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<b>Decorating with Dogs</b> by Barb Cooke<br><br><br><br>
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:<br><br><br><br>
1. Bare floors, without carpet or throw rugs, can give a nice open<br><br>
feeling to a room. It can provide a soothing balance when you have many art objects that reflect your love of animals.<br><br><br><br>
2. Paw prints and nose smudges on glass doors and windows break up glare and soften the light in a room.<br><br><br><br>
3. Dog 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.<br><br><br><br>
4. Old towels and blankets thrown casually on upholstered furniture can add a wonderful homey, country-quilt look to an otherwise bland room.<br><br><br><br>
5. Common smooth upholstery fabrics can look almost velvety when lightly textured with pet hair.<br><br><br><br>
6. Vari-kennels, placed end to end and topped with plate glass can create an unusual coffee table, one your friends will really remember.<br><br><br><br>
7. Doggie beds, randomly placed around a room, can add color and texture, much as throw pillows do.<br><br><br><br>
8. Shredded or chewed books and magazines send a message to guests that they are free to relax and feel at home.<br><br><br><br>
9. Dog crates can make versatile end tables, and can be slip covered to match any room decor.<br><br><br><br>
10. There is absolutely nothing that makes a guest feel as welcome as three friendly dogs hopping in his lap as soon as he sits down.<br><br><br><br>
So throw away those videos by Martha and others, and express your own unique tastes. Your home should reflect what YOU like!
 

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I have a very large window on the front of my house, and the bottom of it is smudged all to hell by little kitty and dog noses.
 

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hehehe, cute thread, KPickell! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I think the renters who lived in my house before we bought it had the "pets know best" philosophy of cleanliness and decor.
 
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