Sunday, October 23, 2011

Decorating with Cats!

Decorating with cats is an ancient art, dating back to the time of the pyramids. I've been decorating with cats for years. Today's post will be a demonstration of this time honored tradition.

Our first example involves choosing a throw for my living room sofa. Here are some that I considered.

Not quite what I was looking for. Here is another.

One more I thought I'd try.

Frustrated, I thought about exactly what I wanted. It needed to be soft, warm,
 and complement the tawny gold of the sofa. I think you'll agree--this one is perfect!

I purchased a plant stand, and spent days trying to find a plant for it.

The fern was nice, but I decided to try an ivy.

Maybe something taller.

None of the plants seemed right, so I went in another direction.

We live in a home built in the 1950's. One of it's charming features is a niche in the hallway designed
to hold a telephone. We don't even have a telephone, so I thought about what I could put there.

Pretty, but maybe glass would look better.

Too tall. I needed something that would fill the space better.

Then it hit me. I had the perfect solution.

I bought a new black and white animal print cushion for the chair in my office. It just needed something else. I debated about getting one of those pillows with a saying on it. This one was a contender.

Very cute, but not the right size.

That one was a little too bright. Besides, my cooking isn't worth a dime.
I thought this one might work better, but I didn't care for the pink.

I tried my most versatile cat, but I thought it was too many stripes.

My last try, and I think I found exactly what I was looking for!

So, that is decorating with cats. I am pretty sure I inherited
my knack for it from my mother. She practiced it in her own home.

Now, it's important not to confuse decorating with cats with letting your cats decorate. They are
very different. I cannot recommend letting your cats decorate. I tried it and this is what I got.

And, I cannot stress this enough. Do NOT decorate your cat.

Thank you for joining me today! I would love to hear your experiences with decorating with cats!

Thank you to Susan at Between Naps On The Porch for hosting this blog party, and Debbiedoo for inviting me to her Newbie Blog Party!

Be sure to check out my sister's blog at Robin Flies South...

Also, you can check out my other blog, Elaine's Wonderful World!
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Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement said...

Very funny! I know firsthand not to let cats do the decorating... Ours broke an antique the other day. He didn't care--I sure did! :)

Your cats look very sweet. Thanks for sharing!


debbie-- said...

Oh my goodness, I love your decorating style!! the cats are perfect. I am going to share this on FB, too funny!
Thanks for visiting refreshrestyle!

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

Those little frisky cats! They are adorable. Thanks for visiting. Hope you come join my newbie party, you may have already, I just came over from your email.

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

lol lol I have been decorating with cats for years as well! My mom used to let the cats distress her drop leaf table before it was even stylish...cats are such forward thinkers! Loved this post!...hugs...Debbie

Rhissanna said...

Oh, I laughed!(and scared the dog!) Wonderful post!

Elle and Lou said...

Ha HA! In all cases the cats are a cool choice (except maybe the last one)

eleven-o-one said...

Thanks for the laugh. I, too, decorate with cats. They are a beautiful addition to any home.

Jordan@the2seasons said...

This was very cute and funny I was laughing and I loved it!

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

Too funny! I used to decorate with cats, before Hubs. Now it's a big black bull mastiff. But at least he doesn't try to climb the Christmas tree ;)

Tina said...

This is just too funny. But I do have to say decorating with cats does add that special touch to a home!

Visiting from Debbiedoos

afoodie said...

My cat would no more sit still to have a hood placed on his head than you would have to peel him off the ceiling until he got it off of his body. This post was HYSTERICAL, especially to cat owners who are in the know.....

Sharon, aka Bootersmom03 said...

Love it! What would we do without our furry friends! New follower from Debbiedoo's!

Anonymous said...

Good to meet another cat lover! Thank you for the laughs. God bless x

Grammy Goodwill said...

This is best post of all. I love how you decorated with cats. Too funny. I love cats, so I would definitely shop at your cat store.

Jen said...

Loved this post! Let's not forget what holiday decorating is with cats. My cat never got tired of climbing up our Christmas tree and batting the ornaments off. Gosh I miss her :(

Susan said...

Boy, can I relate to this! Great post - thanks for sharing~

Zuni said...

As always, very funny! I say the cats stay...very "in" !! Thanks for visiting my Thanksgiving table post. Glad to have a plan in place! :)

Designs By Pinky said...

Cute, cute post!!! I came over from your sisters blog. My first visit to you both! Love seeing all your "decorating"!!! XO, Pinky

Marlis said...

Oh no it lost my first comment.. I am rolling and giggling and finding myself clutching my sides. This is hilarious! I do have a delightful white couch cover that seems to like the same spot yours does.. xo marlis

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I love this, Elaine! LOL! I think those kitties are the right note to any decorating scheme.



D said...

Hello, Elaine,
Thanks for stopping by "the Porch"
I found those houndstooth napkins last year, and fell in love with them. Thanks for the compliments.
I scrolled through your blog, and wanted you to know I LOVED this post about the cats. That last picture is just HILARIOUS. Thanks for the laugh this morning!

Dawn@MakingHome said...

Found you via Debbiedoos and now a new follower ! Thanks for making me smile !

Jamie said...

What a cute post. love the costume :) Just discovered your blog and I love it. I'm a new follower. Hope you stop by and check out my blog. I also have a link party every Monday. Would love for you to stop by and link up.

Chris said...

Hi there, thanks for sharing the pictures of your kitties. They are so cute. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

I'm Busy Procrastinating said...

Yes, decorating with cats is always interesting! They do like to help, don't they? Especially when I'm taking photos for my blog, there seems to be a cat body part in most of the photos. My Pepper loves the pillows on my sofa. If one of the guys leaves them in a position where a pillow is even slightly leaning, Pepper is on top. Right now they are enjoying taking turns being the best "present" under the tree.