Sophie Conran, one of Britain’s leading designers and a passionate gardener, created three beautiful ‘hanging havens’ to help bring gardens alive. The concept behind the design was to encourage wildlife to come into the garden so that it would be a blooming living organism.
The collection was designed for Burgon & Ball – UK’s longest standing garden tool manufacturer, renowned for their outstanding quality and innovation. The Garden Collection are made from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) approved wood which means that the wood comes from responsibly managed forests.
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Architecture for Dogs is a truly out of the box concept. Kenya Hara, the creative director of Japanese lifestyle brand Muji, commissioned twelve leading architects from around the world to design items for dogs.
Each architect invented a unique creation designed with the needs of a particular breed of dog in mind, taking into account their characteristic, temperament, health and living conditions. The designs range from clothing to furniture. All of the blueprints and building instructions for the designs can be downloaded for free from the website. The goal is to encourage people from all over the world to download the customizable projects, build a piece, and then upload their creation onto the site.
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The Purple Martin is North America’s largest native swallow. It is renowned for its song, entertaining aerial acrobats and voracious insect eating. This beautiful bird is at risk due to human expansion and the growth of non-native bird species that inhabit its nesting places. Over the past 40 years there has been a significant decrease in the population of Purple Martins in North America. A key factor that has helped combat this decline has been the emergence birdhouses that offer a safe haven for these migratory birds.
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Designed by Sebastian Haquet and Thomas Lanthier from Pousse Creative, the K-banette and Kokon are chic, modern and multi-functional shelters for pets. Their unique design enables you to have a little plant garden on top of the pet house. You can place 4 flowerpots (that come with the package) on the top of the house and enjoy a little bit of nature. The pet homes themselves are cozy little designer abodes suitable for cats or small dogs.
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The Dog Caller (no, this is not a misprint…) would just might save your dog’s life. Temperature can sometimes be quite unsteady and if you leave your dog in the car (which I never do) for just a couple of minutes while you pop in to the store, or even in a stuffy apartment, this might turn out to be a matter of life or death.
This scenario happened to Aaron Starkman who came out of the store to find his golden retriever struggling in the heat. Thankfully this awful expereince lead him to invent a heat sensing dog collar that texts your cellphone when the temperature is too hot for a pooch to handle.
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I’m always on the prowl for stylish pet accessories, so feast your eyes on these new pet bowls and treat jars for dogs and cats, designed by the wonderful artist Rae Dunn.
Featuring smooth white ceramics adorned with vintage illustrations, while inside a word of advice awaits – sip, savor, drink, and devour – one for food and one for water, one for Kitty and one for Pooch.
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The Pup Crawl Lights-Up Leash is a wonderful pet accessory. It’s actually a colorful dog leash that can be seen from one-quarter mile away in the dark – perfect for dog owners and their pets who want to see and be seen.
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This is not your typical glass fish bowl, but a design icon. It re-interprets the classic fishbowl, transforming it into a majestic underwater piece of art. By utilizing light and shadow, a glass mountain terrain has erupted inside this bowl of hand blown glass. How beautiful is that?
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We found this beautiful birdhouse over at Anthropologie… isn’t it gorgeous? I love to blend natural, organic items in my garden, and this driftwood bird house definitely fits the bill.
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Hey everyone, meet Gino – a handmade glass figurine for all you trendy dog lovers. Designed by Harry Allen for Gaia & Gino, this little dog figure actually represents Gino in the form of a shiny cluster of crystal blocks. A three-dimensional, transparent, digitized tribute to our favorite four-legged friends.
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Remember we told you about those wonderful puppy starter kits? Well, now it’s time for all cat owners to have their treat with the Green Kitten Starter Kit. This hand chosen selection of kitten products arrives in a delightful hamper, and includes Lily’s kitten food, a lovely cat collar, treats and a catnip mouse. The purrrfect gift for your kitten or cat.
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Here’s another great dog accessory from Hamish McBeth, it’s a grooming set for both short and long hair dogs. Each set includes a handy storage bag with four pieces inside that will ensure a smooth coat and a healthy skin.
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I’m always up for a bit of cooking or baking – is anything better than cooking your own food… Dog’s Deli decided to take that idea a bit further and published two great recipe books with the latest doggy delicacies for your canine friend. Yum!
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In some places it can get quite chilly in the evenings even in summertime, and dont we all like to snuggle with a luxurious wool throw to keep us warm and cozy. This set of blankets from Mutts & Hounds is just beautiful with a bit of that old-school, English countryside charm – perfect for spoiling your dog or cat or simply compliment any room in your home.
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