Their furnishings can be stylish too
We dote on our pets, snapping up designer dog beds and kitty condos (with the hope they will stop clawing and curling up on our favorite sofas and bed pillows). All that gear can wreak havoc on the interior-obsessed homeowner. Does Bella’s bed match the bedroom curtains? Will the new aquarium look out of place in the family room?
We combed the marketplace to find innovative and décor-friendly designs for indoors and out. Some, like the Hepper NomNom, a $37 dog or cat feeder with two dishes and a tray to catch water and crumbs, offer style and value; others, like Esque Studios’ Space Mountain fishbowl and the artist-designed Archibird bird cage-table, are beautiful indulgences. Above is a selection of some of the best pet products, including homegrown Southern California products, such as the DIY Craftsman-style birdhouse from Los Angeles and a hide-in-plain-sight kitty litter box from San Diego.
TAKING THE CONCEPT of the fishbowl literally, the Canadian home decor firm Torre & Tagus offers this decorative glass home, about $70, for varieties that don’t require an aquarium. To find it locally, use the store locator at
DESIGNED AS A ONE-OFF sculpture integrating a bird cage and glass-enclosed perches within a table, the Archibird by artist Gregoire De Lafforest is available to order from
FOR THE HIGH AND MIGHTY feline, the Hepper Pod Cat Bed, $117, is an elevated Modernist design, available in a range of frame and fabric choices. MOD DREAM POD by K&H Pet Products, $69.99, zips together to provide a Jetsonsesque sleeping chamber for cats and small dogs. From
NOT ALL PET PRODUCTS need to be cutesy. The South Korean design firm Gramms created the Classical Orders of Architecture collection that includes an Ionic capital dish, about $30, and Doric shaft bowl, $13.50. Order directly from email@example.com.
HAMSTERS, GERBILS and mice can eat, drink and burrow to their hearts’ content in the National Geographic Jumbo Exploration Loft, $34.97, which has clear and earth-toned plastics instead of the rainbow of candy colors often found in such habitats. From www.petsmart.com
THE 19-INCH-TALL, two-piece Mox Litter Tower is designed to let cats in and keep dogs out, does not require a litter pan or liner and has a plastic grate that cleans your kitty’s paws on its way back out into your world. $129 from
FISH AND REPTILES can be retiring types that shy away from human eyes. Why not do it in National Geographic’s Mayan Hideaway? $14.99 at www.petsmart.com.