Making Pet Accessories Blend in With Your Home Decor

Hey Friends!

So, if you missed the post that we got a new cock-a-mutt puppy, you'll have to check her out. :-)

As an interior designer I run into quite a frustration trying to disguise all their pet THINGS to look like they are a part of the house!  I can't just have tacky dog bowls in the middle of our kitchen floor - right?  hee,hee.

 I solved the issue with our FIRST dog by simply thinking ahead while we were building our new home.  We had an empty wall space that I asked for a "cut out" for his dog dishes - VIOLA, a simple yet very efficient fix!

Aged Copper Tuscan Looking Dog Bowls!

BTW, this is on a big sale on Amazon right now, I paid more than double that price for mine (sigh, oh well)

Honestly, I NEVER thought we would own a 2nd dog but it happened.  (We had good reason, I'd just have to have you over for coffee to explain it all - ha!) 

So the search began to have yet another set of dog dishes camouflaged within the look of this Northwest Tuscan inspired home :-)

I ended up with these and put them in the corner, out of the way of traffic.

Unleashed Life Raised Dog Bowl

Actually, you can see lots of unique dog bowls from that company!  

This RED bowl could fit in so well in a kitchen something like this one!

See how FUN this making pet accessories blend in with your home can be?!  hahaha!

Maybe you love antiques and have a more farmhouse theme.....

This DIY chair food holder is super cute!  Couldn't you just see these set of chairs fitting in perfectly in the laundry room above!

ALMOST makes all you NON pet people want a pet - right?  (hee, hee)

Now moving on to DOG CRATES!

Wow, those flimsy plastic things can be SO expensive!  It doesn't surprise me at all that Pinterest is FULL of DIY end table/dog crate ideas.  You could probably have a carpenter friend make you one for around the same price as buying the plastic ones from Petco. (Or make it yourself for less and have it prettier than the plastic ones!)

Ana White posted the DIY how to on this dog crate - she said it is HUGE and cost her under 40 bucks!

Here it is shown stained and monogrammed by someone who used her plan. 

Gorgeous - huh!

Nathan used wire instead of the wood slats on Ana's Design.  He gives you full dog crate instructions also. 

You could also remove the front panel of an already made night stand and add a wire mesh as the crate door!

Do you have empty space under your stairs? How about putting your dog area there!


It's always nice to have a specific place a dog can go when they want to "escape" from kids, company or annoying little puppies :-)

Save these ideas for the next time you build your own home!  They just require some planning ahead but the cost is probably almost the same :-)

Whatcha think of all these ideas?!!!  

Tell me your thoughts! :-)

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Our Sweet Little Cock-a-mutt Puppy :-)

Well, I am not quite sure how it happened......

But we got ANOTHER dog.

What if I just told you guys that I wanted another one so my house could look SUPER SNAZZY like the ones below?

Now if I could only get my husband to dress like that too,  HAHAHA!  For anyone who knows my husband, that is NOT ever going to happen :-)

Anyway, that wasn't why we got her :-)

We got it for my daughter.  (What we do for our children, huh.)

A little puppy for a little girl :-)

Two little sleepy heads :-)

We were told it was a Cockapoo (insert huge laugh) but once we got to the ladies house, it didn't matter if it was a daughter fell in love and we paid the Cockapoo price. :-) (I'm pretty sure it's a Lab Cocker Spaniel mix)

She's adorable and a great puppy.  

 I'm firmly believing that our TWO dogs will add lots of PIZAZZ to any home decor photo I display on the blog. Hee,hee.

I mean you have to agree, my Persian rug looks so much fancier with her on it - right?? Bwwahahahah!

Here's to all the parents out there that never wanted ANY pets but keep adding to the list because, know. :-)


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Candy Cake, Crafts and Party Ideas - Teenager on Pinterest

Hi Friends!

One of my most viewed posts this past year has been what my teenager daughter has discovered,  made and pinned on Pinterest. :-)

The Sunshine Box or Golden Birthday gift idea has been a huge hit.

Her latest Pinterest adventure was making a CANDY CAKE!  It was pretty simple. (Although she decided to make her cake and frosting from SCRATCH.  Who does that anymore?  - OH, a teenager who has a lot of time on her hands - hee, hee.)  

Kit Kat and M&M Cake

She used a bread loaf pan so it would be the correct height of the Kit Kat bars.  She said that if she made it again, she would use brown chocolate frosting instead of white butter cream so that it would blend in more with the chocolate bars.

The top was sprinkled with M&M's - SO yummy!!

Also on her Pinterest Boards were these fun young teenager ideas :-)

"Simply cut a long strip of stretchy knit fabric, tuck it under a toe then twist above foot 3-4 times.  Wrap behind the ankle, bring to front and secure with a knot."

This could be a really fun party idea.....paint toes and then make Bali sandals!

One Charming Party

This crayon art seemed very affordable for a teenager or even college dorm room!  You simply hot glue crayons in any shape and then BLOW DRY them to let the wax flow!

This could be used for a "You color my life" party!

College Gloss

So Love That

I can't finish this post without showing you what she posted to her FOOD board.   She said this is what she plans to make NEXT! 

Yes, the "Mother of ALL OREOS"  (obviously, she does not worry about the "Mother of all Thighs" at her age - hee,hee)

 Last year she made these Sprite and Gummy Bear Popsicles......yes, she has definitely advanced to the next stage of life LOL.

And lastly, she informed me that when she is an adult, this is what she plans to do.  That makes me smile.  OK my dear, go for it! :-)

There you have it!  What goes on in the mind of a teenager on Pinterest!

My favorite is the candy cake. (Right next to the trampoline bed - shhhhhh) You could make it for any birthday party and I'm sure it would be a huge hit.  (Not only CAKE but a CANDY CAKE!) ;-)

What was your favorite?

Have a wonderful weekend you guys!

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