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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thought this was funny, and so appropriate!

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. Cat 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. An 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. Kitty 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. Cat 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 cats hopping in his lap as soon as he sits down.

So throw away those videos by Martha Stewart and others, and express your own unique tastes. Your home should reflect what YOU like!

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post #2 of 17
How cute.... Thanks for sharing this with us Stephanie!!
post #3 of 17
I like that alot Stephanie!!! how funny!!
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Originally Posted by dawnofsierra
10. There is absolutely nothing that makes a guest feel as welcome as three friendly cats hopping in his lap as soon as he sits down.
this is my favourite I love it when I go to a friends house and their kittie jumps up on my lap
post #4 of 17
8. Shredded or chewed books and magazines send a message to guests that they are free to relax and feel at home.

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaa
post #5 of 17
Realistic kitty looking centerpieces for the dining room table!
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by huggles
this is my favourite I love it when I go to a friends house and their kittie jumps up on my lap
I love that too, Danielle!
post #7 of 17
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by YaYas_Mom
Realistic kitty looking centerpieces for the dining room table!
What a great idea!
post #8 of 17
That is Brilliant Stephanie! I was laughing so much!

At least now, I can sit back and relax knowing that my rooms are homely and creatively decorated!!
post #9 of 17
Thread Starter 
Yes, Sarah, we all have such lovely homes!
post #10 of 17
Oh good grief Stephanie theres several there that are very familiar! especially the smudges on the windows from their wet noses
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by rosiemac
Oh good grief Stephanie theres several there that are very familiar! especially the smudges on the windows from their wet noses
That is so true! I also have velvety carpets, blinds, sofas, clothes!! I wouldn't have it any other way!!

My Mum still has them on her windows from the last time we stayed!! She didn't see the point cleaning them off, as we're there again for Christmas!! Must look strange though, as she hasn't got a cat!!

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Originally Posted by Dawnofsierra
Yes, Sarah, we all have such lovely homes!
It's so funny, I never thought about how everything looks, scattered around!!
post #12 of 17
Thanks Steph, that was too cute!
post #13 of 17
I found that wet nose-smudges on windows are best accompanied by sticky little handprints. Painty pawprints (from where your cat has walked through your roller tray) can add an unusual paint effect to any room. As can any fur add texture to any paint. It's also cheaper than artex.
post #14 of 17
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That's great, Emma!
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post #16 of 17
LOL
8. Shredded or chewed books and magazines send a message to guests that they are free to relax and feel at home.

This is my house!!!
And the paw/nose prints
Thanks Stephanie!
post #17 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by dawnofsierra
Thought this was funny, and so appropriate!

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.

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

7. Kitty 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.

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It sounds as if the author has been to our house!
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