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Vintage Life: Building a Cat Porch

BowlOGreensWe didn’t intend to have eight fuzzy babies, it just worked out that way. We know we have a cat overpopulation situation, so as we worked on the renovation of our 1920s vintage bungalow, we made sure we created a special space for the cats too. This is how we ended up building a “cat paradise” screened porch for everyone to enjoy.

Here are four of the cats. I keep them supplied with a pot of cat grass so they can happily graze all day!

 

Before we built the cat porch

This shows our porch after we hung new exterior siding, but before we screened it in.
We thought it would really make the porch look nice to tile it…

Tiling the cat porch

…and of course we needed a great vintage screened door, which we found at the Antique Tobacco Barn in Asheville, NC, where we also have a booth.

vintage door for cat porch

Then we added a very interesting oyster chandelier. We have oyster chandeliers for sale in case you like it as much as we do and are interested in buying one!

OysterChandelier in cat porch

There are two cat doors on either side of our front door leading out to the screened front porch so that everyone can come and go as they please – which they do all day and night. We constantly hear “flap, flap, flap” from the cats going in and out.

cats on the cat porchWe built steps up to corner platforms on each side of the porch and then more steps up to walkways along the top of the porch and over the screened door, so that there are plenty of spots for all six cats to enjoy the porch at the same time. We also built a fireman’s pole out of sisal rope so that they could climb up and down it like a tree and use it for a scratch post.

Sunset on the cat patioMinkey and Fozzy take their perches to enjoy the view at sunset.
Fozzy cat on the cat porchFozzy knows we can’t reach him up there.

Evening on the Cat PorchLenny, Fozzy and Minkey checking out the neighborhood after the sun has set. Everyone really enjoys “cat paradise” on the patio – even Greg and I like to kick back on the porch with a couple beers after a long day.

Have you “spoiled” your fuzzy babies with something built especially for them them? Tell us about it in the comments or show us with a photo on our Facebook page.

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Gifts for Pet Lovers and Pets Need Presents Too!

We are spoiling our cats with our new cat paradise front porch – it’s their gift just in time for the holidays. I have gift ideas for pet lovers too!

Hand-painted cat pillowBefore I take you on a tour of the cat porch, I have to show you these hand-painted pictures of our pride and joys.

We’re so excited to feature these gorgeous hand-made silk or linen pillows as a new EuroLuxHome.com service. The custom-made pillows are painted completely by hand from your photo of your pet. (They are not digitized or scanned!)

Here’s the pillow of our Sealpoint Siamese cat Minkey, including the photo we provided to the artist inset on the left.

Hand-painted dog pillow in silkThis is the photo we sent of Rudy and Jake, inset on the hand-painted pillow. You can see the high-quality of the artwork. The dogs look so lifelike I almost want to stroke them!

Choose the pillow size (14″ x 18″, 16″‘ x 16″, or 16″ x 20″), the fabric (silk or linen), and the trim (cord, flange, or tassels). Prices start at just $295, including free shipping!

This custom-made line is so new in our store, we don’t even have the pillows on our website yet. So email us your favorite pet photo and we’ll take care of the rest. Of course, you could always give a gift certificate to a friend or family member if you aren’t sure which photo to use!

Pets Need Presents Too

Regular readers of this blog know that Greg and I finally moved into our renovated 1920s vintage bungalow last month. On our first night in our new home our dogs Rudy and Jake (pictured above on the pillow) patrolled the house all night long. Good dogs! They were guarding to keep us safe. But they kept us awake with the clicking of their nails on the laminate floors. We had to schedule toenail clips at once!

KittyParadiseCatPorch

The cats have been making the transition to the new house in stages as it’s important that we are more settled first. But I was so excited for them to see their new cat paradise front porch. The pole on the left will be wrapped with rope so they can climb it like a tree. They have kitty doors so they can go out whenever they want.

The jumping and perching platforms haven’t been painted yet, but we’ll show the finished porch in an upcoming blog. You should have seen our handyman’s face when I described what I wanted him to build. He couldn’t stop laughing!

Dog Bed Furniture Jonathan CharlesI guess that as the cats have their special porch, we might need to treat the dogs to a holiday gift too. We stock a wonderful range of antique-inspired Jonathan Charles pet beds that make great gifts for pampered pooches. In different sizes to fit toy dogs to big boys, these pet beds are beautifully crafted. This walnut wood Jonathan Charles dog bed for larger dogs reproduces an original 1760 Irish peat bucket. The Jonathan Charles Country Farmhouse dog bed features distressed planked sides and patinated brass studded bands.

Jonathan Charles dog bed furnitureSmaller dogs will look très chic lounging in the mahogany veneered Jonathan Charles four poster dog bed from the Buckingham collection.  The fancy dog bed is easy for petite fluffy friends to hop in and out of, and it boasts fine carving to the uprights and turned finials.

You can see all our other dog themed gifts (for pets and their people) at the link.

I hope you enjoyed my pet gift post – tell us in the comments about your own pets! We can woof and meow about our fuzzy family all day.  As a portion of all our sales benefit the PETS Inc. no-kill animal shelter, we’re grateful to any customers who buy their pet-lover gifts from us so we can help more homeless pets.

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

 

Antique Style Pet Furniture

Although we usually focus on antiques and home decor for humans on this blog, today I’ve been looking at some amazing antique style pet furniture for your cats and dogs. As many of our customers and readers of this blog know, Greg and I have eight fuzzy children in the gallery and at home.

Cats sleepingOur fuzzies aren’t too fussy – all our cats and dogs kick back and relax anywhere. Little Fozzy Talbot is even quite happy to make a bed out of his two buddies, Lenny & Squiggy, as you can see! But they’d probably also love some of the antique style pet furniture I found in my browse around the upscale pet furniture stores.

