A: Amazing! Any time there’s a pet in a home, it brings in energy that no piece of furniture possibly can. I love birds and there are so many wonderful birdcages available, especially vintage ones. I recently found this treasure (below left) that would be the perfect addition to a bird lover’s home. I wanted to buy it and fill it with lights, but simply didn’t have room in any of my homes. If you hung a vintage birdcage like this one (below middle) with a thick, brass chain from a hardware store, it would look incredible!
I also like lining pieces with vintage mirror (below right), which I just installed in my client Melanie Griffith’s Central Park West home inside her fireplace. It looks so cool! Omega National Products is a great wall coverings source with reasonable prices.
Images: (left and middle)1st Dibs (right) Flavor Paper
Q: Not everything that’s eco friendly is necessarily pet friendly, right? Are there any eco friendly materials I should shy away from if I have a cat or small dog?
A: This is a tough one, but you’re right! Certain fertilizers and flowers can be especially harmful to pets…holiday poinsettias come to mind this season! Even organic products can cause sickness or death for dogs or cats, large or small, so always read the fine print. Mrs. Meyers makes amazing products for the home and pets and they are always on my must-have list!
Q: HI! I’m about to purchase the wood stick panel wall paper from West Elm for a singular wall in my college age sons bedroom…I’ve painted the other walls a beautiful grey blue. I’m also adding the wood pendant light, what do you think?
A: Wow, this sounds super cool! I happen to absolutely love wood wallpaper and actually just wrapped the beams my Colorado vacation home (below) with paper from Innovations. I love the way it looks!
If you want to mix things up with your wall color, I recently used lacquer for my client Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas’ stunning Central Park West residence. Putting a water-based lacquer with epoxy over your grey blue wall will make it really shine. I love the way this finish adds dimension and a definite wow factor!
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Karen is the VP of Marketing for Caesarstone US and one of the founders of The Interior Collective. She is a lover of inspiration; a supporter of creativity and passionate about life.
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