Design for our Furry Friends

Our furry friends hold a special place in our hearts, so it only makes sense that they deserve a special place in our homes as well. Fashionably incorporating our pets everyday necessities into the design of our homes is becoming more common, our pets are part of the family after all!

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For example, their food and water bowls can take up significant floor space, but a major fad right now is to build dog bowls into the kitchen counter or island. Dog kennels are another large bulky item that is typically an eyesore in the home but you can incorporate a built-in kennel somewhere more convenient. If your dog does not have a kennel and maybe just a bed, they could also be disguised by cabinets, side tables, etc. 

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A walk-in wash station for your dog is something that could be included in your mud room or near your entrance for easy cleanup after they have been outside. It can be a hassle to drag your pet through the house and to the bathroom while their covered in mud from playing outside.

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Our pets play a major role in our everyday lives and it is only fit that we provide them with the appropriate comforts that we expect for ourselves.

XOXO,
Cierra

 

Photos:

1. Better Homes and Gardens "Little Kitchen with Luxe Faux Features"

2. Room for Tuesday "The Laundry Room: One Room Challenge - Room Reveal"

3. This Old House "Laundry Room Design: Neat and Tidy"

Don't Forget About Wallpaper!

Yes, wallpaper has officially made a comeback and we couldn't be more excited! With updated colors and patterns, this is not the wallpaper you are used to seeing. From powder baths to focal walls and even ceilings, the applications for wallpaper are endless. Don't be afraid to go bold with large scale geometrics or florals, it is a simple way to really add some drama to a space. Wallpaper can give you a color palette to work from or be that perfect final touch to really bring a room together.  

One of my favorite uses for wallpaper is in the back of bookcases or china hutches. This is a great way to give new life to a piece you may have had for a while. There is a vast array of types of wallpaper, from prints, to grasscloths, cork and even vinyl for commercial use. Whatever your style, there is bound to be a wallpaper out there for you. 

James Decor carries numerous wallpaper brands including Schumacher, Thibaut, York, Seabrook, Phillip Jeffries, and Koroseal just to name a few. Come by the store and check 'em out!

Marnie Eckels

Interior Designer

 

Photos:

1. Schumacher, Birds and Butterflies. Designer: Upside Development in Toronto Canada.

2. Schumacher, Queen of Spain. Designer: Kendall Simmons Interiors in Nashville, Tennessee.

3. Schumacher, Summer Palace Fret. Designer: Charmean Neithart Interiors in South Pasadena, California.

4. York, Wilderness. York Photo Gallery.