Photo Gallery: Pets & Interiors
See cats and dogs in beautiful spaces.
We know pets love to be in the kitchen helping to supervise meal preparation. The corner cabinet has a special bed for the homeowner’s Pekingese dogs so they don’t get underfoot, but can watch all the action.
Rustic walls and floors are inviting for visiting pets. Overstuffed furnishing makes the living room designed by Karen Cole seem less fussy and more pet-friendly.
A cosy carpet is a welcoming spot for this golden retriever who likes to spend time relaxing with his owner, designer Ingrid Oomen.
Proof positive that pets and fragile items can coexist peacefully, Dan Molenaar and Diane Young-Molenaar‘s Jack Russell Terrier, Beatrice, is at ease among Dansk candleholders designed in the 1950s and ’60s, and Primula apothecary jars by Jacob Bang.
With a slim chaise longue in chocolate brown and contemporary art, this nook is a favourite of this sleepy Weimaraner.
Warm, neutral fabrics, durable wood furniture and a textured rug are dog-friendly. “I love having kids running around and we encourage all of our friends to bring their pets,” says Krista. An open-concept living-dining area allows them all to spend more quality time together.
Seen here taking a break from the great outdoors, Pushkin, graphic designer Carmen Dunjko‘s tuxedo cat, stretches out on a sheepskin.
The cosy study in this lovely country home has a feel of a long-established space thanks to its handsome white-pine panelling and trim, pastoral artwork and leather chair — which the owners’ dachshunds have appropriated as their own.
Rustic, reclaimed beams from Ontario barns may be a fitting counterpoint to the elegant furniture, but the family dog fits right in regardless of style.
See more photos of this gorgeous country home in our photo gallery.
Toronto designer Barb Purdy opted for custom linen slipcovers to cover her old furniture instead of buying a new sofa (perfect for a messy dog!) and installed pine built-ins in lieu of hardwood bookcases. It’s safe to say that this pup is taking full advantage of a cottage weekend.
See more of Barb Purdy’s cottage in our photo gallery.
A chair next to glass patio doors let Lindsi Mandelbaum and Lorne Roselet’s white cat bird watch comfortably. The painting originally appeared in the home of a fictional animal lover, Chuck Bass, on Gossip Girl.
Albert the Lab rests on a rug by the new built-in bookshelf in the entry and cuts a handsome figure next to the soft, green colour.
Inquisitive cat Mango sits perched among a collection of objects d’art and unique finds including an obelisk, a cow skull, coral and a cow hide pillow.
In this cosy corner, drapery sporting a classic bright-red tartan forms an arresting backdrop for a wide armless chair covered in moody blue-green plaid. A toss pillow picks up on the tones of both main tartans, while a throw featuring large grey and white checks tempers it all. Rounding out the British look are leather riding boots and a well-groomed white Westie borrowed from former H&H editor Stephanie White.
Curled up near a graphic citrine pillow, homeowner Tanya Linton’s Calico enjoys an afternoon nap. The freshly painted 1950s-style living room windows bring sunlight that makes the cat’s nap extra cosy.
A clean white palette keeps the look current and fresh. A decorative chair with flared legs can be used as extra seating and is more airy than an upholstered piece — though former assistant design editor Kathryn Bala’s mutt, Stewie, seems to prefer the comfort of the leather wingback chair.
This cat has no trouble making itself comfortable on the back of a roll-arm sofa, a piece in this Moroccan vibe living space.
An English bulldog takes centre-stage in this library and office despite the clear views from bay windows. A large rug was added to make sure that the pooch wouldn’t damage wood flooring.
Textile designer Beth Poulter tests out fabrics on her bed to see how they hold up to wear and tear from her rescue dog, Geronimo, who likes to nestle in for daytime naps.
Designer April Tidey has no qualms about letting her pug get comfortable amongst the throw pillows on her bed.
An American Cocker Spaniel enjoys the comforts of plush, pinstripe pillows and bedding.
2010’s second place design contest winner Alia Nicola’s dog poses proudly atop a bench at the end of the bed. His collar, and framed photos behind him, add subtle colour to the room’s mostly white palette.
In Vancouver designer Peter Wilds‘ sky-high condo, large picture windows with views of the city take centre stage and let his cat see the sights, and birds. On a sunny day, the low bed with a yellow-green throw is a welcome retreat for the cat.
The gold-toned bed, Andy Warhol print and honey-hued tabby are a warm contrast to the black and white furniture and linens for a graphic-meets-glamorous look.
Fashion veteran Paul Sinclaire’s bedroom reflects his partner’s love of old world English elegance without excessive details — apart from the couples’ three Brittany spaniels.
See more photos of Paul’s interiors.
