I guarantee they won't go out of style after a couple of years like that lame Hollywood Regency knock-off lamp you bought at West Elm. Sure, they might barf on the flokati or poop in your house plants when you're not looking, but you just can't beat that warm/fuzzy/unconditional love ambiance they bring to any interior.

Screw potpourri. Fill your vessels with cats! My über tasteful pals Mark and Paul share their gorgeous Eichler home with a couple of cats (and the occasional uninvited raccoon) in sunny San Raphael, California.

Just say NO to faux fur and use the real thing. My luxuriously pelted Miniature Pinscher, Tino, perfectly compliments (and vanishes into) our new Marimekko Kikku duvet.

Planters are not just for plants. Tino commandeered this vintage fiberglass bullet planter for his own lounging needs until I kicked him out and used it to store kindling for the wood burning stove.

Play with scale for added drama. Our beloved gigantic Rhodesian Ridgeback, Simon, pretty much filled up every space he occupied to eye-popping effect.


  1. Shelagh // February 6, 2009 at 4:24 PM

    "Oh, perfect...I'm on trend. We just got a second dog."

  2. bandelle // February 6, 2009 at 5:22 PM

    This is brilliant! Yep, the pup is a perfect accessory and your Hollywood Regency knock-off lamp comment was hilarious. Tino looks adorable in the planter. How did he get in there?


    P.S. A weekend of 80s movies sounds soooo good!

  3. Mr. Bluehaunt // February 6, 2009 at 5:39 PM

    I find it is hard to to take a photo without the dog in it! :)
    The Tino/planter photo is great!

  4. jay are // February 6, 2009 at 6:22 PM

    Um, if I recall correctly Tino didn't just hop into that planter on his own.

  5. The Rural Modernist // February 6, 2009 at 6:24 PM

    Yeah, I forced him into posing for that shot. Don't tell anyone.

  6. alexis // February 6, 2009 at 6:32 PM

    I love the photo of Tino lost in the duvet - very Diana Ross circa 1970's

  7. The Rural Modernist.com // February 6, 2009 at 6:37 PM

    Mahogany perhaps?

  8. Erika // February 12, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    Sweet. Egon and I have been on this for quite some time.


    Every home looks better with the addition of a handsome German Shepherd.

  9. Gilmore // February 15, 2009 at 7:25 PM

    I totally am having duvet envy! Your Marimekko Kikku is gorgeous. Did it come with a Min Pin?

  10. me melodia // March 16, 2009 at 4:42 PM

    great post. animals make good design even better.