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Favorite Things Friday ~ room reveal and incorporating pets into your design plan

Happy Friday! I’m super excited to show you guys the room that I have been working on in collaboration with PRETTY KENNELS and BACKUP DESIGN! If you have been following along on Instagram, you will know that we recently moved our TV to the living room giving up our cozy family room to a massive pool table. We had promised our kids a pool table forever. Ollie had it all mapped out in our Cohasset basement and then we up and moved to Dedham. There was not a natural place to add a pool table in this house as we don’t have a finished basement and the kids hang out room is up on the 3rd floor and not big enough to house all the video games, couches AND a pool table. So I think late one night when I was deep in a podcast and not paying attention, they asked if they could put the pool table in the family room and move the TV above the fireplace in the living room. I seriously must not have been listening because somehow they took my slight nod as a yes and before I knew it, the table was ordered, the TV was mounted and all furniture was moved. This is just the back story to the real story which is how the heck to incorporate dog crates into my vision for this sleek clean room!

We have 2 french bulldogs and a house with 3 boys and a lot of rooms. I really don’t like to have the dogs wandering around the house while I am out. Inevitably, they figure out how to kick a bedroom door in, knock over the stack of crusty dirty ice-cream bowls, knock over the trash and help themselves to gross half eaten subs and stale Doritos – you can judge all you want, but if you have teen boys who don’t each have their own personal full time maid, you KNOW that this is your reality. It’s gross, but somehow par for the course. If you only have one or 2 teen boys, thank your lucky stars. I have THREE of them. They are messy and there are always crusty bowls. Always. Bottom line is that I crate the dogs when I leave the house – mostly to cut down on the disaster clean up when I get home. Little dogs seem to just get into more. I see all these people with labs and goldens who just lounge in the kitchen while the humans are out. Not these dogs. The minute I pull out, they wander the house searching for stale food.

We had standard black wire crates that lived in the family room. They kind of blended into the chaos of the big sectional, excessive pillows and throws. The room was chaotic, the walls were dark and honestly, I hadn’t realized that I had another option! I had decided to paint the walls all white. I wanted a light clean look to balance out the big heavy table. I had a vision and black wire dog crates were not a part of it. I KNEW there had to be a better option. So I headed over to Instagram to figure it out. Somehow I stumbled upon PRETTY KENNELS – clear lucite dog crates with beautiful brass hardware. You guys, these crates are a designer’s gift from the heavens! They function not only as a cozy little home for your dog while you are out, but also as a side table or even a coffee table! I absolutely LOVE how they look and Chloe and Charlie love them. Of course now that I had found the perfect crates, I needed beautiful dog beds to enhance their beauty and make them comfy and cozy. I was lucky to find BACKUP DESIGN on Etsy, an amazing shop with custom beds made with beautiful cover fabrics. The combination of the beds with the kennels gave me the perfect foundation for my room renovation!

Paige over at PRETTY KENNELS  has been so fun to work with. I absolutely love supporting small business, however a small business started by a woman? Double bonus! I have gotten to know Paige through Instagram and I am so happy to have supported her growing business! Paige had a very similar experience trying to incorporate dog crates into her decor and two years ago decided to take matters into her own hands and create a crate that she loved for her dogs and her home. She decided to work with a local fabricator to build an acrylic crate. After the first one came together she knew she had to sell them! After several months of tweaking and many different versions she decided on the Pretty Kennel as you know it today. They build PRETTY KENNELS in their warehouse in Austin Texas. They ship all over the US and as of last week their patent for the transparent pet crate was finally approved! They also like to give back by supporting their local no kill shelter which is the largest in the country called Austin Pets Alive. They also support thePet Education Project.

Elizabeth over at BACKUP DESIGN saw a similar void in the market – beautiful pet beds that fit into your design aesthetic are lacking in the market, so she started her own ETSY SHOP! They offer hand-crafted, high-quality pet beds for the design conscious animal lover. They create beds out of vintage, hand-printed, and other beautiful fabrics. They offer both quick-ship and bespoke options. The palm frond bed covers that I chose are made out of 100% polyester indoor/outdoor fabric, which is dirt and stain resistant, liquid repellent, and super durable. Their removable and washable covers feature a heavy-duty brass YKK zipper closure, and seams are overlocked for durability. The inserts have channels sewn in, which helps maintain an even distribution of the super soft down alternative inside. Unlike other pet beds, these won’t get flat or lumpy over time. And best of all, they’re uber comfortable for your pet!

And now for the room reveal!

I’m thrilled with the way it all came together! The art is all my original work (tutorials on the small one on top of the crate and massive one on the wall to follow). The bench is what used to be our TV console – made by Ollie from IKEA cabinets and some stained lumber, the chair, ottoman and side table are all from Target’s new Opal House collection. The circular mirrors are a Homesense find and the tree and palm fronds are all from World Market. Paint color is Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace and pool table is Brunswick.