back yard! Paco has been a loyal, sweet, cute, loving dog until the end. We rescued him alongside a highway and lived with him in a small apartment while he was still a young, lively puppy. Yes, many of my favorite shoes became his favorite toys! We did not have a crate for him, so the entire apartment was his domain! For those of you with dogs who would like to keep your stilettos intact, look below for some stylish crate choices for your home! We all know pets become part of the family, yet their spaces are often afterthoughts. Their beds and dishes are often in the way, and are unfit for your home decor. Why live with an eyesore in the middle of your living room? There are many choices out there to fit your design needs and your pet needs. Yes, you can have a pet friendly AND stylish home. Here are some examples for crates, beds and dishes.
Designed by Dan Hisel
You have heard of built-in bookshelves....these
are built-in dog crates. Love, love this idea!
Think about your entertainment center, your
existing bookshelves, kitchen cabinets....you
might be able to configure them so your dog
can have a place of his own inside of them!
I have never liked the typical plastic dog crate
as it is not very pleasing to the eye. These on
the other hand are very chic, are part of the
decor and are out of the way! All of you crate
users, you need to put this one on your
Elle Decor - Megan Mullally's home via Cocozy.com
This is an eiCrate, retailing for $199. It's a modern
domed crate, great for any room. It has wonderful
design appeal, it's airy and fresh, and looks like
a sculpture in the living room!
If you already own a plastic crate, you can hide it under a
table. Be sure to drape the table with a floor length
tablecloth. Out of sight, out of mind!
This Pottery Barn dog bed and storage
shelving fits beautifully in this entryway.
It's very neat and handy. Great for big dogs!
|Meade Design Group via Apartment therapy|
Rattan hanging chairs for humans and dogs alike. Why not?
Very mod! But is it really practical to have a
two-piece sofa sectional dog bed? Maybe if
you own two small dogs.......this would
definitely not be my first choice!
Have you ever seen a pet planter? How long will
the plants stay put? I think filling up the top bowl with
food or water would make more sense.....but adding
some green makes more design sense for any
room in the house. I can see this pet planter in
a corner near a window.
This is mid century modern design for dogs! Included is
a plush sheepskin or a smart suede mattress. $275
Do they make one in my size?
(Sorry Paco, didnt think of getting this
comfy sheepskin for you....)
For the DIYer, it would be a great
Blue Blood pet beds, starting at $76. These are
great prints, choose the one that fits your decor!
Leather Cube Bed...beacoup $$$, but very stylish!
This one is for the rich and famous, retailing
at around $1900...
Outdoor/ indoor bed for dogs. This keeps your
dog elevated from the cold. Great for older dogs.
Paco had an elevated bed in the garage, but
sadly, not this stylish.
If your pet dish is visible in the house, try to find one
that coordinates with your home. Imagine this one next to
a taller umbrella stand by the entry.... wouldn't look
too bad, would it!
When designing your new kitchen, think
about adding a slide out drawer to
hold your pets dishes.
Bellaire Pet feeder. These bowls have great
design sense and would fit with most decors.
Wire and Dine pet bowls. Elevated pet bowls
are ergonomic and wonderful for aging dogs.
Paco had one and loved it!
I hope you were able to get some new ideas and inspiration to
achieve a "doggone hip" interior while living with your pet.
Paco, my dear friend, you have left paw prints in
all of our hearts!
1997 - 2011