15 Pet Beds That Won’t Ruin Your Home Aesthetic

You want your fur baby to be cozy, comfortable, and happy, but why are so many pet beds just, well.. ugly? Well I’ve spent more time than I’d like to admit looking for ones that will look nice in your home and not be an eye sore – and most importantly, keep your fur baby comfortable!A pug wrapped in a blanket on a bed

Best Looking Pet Beds

Option 1: A smaller version of your actual couch.



Option 2: A decorative frame to hold the bed.

Option 3: An adorable tiny, tent.

Option 4: An actual (miniature) bed

Option 5: This super cute wicker doggie bed.

Option 6: A bed that’s as cozy looking as it is cute.

Best Looking Cat Trees

Option 1: I have no idea what to call this, but I love it.


Option 2: A tree fit for a queen.


Option 3: For the ‘outdoorsy type’.

Option 4: For a mid-century modern fan & cat lover.


Option 5: A scratching tower that let’s you choose what it looks like.

Best Vacuums for Pet Owners

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As a dual pet lover and lover of a clean house, your vacuum is probably your best friend. Not only are there hundreds of brands, but there’s also a ton of different types. You don’t need all of these, but I find each of these serves a different purpose and comes in extremely handy at different times. So which should you get?

Best Vacuum for Pet Owners – Overall

Our Pick:  Dyson Ball Animal + Allergy Vacuum with 7 Tools

Is it possible to love a vacuum? Because I LOVE this vacuum!

Why is this my holy grail vacuum?

  • The power. No matter how clean I think the carpets are, when I vacuum with this, I am always amazed at how much more it pulls up!
  • No filters!! If you’ve ever dealt with vacuum filters, you know why I love not having one.
  • Ease of use. It is extremely easy and smooth to maneuver.
  • The attachments. You can tell a lot of thought went into these attachments. Each one has a great use case, but my favorite is the stair attachment. It cut the time it takes me to vacuum the stairs in half!

Best robot vacuum for pet owners:

Unless you are one of the lucky few, if you have a cat or a dog, you will lose the war on fur. Your best defense is a robot vacuum.

Our Pick:  Samsung POWERbot R7090 Robot Vacuum, Works with Alexa


  • Saves time. This thing can run way more frequently than you have time to vacuum yourself. The best way to keep fur under control is to stay on top of it.
  • Runs on a schedule. Set up a schedule and you’re done! Set up a schedule of when you’d like it to vacuum and it will go do it’s thing and return itself to its ‘home’ when it’s done.
  • The edge cleaner. One difference with this vacuum compared to many other is its shape. Instead of begin completely round, it has one flat edge that can get up against the corners of the walls. When it detects an edge, a little ‘squeegee’ looking tool will extend out, getting and even closer clean (this sounds like a toothpaste commercial now).
  • It’s gentle. It’s super gentle when it comes close to objects, so you’re safe even if you have some fragile things around the house or on the ground.
  • The big wheels. The wheels on this thing look like miniature monster truck wheels. The key being miniature, but these wheels allow it to go from hardwood surfaces to carpet with ease.
  • It has an app. This is pretty cool because you can control it from your phone and see where the vacuum has cleaned already.
  • Connects to Alexa. Control it with your voice. This is just cool and fun to do!
  • ‘Point Cleaning’ allows you to point at a specific spot and it will come clean it up for you. I don’t use it a ton, but this has been handy for me if I happen to be sweeping and want the pile cleaned or a spill in a specific spot.


  • Short battery life. the battery sometimes runs our half way through cleaning, but it’s not a big deal because the vacuum will return itself to the charging station and pick up where it left off when it’s charged again.
  • While still good, the suction power on this thing just can’t measure up to our holy grail vacuum.

Best light weight and cordless vacuum:

Our Pick: Dyson V6 Animal Cord-free Vacuum 

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I do not personally have this vacuum, but when I was looking at a new vacuum to get, I was very close to getting this one. The reason I decided against it was I was unsure if it would have enough power to clean my entire home. The reason I liked it, is because one, it has great reviews, and two, it seems like the happy medium of all of the vacuums on this list. It’s still powerful, but light weight, portable, good attachments, etc.

