This wasn’t supposed to be my second blog post. My second blog post was going to be about Pantone’s Colour of the Year, but the Fates intervened and inspired me otherwise (which happens sometimes.)

My beautiful cat, Molly, passed away yesterday. My husband & I had to make the terribly difficult choice to euthanize her, and now I am in the early stages of grief wherein I keep looking for her around the house, expecting to see her in all her favourite spots. As I ache yet again over the emptiness she has left behind in every room, it occurs to me how much pets become a fixture in our home’s design landscape, simply by claiming their own space (which, let’s face it, probably used to be yours.)

dog under blanket

Photo:  dogcare.dailypuppy.com

So instead of a piece on Pantone’s “Marsala” (next time) I’ve decided to write about pets and their significant place in our homes — how we accommodate them, decorate around them, and forgive them when they claw the hems of our curtain panels or pee on our duvet.

All you really need to know about creating a beautiful space is this:  fill it with things you love. And pets are all about that; they pretty much sum it up. Your sofa may not be designer-quality, but if it’s comfortable enough for your big bundle of unconditional dog-love to sit on, chances are, you love that sofa, too. And you may have pretended to buy that cute little blanket for the end of your bed to coordinate your linens, but your cat knows it’s really hers. Admit it, you probably gave up lint-rolling that thing months ago.

My cat was quite frankly the best home accessory I ever had. She was soft and cozy. She was beautiful. She matched with everything and harmonized every room. Now she is gone, and my guest room bed doesn’t look the same without her lolling in the throw pillows. Her corner of the couch is empty, and now it seems like the couch itself is somehow “off.” Basically, my house is a mix of furniture I can afford (but don’t necessarily love), furniture I inherited from others, and IKEA.  Molly was the conversation piece, the key feature, pulling it all together… the pièce de résistance. Because I loved her, she made my home lovely, too, and I will miss her.

How do your pets complement your home? Here are some great inspiration pics of pets who are rocking the world of interior design right now.

black cat on bed

Photo:  decordesignreview.tumblr.com

Dogs on couch

Photo:  yvonnetoader.com

cat on table

Photo: kittenhoods.tumblr.com

bunny

Photo:  pinterest.com

Greyhounds on bed

Photo: freshome.com

cat on ladder

Photo: curbly.com

horse eating wreath

Photo:  countryliving.com

bulldog on couch

Photo: ww2.praktyczneipiekne.com

cat at footboard

Photo: designsponge.com