Howly Dog Bed, HowlPot.
Give your pet-friendly space an update with these stylish accessories.
If you believe that design is for everyone, number of legs aside, then this is the kind of piece you’ll want to have in your home. Innovatively and imaginatively designed, this ‘DIY’ bed features a removable steel frame that gives this pet bed it’s safe and secure structure but can be taken out to render it flat for easy storage. We absolutely love the design of this piece. As the company’s website says, they ‘believe in companion animals’ design rights.’ Howly Dog Bed, HowlPot, $220.
Walking your dog just got way more stylish! These handmade and hand-dyed cotton leashes take their design inspiration from the centuries-old nautical traditions of sailors to make ropes that are incredibly strong and sturdy. Available in a wide variety of colours and featuring brass or nickel hardware, these gorgeously made leashes will add more fun to dog walks and will certainly make your pup the trendiest on the block! Teal Ombre Dog Leash, Forever Mootsy, $38.
Designed specifically to give dogs the kind of comfort they find on your mattress, this bed is made to provide animals with a soft place to burrow into that won’t flatten, leaving them essentially lying on the ground. But best of all, these mattress beds are covered with luxurious designer textiles to make sure they look as good in your home as possible. Stripe Mattress Bed, Mr. Dog New York, $200.
Nap time is serious business so here’s another option. You’ll want to make sure that your furry friend has the perfect spot to lay his head down when it’s time to chase squirrels in his sleep. This bed has got a wrap-around headrest and removable centre pillow for the ultimate in comfort. And we love that this pretty polka dot patterned dog bed comes in cream, light grey and chambray so you can find a colourway that best suits your home. Woven Dot Snuggler Bed, Waggo, $98.
And let’s not forget about our favourite felines – we know how they hate to be ignored! This beautifully designed cat pod creates the perfect space for you-know-who to retreat to when she’s had enough of her human. Featuring a soft, plush pillow inside, you’ll always know where to find her when she’s ignoring your calls. Cat Pod, FuzzYard, $102.
This quality one-piece is perfect for keeping your favourite pooch warm all winter long. Made with super soft fleece and featuring a modern jelly graphic print, we think this little number is totally irresistible and hilarious all at the same time! Huts and Bay All-in-One in Red Jelly, Shop Dog and Co, $42.
Perfect for the dog-on-the-go … you know, the dog with things to do, places to go and people to see. This collapsible water bowl easily folds to make it perfectly portable so that you can pull it out and fill it with water when you’re out on a hike or just running around. Made with a waxed canvas exterior and nylon lining, this bowl is completely waterproof so when your pooch has lapped the last drop, just wipe it down and put it away. Dash Water Bowl, Billy Wolf, $32.
A dog toy that looks beautiful lying around your house? It’s true! Handmade in Berlin, this soft toy in the shape of a bone features differently coloured sides: Grey tweed on one side, rose tweed on the other. They’re made from 70% recycled hemp-cotton and 30% organic cotton with a polyester filling and, of course, have a squeaker inside! Your pooch will love them and you won’t mind finding them all over the house. Tweed Love Squeaky Bone Toy, Scotch & Hound, $22.
A home office gets a sleek and orderly makeover
Get the look of interior designer Jenifer Glover's clutter-free workspace.
Tasked with creating her personal home office, interior designer Jenifer Glover lets one thing be known: Style is strategic. Here's how to mimic her masterful ways.
1 Make a giant bulletin board on the cheap with corkboard, burlap and grosgrain ribbon to maintain order and lend warmth and texture to a room.
2 Instead of searching high and low for a stylish t-shaped desk, construct one yourself by placing three tables together. Keep the expansive workspace clutter-free by storing everyday items in pretty baskets and pots.
3 Ditch flimsy file folders in favour of sturdy clipboards hung on a wall in a simple grid arrangement. Think of it as a practical take on the gallery wall. ideal for keeping track of important papers or showcasing inspiring photos and phrases.
4 Organizing shelves well is something of an art form. A reliable rule of thumb? Choose items in varied shapes and sizes, such as textured baskets and decorative objets, to add dimension and character.
Get the look: Simple Modern
Buying guide: Daybeds
A daybed is a wonderfully versatile piece of furniture to have in your home. Both functional and aesthetically pleasing it can help shape your space, making it more inviting and comfortable. Available for a myriad of price points and made in a variety of styles, a daybed will be a welcome addition to any room of your home. The following five tips will help you choose the best daybed for your space or show you how to make better use of the one you have.
