Sunday, April 10, 2011

Shabby Chic Decorating - the Cat version

Today has been designated Shabby Chic Day! Mom has been a big fan of Shabby Chic decorating for many years - even before us. She believes in reusing and recycling but we have taught her a bunch more things to bring her up to the higher levels of Shabby Chic for Cats.

How many cats can you find on the bed?

Tip number one - cover all furniture with soft fluffy fleece. We love to lay on soft fabric -the thicker the better. This gives a casual comfy look to the home.


Tip number two - instead of putting it away, pile your clean laundry on the top of the dresser for a few days so we can snuggle on it and make it cat presentable.

Joey and Ivy

Tip number three - scatter various size pet beds around the house for us to nap in. Naps are very important!!!

Mamacita, Rosa and Yoko

Tip number four - for us older cats, place steps next to sofas, chairs and beds so we can walk up easily. And do leave scratching boards out in plenty of places for us to use.

Two Spot and Sam

Tip number five - window coverings should be kept to a minimum to allow lots of sunlight indoors and for our viewing pleasure.


Tip number six - boxes are a must, in all shapes and sizes placed in nooks and crannies. One can never have too many boxes!

The whitsters (and Woody)

Tip number seven - for those of you lucky enough to have a screen porch, plenty of shelves at different heights make great spots for us to lounge, catch some rays and snoopervise.

There you have it - the essentials of Shabby Chic decorating straight from the experts!  How do you help decorate your house?

P.S. Mom posted this last week and quickly took it off realizing it was the wrong week!  Just in case some of you saw it briefly in your reader!!!


Katnip Lounge said...

You kitties are the Martha Purrwerts of feline decorating! We saw SIX kitties on the bed...isn't that the standard amount, ha ha!

Sparkle said...

Thanks for all the great Shabby Chic tips! I think they are perfect!

HubbleSpacePaws said...

Excellent tips, one and all!! I particularly like the draped chair and steps. Nothing says shabby chic quite like a chair made perfect for its intended sitters... errrr... inhabitants... errr... users. Well, you know!

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

OMC! Yoo are clearly Shabby Chic experts! I am so impressed! Yoo have PURRfected the Shabby Chic home decor style!

We love LUNA said...

Hey, Concats, it's so cool!
My favorite one is the last picture!
But I love all, it's so nice to see you sleeping together, you are adorable!

Old Kitty said...

Yay for Supreme Shabby Chic-ness from you wonderful and fantastic kitties of Wildcat Woods!!! Me and Charlie are in super duper AWE!!! at your brilliant home!!! What a kitty paradise!!! Yay!!!

Take care

Mr Puddy said...

Cool variety alignment here !!!
Pretty Creative Shabby Chic !!!
My favorite are JOEY AND IVY and Mamacita, Rosa and Yoko.
This is so Fun !!!

Mariodacat said...

You have done a fantastic job of decorating. You has everything a kitty could poossibly want, well, maybe except for kibble.

Kea said...

You're all pros at the shabby chic decorating, we're very impressed! We need some boxes and definitely some shelves too!

-Fuzzy Tales

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Catherine said...

Those are really good tips. I do think everything looks better with a little cat fur on it. At least that's what Banjo seems to think! :)

Happy week kitties!
xo Catherine

Brian's Home Blog said...

Everywhere I go today I've been impressed, but wow gang, you've done it up right!

Hannah and Lucy said...

We've picked up a few tips from you all and we will be informing mum what needs her most urgent attention!!
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Daniela said...

Very good suggestions. I am having a meeting with mom this afternoon to discuss our options.


Marg said...

I am impressed by the six kitties on the bed and they are close together. We love all your decorating ideas. They sound just right. Mom wanted to ask you about your screened in porch Is that the kind of fence I have around my pasture for the horses and donkeys?/ That is such a good idea. Wish I could get mine done like that. Take care.

OKcats said...

Excellent tips! We do some of this already - we also do some carpet shredding, just to help! :)

Alley Cats and Angels of North Carolina said...

I love it! What a great post.

Alley Cats and Angels of North Carolina said...

What a fantastic post. My cats have given me decorating tips also (Mom, it doesn't say lived in unless there are cat toys, scratching posts, and beds EVERYWHERE!).

Forty Paws said...

There are 7 kitties on the bed. And you guys have as many blankets and coverings on your furniture as we do! Why is it that with all of us lufferly poodins, that we have tons of coverings on the furniture? What's wrong with our fur?

Luf, Us


Excellent bed kitties!
We love it covered in katfur!
Mom has everything covered just like you do because we go everywhere...

great post!

CCL Wendy said...

You definitely are the exPURRts at this kind of decorating! Simply having a cat covering every possible surface qualifies you as the alltime champs!

Cat said...

Well done kitties.... great tips!!!

Angel Ginger Jasper said...

You have got the shabby chic look mastered and the tips are very helpful. You have got lots of great sleeping spots there. Hugs GJ x

The Island Cats said...

Excellent tips!! We practice some of those ourselves!!

Shawn said...

Thanks for all the tips in Shabby decorating..
Chloe and Cecil

kraftekat said...

What a contented caboodle of cats, and they all seem to get along so well. Thanks for the kitty tips :)

Cats~Goats~Quotes said...

Those are some good tips!
We have tried to get in the house to see what we could do to make it Shabby, but Mom stops us. We think it is already pretty shabby without our help!

Hope you are having a good Tuesday!
~ Bob and Patrick

Ariel said...

Very good Shabby Chic decorating :)

Anonymous said...

I think I counted 7 kitties on the bed.
Love the Shabby Chic deco!!

Amy & the house of cats said...

Hi Kitties! We love your decorating tips! Mom follows some of them but we will have to get her to start with the others (like the window covering one - we have way too many of those at our house). WE love all the pictures too - perfect illustrations to your tips!

meowmeowmans said...

Holy cat! You are definitely professional shabby-chic-ers! Thank you for the wonderful tips. :)

Boo-Bah AKA Iris said...

We love soft fleece to lay on. Mama used to give us new fleecy blankets every Christmas. She needs to do that again. Clean laundry is wonderful especially if we can lay on it while it is still warm from the dryer!



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