furry office companions: d*s team pets


Lately I’ve been thinking about the things we surround ourselves with at home other than furniture and accessories. Food, music, flowers — they all play a big part in creating a space that feels like “home.” And today I wanted to take a quick look at another aspect of our home lives: furry friends.

One of the first things my book editor said to me after reviewing the first pass of the D*S Book was, “Wow, there are a lot of cats in this book.” And she was right. I’ve always admitted to being about two cats shy of “crazy cat lady” status, and whenever I chat with other D*S team members, I realize I’m not alone. Whether we’re writing our posts from a studio, an office or the couch at home, almost all of us have pets that keep us company. I started thinking about how these little (and not so little) guys give so many of us that feeling of “home.” So I thought it would be fun to share a glimpse into not only our team members’ lives but also their pets’.

Image above: Paige from Around the World with Bash and her dog Milly.


Image above: Emily from Beyond the Big Day with her gorgeous (and huge) dog Judah.

Whether sitting on our desks, stepping on our laptop keys or keeping stacks of paper warm, these are the team members that make late-night blogging less stressful and keep us calm when WordPress accidentally deletes a long post.

So many of you share our love of animals, so if you have a special pet who keeps you company while you work, we’d love to see them! Feel free to link to your Facebook, Twitpic, Yfrog, blog or Flickr accounts in the comments below. It’s always fun to see who’s keeping the blogging community company when it can feel like just us and a laptop. xo, grace

CLICK HERE to see all 20+ team pets and share your own after the jump!


Living In editor Amy Merrick caught her cat Bertie in the middle of a statuesque moment.



Wherever these cats are, we’re home. AC’s cat (Ms. Jackson) and mine (Turk). We combined them when we moved in together years ago, but they still seem to stick pretty fiercely to their “original” owner.


D*S City Guide and Biz Ladies editor Stephanie and her dog Harvey.


Small Measures editor Ashley English and one of her many chickens.


Flowers A to Z editor Sarah Brysk Cohen’s dogs Ruby and Molly.


When she’s not conducting interviews for What’s in Your Toolbox, Ginny Branch Stelling is spending time with her beagles Harold and Maude.


Simply Color editor Lauren Willhite has a cat named Lunchbox. One of the best/funniest cat names I’ve ever heard.


Sewing 101 editor Brett Bara has a beautiful cat who goes by Kitty or Miss Kitty.


Before & After Basics editor Barb Blair adopted her beautiful dog Lizzie.

Sneak Peeks editor Anne may not have a “real pet,” but she’s had this funny little gnome for over seven years. She adopted him in Paris years ago, and now he accompanies her on trips (he’s been everywhere from Baltimore to Cameroon) and watches her work during the day. (Photos by Meg Gagnard)


Managing Editor Amy Azzarito has what I call “Supermodel Cats.” They’re skinny, beautiful and incredibly well behaved. Her Russian Blues are named Loki and Freya.


In the Kitchen With editor Kristina Gill has several pets in her Rome, Italy, home. Though her beloved border terrier Crash! recently passed away, she still snuggles with Zizou and a fuzzy cat named Moonboot.


Senior DIY and Before & After editor Kate Pruitt has a constant crafting companion, a cat named JFK.


Our copyediting queen Erica has a friendly office companion named Nona.


Kelly from Bash Co. Events (and Around the World with Bash) has an adorable dog named Pickle. Such a perfect name for this little one.



D*S Sneak Peek intern Shannon and her cats Frida and Julie.


D*S Sneak Peek intern Dominique and her pup Kaya.

  1. Misa says:

    i have five (!) pets. three cats: sophia, silvestre, and david bowie; and two dogs: henry and bea. bea is definitely the ham of the bunch.

    http://que-milagro.blogspot.com/search/label/bea

    http://que-milagro.blogspot.com/search/label/david%20bowie

  2. Melody says:

    I started a blog for my little black cat, Ollie. I started making bow ties for him shortly after we got him, and I just couldn’t resist chronicling his life through a little photo blog. He’s such a sweet little kitty. Always either sleeping right next to me, or bring me toy mice to play with. I am obsessed! http://adventuresofollie.tumblr.com/

  3. love this. my kitties (sampson, gizmo, and betty) are featured all throughout my blog… http://fourblankwalls.blogspot.com/

  4. Jessica says:

    Having a super fab pup as an office mate rocks. How could you not love him? http://yfrog.com/h4at7dcj

  5. Alex Louisa says:

    A furry studio buddy is a must!! There are so many cute ones here :)

    I had to draw mine:

    http://www.alexlouisa.com/blog/2009/1/28/would-you-believe-that-im-still-going.html

    And here he is posing with it:
    http://www.alexlouisa.com/blog/2009/2/9/the-mug-shot.html

    So far he (Shadow) has learned to pass my pencils or paintbrushes back to me if I drop them, but he always runs away with my Wacom pen!

    I also have a green studio buddy who comes out at night. He says hi:
    http://www.alexlouisa.com/blog/2011/1/18/hi-2011.html

    Great post! Thanks for sharing your studio buddies with us! x.

  6. Brittany says:

    So many kitties! (And Ashley’s chicken – yay!)

  7. Jacqueline says:

    Love all the fuzzy support! Not to get totally off topic – but I love the chair Paige has in her office – where is that from?!

  8. dominique says:

    @Elise: It’s a somewhat complicated thing to give instructions for in writing… and it’s not really design related… :) But, I swear it’s very easy to do (best on bad hair days! ie unruly). Otherwise, pretty sure there has to be a tutorial out there – my bet is on youtube. hope this helps!

  9. Sara says:

    I love seeing other peoples pet! Thanks for the post!

    Here is my little kitty if anyone is interested!

    http://saraearle.blogspot.com/2011/03/from-single-pet-to-family-pet.html

  10. Rach says:

    so no link of a picture of our gorgeous lil squishy fat pawed, one eyed Mabel but i love her to bits. we got her from a shelter in november 2010 after our first adopted cat Makita passed away in August 2009. we just kept coming back to mabel and she kept following us around as we looked at the other cats, so i think we both knew she’d found her family. she is constantly walking in front of my face as i sit at the computer and will quite often flop down on the keyboard so that i have to give her attentions. she’s so very much a part of our family and i couldnt imagine being without her

  11. i love this! for my husband and I, our pets are more of ‘home’ than any house will ever be!
    the three (yes three) large male cats: wimpy, dad, and tutu
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ainsleyelizabeth/4636816658/

    one beloved- and sorely missed rabbit: miss farley jane
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ainsleyelizabeth/3982154909/in/set-72157622236112391/

    and the ever bold, brazen, mischievous, yet mostly loving lady(hawk):
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ainsleyelizabeth/3982154909/in/set-72157622236112391/
    I find that no mater what project we’re tackling, our adoring furry family is always there to lend a hand, give a laugh, or just love me while we bumble through the ups and downs of home decorating.

  12. Denise says:

    Oh, this is the BEST ever! Love love love. My girl Lucy (a 9 year old Newfoundland) is the best sounding board — perfect in every way! Emily & Judah, we relate to you :)
    This is us:
    http://www.denisecrew.com/#mi=1&pt=0&pi=4&p=-1&a=0&at=0

    And this is a recent post with some yummy photos of her :)
    http://denisecrew.blogspot.com/2011/01/surprises-are-best.html

  13. JB says:

    My Shiba Inu MoMo keeps me company all day. I even started an online pet boutique named after her (Planet Momo). You can see pix of MoMo on her FB page: http://www.facebook.com/planetmomo

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