Thursday, May 19, 2011

“A New Place For Your Pet” Blogger Challenge

When we were approached about participating in Apartment Guide's “A New Place For Your Pet” Blogger Challenge, we were super excited!  Apartment Guide would supply us with a gift card to purchase anything we wanted…new pet accessories or even materials to build a new space within our home or yard for Ike to play and live. 

This opportunity sounded like a perfect “challenge” for a blog titled "Decor and the Dog.”

Key word….challenge.  How were we going to find a way to create a new space for the dog who he has already made himself VERY comfortable in every room in our house? 

Ike was just as puzzled…

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The three of us pondered this challenge on our nightly walk around town last week. And then it came to us…let’s fix up the mudroom…aka Ike’s room!

Here’s our mudroom (Ike’s room) currently…


As you can see, it’s all dog….and no decor. (That box?  It’s Ike’s litter box.  Read more about that here.)

We’ve been meaning to do something with this space but we just haven’t gotten around to it.  It won’t be completed for a few more weeks but here’s a mood board we whipped up with our plans to spruce the place up…


The Breakdown:

  • A Built-in Corner Seat/Storage Area: We’ll use this built-in for easy access to dog treats, bones, and poo bags which will be fully stocked thanks to Apartment Guide!  We will install hooks for coats, purses, and the Ike’s leash. Ike’s food and water dishes will be stored under the bench as well. We’ll share more about building this built-in when we get to it! (Nate designed the built-in using SketchUp. Fancy, huh?)
  • Gallery Wall:  We plan to hang a gallery wall of photos/prints like the ones in the upper left.  (Most of these are found from CafePress.  We do plan to DIY some of them..of course!)  We also plan to DIY the sign that states “All You Need is Love…and a Dog”.  How perfect, right? (Found it on Pinterest!) We also plan to include “family” photos and some of Ike’s baby pictures.
  • Ikea Bastis Dog Leash Hook: We purchased this hook from Amazon beings our nearest Ikea is 3 hours away.  Who doesn’t love a little red dog butt hook???  I’ve had my eye on these for awhile.  I was just waiting for the perfect excuse to purchase it without Nate thinking I was too crazy (too late!)
  • Red Dog Food Dish: Red is, obviously, our accent color.  We think it will look great against Valspar’s Schoolboy Blue.  And what dog wouldn’t love a red food dish?? (Found on Amazon.) Ike says he doesn’t care as long as it’s full!
  • Red Wubbas:  Ike’s request was Wubbas…and more Wubbas…and more Wubbas (We get his at PetSmart). They are, obviously, his favorite toy. He’s gnawing on a tiger patterned one as I write this post.

Do you have a space in your house dedicated to your pet?  Tell us all about it!  Or do you think we’re plain crazy for designing a room around our dog?  Weigh in!!

Check back tomorrow to enter our first giveaway.  The prize…a $50 PetSmart Gift Card Giveaway (from Apartment Guide) so you can start to design a space for your pet…or just spoil them silly!

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  1. Hi!
    We don´t have a room for our dogs, but they have a chest where we keep they medicines, towels, blankets, sweters and toys.
    By the way, we have two fawn Pugs (Atilio and Simona). But I want a third one!!!

    Love your blog!
    Hugs from Argentina!


  2. I love the plans you have for Ike's room. Dogs -or canine companions as I hear they now like to be called ;)- need a lot of stuff and it's great that you can organize it in a pretty way. I can't wait to see what you do.

    I don't think it's strange to have a room for your dog. I have three children and a dog and I'm trying to create a space for my Harry in the laundry room.

  3. You are so darn lucky! This is too cool! Love the space plan, it's going to look amazing. Loving the pops of red and the built-in. Looking forward to seeing more.

  4. Ike is going to be one lucky dog. Great looking plans for what is sure to be a great looking room.

  5. I need to do this. Rocco's "litterbox" is a puppy training pad in the corner of our office. I'd love to give him at least a corner to call his own.

  6. I love reading your blog! My husband and I have a terrier who is like our child, and I love that you're designing a space just for Ike. Perhaps Ted (our Wheaten Terrier) will want one of his own soon... And I have to know where you found the "Your Kid/My Kid" sign - I must have it!

  7. So excited to see how Ike likes it! :)

  8. Oops...just saw Josh was logged into my laptop...I doubt Josh is as excited as I am. :)

  9. my dogs share the main level laundry room. It has their beds, a shelf for snacks and my over flow of large cooking appliances that I don't want cluttering my kitchen cabinets, my washer and dryer, nice windows that I can open to give them fresh air, and we are getting ready to install a new exhaust fan (they are bull dogs - one English and one French - and it is true about gas). They love their room and their grate/beds. There are days when the English Bulldog - Mojo will bark to get into his room and go to bed. They do how ever eat in the kitchen/dining room area.

    I love the idea - they are a member of the family. I haven't finished decorating it yet but it is painted a red geranium color, my washer/dryer is a blue color and I have pictures of our beloved Tyson - another English bulldog you died several years back from lymphoma quite suddenly.

  10. not at all crazy! i wish we had more space in our house that could just be there for the pups. i feel like they understand when we get frustrated that they're in the way of things... not a great way to treat the animals sometimes :-/

  11. Super cute! I can't wait to see it finished.

  12. very cute. I think the red is the perfect accent color.

  13. Nice and cute place! I would love if my dog also has his own house!


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