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Decorating Tips for Dog People
« on: September 12, 2008, 04:00:43 am »
Saw this on another list and thought it was too good not to pass along. Actually I think many oft hese ideas were stolen from me!!!

Decorating when you have pets can provide unique opportunities to express
your own personal style and taste. Here are some tips I'd like to share:

1. Bare floors, without carpet or throw rugs, can give a nice open feeling
to a room. It can provide a soothing balance when you have many art objects
that reflect your love of animals.

2. Paw prints and nose smudges on glass doors and windows break up glare and
soften the light in a room.

3. Dog crates, when stacked three high, can add height to a room and pull
the eye up. If fastened securely to the wall, the top can provide a safe and
dramatic place for exotic plants or statuary that otherwise might be
molested by your pets. And up light can make it a real focal point. Cats
love to inhabit the upper crates, leaving the lower ones for the dogs.

4. Old towels and blankets thrown casually on upholstered furniture can add
a wonderful homey, country-quilt look to an otherwise bland room.

5. Common smooth upholstery fabrics can look almost velvety when lightly
textured with pet hair.

6. Vari-kennels, placed end to end and topped with plate glass can create an
unusual coffee table, one your friends will really remember.

7. Doggie beds, randomly placed around a room, can add color and texture,
much as throw pillows do.

8. Shredded or chewed books and magazines send a message to guests that they
are free to relax and feel at home.

9. Dog crates can make versatile end tables, and can be slip covered to
match any room decor.

10. There is absolutely nothing that makes a guest feel as welcome as three
friendly dogs hopping in his lap as soon as he sits down.

So throw away those videos by Martha and others, and express your own unique
tastes. Your home should reflect what YOU like!
 
 
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Re: Decorating Tips for Dog People
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2008, 04:44:28 am »
That's funny! I love the positive spin! I should show that to my hubby, who thinks all our pets are named "Damned Animal".  ::)
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Kai - Aussie/Dobie
Kenji - big ol' black cat
Mika and Nishi - kitty sisters, foster failures!
Tasia Ladysnake - ball python

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Re: Decorating Tips for Dog People
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2008, 07:12:09 am »
Does sound familiar. Clifford's crate is my beside table complete with lamp, alarm clock and books on top. And of course we have lots of those decorative towels everywhere.
Don't forget that instead of sponge painting the walls drool makes lovely shiney spots from floor to ceiling. And instead of vases and knick knacks there are usually dog brushes on the end tables.