Animal House Style: Designing a Home to Share with Your Pets
Julia Szabo / Bulfinch Press/Little, Brown and Comp
Don’t be mistaken. Despite the pages’ appearance, these are not just pretty pictures of posh pads. Puhleeeease. They’re pretty pictures of practical, pet-proof posh pads. Best of all, the look, whether traditional or contemporary, can be yours.
A cat climbing on a Henredon manor-style sofa? No bother. Two black dogs languidly lounging on a white couch? But of course. The first of its kind, this exceptionally attractive decorating book offers stylishly sensible advice from design-savvy, knowledgeable pet owners on how to marry taste and practicality when it comes to furnishing your animal-abundant home. With roughly 60 million cat owners and 55 million dog owners in America, there’s surely a place on many bookshelves for such an invaluable guide.
Filled with 190 color photos offering visually inspiring ideas, Julia Szabo’s work provides more than decorative eye candy. In her customary smart, witty tone, Szabo presents real bricks-and-mortar information, such as which cleaning supplies to buy, what paints to use, and what fabrics hold up best in a household of beloved beasts. Szabo should know, after all. Five rescued pit bulls and several happy cats romp under her ritzy roof.