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Ferguson, of Harrison Design, said her firm has designed “pocket doggy gates, like a child-guard gate, that tuck away into the wall.” That way, she said, “the gates allow owners to comfortably contain the dog while entertaining, and the gate disappears when not in use.”For her own pets, she designed a built-in litter box.“When I moved into a smaller town home with two cats,” Ms.Ashley Darryl, an interior designer in Manhattan, uses wicker baskets to store her dog’s favorite toys.“They not only look great in just about any space, but they are incredibly affordable and lightweight,” she said.
Abbe Fenimore, of Studio Ten 25 in Dallas, recommends using durable, easy-to-clean upholstery fabrics like the Treasure Hunt pattern by S.
“Underneath it I placed our dog’s cage, so all you see is the door sticking out when it’s ajar.
It’s not only easy access to put Madison in every day when I leave, but it’s inconspicuous and doesn’t ruin the aesthetic of the space.”USE FAUX FLOWERS “When it comes to houseplants and pets, we’d recommend keeping your pets away from plants, whether they’re toxic or not,” said Michael San Filippo, a spokesman for the American Veterinary Medical Association.
“That way, the inevitable shedding is less obvious,” she said, “and maintenance a bit easier.”When she has company, she said, she simply tucks the cat tower into the drapes: “It totally disappears.”CONSIDER BUILT-INS For a seamless look, some pet owners have custom-made pet beds and dog crates built into their homes. Finlay Architects, in Southport, Conn., has created about 15 built-in pet features for its clients, from an integrated pet bed tucked under a kitchen peninsula to a built-in doggy den with ornate black-metal gates opening to a hallway and mudroom.
The firm’s clients don’t want their pet accessories “to look store-bought,” said Mark Finlay, the owner.