How to display dog decor and not be that “crazy dog lady”

Ok, our friends know we’re big fans, of the wet noses and furry kids…However we don’t want the house decor “dog centric.” Therefore to clear up any confusion here are some of my dog decor tips without being that “crazy dog lady”

1. Stake out one small corner of your house. In this case we have this over-sized ugly built in. It was just this wall of orange shelves. See before pic:

built in before pic

(Don’t judge this was before we moved in. We are still trying to figure out what we’re going to do with it. Unfortunately we’ve found the extra storage, shelves and desk are pretty functional, so a complete knock down is not an option right now)

2. Mix in and re-use some of your other home decor so it doesn’t seem entirely dog focused.  Rather think dog, use decor that reminds you of them. Our dogs are all about chasing squirrels and sticks so I displayed a little metal squirrel nutcracker grandma gave us and added a large piece of polished wood.

built in squirrel built in stick

3. Why not give it function? Display those dog treats proudly! Your furry kids need a cookie jar too. (We reused some of our wedding cookie jars for dog treats and bones)

built in bones

Sweet! Dog decor subtly displayed and ugly built in looking a bit better…

ipone pics 080 watermark

Vintage + Industrial = Happy Place

One of my must do’s for the big 30th B-Day shopping weekend…And no it was not a boutique pet supply store….As much as the dogs wished we had. (They were already miserable we were going away for the weekend)

dog sad

Was to check out Big Daddy’s Antiques in San Francisco. (Speaking the lingo of my friend’s kids) They have the most “awesome-sauce” tables, vintage signs, industrial lighting, on and on….Give me  industrial metal, raw wood, burlap, vintage and you’ll find my happy place.

Here are some happiness pics…

Isn’t this farm house table with polished concrete top just fabulous! (I’m thinking inspiration for a future project!)

BDA farm table

Do you have to be a firefighter’s daughter to appreciate fire extinguisher lamps?

BDA fire extinguisher lamp

BDA tin basket pendants

Tin basket pendants! Love!

BDA vintage clothing sign

Luckily for hubby the sign was just too big to bring home. (Because he knows I would’ve tried taking it on BART with me.)

BDA metal chairs

Farmhouse stools and printed burlap of course so chic!

BDA burlap pillows

BDA pendant

Re-enactment of conversation with hubby when I spotted these…

Me: “Hmmm I bet I could make those…”

Hubby: “Ummm no”

Me: “Why not?”

Hubby: “No electrical for you…With your luck you’ll either catch the house or yourself on fire”

BDA coastal pendant 

…Can we say inspiration for a hanging desk lamp?

The only problem for us at the time was the price tag…Shopping in San Francisco + small budget = window shopping

(Plus we splurged on a dog sitter for this trip).

Another good point the hubs made…Expensive, designer antiques normally aren’t dog proof…

See Evidence A…

This is what we came home to… One of the vacation casualties was an outdoor dog bed. I guess they really didn’t like being left at home for this trip?

(Doesn’t that just look like something out of Shark week? The quintessential chunk missing out of the surfboard pic)

ruined dog bedOnly problem, it has to come out sometime.