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Decorating for Dogs – A Post by Zena, Decorator to the Dogs.

So Zac is MIA today.

Well. Not really.

He isn’t missing, he’s asleep next to me.

Zac sleeping next to me BOL

And he hasn’t been in action. He does walk to the dog park but beyond that his only activity is to the food bowl and back to his bed LOL.

Anyways. I have snuck in and for once this is a SERIOUS post with SERIOUS stuff IMO.

So. Here I am ready to give interior design advice. Yes. Really BOL.

It was Zac’s pal Easy who gave me the idea.

Easy’s staff were trying to find a paint to match his Weimaraner coat and it made me think. Yeah really, despite what Zac says I do think – sometimes!

In my humble opinion when you get a pet you have a duty of care to that pet and to display that pet as best as you can.

Beloved has had mixed success as I will demonstrate.

The white walls aren’t too bad for showcasing my beauty, but the grey of the carpet is a real miss. This needs to go as soon as possible

Your standard white dogs like Clowie, Jasper and Nellie look pretty good in most settings. They look especially good on green grass so you might like to think about bringing the outside in and laying grass in your living area.

This has the added benefit of not having to wipe up muddy paw prints and will allow your adored pet to chew bones inside. There is the downside that you might have to cut the grass but pets come with responsibilities.

Although I appreciate the effort Beloved has gone to with her bedroom, a sort of homage to us really, black sheets, white bedcover so I would stand out, the overall effect is less than I would want. Once again the white washes me out.

Dogs like Easy go well with the neutral colour palette of light beige and creams with perhaps a pop of colour like orange or lime green to really show off their coats. To much beige and Easy will blend into the background. Never what you should want for your pets.

I am full of admiration for Mollie who’s cat Alfie (or is it Alfie with dog Mollie?), who are an incredibly well-matched pair colour-wise. This makes decorating so much easier for their staff.

Although I stand out a little on this green leather, it is my careful use of Beloved’s soft blanket which helps. By itself that particular shade of green is a little too muted, a lime green would be much better.

Now we come to me, me, meeeeeee (singing in my mind).

I am black. Zac was black but he is less black now which really bugs him ALOL!

Anyways. I am black and like Doggy, we black dogs do present a particular challenge.

Number 2 son’s bedroom is almost there. The blue bedcover is a little too pale again (what is it with Beloved and these pale colours), but a quick clever placement of a blue cushion saves me from being lost.

You have to go the extra mile with the black dog.

You’d think we’d be easy but although we stand out against the creams and whites we really pop if you’re prepared to use colour.

AJ’s bedroom and again Beloved has used white and a muted grey which doesn’t really give me too much to work with. If Beloved adds a few accessories matching the deep pink of the flowers it would help to showcase me much better.

Beloved has played it way too safe in the house IMHO.

All the off-white and pale greens don’t really do us justice.

Here I am in my favourite seat in the kitchen, the only room that Beloved has got it right. See how I stand out and ‘Pop’ whilst on the red chair – what a difference.

A strong colour shows us off to our best advantage and so I’ll be trying to get Beloved to redecorate very soon. Red all the way.


Hope this helps everyone out their to really maximize the positive in their pets.

Style. I happen to have been born with it.

BBIAB. C4N – Zena, Warrior Princess, Decorator to the Dogs, Styler Extraordinaire.


21 responses

  1. You are so right Zac. Litchi is also black, so we know the challenges. Your beauty needs to stand out and, funnily, the whole way through reading this, I was thinking “red”. Red is the colour that works best for a black dog and there you were, thinking exactly the same thing. I like your idea for grass in the house, allowing bone chewing and all, that’s very clever (( wonder if grass comes in red?)

    August 25, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    • RED GRASS!! Way cool 🙂
      PS – It’s Zena, The Princes, Designer to the Dogs :-))

      August 25, 2012 at 4:47 pm

  2. Maybe you can help my staff for the next DIY-project?

    August 25, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    • I think I have some available dates and my rates are reasonable, though if I have to travel overseas I do like first class LOL 🙂
      Have you tried sunshine yellow Easy? I’d suggest subtle pink, but I don’t think you’re a pink sort of a guy, greens are restful but who wants to rest? Yellow is bright, stimulating and exciting – I think that sounds like you BOL

      August 25, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      • Yep RED, RED, RED…… Yay!

