Pet loves: style finds for your best friend
Not so long ago if you wanted to buy a new bed for your dog or cat your choice would probably have been limited to a just a few depressingly ugly options that would almost certainly dominate rather than integrate with your home interior. Over the past few years however there have been a huge number of new entrants into the pet products market and there's now a recognition that not everyone wants bright pink rubber toys, cat scratching posts and fleecy pawprint blankets cluttering up their lovingly designed home.
Spending money on designer pet accessories may seem extravagant in the current economic environment but most pet owners feel that their pets play an important role in making their house a home. They are often a key part of the family and have even been proven to be good for our physical and mental health. Whether we like it or not, our pets can also seen as a lifestyle statement, as are the things we buy for them.
Over the summer The Conran Shop got in touch to say that they were about to launch a new pet department at their Chelsea store and I was invited to pop along for a sneak peak. The range includes collars, leads, treats, and other goodies from canine couturiers Mungo & Maud, pet beds and even a goldfish bowl. The undoubted star of the range though is this rocking bird cage by French brand Chimere which is designed to imitate the swaying of a tree.
When I visited I also had the opportunity to take a look at some other products from the same range, including this rabbit hutch...
...and pet bed. (Apparently these aren't yet available in store, but they do hope to stock them in the future.)
Some of my other favourite pet suppliers are Cloud 7 (who I've written about previously) and Bill & Eddie - both have stylish beds for your canine best friend that offer a level of comfort and luxury designed to meet the needs of even the most pampered of pooches while at the same time being easy on the eye so that they they won't jar with your decor.
Blankets and beds from Bill & Eddie
Here are a few more of my favourite pet style finds:
1. Fishscape bowl - The Conran Shop | 2. Barbour waxed dog coat - Selfridges | 3. Cream cat bowl - Mungo & Maud | 4. Knitted mouse - Mungo & Maud | 5. Hemp striped bone - Mungo & Maud | 6. Igloo dog bed - Mungo & Maud | 7. Plaited leather collar - Mungo & Maud