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Saturday, July 25, 2009

The Dog Days of Summer


When decorating a home where pets are part of the family it is important to remember the furry children when planning the design. By creating custom pet beds, crate covers and more you can include the family pets in way that is charming and attractive in the overall room design.

Dog beds range from a simple pillow to elaborate, finely crafted furniture. New materials allow for pet beds to be stylish and easy to clean. There is something for every taste from a Contemporary K-9 to a High-End Hound, a Retro Retriever or a Traditional Terrier.

Have fun with pet decor, it can add a bit of whimsy and become a conversation piece all while providing a nice, soft spot for the loved pet to rest and play.

Modern acrylic pet bed from www.thepetproject.com

www.squidoo.com

Chinese inspired bed from www.mattresszine.com

www.hepperhome.com

Mongolian Pet Tent www.beyondthecrate.com

Layfayette Pet Furniture from www.beyondthecrate.com

Marie Antoinette style from www.beyondthecrate.com

Eco-Slumber from www.pawdigs.com

www.beyondthecrate.com
Canopy bed from www.gofetchpetbeds.com

Cabana from www.beyondthecrate.com

Upholstered bed from www.bigdogbeds.com

ZenHaus dog crate www.dogbedworks.com

Bamboo pet bed from www.gofetchpetbeds.com

Traditional sleigh bed from www.gofetchpetbeds.com

And if YOUR bed is your pet's favorite place to take a nap....
www.dogbedworks.com

Colorful print collars keep the pampered pooch stylish outside of the home.
www.dogcollarboutique.com

And for the Human who is paying for all this dog design a chair upholstered in
William Wegman fabric for Crypton Fabric.

www.empiredesignstudio.com

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Upholstered Headboards

I remember the first upholstered headboards I made back when I was in college and working at a custom drapery workroom. They were a lot of work but I enjoyed having a project that I could work on all by myself and then at the end of the day I could stand back and say "Wow, I made that"!

The demand for upholstered headboards dropped in the late 1990's when bed styles became all about the wood, the frame and the presence in the room such as four poster beds with huge posts, sleigh beds and large, carved headboards.

But now upholstered headboard are back and more popular than ever. The styles range from funky to formal, contemporary to elegant. The shapes, fabric choices and upholstery methods are numerous and exciting to see. Upholstered headboards fit well into modern and uncluttered decor but are also right at home in a traditional room.

The beauty of upholstered headboards is obvious, it just feels good to sit against padded upholstery and fabric offers texture, pattern and color, all things that make a room inviting. An upholstered headboard also offers many more options; the fabric is chosen to fit the room decor and can be monogrammed, patch-worked, quilted, tufted, embellished or manipulated in any way imaginable. Another idea is to use a simple duck or canvas covered headboard and use slipcovers. This option allows for changing the slipcover just as you would the linens and the slipcover could be washable if the right fabrics are chosen.

I have put together a group of upholstered headboards that are inspiring and interesting. I hope you enjoy.

Soothing and peaceful bedroom with simple tufted headboard. www.veranda.com

This headboard has an elegant but rustic design. www.housebeautiful.com


Beautiful shape to this tailored headboard. www.bhg.com

A dramatic shape and plentiful tufting. www.homeportfolio.com



Headboard doubles as a room divider. www.bhg.com


Striking red velvet shaped headboard makes a bold yet comfortable statement. www.housebeautiful.com


Princess inspired tufted headboard and footboard. www.wellappointedhouse.com


Pink velvet tufted headboard with crisp black and white. www.americangypsyliving.com


Stripe tufted tall headboard reminds me of a mattress on the wall. Source: Domino Magazine


Kids twin pocket headboard. www.hsn.com


Pretty poster with tufted headboard. www.housebeautiful.com


Deep tufted headboards, footboards and side rails. House and Garden magazine, May 2006


Clean and simple headboard from www.headboardsandsinteriors.co.uk


Lovely floral headboard with shirred border edge. www.bhg.com


Pretty shaped headboard with contrast welt cord. www.calicocorners.com


Monogrammed headboard from the workroom of Elizabeth Gerdes www.stitchabovetherest.com


Damask shaped headboard with subtle tufting. www.decorpad.com


Clean and contemporary headboard. www.housebeautiful.com


Channel tufted headboard. www.housebeautiful.com


Cargo Pocket headboard. www.hsn.com


Black patent leather, tufted headboard. Photo by Paul Costello for InStyle magazine.
Wingback Headboard www.stylefeeder.com