Renaissance sofa pet furniture3At a quick glance, you might think this Renaissance style sofa is big enough for a person. Then you see the pretty pooch and realize it’s pet furniture from The Posh Puppy Boutique for a puppy (or puss) with very discerning tastes! Our customers who buy Renaissance style furniture from us (on a human scale) will surely love this!

Upscale antique style pet furnitureThis rather grand Louis XVI style four-poster bed is for the pet who truly knows who is king around the house. The Precious Palace bed from Beyond the Crate comes in a choice of different fabrics, so you can match the colors and patterns of your home decor.

We too will start offering some Jonathan Charles pet beds this year. Jonathan Charles has only just started making this new product line, so they won’t be ready for shipping until the fall. But you can contact us now to place early orders and I’ll tell you all the options available.

For larger dogJonathan Charles dog beds, this Jonathan Charles dog bed is crafted in walnut in the form of an Irish oval peat bucket. It’s based on an original from 1760, with planked sides, a distressed finish, and patinated brass studded bands. The dog bed comes in three sizes – 25″, 32″, or 40″ in diameter. The largest size is $1495 at our discounted price, including free shipping. Dog not included! But isn’t he adorable? Many of our customers buy high-quality and beautifully crafted Jonathan Charles furniture from us – now they can treat man’s best friend too!
Jonathan Charles pet furnitureThen there’s the mahogany veneered Jonathan Charles four poster dog bed from the Buckingham collection for the very pampered pooch! This will be 28″ high and 22″ wide.

antique style pet furniture feederFor fine dining, TeaCups Puppies and Boutique sells this charming raised pet feeder. The scrolled pattern and elegant legs create an old-fashioned look that will team nicely with the traditional or antique furniture in your home. I’m not sure we’d have enough space for all our darlings though, when it’s feeding time at the zoo!  Feeding time at the zoo

Antique style pet furniture Arts & Crafts dining stationOr, if you love classic Arts & Crafts style decor, perhaps your pet (or several pets) will be delighted to lap up their dinner and water at this fancy Arts and Crafts dining station crafted by the brilliantly named Bungalow Bob’s Pet Designs.  He also has some nice Mission style pet furniture, for our customers who want to match their pet’s accessories to their own Mission style home decor.

Upscale Pet Furniture Mid Century ModernDo you have a taste for Mid-Century Modern furniture? I reckon this cat tower from The Refined Feline would blend in beautifully with your interior design scheme.  It turns a functional and fun piece of pet furniture into an attractive accent that will please the two-legged folk as much as the four-legged ones. It really is the cat’s meow!

I hope you’ve enjoyed looking at some of these antique style pet furniture photos as much as I did. But now I’ve written this post, I realize that I can’t possibly show it to Lenny, Squiggy, Ozzie, Jake, and all the rest of the EuroLux Antiques brood of pets or they’ll be hounding me to give them a home makeover.

Do you have any vintage or antique style pet furniture in your house? Tell us about it in the comments box below.

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Upscale Pet Furniture for Your Antiques Lifestyle

Just because you’ve chosen to decorate your home with antiques doesn’t mean your pet’s life has to go to the dogs. While our fine French antiques are only for human consumption (well, mostly), your furry family members can enjoy equally opulent furnishings to suit their tastes. I set out to discover what type of luxury pet furniture was available today and learned your dog or cat can live very comfortably, indeed!

Jake in the Talbots' bed

As you know if you’ve read this antiques blog much, Greg and I are the proud parents of eight (!) furbabies. Some of them live at the gallery, and some of them stay at home. While our cats and dogs seem content with run-of-the-mill beds and cushions (and chairs), they’d probably love to be pampered with some of the upscale pet furniture I found.

Fine French pet furniture by Une Vie de Chateau

On a typical day, our dogs and cats (that’s Jake above) lounge on our decidedly common mattress. Imagine how much happier they’d be on a Louis XVI sofa like the ones carried by Une Vie de Château. Choose from a style like the one shown in the logo here, or pick something more exotic, like their “Marie Antoinette” bed a la polonaise with a pink canopy, gilt frame, and real ostrich feathers.

Precious Palaces pet beds logoIf Asian design is more your style (and, remember, we carry Chinese antiques, too!), check out the fabulous Pagoda bed from Precious Palaces Handcrafted Interior Pet Houses. Your cats or small dogs will feel like a pasha while snoozing on this lovely bed, which you can see in this House Beautiful slide show of luxury pet furniture.

Your cat(s) should not be neglected, either. Ditch your cheap carpet-covered scratching post for something that blends in better with your fine furnishings. This high-quality walnut scratching post from Five Pet Place features a black quartz inset and crown molding design. Keep claws away from fine antiques without sacrificing style.

Luxury cat scratching post by Five Pet Place

Five Pet Place features other luxury cat furniture, including a gorgeous litter box that looks like an end table.

For those who truly treat their pets like family, custom built playhouses are available from La Petite Maison. Custom built on-site, these are no ordinary “doghouses.” These tiny houses can be built to match your home design or style, from Victorian to cottage and beyond!

Custom silkscreen pet pillows by Shannon Broder

If you’re not too into upscale pet furniture but would enjoy a fun way to add your pets into your furnishings, check out these custom made silkscreen pet pillows! You send in a photo of your pet, and Etsy vendor Shannon Broder turns it into a figural pillow of your favorite pooch. Or cat. Or bird. These pillows would make a wonderful memorial for our furry friends who wait for us on the Rainbow Bridge. Keep them in your hearts (and on your sofa!) forever.

What do you think about upscale or luxury pet furnishings? How far do you go in pampering your pets?

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!