Design for the Dogs

For many of us, a home is not complete without our beloved pets.  The proof is in the pooches that Design NJ photographers love to capture, the ways they influence home design, and the explosion of high-end pet products on the market. With National Dog Day approaching on August 26th we celebrate all canines, some who have appeared on our pages this year, the ones we meet along the way, and the home décor products they inspire.

Strutting their stuff at High Point Market

Design aficionados flock to High Market Point twice a year to experience what’s new and next in home fashions. While people watching are another part of the scene, this pampered pooch brought her a-game and turned a lot of heads.


  • The Currey & Company showroom is a must on my itinerary and never disappoints. Running into Rives — the company mascot,  shown with Mrs. Currey – is among the highlights.

    Photo by Beth Tilley Green


    Photo by Beth Tilley Green

  • Taking all the attention in stride

    Photo by Beth Tilley Green

  • Where’s my dog house in the plan?

    Photo by Beth Tilley Green

  • Market can be exhausting!

    Photo by Beth Tilley Green

Leaving paw prints on fabrics

Pug Life Royal — a new whimsical floral print from designers Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loecke of Madcap Cottage — covers CR Laine’s Tumnus chair. Says Nixon: “John and I were inspired by our pound-rescue pugs and wanted to incorporate the posse in a way that reinterprets a classic design motif such as the classic Staffordshire dog through a pug-centric lens.” The result is a spirited fabric that mixes Chinoiserie and floral elements with scampish pugs who wear bell-bedecked collars.;

Woof, Woof, an indoor/outdoor fabric from Elaine Smith features pups of all kinds woven into a pattern that appears sketched onto the creamy background.

Covered in a fabric called Diggity Dog, the Lulu ottoman from Jessica Charles is a shout-out to man’s best friend.


The Dot collection from Carol & Frank — a maker of tabletop, pillows, dog quilts, and dogs scarves that all coordinate — is one of the company’s top sellers. Pictured here and throughout the catalog are rescued and adoptable pets: a nod to the brand’s philanthropic initiative.

Designer digs and accessories

New modern pet beds from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams are polished and posh with stainless steel frames that work with many design styles. Upholstered in a pet-friendly performance fabric for good looks and easy care. Available also in any MG+BW fabric to match your décor.

Doggy Digs, a new line of pet beds from Norwalk Furniture, are designed to accommodate cats or small to mid-size dogs in a number of pet-friendly covers, including specialty performance fabrics and vinyls that help resist stains and general wear and tear.

Badgley Mischka Home feeds pets in haute style with handcrafted wooden bowls gilded in silver or gold to complement and enhance your home’s décor.

Gifts that send tails wagging

Will your dog make the nice list this year? New collections unveiled at last week’s NY NOW trade show — may have everything you need to spoil Spot. Harry Barker’s 2018 Fall/Holiday Collections were inspired by the founder’s passion for hand-stitched crafts with hues and patterns like burgundy, sage, tweed, and herringbone. For more gift ideas, stay tuned for our Dec./Jan. Holiday Gift Guide.

Accents that entertain or make us smile

FabFunky’s ‘Formal Hats and Hounds’ collection — also spotted at NY NOW — feature doggie pillow covers and other accents in sassy top hats and monocles.

Designed to bring people together, Waterford continues its Short Stories collection with Irish Dogs Madra Barware. Madra is the Irish word for dog. The crystal Beagle Decanter — honors one of Ireland’s most popular breeds.


Accents that say, welcome home!

The Furry Friends Doormat from New Jersey-based Fab Habitat can be ordered at The China Closet retail store in Fair Haven, or online at:


Jonathan Charles’ lifelike Beagle Dog is available in light and dark antique bronze.

Creature Comforts – New Jersey style

In Union County, the family’s Austrian Labradoodle watches over the family room, where designer Kingsley Belcher Knauss chose the sofas to accommodate “his” and “her” seating. Photo: Wing Wong/Design NJ/June-July 2018/Design: Kingsley Belcher Knauss, ASID


What’s not to love about this kitchen — or Goldendoodle — in Little Silver? Photo: Patricia Burke/Design NJ/Feb.-Mar. 2017/Kitchen Design: Ginny Padula/Interior Design: Sue Comfort


In a Jersey City brownstone, homeowner and designer Robert Lynch Steed of RLS Architecture & Interior Design carved out space for a cozy built-in dog bed for Charlie, his Smooth Fox Terrier. Photo: Gianni Franchellucci/Design NJ/June-July 2018/Design: Robert Lynch Steed