Dog Days: Chic Designs for Pets

Almost everyone has at least one furry family member these days, and what once was an unusual request to design around a beloved pet is now pretty much standard. It’s a feature I can get on board with! No more clunky plastic pet accessories from a big box store to ruin a kitchen we just spent thousands of dollars and months of time to renovate.

Built-in feeding stations are among the best ideas for the new pet-centric design. I love this neat-and-tidy idea that keeps you from kicking the water bowl as you walk through your kitchen!

 Matthew Quinn, Atlanta Symphony Showhouse

Matthew Quinn, Atlanta Symphony Showhouse

I'm also loving this pocket half-door to either corral pets in the kitchen, so there are no accidents on expensive rugs while you're gone for the day, or to keep hungry mouths out from underfoot while you are cooking! 

 HGTV

HGTV

Another trend that is really catching on is a pet washing station in a mudroom - I posted a sneak peek at one I've designed just the other day. It just makes so much sense that you wonder why someone didn’t think of this earlier. Because nothing gets a floor dirtier than a fast and playful muddy dog! 

 This Old House

This Old House

I wouldn’t be ashamed to put this sleek Danish modern-inspired dog or cat bed in any modern room. And to really personalize it, I might recover the cushion in an indoor/outdoor fabric option that matches the scheme of the room.

 The Frye Pet Bed via Etsy

The Frye Pet Bed via Etsy

There are also sleek modern cat beds and trees available, but I like the idea of having a craftsperson create something unique to the style of the architecture of the home. The cat tree below could easily pass itself off as modern sculpture when not in use.

 ConCATenate By Lehrer Architects, via Deisgn Milk

ConCATenate By Lehrer Architects, via Deisgn Milk

Last, here’s a clever idea I spotted on Pinterest that can be retrofitted into any cat-lovers home. If you’ve ever had cats, you know they can drive you crazy wanting to go in and then out again, even from room to room. With a little carpentry and stock molding from the hardware store, kitty can get up to his or her important nocturnal cat stuff without disturbing your slumber.

 Via Pinterest  

Via Pinterest  

I hope this post helped lighten your “dog days of summer!” 

Warmly, 

Beth