Best handheld vacuum for pet owners:

Our Pick: Shark Cordless Pet Perfect II Hand Vacuum 

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If you are going to splurge for the cordless above, you probably don’t need this one, but if all you really wanted out of it was the portable features, this is a better, low cost alternative for you! I didn’t know I needed a dust buster until I had one. Aside from the obvious uses, these are GREAT for quickly getting pet hair off of furniture and in small corners.

I love this one for it’s suction power and all the handy gadget attachments that come with it!

I honestly can’t think of any cons for this one!

How I Made a Built-In Walk-In Closet with No Experience

I am so happy with how my closet turned out! To be honest, I had pretty low expectations given that I had exactly 0 building or construction experience – minus one very janky console table I attempted a few months back. If you don’t believe this was my first build, you will after the ‘in progress’ pictures.  🙂


This whole thing started out with a trip to Ikea (isn’t that how every great story starts out?). I fell in love with their “PAX” closet system. We had a spare bedroom in our new home with a long blank wall that I thought would be perfect to use as a closet, since the actual closet in the room was pretty tiny – also because I watch way too many YouTube videos and got the idea in my head from other ‘beauty gurus’ doing it. After just guess-timating the total cost of everything I would want though, it came out to a cool $1000+. I just could not justify $1000 on an object to hold my clothes. Not to mention, for that price, the Pax system is just an open wardrobe, and if I’m going to spend that kind of money, I want it to look custom and built-in. If you’re wondering, I also googled custom built in closets, let’s just say the $1000 for the Ikea system was cheap.

After a great deal of debate with myself, and watching more ‘DIY built-in’ videos on YouTube, I decided to attempt to just make a built in closet on my own. Because that’s how my brain works – “Oh you’ve never done this thing before? Eh, I’m sure it will be fine.” Honestly, though, that’s really what tipped me over the edge on deciding to go for, what could really go wrong? Initially, I didn’t plan on cutting any of the wood myself, since pretty much all of the major hardware stores will do it for you. This ended up changing, but I’ll explain that later. At any rate, with the possibility of cutting my finger gone, I figured the worst that could happen would be that it sucks, and I scrap it, but at least I tried.

My entire plans were based around the Ikea PAX system, because they had a few components that I knew there was no way I could build, that I really wanted – like their pull out pants hanger. I also went this route because it seemed the easiest. At it’s core, the PAX system is just a box “frame” with a bunch of shelves, drawers, or whatever else you want to add. I thought how hard could a box and a few selves be to make and then the things I couldn’t make, I could buy and install, as long as I made the dimensions exactly the same.

For reference, here’s an example of an Ikea PAX configuration:

PAX Wardrobe IKEA 10-year Limited Warranty. Read about the terms in the Limited Warranty brochure.

My process:

I started out with some rough plans that mostly stayed the same, but did morph as I got deeper into the project. The wall I was working with was 14′ 1″ wide by 8 foot tall. The dimensions of the Ikea frame that I was mimicking was 29 1/2″wide by 22 7/8″deep by 93 1/8″ high (there are different depths, but I didn’t want the hangers/clothes sticking out so I went with the deepest one). I also decided to make my frames not as tall, because I knew I wanted to have a base for it all to sit on and crown molding at the top to make it look built in, so I only made the 89″ high. I also rounded the depth up to 23″, because 1/8″ wouldn’t make a difference in the end and would make measuring a little easier. I got the idea for the base (and some motivation) from Saw Dust Girl‘s plan.

I liked the idea of a bigger, open space in the middle to set jewelry, perfume, etc. on, so I went with 4 frames which would total 118″ wide. With the room being 169″, that would leave me with 51″ for a dresser or cube storage in the middle.

My initial plans (you can see how they changed) very professionally made in Paint:


I started out only buying materials to build 1 frame. I figured that way if it went badly, I wasn’t out much and I could always go back and get more if it went well. I used 3/4″ MDF from Home Depot, don’t worry I had no idea what that was until I started this project, but again, shout out to SawDustGirl. For an 8′ by 4′ board, it was $22.84. I could fit the 2 sides of the frame on a single board. I would need an additional board for the shelves.

