Design a living space with creative, integrated cat furniture.
By La Carmina
When I moved into a new apartment with my Scottish Fold cat Basil Farrow, I wanted to create a space that accommodated us both. The interior decor had to be feline- friendly, yet integrate seamlessly into the overall design.
To design this concept apartment, which I called “The Maohaus,” I looked for luxurious objects that served dual purposes: such a litterbox that doubled as a modern sculpture. Here are 6 ways I brought my apartment to life, using natural fabrics and multi-functional objects that are enjoyable for both cats and humans.
Organic memory foam mattress by Essentia
Basil Farrow spends over half his waking life “cat-napping”, so it was important for me to find a high-performance mattress. The centerpiece of our bedroom is an organic mattress by Essentia, with two inches of memory foam that contour to the body. All of the materials are natural and non-toxic, such as rubber tree sap, plant extracts, and certified organic cotton.
Browse mattresses on Essentia’s website.
Ergonomic pet bed from Essentia
At first glance, visitors might not even realize this cushion is a memory foam pet bed, thanks to the subtle design. Both cats and dogs can lounge on the Kingston cushion, which comes in three different sizes, and is designed for comfort and durability.
Pamper your pets with an Essentia pet bed.
Airportag pillows in cat-friendly colors
I picked a lime-colored palette for my apartment because cats can only see limited shades of the rainbow: violets, blues, greens. Both of us can enjoy these cheerful Airportag pillows, which also reflect my passion for travel.
Find travel-themed goods on the Airportag website.
Artisan, cotton bedding
I added a luxurious duvet by Allem Studio, makers of artisan bedding. The high quality cotton won’t get caught in my cat’s claws. This independent company produces a variety of eye-catching modern prints and double-sided designs.
Shop for pillowcases, bed sheets and more from Allem Studio.
An artistic litter box
Every cat owner must have a litterbox, but this object tends to be an eyesore. I was glad to find SinDesign’s Poopoopeedo, which doubles as a modern egg-sculpture. The beautifully-constructed litter box comes in seven colors, and splits apart for easy cleaning. The clever design includes a paw-shaped handle, scoop and two anti-smell tablets.
Order this innovative litter box from SinDesign.
Did our Maohaus inspire you to design a space that makes your kitty happy, without looking like a “crazy cat lady” house?
See more photos of my earless cat and our apartment on La Carmina blog.
La Carmina is a fashion and travel blogger, journalist and TV host for networks like Travel Channel, Food Network and National Geographic. Her mission is to delve into alternative beauty and underground cultures around the world – from cute food to Harajuku hairstyles. La Carmina’s work can be found at lacarmina.com. Follow her adventures on Twitter and Instagram.
Merry Cat-mus from Basil Farrow and me! We did a cute photoshoot to celebrate.
Check out all the outfit details here.
This cute fold-eared patch is of Basil’s fellow earless friend, Dr Meemersworth.
You may know Meemers as the cat of YouTube Kpop vloggers, Eat your Kimchi.
Unlike other cat breeds, folds are made for squishing – and they enjoy it.
What a baby-face!
Basil Farrow has a big project coming up in 2015 – stay tuned for the news!
Happy Caturday, furry friends! In celebration, here are some of Basil Farrow’s latest photos.
Since it’s winter, his already-thick Scottish Fold fur coat is getting even more fuzzy by the day.
Look at all those warm layers of fluff!
Winter bear. Basil always sits with his macaroon paws crossed.
Jenga, anyone? Looks like the mouse has the next move.
Basil likes to find cozy places to keep warm. He jumped into the clothing drawer…
… and used his big feet to dig a hole in the clothes! However, the space is a bit too small for him.
Better to curl up on the bed and zzzz.
Someone’s keeping a big yellow eye on you.
Another favorite resting place: his designer pet carrier case!
Where are we off to? Scottish Fold Basil Farrow has a big project coming up… we’ll reveal it to you very soon, so stay tuned.
Stay warm and happy holidays!