How to create a mood board for design inspo
For many a homeowner, two loves likely live in constant opposition. The first, your thoughtfully decorated home, complete with an array of choice chintz; the second, your canine companion, the one and only (dog) love of your life. So what’s an interior design aficionado to do when a sopping, drooling dog hops up onto that particularly high-maintenance sofa, staining it forever?
Many a pet owner would say this: That couch likely never did exist. Every dog owner—or guardian, if you prefer—knows that such moments are inevitable. Therefore, a sleek modern couch made entirely out of beige suede is an unrealistic purchase in the first place. But riddle me this: What exactly do the world’s best and brightest interior designers, who also happen to be proud pet owners, do at their own homes?
The answer, new book shows, is that they somehow manage to not compromise their style while also keeping their prized pet. At Home With Dogs and Their Designers, by Susanna Salk and photographed by Stacey Bewkes, visits the houses of Kelly Wearstler, Jonathan Adler, and more in order to meet their (adorable) dogs. And while each interior and four-legged resident are utterly unique, it seems that across the board, a zen, loving sense of acceptance is key. Above, a look inside.
At Home With Dogs and Their Designers (Rizzoli), by Susanna Salk, October 2017.