You can use MDF or Plywood for yours. The upside to Plywood is it is MUCH lighter – the MDF Sucked (with a capital S) to move around, but was a good workout. The downside is it’s also more expensive. To get the same thickness in a quality that would paint well would have been around $50 per board – over double the MDF.

To determine the dimensions to cut the shelves, to make a frame end up being 29.5″ wide, I multiplied the thickness of the MDF, aka 3/4″, by two, since there’s 2 sides, and subtracted that from the 29.5″ I wanted it to end up being – which means each shelf cut I needed to be 28″ x 23″ (the depth). 29.5″ – (2*.75) = 28″

Off to my first (of MANY) trips to Home Depot:

  • 2 MDF boards. Cuts: (2) 89″ x 23″. (6) 28″ x 23″
    • Side note: Home Depot will make the first 4 cuts free, then it’s $0.25 per cut.
  • 2″ Wood Screws (I had no idea, but 2″ felt good lol)
  • Wood glue
  • 1 – 4′ x 8′ Hard Board (basically thick cardboard for the backing) (2) cut at 29.5″ x 89″

The first frame (once I decided the frame turned out okay, I went back to Home Depot and got closet rods and the braces):




You can see the hardboard (the dark back) in the third picture, just set it in place then nail it down with 3/4″ brad nails.

I won’t go into great detail about the dimensions between shelves, because that can literally be whatever you want it to be.

After the first one went well, I made 2 more. I saved the last frame for after I put the middle piece in. That way I would know EXACTLY how wide to make it, if it all didn’t line up exactly as originally planned.


You can see in this picture I had also made the “base” for everything to sit on. Here’s that in process. The base is extremely simple. A bunch of cheap 2″ x 4″ and some cheap 1/2″ particle board nailed on top. I made a couple (easier to move) until it wen’t the length of the room, then screwed them together with 3 1/2″ screws.




Now it was time to add the Ikea components that drove this whole thing. They call these “Komplements” and I added a glass shelf, a pull out tray, a pull out pants hanger, and the glass front drawer. Building this entire thing around 4 items might seem insane – but it worked out! I’m not including these in the cost, because they are completely unncessary and you can just add more MDF shelves or another rod in their place – or whatever you want.


Next it was time to figure out what to do with that middle space. I was originally going to do cube storage, but I decided I really wanted drawers. I did not feel confident in my drawer making ability so I found a white dresser on Amazon (Prime FTW) that was roughly the length I needed. I went with this one at 51.25″ wide and 19″ deep.

The reviews on it aren’t great, but I only really needed the drawers. Plus, when I bought it, it was only $150 and I also had some Amazon gift cards and promo credits on my account that made it extremely cheap.

Because it wasn’t the right depth, I took the top off and make my own out of MDF – and by made, I mean I cut a rectangle piece of MDF and screwed it down. You can also see in the original picture, the dresser has “feet,” which I cut off so that in the end it would look built in and would not have any gaps.



There was a little bit of a gap here, so I stuck a thin piece of particle board I had leftover from the base between.



Just showing how I cut off the “feet” from the base piece of the dresser.


Update: In retrospect, if I bought a router, I probably could have made the drawers myself. I was pretty anxious to get it done by this point though so buying them did save a ton of time.

You can also see in my original plan, I was going to leave the area above the dresser totally empty. That looked good in my head, but not in real life. So I added the top piece and another shelf 15″ down to align with the others.


Oh, you’ll also notice in the picture above, the cord – and I made the last frame. I measured ahead of time where the outlet was and cut that spot out of the hardboard. “Cut” is a bit of a stretch, it looked more like a cat dug at it with it’s claws, but whatever, I could plug stuff in. Then all I did was drill a 1″ diameter hole through the shelves in the corner so I could get an extension cord up to the top for the LED lights, which I’ll explain further down.


