Just a girl who wants to share her "finds" and hope that it inspires you to thrift and to not be afraid to explore your style.


Thursday, February 9, 2012

Dogs and Design

The two "D" words that some think don't go together - Dogs and Design!  Everyone is allowed to have their own opinions but in my world - the two have to go together.  We have 5 dogs - all rescue babies! They are a huge part of our lives.  I had two dogs when I first started dating my husband then 3 weeks before we got married we saw on the news how the Austin shelters were so overloaded with dogs during the holidays.  At the time - Austin still had Kill Shelters and seeing the pictures of the dogs in cages during the holidays just broke our hearts and we decided to go and pick out one for us to take home.  In lieu of Christmas gifts to each other (since it was so close to the wedding and had spent so much money in preparation for the big day), we rescued Dexter!  Just 4 months later, we adopted our 4th dog - Daisy.  She is our tiniest dog - 5 pounds of all Chihuahua and she runs the house.  One year later, my hubby went home during his lunch break and found a dachsund wandering the neighborhood.  He brought her home and we put up signs everywhere and ads in craigslist but no one claimed the little red dachsund.  We kept her and named her Rosie and she is the easiest dog ever.  Well - all of our dogs are pretty easy - I guess that is why we have 5.

So what's the point of my long rant about our dogs - (besides the fact that I am a proud mommy and like sharing their rescue stories) - Well, I would like to throw out the quesiton "How do you have a beautiful home and still own pets?"  Aren't you afraid they will ruin your furniture or their hair will get all over your beautiful things or their tails will knock something over?
This was a little bit of a fear of mine since moving in to a new home and buying nice new things.  We always allowed our dogs free roam of the house and use of any piece of furniture they wanted. That has changed a little bit but we have found a way to still keep the dogs part of every day routine with out them "damaging" any of our pieces.

I think you can design around your dog.  When you pick out pieces of furniture - keep your pets in mind.  Is it a material that will get scratched and pulled on from the pets being around?
This time around we opted for a velvety couch - it seems to be wearing great with the pets around.  Our previous couch would get pulls on the fabric and it didn't take long for it to look worn.  We also have implemented a new house rule - Dogs are not allowed on the couch with out a person with them and they must be laying on a blanket.  No Dog skin/hair/coat to touch the couch.  We have friends that have allergies and we don't want the dogs to deter them from coming over - so we try to safe guard the couch from hair by only allowing them up when we are there and if they are on a blanket.  The dogs are NOT allowed on my new Ikat chairs.  Setting limits is not a bad thing - they are allowed to hang with us in the family room but they don't get to own the room.  We tell them where and when they are allowed to come up.  We also have a big dog bed on the side of the couch - it is hidden from plain site which is nice because then it isn't an eye sore for when guests come to visit. I have also seen some really neat dog bed ideas on pinterest that would be great "design" solution in any home.  Another great place to find stylish dog beds would be HomeGoods - they have cute stuff in beautiful colors and fabrics that would look great in any home.

So keeping in the theme of this post... I have found some great photos of dogs and designs to show with you today:

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The above picture is our Daisy looking very stylish on my vintage chair ($36 at a thrift store)

If you have pictures of your dogs in your home - send them my way! I would love to see them!!!

2 comments:

  1. Awe! Little Daisy is so cute! My Charlie would love her! {Oh... that fabric on your thrifty vintage chair is g.o.r.g.e.o.u.s.!}

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