9 unique spaces for our fury friends

Pets. Most of us have them, or at least dream about having them. They bring in life (and of course chaos sometimes) to our home, they’re always there for you. That’s why they deserve a special place, not some hideaway. It is important for them to have a safe space where they can rest and sometimes hide if they don’t want to be around.

I found some great pictures where interior designer had to include room for pets and they did a good job. Enjoy!

Umbau eines Reihenmittelhauses aus den 70er Jahren
Very practical and space saving solution. So you not falling over the pets bowls and kids have no excuse to splash their water. Because you only take the drawer out when it’s lunch time. Clever.
Home in Toronto 8
Those who loves walking their dogs know exactly how muddy and dirty they can get. Having a shower that is comfortable both for the owner and the dogs – is a life saver!
dogs dream
Utility room includes not only washing machine and dryer, but also a dog shower and a cozy dog bed. Very pet-friendly.
Seaside whimsy in Centerville, MA
Love the use of the side of the island. And especially the bone-shaped drawers openings!
California Cape Cod
Great use of the space under the stairs.
This pet owner do not forget to match the dog bed to this modern bedroom look.
Completed Work
Minimalistic and very cute opening for a cat to go out to the toilet.
Durango Plan - Valentine Estates,  Woods Cross
Another use of under the stairs space.
Lynn Valley Residence
I just couldn’t left this behind. Grand opening for the fury friends.



Feature wall – what does it mean to me?

What is a feature wall? It started as a wall/part of the wall/two walls painted in different/contrast colour than the rest of the room.

Is that all? Not to me. I feel that the name ‘feature wall’ cannot be used for only that described above. Why? Because there are so much more you can do to your space. So many more ways to make that FEATURE wall really stand out.

Murals/chalkboard/geometric stencils/your own art/ombre paint/timber art/photo wall, etc.

In this post I will try to show some examples.

A Coruña for rent?
No hard edges. A bit more than half wall soft painted bright lemon yellow.
 Trousdale Residence
Ashgrove house
In fact, it doesn’t even have to different colour. If you prefer monochrome – just add a little bit of dynamic by including different texture/matt vs gloss.
Black Natural Stone Wall Feature Living Room
Black stone feature wall is good example of contrast colour AND texture. Though beware – it needs space: the bigger the stone/wood tiles – the bigger the room must be. Otherwise you’ll get lost in scale.
Master Suite
Dreamy cloud wallpaper in neutral bedroom.
Don’t want to touch the walls? No problem – paint the inside of the bookshelf/display. A pop of colour will brighten the room.
This uniqueness was achieved by applying a rust activator to a reactive metallic paint.
Monochrome Bedroom Design - White Bed
Black is the perfect background for the artwork.
Painting vertical stripes in different shades: simple solution for a very modern look!
Bibliotheque Project - Modern Country Home, Herts
Shimmer ans shine! This accent wall reflects the light perfectly and is perfect for a small windowless room.
White Pine Canyon 2014
This one is great for a kids room. Can be a weekend’s project – lots of preparation, but fun and easily-manageable otherwise.
Family Home on a Drive to the Heath
Backboard-paint wall. And every day it can be different drawing or writing. Surprise yourself!
Boston Brownstone
A wall made of recycled wine crates? Why not!
Portland Apartment
Another very inexpensive, but impressive (and also one of my favourite) way to dress your wall.
Chic Dining
My Houzz: Fun and Happy Colors for a Northern California Home
Ombré Mountain Nursery
Three different takes on Ombre wall. It can be very artistic, very modern, very chic or playful – you choose!
Pierce Street
Watercolour wall. Unique and abstract painting made by dipping paintbrush to the water.
Gioi Tran
Flying bird stickers. This wall definitely catches the eye.
I hope that these pictures will help you make a decision on choosing the best look for your home. These examples are not to show wrong or right, they’re just to display different techniques and ideas. But if you’ll ever feel lost or need a friendly advice – feel free to visit my online interior design shop – I will be glad to help you out!
Please leave a comment which accent wall you like the best!
quirky interior moodboard

What makes a house HOME?

I always wonder: what is that secret that makes home feel HOME. Why some of houses I’ve been to feels cold and empty, even though they full of modern things? Why some pretty cheap and simple stuff can make the space shine and feel cozy? What’s the secret to be able to express your personality to your home?

I feel that some people do not care that much about the space they spend a lot of time in. It is just furniture, walls and floor for them. Just that. Some people however attach too much. They keep buying things they do not need, keep adding to the room that is already too much.

I believe that in order the house to be HOME you need to love it. Of course it can be very difficult to love your home if it’s: tiny/neighbours too noisy/dark/not enough storage/cold, etc. But there’s always a way to make it better/cosier/prettier. And for those who care about their home – here’s a small list of ideas:

  • Fresh flowers. Make a rule to buy a bouquet from time to time. Mark you calendar, so you don’t forget. Find the flowers you love. The smell, the colour. It brings the room back to life. It really does. Try it!3-beautiful-little-red-flowers
  • Throw all the ugly bits. For example, old rugs or towels. Things that you think you need, but secretly hate. There are lots of places online where you can find gorgeous accessories that won’t squeeze your purse. Trust me! and if you need any help or advice – just send me a message or email: rutalauzi@gmail.com I will be glad to help!
  • Buy a plug in freshener. There are so many different fragrances that I am sure you will find the one you like. Or experiment a bit. My secret tip: plug it in near the entrance – every time you come back the nice aroma will meet you right there.
  • Deep clean/organize your wardrobes. Throw away/sell/give to charity things you don’t use/need anymore. You (and your wardrobes) will feel so much better!wardrobe
  • Artwork/photos. Refresh your walls with funny pics of your family/friends. Check Etsy for the work of local artists. Print a quote. Paint a canvas yourself? Limitless options. img_0973
  • Buy a tester paint pot of your favourite colour and paint your flower planters. Or a triangle on your bathroom door. Don’t be afraid to be creative. You may surprise yourself.5010212528570_01c
  • Get a small LED light garland . It does not have to be Christmas to pull it out and hang it on: your wall/fridge/table/window. It adds coziness and a bit of festivity. Sometimes it’s all your home needs – just a little bit of light.original_heart-birdhouse-fairy-light-garland

All in all don’t be scared to be different. Different from your friends, coworkers or family. Everyone has a different taste and style. Even the most quirky and whimsical things may bring happiness to you. You don’t have to think what others might think. It is your home. And it is your rules.