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January 2, 2014

Do you sometimes feel as if you live in an Animal House?!

Not since the Egyptians honored their cats in the pyramids
have as many people decorated with their pets in mind.

This lucky kitty has her own space under the stairs.

Mia's private bedroom is also underneath the stairs:

pooch beds! Check code before building.  In our area we tried to do this but we were required that each nook have it's own sprinkler.  Absolutely ridiculous.  May still do it now that we're done with county inspections.
Sunny Goode

Pet room designed by Lou Anne Herget
Designer Lou Anne Herget of Little Rock, Arkansas,
created a girly room for shih tzus Heather and Havilland.

You're not the only one who needs a designated home office:

This kitty's owners created an amazing outdoor
playground and his little paws never touch the grass:

Take a look at this intricate hamster housing:
Something tells me that the rodent's young owner
spends a lot of her allowance on home additions.

..... decorated your home with your pet's portraits."
If we hung a jumbo tron-sized portrait of Archie and
Boswell we would no longer be able to delude ourselves
in the belief that they do not rule the house.

Sequestering pets is often necessary and
gates are getting fancier and more expensive:
A decorative alternative to standard pet barriers...     A decorative alternative to standard pet barriers and are designed to enhance your home’s fine décor while keeping pets safely out of the way.

Pet gates can actually enhance your decor:

Pet Gates: 6 Clever & Creative Solutions | Decorating Files |

Pet Gates: 6 Clever & Creative Solutions | Decorating Files |

Pet Gates: 6 Clever & Creative Solutions | Decorating Files |

Decorative decals are fun but not permanent:
Kiss Your Dog Goodnight  Wall Quote Decal Wall Lettering Sticker Art Pet Decor (131). $15.99, via Etsy.

Fido's doggie door can be framed with a decal:

Pet pillows are becoming more personal and much cuter:
Home Decor

Nothin' is as soothing as a catnip-stuffed pillow!

Even our decorating accessories have taken on a pet-friendly slant.
How cute is this vintage typewriter keys picture frame?
Pet decoration with typewriter keys

Old computer monitors are quite inexpensive at
thrift shops and make great repurposed pet beds:

So do vintage stereos and television consoles:

West Elm offers a portable pet center for $129
but you can make your own for much less:
A pet bungalow under the stairs! Such a great idea!

There are lots of ways to ingeniously conceal kitty's litter box: 

Pet-Friendly Decorating -- Hidden Litter Box

And there are pet beds on the market to match any decorating style:
Second Hope Circle helps special needs pets in Ontario find homes through promotion, education and funding!

A mesinha de cabeceira serve para deixar tudo que é essencial pertinho de você. E por que não reservar um cantinho nela para o seu cãozinho dormir sempre ao seu lado? #ficaadica #pet

para el principe!!.....  Home cocooning: raw pet decoration ideas

aww sooo cute!!!  Modern Pet Bed, daybed and lounger (Small Dog Bed / Cat Bed, 25"x19"). $155.00, via Etsy.

Bed and rug

But maybe an organic pet pillow is the best. . . . . .


  1. OMG I love it - all of it. Funny I am going to be redecorating my house soon - as cheaply as I possibly can - I was just thinking on how I could have a place for our kitty to eat, high enough so that her GS sister can't reach it and eat it all. It has to be in the kitchen and it has to look good.

    I love my fur babies!

    1. Thanks! When the youngest left home for college the boys got a bump-up in status. We call them our little boys in furry pajamas and thy definitely rule the roost. Good luck with your redecorating. And you're such a conscientious pet owner to keep their welfare in mind as you're designing the changes. -- Jan

  2. So many good ideas, but if you have dogs like ours, they just sit where you want to sit!

    1. Amen! We're always stepping around their sprawled out bodies draped over the sofa or lounger. Maybe we SHOULD get a larger-than-life portrait of the boys . . . . . . .

  3. That's a really cute post. We have animals here, more like a zoo sometimes. Love the gates.

    1. I can't imagine not having pets in the house. They're simply a part of the family. Those gates are cute, aren't they?

  4. Replies
    1. Thanks for stopping by! Hope you and yours have a lovely New Year, Jan

  5. Great ideas and fabulous post!

    1. Thanks! I laughed out loud when I saw the "I Like Big Mutts" pillow! -- Jan

  6. I put in a window at floor level under a worktable in my studio for The Square Ones to look outside. That way they can see all the critter that walk by my home. Javelinas, bocats, mountain lions, coyotes, lots of quail, and all kinds of birds. Plus doggie doors from several rooms to others, They love it.
    They rule the home.

    cheers, parsnip

    1. What a great pet owner you are! Our boys park themselves on the back of the sofa and stare out the window for hours. I can't imagine having such exotic wildlife around - mountain lions? Wow. They must love it! -- Jan

  7. Oh, this is a great post, Jan! I enjoyed it so much. The little pet rooms under the stairs are great and the gates, too! We do love our little beasties! xo

  8. I love this post! Super !!
    Happy New year!