Okay! we’re in the home stretch – all the main building is done and it’s time to add the ‘trim’. Before I could add the trim though, I needed something to connect the top of the crown molding to, so I screwed a couple pieces of 1″ x 2″ pine to the ceiling, which I learned from this video. The video does a much better job, but if it works, it works.

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I also used 1″ x 2″ pine for all of the “trim”. I used this crown molding ($2.53/ft – 14′ 1″) and this baseboard. ($1.65/ft – 14′ 1″).

TA-DA! Trim is on! What a difference, right?! That is literally all that changed. Trim makes a HUGE difference, I was feeling iffy about the whole thing until I got the trim on!


Oh, you’ll also see the little cube organizer in the bottom left corner. I bought that (HERE) for $30. I wanted something for my smaller shoes – flip flops, etc. and $30 seemed pretty cheap and a lot easier than making it – again, I was pretty exhausted and ready to be done by this point.

After this, all that was left was to caulk and paint – and add the lights at the end if you want to be extra. Caulk is your best friend if you end up attempting this. Anything that was a little off or doesn’t look ‘built in’, will after caulk. I watched this video on how to caulk that had some great tips if you’re like me and have never caulked anything ever.

After caulk and the first coat of paint (I ended up doing 3):


For the lights, I bought these LED strip lights on Amazon:

They come with sticky stuff on the back, so I literally just strung them through (I had a small gap between the trim of the towers that fit it, but you can also drill a small hole) and stuck them up! That outlet that I plugged them into was connected to one of my light switches, so I can turn them on and off that way, but you can also buy very similar lights to these that have a remote.




That’s it! The whole thing took me probably 2 months, but I only worked on it some weekends and a few days after work. If there’s anything I learned from this that I would want to tell others’ who have never built anything attempting this it would be:

  1. Watch YouTube, even for small things, like how to caulk.
  2. Break it into small pieces. Looking at the end picture feels overwhelming, but when you think of the first step is just building a box, it’s much more manageable.
  3. PLAN. Plan everything before you do it.
  4. Measure. Measure again. After you measured again, measure again.
  5. Take your time. If you’re tired or frustrated, stop, take a break. I can’t tell you how many times I messed up or hurt myself (I have a ton of bruises, bumps, and cuts as souvenirs) because I kept going when I was tired. Nobody NEEDS a fancy-smancy closet, so there’s no rush.

If you’re wondering about the rest of the room. I plan to also DIY a closet island, which I’ll post when I’m done. In the meantime, you can also check out my DIY light up vanity mirror here!




For anyone wondering, that iPad stand (super necessary for watching YouTube videos while getting ready lol) is from Amazon for $8.99, here.

The $39 Hollywood Lighted Vanity Mirror Dupe DIY

This is the easiest & cheapest DIY lighted vanity mirror – Ever. For $40 and 1 hour of your time you can create this:

Okay, so I realize this doesn’t directly relate to pets, but I had to post about it for a couple of reasons.

  1. It does relate to home.
  2. Saving money = more money left to buy your pet something nice, lol.
  3. It was just too good not to share!

That being said, I’m going to share with you the best DIY project I’ve found to date, and I do a ton of DIY projects (more to come). I’ve looked at lighted vanity mirrors for a while now – I’m guilty of binge watching ‘YouTube makeup guru’ videos, and they pretty much all have some version of this mirror. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be in absolute shock of how expensive they are – up to $500 expensive – for a mirror, seriously, Google it. The cheapest I found was $150 for one DIYed by someone else on Etsy. Still too expensive for an unnecessary mirror for my tastes.

I had seen many other DIY Hollywood Vanity mirror dupes, but they mostly used actual vanity lights, required moderately working with electricity, and still weren’t very cost efficient – aka not for me. That was until I seen a clever pin. The main trick – STRING LIGHTS! The girl who made that video gets my genius award of the day.

My DIY isn’t exactly the same as that video because I didn’t feel super confident about drilling into glass 16 times with zero experience and expecting it not to shatter on me. Also, I wasn’t crazy about have unfinished edges on the mirror, I preferred it to have a frame – which is what makes this even easier.

