I have partnered with Apartment Guide to serve as an Official Apartment Guide Pet Blogger! As an official blogger, I will be sharing articles and ideas for exploring your space, city and style.
I'm a fan of Pinterest (the social media site where you can visually organize your interests through virtual pin boards) because it allows me to generate inspiration for blog posts, organize my ideas, and promote cool images and products that I'd like to share. That's why I was excited for my latest Apartment Guide article, when the brand invited me to contribute to their "Pet Friendly Ideas" board. My mission was to find and share fun home accents and accessories that are purrfect for any home, but focusing on ideas that would be especially helpful for renters and those living in small spaces.
Cat Power Art Print by Irina Sidorowicz - Society6, $18 and up
Being a renter, I don't have much input into the color of my carpet and walls, so one way I like to bring my own personal style into the mix is through unique artwork. Society6 has a fantastic array of reasonably priced art prints that come in various sizes (and even framed, if you prefer), that will contribute to just the vibe you are looking for. I'm currently in love with the "Cat Power" print by Irina Sidorowicz, because of its unique use of color, vintage look, and quirky black Persian, whose mask matches its owner!
Petlinks System Dream Curl - Wag.com, $29.99
Part of apartment living or living in a small face is finding portable and reasonably sized items that serve more than one purpose. I mentioned the Dream Curl when we first got it last year, and am happy to report that Charlie still loves sitting on it and scratching away. The only casualty so far has been the toy feather underneath, which Priscilla the hunter made quick work out of.
Handmade Cat and Eiffel Tower Decorative Felt Pillow - Crafts by Nesli, $36
Another fun way to punch up a small space is with funky pillows that can be easily switched out when you're ready to try a new look. Etsy has a nice selection of cat-themed pillows, but the colorful bunting and Parisian flair really made this one stand-out. (Plus, add your own pom-poms, and your cats are sure to love it, too!)
ORE Pet Recycled Rubber Cat Face Placemat - Wag.com, $9.99
Why get a plain feeding mat, when you can get one that looks like a giant black cat head? Keeping with the Parisian theme, I also like ORE Vintage Parisian Cat Placement that will have your cats speaking French in no time. Miaou!
Tabby Cats Rule Night Light - Get To Know You Know, $22
My bathroom is right outside my bedroom door, and it gets really dark out there at night. If you are five-years-old like me, don't be afraid to add a cool kitty night light to keep away the ghoulies and/or prevent you from walking into things in the middle of the night. In addition to this awesome style, they also offer Calico Cats Rule, Soon..., and The Cheshire Cat designs to chose from.
BlanketID Tags - blanketid.com, $24.99 for a tag + 1 year of membership (discounts available for multiple years)
It's always a good idea to have some identification on your cat, particularly in an area where you're renting and may not know too many of your neighbors. While I'm an advocate of microchipping, blanketID is another innovative (and stylish) way to keep your kitty covered. Just pick out one of their cool designs, and register your cat's information online, including pictures and your contact info. One your pet is reported missing, blanketID.com automatically sends a broadcast email to local SPCA, animal hospitals, shelters, other local blanketID members. Conversely, if someone finds your pet, they simply have to visit the blankedID site and type in your cat's unique code to find out how to get in touch with you.
Cat-ula - ModCoth, $14.99
Ahh, yes. The Catula. I have coveted you forever! No matter where you live, you still have to eat breakfast and there's no reason it shouldn't be this cute. Eggs and pancakes will never be the same once your tend to them with your new feline flipper.
If you're renting (and live on the third floor, like I do), lugging heavy cat furniture around can be somewhat of an inconvenience. We all know cats love cardboard anyway, so why not create this elegant (and thrifty) DIY chaise from the Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories? I created my own cardboard box retreat for the cats a few months ago, and they are still enjoying it to this day. For the less crafty among us, Loyal Luxe also creates a fun line of cardboard cat shelters (like a Teepee and a Chalet), which can be folded down flat or recycled once its time to move.
Storage is at a premium in most apartments, so it's always a treat to find solutions that blend into the decor instead of looking awkward and, um, storage-y. This handmade linen bin is not only super-cute, but purrfect for stashing anything from your latest knitting project, to an overflow of cat toys.
In addition to having a chic feline design, this three-in-one piece of cat furniture is a great space saver that you won't be embarrassed to show off. Kitties can sit or lay down on top, hang out on the fabric cat nap hammock underneath, or work those claws on the scratching board, instead of taking it out on your couch!
Whether you're living, looking or moving, Apartment Guide offers how-to tips for making the most of a space for you and your pet on http://www.movingtoday.com and http://www.apartmentguide.com/blog/.
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