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celebrating your dog

April 23, 2013

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**hey guys! please welcome cara today as she shares with us the different ways we can celebrate our furry friends in our interior spaces with style. xo, bonnie

about vixen goods: cara’s designs are inspired by her affection for dogs, which all began when with her childhood dog toto, a gray poodle mix. she’s passionate about finding stylish ways to celebrate our trusty sidekicks, and each of her pillows are handmade with this in mind.

Celebrate Dogs In Your Interior Space

Dogs have always had a special place in my heart. It all began as a little girl with a small gray poodle mix named Toto. Now, I’ve got Parker, a huge rough collie who is as big as me and a dead ringer for Lassie. When decorating, I’ve always enjoyed surrounding myself with dogs of all pedigrees.  And it was that passion that inspired me to start my collection of modern appliqué pillow covers featuring dog silhouettes. In the spirit of our trusty sidekicks, here are a few of my favorite ways to bring a love for dogs into your interior space!

Celebrate Dogs In Your Interior Space

Add a bit of kitsch with vintage figurines.  Antique, thrift stores and flea-markets are fantastic places to search for these treasures. Some of my special finds include a black French poodle candle, a dachshund ceramic planter, and a gorgeous pair of brass hound bookends. My favorite is the rough collie figurine—classic 60’s—he looks stately placed on my sofa end table and always makes me smile. Figurines look fabulous placed on mantels, open shelves and anywhere else you’d like to add a light-hearted accent.

One of my little pleasures is inviting Parker up on the sofa to snuggle up with and watch a scary movie.  To keep my upholstery protected, I found a chic faux fur throw he lays on contently like a prince.  I rest easy knowing I can simply throw it in the wash.  I love the idea of a throw with your dog’s name monogrammed to add a personal touch. This preppy striped washable wool throw from Land’s End can be monogrammed with your dog’s initial or name.

I love retro periodicals, books and photographs. When I travel, I drag my husband into the local used book store to take a quick peek around their selection of dog books. Many vintage dog books have frame-worthy photos and pages with illustrations of grooming styles and breed profiles.  Frame them in thin black metal frames and white mats to add a sleek gallery look.  Vintage women’s magazines from the 60’s and 70’s often have entertaining ads featuring dogs that make a cheeky statement.  And I can’t resist old black and white photographs, like this one with a lady walking her beautiful Borzois.

Modern photography celebrating dogs in action can set the scene in a room. Photographer Ron Schmidt captures dogs with a sense of humor. I absolutely love his “Obedience School” print. Find his clever images at Plow & Hearth. Etsy is a great place to find modern photos including this lovely print of two boxers on a dock.

Custom paintings add a personal touch.  My dog before Parker was a blonde mutt named Kona. To honor his memory, I painted his portrait and he hangs in an ornate frame in my living room. It could get frustrating trying to find items with my little guy on it. But now with all the custom options available, it’s easy for those with “League of Nations” dogs to find something just right.

Playful accessories perk up your space with vivid shots of color! This cushioned green rug with dog silhouettes makes a cute statement in a mud room, laundry room or kitchen.  Inject a happy splash of color in a bathroom or entryway with these fun wall hooks. This magazine holder with a graphic yellow pup and Foo dog lamp could add the finishing touches to a home office.

Whatever your decorating style, you can make it work for you. After all, “Home is where the dog is!”

How do you celebrate your dog(s) in your interior spaces?

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my favorite

August 12, 2011

a summer day out in the grass.

a summer day out in the grass.

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toaster’s dog blog!

November 12, 2010

Posted by in bonnie forkner

ok all you toaster lovers… are you ready for this?

toaster's dog blog

oh yes, i did..

so for all of you that can’t get enough of toaster, he now has his very own space in the blogosphere. yeah! though it won’t be updated every day, it should be numerous times a week- so make sure to check in on what he’s up to! he’s even on twitter, so you can follow him there to get the latest updates. ;)

>> visit toaster’s dog blog <<

i hope you all have a lovely weekend! i’m running another trail race (7 miles this time) and the high is supposed to be 37 degrees… why do i do this to myself?  see you monday! xox, bonnie

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rover :: the tailored dog

September 1, 2010

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rover dog clothing

this shop swept me off my feet! i’m a dog lover, and boy do i think toaster would look smashing and dashing in one of these tailored garments!  handmade in toronto, canada, each piece from rover is uniquely crafted using high quality fabrics and finishes.  aren’t they beautiful? aren’t their models just to die for? i want to snuggle up with them all!

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hi lovebirds! how are you? we’re finally back home! the beach was fantastic and allowed for much rest, relaxation & sunshine. though vacations are always fun, much appreciated and needed, i have to say- i was glad to be back in my own bed, ahhhhhh.

today, i want you to officially meet my husband, david and our pup, toaster! just so happens, yesterday was our 2 year anniversary, as well as toaster’s 2nd birthday! yes, he was born on the day we got married!! so i hope you enjoy some pictures of our life together.

happy anniversary sweetheart!

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our mountain wedding on may 16, 2008!

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sometimes we hike..

and sometimes we bike.

this is the morning after he proposed, fall of 2007.  we were on a north carolina beach under the stars when he popped the question. :)

he’s quite the fly fisherman..

and he’s pretty good at it!

he’s also, quite the goofball. the laughing never ceases in our household, and how lucky i am to have a husband who always keeps me laughing!

he’s also a cyclist.

which is how we get to go on so many road trips!  weekends are consumed with bike races, book readings and travel bags.

and, he’s very good (if i do say so myself!).  that’s him, winning the patriot’s trail road race in rock hill (his 2nd win in 2 days!).

but most of all, he’s my most favorite person in the world!  thank you for being the sweetest, most kind and hilarious person i know.  i love you!

last but not least,

happy birthday toaster!

toaster’s alert, kind and ever so gentle.

how could you say no to that face?

he loves to sleep..

and curl his paw around his nose.

he loves to jump and play..

and especially fetch!

he’s pretty much the coolest dog we’ve ever met!  happy birthday sweet boy!

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holiday gift guide

i really loved doing this post!  i kept cracking up over what adorable things people come up with!


row 1 :: harlequin dane :: retro dog silhouette :: personalized dog cookies ::

row 2 :: puppy love pop up card :: bernese mountain dog :: peppermint lollipop holiday doxie ::

row 3 :: pug with heart :: baby it’s cold outside :: sweet orange dog soap ::

row 4 :: winter stroll :: indoor dog house :: hand crafted christmas card ::


this is our sweet boy, toaster- what kind of dog do you have?

xo, bonnie

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treats for toaster

April 2, 2009

being newlyweds, we knew we were going to have to be really careful with our money, so we cut our spending where we could. we finally realized when we were giving our dog ice cubes as treats, maybe we needed to loosen up some! so, feeling sorry for toaster (yes, TOASTER- like toaster oven, toaster strudel, hey could you put my bagel in the toaster) i decided to make him some homemade treats. they are yummy but more importantly affordable, and he loves them! here’s how:

dog-treats-collage recipe:

2 cups whole wheat flour

1 tb baking powder

1/2 cup molasses

1 cup peanut butter

1 cup milk

mix all the ingredients in a bowl until all the batter is smooth. place on a lightly floured surface and roll out to about 1/4″ thick. use any shape cookie cutters you like to cut them out, then place them on a lightly greased baking pan. bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes and you’re done!

i make them in bulk and freeze the extras so refills are easy. also, you can leave the molasses out if you don’t have any. all natural and inexpensive treats- sure does beat those ice cubes!


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