1 The all-purpose daybed
One of the best features of a daybed is its incredible versatility. Placed in a living room, it's the perfect lounging chair for entertaining or cozy evenings and will then make a comfortable sleeping option for overnight guests. It also works wonders in a guest room or lobby area. A daybed is also the ideal piece to accessorize: add a few decorative pillows and a throw by day, and a colourful duvet cover for a good night's sleep.
Photo courtesy of West Elm.
4 Small space perfect
3 Creating spaces
One of the challenges of a large space can be figuring out how to arrange your furniture. A daybed is an easy piece to place and can help solve that issue. Showcase your daybed in the center of your room to act as a divider and create a more intimate feel. A daybed that feels light and open is ideal for that purpose.
Photo courtesy of Crate and Barrel.
Buying guide: The truth about thread count
Is there anything better than sliding into a bed laden with good quality sheets? At the end of the day, I can't wait to stretch out under my fresh, soft covers and nestle my face into a good cotton-covered pillow. We spend a third of our lives in bed so quality sheets are key, but how do you get quality for your money? There's no doubt that most consumers believe the higher the thread count, the better the quality, but this isn't entirely true. With the help and expertise of Joanna Goodman, owner of Au Lit Fine Linens, we expose the truth about thread count and what it takes to find quality bed sheets.
What is thread count, really?
Simply put, thread count is the number of threads woven into one square inch of fabric. This number is based on the threads woven horizontally ("weft") and vertically ("warp"). Extra threads can also be woven into the weft threads to increase the thread count. These added threads are called "picks" and are added in the overall count, which is how some sheets end up having thread counts in the thousands. This is why the idea that high counts equal better quality isn't really accurate. Consider this: Joanna says most weavers will say the maximum number of threads that can be woven into one square inch of fabric is 500 to 600. Though the number is arguable and, according to Joanna, "depends on the mill you deal with," it gives you an idea of where the line is between single-ply, unpicked weaves and ones that add threads here and there to bump up the count.
What to look for when buying sheets
Joanna lists three things to look for on the label: if it's Egyptian cotton, where it's woven and, lastly, the thread count. While thread count is a bit misunderstood, the buzz around Egyptian cotton is true. "The very best cotton in the world is grown in Egypt. So Egyptian cotton will be of a better quality," Joanna says. She also recommends pima cotton, which is grown in America, "though not quite as exceptional as Egyptian." When it comes to weaving, however, she swears by the Italians as being the "master weavers of the world" due to their "long tradition of weaving" and use of the best Egyptian cotton. Be sure the label says 100% or pure Egyptian cotton though, otherwise it may only contain a small percentage of the good stuff. As for the thread count, look for a minimum of 200. From there, it's all about preference!
What to avoid when buying sheets
Joanna's one key piece of advice is to watch out for extremely low priced, high thread count sheet sets. A complete sheet set with a high thread count for $100 or less is probably not the dream bargain you think it is. As Joanna believes, "you always get what you pay for." The price tag for bed linens will vary depending on the sheet size and what items you're buying, such as a duvet cover, sheet sets, or pillowcases. "A superior quality 200 thread count queen set (including flat, fitted, two pillowcases), made of Egyptian cotton and woven in Europe, could retail reasonably for about $150-$250," says Joanna.
What do you prefer?
After going through the quality checklist, go with what feels best for you. If you're looking for a durable linen, Joanna recommends any percale from thread count 200 to 800. Percale is any cotton woven with a 200 thread count or higher and will be more durable than a cotton satin of the same thread count. It's also less likely to pill than cotton satin because it has a denser weave. Love the feel of a cotton button down shirt? Joanna advises a crisp, dense 200 thread count percale. Prefer a silkier sheet? Go for a 300 to 600 cotton satin. If you want lighter sheets, Joanna says, a 400 thread count sheet can be soft and light, while an 800 percale would be soft and dense. The higher the thread count, the more likely multiple-ply thread is used or picks are added, making the fabric denser and heavier.
Now you know that quality is not just about the number, so don't let numbers rule your bed! Remember what to look for on the label and be wary of too-low prices for supposedly high quality items. Beyond that, go with what you prefer. Get a good feel of the sheets before buying. Whether you're unzipping the packaging or lying down on a display bed, make sure the fabric feels good against your skin and soon you'll be having sweet dreams!
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