Rant over, here’s how I did it:

What you’ll need:

  1. A mirror with a frame – $27
    • I got mine from Home Goods for $27. You can use any mirror you like as long as it has a wood frame. Unfortunately, Home Goods does not have a website, so this was the closest I could find. It’s $50, which still isn’t bad, but you can probably find something similar to mine in both look and price if you have a Home Goods, Marshall’s, or TJMaxx near you.

  2. String lights – $12
    • The string of lights I got were from Michael’s, and they’re not on the site any more, but THESE are very similar from Amazon. They are normally $19, but they are on sale for $12. They come with 16 bulbs (I only used 15 to be even). The important part is that they have removable bulbs.

  3. A drill.

  4. An auger drill bit. If you have a different kind of drill to make the hole, that works too. It needs just slightly larger than the part of the string lights that the bulb fits into. If you get the lights from Michael’s, I used a 3/4 inch bit, but it was really tight fitting the lights through, I wish I had a 7/8 inch instead.

WoodOwl 03711 Tri-Cut 7/8-Inch by 7-1/2-Inch Nail Chipper Auger Bit


  1. On the frame of the mirror, measure out and mark (with something non-permanent, like chalk) where you want your bulbs to go. I did mine on the back, but I wish I had done it on the front, because I found that the entry hole that the drill makes is much cleaner than the exit hole – as you’ll see in the pictures to follow.Since I used the 16 bulb set and I didn’t want the lights going along the bottom on the mirror, I decided to spread them evenly with 5 on each of the 3 remaining sides and just not used the last bulb.
    – First I’d measure a side, we’ll say 20″ as an easy example.
    -Mark the half way point – so 10″.
    -Make a mark on each edge where ever you want it – for example, 1 inch from each edge.
    -Measure between an end point and your middle point – our example would have about 9″ in between.
    – Mark the half way amount of the last measurement – for our example, that would be 4.5″ (9″ divided by 2 = 4.5″).
    That creates 5 points. Repeat on each side.I forgot to take pictures of this step, well, not really forget, I actually didn’t anticipate this project to be a post until I was so happy with the results. Any way, it would look something like this:Untitled
  2. Drill a hole on each mark made. A few things to note hear as lessons learned that I wish I had done differently.
    • One I already mentioned, which is to drill from the front for a cleaner hole. When I drilled through the back, it tore the paint on the frame as it made the exit, which made it look messy and chipped like this:
      Honestly, after putting the bulb in, you can barely see it, so I could have left it, but I decided to touch it up with white paint. Still not perfect, but now completely unnoticeable with the bulbs in.
    • That being said, I would try to make just your first hole from the back. I say this because the one thing you need to be cautious of in this project is not hitting the glass of the mirror when drilling through the frame. To ensure I didn’t, I ripped of the backing of the mirror – it was just brown paper. From here, I could get a good sense of where the glass of the mirror sat. Then when drilling my first hole, I went very slowly and paused to make sure I was only going to be hitting the frame and no glass. If you find you are hitting glass, you’ll need to move your holes further towards the edge. I can pretty much guarantee the glass of the mirror will not go all the way to the edge of the frame.
  3. Remove the bulbs from the string of lights and insert each bulb ‘holder’ (I don’t know what to call it, but you get the idea) into each hole drilled. Once they are all inserted, it will look something like this:
    Scribbled reflection brought to you by a huge mess made by another DIY – coming soon!

  4. Insert bulbs and plug it in!

    That’s it!! The whole thing took me less than an hour! I had the tools already, so the mirror and bulbs cost me $39, to be fair probably $43 after tax.

    If you’re thinking, “wow, that’s great, but it doesn’t have a dimmer…” problem solved!! Plug it into this nifty little guy, and boom, dimmer!

Hope you liked it! If you have any suggestions you’d like to see, let me know here!

Best All Natural Pet Food Brands

These are just a few of our very favorite brands that meet all of the guidelines mentioned in our What to look for in your pet’s food post. Clicking on each will take you to their page where you can find and order all of their available products. We’ll be adding more as we come across them.