        August 25, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      • Yellow sounds great – I haven’t enough money in my piggy bank, but I can send you my rubber boat and a nautical chart of my birthday last year (It’s an old treasure card only , but maybe you find the treasure chest too? who knows?)

        August 25, 2012 at 11:32 pm

        • Ha! Treasure chests….. sounds interesting 🙂 And you have a piggy bank????? Must speak to Beloved, I don’t get an allowance or a piggy bank. I think I should have an allowance and I could save up for a fancy red bed which I have now set my heart on.
          I’ve been thinking, peach is another good colour for you – and you can eat them, though I’m not into fruit or vegetables myself. Zac likes carrots – yuck!!

          August 26, 2012 at 8:35 am

  3. mollieandalfie

    Zac, that is definately youz..The red picks out every fur and youz looks just gorgeous 🙂
    So it’s red all the wayz then..Red grass, red walls..everyfing red..How cool 🙂 Have a great day my Furbuddie..xxooxx

    August 25, 2012 at 5:35 pm

  4. Red is definitely your colour. My snuggly pyjamas are red, and they go rather nicely with my blue colouring, too. 🙂

    Big WOOFS from Solo 🙂

    August 25, 2012 at 6:09 pm

  5. I know how are is to take a good picture of your black furry things, but red does the trick, the contrast it’s great. I think you, Easy and Doggy should open a interior decoration business, you have an eye it.

    August 25, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    • I agree 🙂
      It is an overlooked area of pet-care, I think there is a huge market for it BOL

      August 26, 2012 at 8:32 am

  6. Those were super good decorating tips my friend! My Mom uses an earth tone color pallet in the living room, it matches my fur perfectly! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

    August 26, 2012 at 5:15 am

    • Yes, I can see by your colouring that the earth tones would look good with you, you are like our pal Roxie at the dog park. I’m glad your Mom has chosen her decor to match you, that shows a depth of feeling and commitment that is only appropriate to us pets.

      August 26, 2012 at 8:36 am

  7. You have excellent taste Zena, and I love you in that scarf 🙂

    August 26, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    • I thought so Misaki – Beloved has a few scarves which I look good in, I’m trying to give her a bit of fashion direction, but she’s being a little slow on the uptake!

      August 26, 2012 at 10:10 pm

  8. Zena, you look absolutely stunning against that red. You are right, I do look good against green grass. They say that it’s hard to see me when it snows though! Well, that’s when they’re being polite! Sometimes they say the snow shows how much I need a bath.
    One thing I find disappointing is that my bipeds don’t often wear dark colours – the hairs I place on them look so much better on dark clothing! They hardly show at all on their preferred colours for casual wear.

    August 27, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    • Because I am a non-shedding breed, I hadn’t thought about that, but it is a good point Clowie. Our bipeds/humans/Moms & Beloveds should think about what they’re wearing and allow the creativity of their dogs & cats really stand out 🙂

      August 27, 2012 at 6:47 pm

  9. Hi Zac and Zena!
    Our mutual furiend Mollie prompted us to visit you. Congratulations on your award!
    Your furbuddies,
    Joules and Prescott

    August 28, 2012 at 8:11 am

    • Oops. Forgot to mention:
      We love those decorating tips! We made our mama sit down and take a good read because she calls herself a designer, yet all our furniture tends to be gray. Not that we’re usually allowed on it anyway…

      August 28, 2012 at 8:13 am

      • I’m glad the tips came in handy. We have a lot of greys too but fortunately the red in the kitchen is our saving grace and that is one settee we are allowed on so it works for us.

        August 28, 2012 at 9:24 am

    • Thank you for calling in, that is the beauty of these awards we make friends we didn’t know were out there 🙂
      You look two very handsome Schnauzers and I love your names.

      August 28, 2012 at 9:23 am

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