Decorating for Dogs 101

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It’s official. My human mommy’s decorating skills have gone to the dogs . . . and that’s just the way it ought to be. She decided to forgo decorative rugs in the living room in favor of dog beds. A very sensible choice, if you ask me. Dog beds are much softer than rugs, and my sister and I can move them from place to place throughout the room, depending on where we’d like to nap. True, our random placement of the beds can be a bit inconvenient (and dangerous) for our humans (who have been known to trip once or twice); but I firmly believe that dog beds trump rugs any day when if comes to a decorating choice.

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And no living room decor is complete without a travel crate. This one belongs to my little sister. Mommy thought about hiding it away in an upstairs closet. And then she thought about trying to carry it down the stairs every time she needed it. So the travel crate found a home just inside of our front door. It makes the perfect place to rest your purse or computer case or shopping bags when you come into the house. Honestly, every home should have a travel crate just inside the front door, don’t you think?

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Welcome to my stairs. Wood stair treads are beautiful, but wood stair treads plus dog paws more often than not equal wipeout . . . and I had my share. Therefore, the second story of my house was off limits. And then my human mommy found these fabulous slip-resistant carpet stair treads to cover the slippery wood. They’re pretty, functional, and machine washable . . . which Mommy says is the trifecta when it comes to dog-friendly decorating.

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Every home needs one room that is totally devoted to the dogs. Few homes have such a room. This is as close as we come in our house. The humans call this room the laundry/utility room. Tallulah and I humor them, but we know that it’s really the dog room. This is where our toys, leashes, collars, bandanas, and forbidden toys are stored. Most importantly, this is the room that is dedicated to doggy dining. It’s also the perfect place to display the art gallery that is all about me. You’ll notice that we have yet to add any Tallulah art to the wall. She’s been with us for almost a year, so I guess it’s time to give her a little space . . . just a little space.

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Recently, my human mommy has developed a doggy-decorating specialty: decorating for puppies. Puppy-friendly design simply must start with the baby gate. Thanks to Tallulah, our baby gate gets a real workout. Most of the time it’s used to confine her to the living area . . . because sweet Tallulah Bee loves to take a running leap onto the freshly made master bedroom bed.

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But sometimes the baby gate is used to prevent Tallulah from racing up the stairs, where she just knows our humans hide massive piles of treats and toys. I totally approve of this placement of the baby gate, which ensures that I can enjoy a nice nap away from a pesky little someone.

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Not all of my human mommy’s decorating choices have been dog-friendly successes. Take this glass-topped coffee table for instance. It’s pretty, but my little sister likes to rest her head on the glass. And she particularly likes to do this just after consuming a gallon of water, which means that Mommy is constantly cleaning Tallulah drool off of the glass. And when she’s not wiping drool stains off of the top of the table, she’s cleaning Tallulah nose prints off of the bottom of the table. Tallulah truly believes that she is creating artistic masterpieces on her own personal canvas. Mommy begs to differ.

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Which brings us to the television hutch . . . also known as the Golden Retriever hair magnate. This darker shade of wood was a total dog-friendly decorating fail. Mommy dusts this thing daily, and the hair just keeps coming back. She is currently looking for a paint color called “Golden Retriever Hair Camouflage” so she can paint the hutch and never see the Golden hair ever again. Good luck with that!

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And finally I present my human mommy’s biggest doggy decorating fiasco of all: a rug with a navy blue border . . . strategically placed precisely where my Golden sister and I walk back and forth multiple times every single day. And when we’re not walking on this fabulous rug, we’re rolling on it. Don’t you just love that layer of Golden Retriever hair? You see, humans aren’t the only ones who can master the art of doggy decorating. 😉

Humans, what are your best pet-friendly decorating techniques? And to all of my four-legged friends, what have you done to sabotage put your paw prints on your humans’ decorating efforts?

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11 Comments on “Decorating for Dogs 101”

  1. Emmadog says:

    Our house is all based on us pets too. We have the baby gates around, kennels in a back room, various beds placed around the house, and our walls of fame in our office. Bailie finally got her own photos and awards hung starting about a year ago. It took some time for Mom to get the right things to hang along side what Katie and I have. Mom doesn’t mind living in a dog friendly home as it is who we are and it works for us. If guests don’t like it, they can just leave. Our biggest issue is the Katie fur all over, but these days she rarely moves around the house, so the furs are not as bad as they used to be.

  2. CarolMaeWY says:

    Great ideas, thanks.

  3. Our kennel is in the office and it is Pierre’s. He doesn’t have to be crated very often but if we leave the house during “Squirrel-thirty” when the tree rats run rampant in our yard, he must be in his crate. We keep everything in the basic tri-color Basset/White Westie motif. LOL!

  4. Cupcake says:

    You mom has some genius ideas there, Miss HL. And some epic fails. One tip my mom has is to cover the sofa with a doggie blanket. She still has to change the blanket and use the sticky brush a hundred times a week, but at least the blankets can be washed.

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

  5. Bwhaha your house is decorated a lot like ours. Those carpet treads for the stairs are very cool.

  6. Rosy Rue says:

    Love this! At our house, it is all about water (pee) proofing. The beautiful rugs are always covered by all sizes of large waterproof pads And of course the Leather sectional and Master Bed always has comfy waterproof blankets covering them. And on a decorative note, at least 50% of the photos are dogs. And big baskets line the Family Room wall with toys. And lets not forget the cocker spaniel pillows on the couch. xo

  7. Miss Harper Lee, our house is devoted to us in decor. The floors are filled with beds for Mazie’s comfort and rugs so she doesn’t slip. There are soft blankets and lap fleeces on the couch for all of us. We have trees at a window in every room. Of course there are toys EVERYWHERE MOL! Ralphie and I have control of the sunroom with a big cat tree, tunnel, fun cube, bed and only our toys out there. The office is dedicated to those that came before. Mom says she loves living alone because she can make her house as pet friendly as she wants especially as Mazie ages 🙂

  8. Piglove says:

    Oh beautiful I love your mom’s decorating tips. Of course, any picture with you in it is priceless in my piggy book ❤ XOXO – Bacon

  9. cafall says:

    Haha – we are currently trying to find a rug for the most traveled path through our house – the tippy tappying of happy Harlow feet wake Aaron up waaaaaay to early in the morning.

    Monty and Harlow

  10. Oh my these are wonderful tips thanks for sharing!


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