Cat Food Brands

Dog Food Brands

Taste of the Wild Cat Food Taste of the Wild Dog Food
The Honest Kitchen Cat Food The Honest Kitchen Dog Food
ACANA Dog Food ACANA Dog Food
Merrick Cat Food Merrick Dog Food
Blue Buffalo Blue Buffalo

If you have a suggestion, a brand you would like us to look into, or just anything you would like to see us cover, let s know here!


What to look for in your pet’s food.

Our pet’s are our family, so we want to keep them healthy and strong. Despite our best intentions, all too often I see people assuming that all the dog and cat food they see sold in the stores is ‘good’ for their pet. I wish that were the case, but it’s far from the truth. There are tons of food option out there that are frankly, crap. Most are ‘feed-grade’ instead of human-grade. Pet Safe explains on their site:

“…feed-grade ingredients have allowances for toxins, such as mold-produced mycotoxins, that are acceptable in significantly reduced quantities in human-grade foods. Meat ‘meals’ such as ‘meat and bone meal’ and ‘by-products’ come from the rendering process and can contain “dead animals from farms, ranches, feedlots, marketing barns, animal shelters, and other facilities; and fats, grease, and other food waste from restaurants and stores.”

The ‘best’ food for your pet depends on many factors, such as type of pet (duh), age, health, weight, indoor/outdoor, etc. There are some general guidelines you can follow though.

General Guidelines:

  1. Always. Read. The. Ingredients. List. Always.
  2. Things to avoid:
    1. “Meat-by product”
      • What is “meat-by product” you ask? Good question! A delicious (sarcasm) mix of Internal Organs, Hooves, Feces and Road Kill.
    2. Meat and Bone Meal – Similar to the above
    3. No chemical fillers, including:
      • Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) – known carcinogen
      • Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT) – known carcinogen
      • Ethoxyquin (sometimes listed a ‘fish meal’)
      • Propylene Glycol (PG) – a derivative of antifreeze.
    4. Food Dyes: Blue 2, Red 40, and Yellow 5 and 6 – linked to cancer, behavior issues, and allergic reactions.
    5. Rendered Fat
    6. Corn and wheat gluten
  3. Things to look for that are GOOD:
    1. Made in USA
    2. No preservatives or natural preservatives
    3. Meat-based protein (real meat)
    4. Moderate levels of animal fat.

Looking for and finding food that meets all of these criteria can be difficult, so I’ve done that for you. All of the recommendations in the links below meet all of the criteria above!

I’ve broken them up into categories, but any food within these brands will be safe and healthy.

These are just a few of our very favorite brands that meet all of the guidelines above. Clicking on each will take you to their Amazon (for easy ordering) page where you can find and order all of their available products. We’ll be adding more as we come across them.

Healthy Cat Food Brands

Healthy Dog Food Brands

Taste of the Wild Cat Food Taste of the Wild Dog Food
The Honest Kitchen Cat Food The Honest Kitchen Dog Food
ACANA Dog Food ACANA Dog Food
Merrick Cat Food Merrick Dog Food
Blue Buffalo Blue Buffalo

If you have a suggestion, a brand you would like us to look into, or just anything you would like to see us cover, let s know here!

To avoid the longest list ever and to not put your finger through an excruciating scrolling exercise, I’ve put each set of recommendations into separate posts below.


Best (Actually) Safe and Healthy Cat Food

These are just a few of the trusted foods I’ve found for cats that meet all of the criteria discussed in the What to look for in your pet’s food. post.

Best Dry Cat Food

Blue Buffalo (this is the kitten formula, but they have different options for all ages)

Merrick Before Grain #1 Chicken Dry Cat Food


Acana Regionals Grasslands Dry Cat Food, 12 lb

Best Wet/Canned Cat Food

Blue Buffalo


Merrick Purrfect Bistro Grain Free


The Honest Kitchen Prowl: Grain Free Chicken Cat Food (This one is dehydrated, you have to add water or see caru under treats to it)



Taste of the Wild Cat Food Variety Pack 



Best Cat Treats

Caru Free Range Chicken Bone Broth 1-Pack (can also be used to hydrate dehydrated food or to moisten dry food)