Saturday, April 25, 2009


Pretty patterned pillows? For a dog who urps? This blog is in the paws of Mouse, a tres-chic dachshund and tough-minded design editor, who has taught me that posh can be pragmatic

Mouse suffers from the neuro-muscular disease, megaesophagus. Lacking a contracting esophagus, she digests sludgy food via gravity by sitting upright for one hour after every feeding. Needless, to say, her efforts are not always successful. Life gets messy. But that's no reason not to go for dove white ultrasuede upholstery on the couch (Weekend Sofa by De La Espada, www.delaespada.com), or for the subtle blue and taupe colors of this pillow fabric. Purchased through Calico Corners, it's a half-acrylic, half-polyester geometric weave from Waverly (www.waverly.com) called Chrysanthemums. Both the couch and pillows have proven indestructible. 

Said the De La Espada showroom manager, "A customer called distressed that their children had written all over the sofa's cushions in purple magic marker. We told her not to worry, just get some soap and water." Our own upholstery has survived the "Mouse Test" as well as red wine spills, labrador drool, and on one occasion, a visiting puppy's wee wee. And the pillow fabric? Mouse's handiwork or my makeup smudges, I've never needed more than a wet cloth for a quick fresh up. 

All products and ideas posted here must similarly meet Mouse's rigorous standards of high-style and lasting value. Why? Because the only worthy splurges are those beautiful to live with. 

1 comment:

  1. Oh sweet Mouse! I am so sorry for her digestive troubles, but thankful that she has been blessed with such a wonderful owner.
    May I say I share her love of cameos.