Man's Best friend

More and more I am seeing homes with built-in nooks for dogs. Maybe it is because I have a dog of my own now that I am noticing it more, but it has definitely become a trend.

Dog nooks | Sarah Barksdale Design

Gone are the days of having an ugly metal cage in the corner of the living room (confession: we have an ugly metal cage in the corner of our living room... oh the joys of renting)

Dog nooks | Sarah Barksdale Design

Hello to the days of dogs being treated as permanent members of the family. I love this food/water station built into the kitchen island.

Dog nooks | Sarah Barksdale Design

It does make sense though doesn't it? Our dogs become part of our families, and just like kids, they require stuff, and quite a bit of stuff I might add. So why not plan out a place for them to sleep, eat, keel their leashes and toys, etc. Rather than just have it thrown haphazardly in the corner. I mean, why go to the trouble of having a well put together living room or kitchen if you are just going to mess it up with random dog stuff? make it part of the decor.

Dog nooks | Sarah Barksdale Design

Now, I know every dog lover can afford to install a built-in unit for their pup, and thats ok. I am not saying you should completely renovate your kitchen in order to incorporate the dog. But rather, find places to keep the dog bed or toys that is a little more discreet. Try finding a really attractive dog bed or having one recovered in fabric to match the decor of your home? Or buy some pretty woven basket to keep the leashes and toys in?

Dog nooks | Sarah Barksdale Design

When we got Lacy, I went to one of those pottery painting paces and painted her some beautiful food and water bowls. I love how nice they look in our kitchen rather than having plain plastic ones.

What do you think about incorporating pet stuff into the decor? Are you for it or against it?

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