Suzanne is a true animal lover who knows how to design a beautiful home while keeping pets in mind. Here, Suzanne cuddles with cat Diego in her old home’s warm and feminine principal bedroom.
Jake, a 12-year-old yellow Lab, makes himself comfortable on an antique Persion rug chosen to add warmth and a pop of colour.
A wood ladder is a perfect complement to a stark white bathroom and is even better as a climbing, and lounging, space for a friendly cat.
This boxer terrier can keep a watchful eye on the front door from his bed. The red bed is treated as a colourful accent, along with a felt-covered pouf from Vancouver Special.
When homeowner and artistic director of Canada Blooms Colomba Fuller and Beta, her Schnauzer-Maltese mix, arrive home from a walk they are greeted by her beautiful art collection.
In The Real Housewives of Vancouver star Mary Zilba’s weekend home, freestanding pieces, like this desk, give her room to create and her dog room to move.
A white lab looks right at home on a graphic rug which breaks up the dark hardwood. Handsome architectural moulding and two matching light fixtures keep this space bright yet grounded.
The 12′ x 15′ mudroom doubles as the dog room and houses a spot for each dog to sleep. Cubbies and open shelves help corral all the entrance’s clutter. To keep the space fresh, air is piped into the area, keeping odours to a minimum.
Easy-to-maintain flooring like Astroturf stands up to use from pets, and feels like grass under their paws. The huge sofa from Jardin de Ville looks invites relaxation for four legged friends while a pergola adds a sense of enclosure without blocking the sun.
Suzanne’s back entryway serves as a drop-off spot for daily necessities when entering or leaving the house. Custom-designed built-in units by the door provide extra storage, but have an unusual inspiration: “This whole construction is for litter boxes,” says Suzanne. Holes cut in the bottom section allow her cats to enter and exit while concealing the litter boxes.
This rural Ontario home was designed to accommodate the homeowners’ large family and canine companions. A half-door leading into the dog room-mudroom keeps the owners’ furry friends in place, without them being entirely closed off. The room also leads outside to the pool area and a big outdoor dog area.
See more photos of this Gorgeous Country Home in another photo gallery.
The yard is a favourite spot for Pongo, one of the family’s two dogs. A watchful eye can be kept on fido from the private second floor terrace that has clear views to the garden through the glass railing.
Even dogs enjoy a waterfront view, especially Portuguese water dogs like this one, owned by Michael Angus, the designer and owner of Angus & Company. This happy pooch takes in the shoreline while reclining on a white wicker chair.
Interior designer Christine Ralphs loves to lounge on her back patio with her Fox Terrier Bitsy. Decorated in her trademark black-and-white colour palette, this outdoor sitting area — outfitted with Philippe Starck’s pet-friendlly polypropylene Bubble Club Sofa — requires little upkeep.
Design guru Arren Williams loves to take Spot, his two-tone Whippet, out for long walks through the city. Although the rambunctious pup had a few bad habits to break — such as chewing holes through rugs — Arren managed to keep his home stylish and clean.
This handsome fellow is Suzanne’s cat, Po. He loves to keep her company in the kitchen, especially when she brings in new props for him to perch on.
When H&H’s Mark Challen isn’t renovating his gorgeous home, he loves to take Bentley, his flat coated Retriever for a run in the park. Although blind, Bentley is always up for a game of fetch.
Get a glimpse of Mark’s gorgeous home as he takes us through a video tour of his kitchen renovation.
Elaine Hogg — author and avid H&H reader — shares her love for our magazine with her cat Angus. Here, Angus studies the May 2010 issue for decorating inspiration.
H&H.com’s associate editor Gwen McAuley painted over a bold red accent wall with this bright turquoise hue in her principal bedroom. Behr’s Intense Teal (S-G-490) was the perfect shade — not too blue and not too green. The warm grey organic matelassé duvet and shams from West Elm keep the room from looking too summery. Charlie the cat loves lounging on the foot of the bed.
Read Gwen’s blog post about this bedroom makeover.
Tomba, Suzanne’s fluffy Turkish Angora, loves napping in her workspace. Here, Tomba enjoys the soft textures of Suzanne’s latest fabric samples.
For more shots of Suzanne’s homes, see our photo gallery.
H&H photo editor Leslie Williams makes sure her Chihuahua mix, Pony, is involved in all decorating decisions. Here, Pony carefully inspects the weave of Leslie’s new Persian rug.
“I can’t imagine living in my home without my beautiful cats Z, Tomba, Acorn and Po,” says Suzanne. Having once lived with five cats and a Westie, Suzanne knows how to deal with furniture damage, mess and unsightly litter boxes. Read more about her tips and tricks on living with pets in this blog post.