Design*Sponge has been featuring some fantastic DIY projects lately. This dual purpose dog crate desk by Austin designer and photographer Jamie Kovach is particularly inspiring for anyone with a big dog, a small space, and an ingenious sense of style.
It may be obscene to feature $265 acrylic Dachshund bookends when we're getting mauled by the Great Recession, but I love how endlessly inspiring the Doxie silhouette is. Handmade in Italy where designers don't know the meaning of the words "economic downturn." Available at Barneys New York via Design*Sponge.
Enjoy heartwarming illustrations from The Puppies of Pillow Land. This bed time story, which is due to be released next Christmas, invites the hearts and minds of both children and adults to consider our companions as spiritual creatures.
The Puppies of Pillow Land gently guides your child through the lands of fable and lore to produce a comforting story which is accompanied by its own snugly breed-related pillow. The author and illustrator, Vanda Lavar, weaves a tale of wonder, love, and unfailing nighttime protection as The Puppies of Pillow Land guard the night for sleeping children.
The pillows are available now for $15, with the book soon to follow, along with other specialty gifts based on these lovable characters. To order the pillows visit PillowLandPuppies.com.
There will be new breeds available as images are added weekly. Additionally, each pillow has a slot located in the back panel in which to store “jammies.”
You may remember Vanda’s fabulous illustrations from Tucker's Tale
, a book which recently made Laura Bush’s reading list. Tucker's Tale is the story of a rescued Cocker Spaniel and was written by noted Maine author, Christopher Walsh. Ms. Lavar and Mr. Walsh donated all of their profits from this book to rescue causes.
Miss Hillary Dee, Dachshund
Angel Chi Chi, Chihuahua
Angel Molly, Maltese
Angel Timber, Malamute
Miss Tillary Jane
Ms. Lavar’s works are recognized throughout the world. Recently her works were featured on puzzles found in Target Stores across the United States. Last year, Ms. Lavar was an invited artist to the 133rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show held at Madison Square Gardens. Her works are available on a variety of product matter from mouse pads to garden flags. She is currently accepting commissions from both the public and corporate sector. Her personal website is DogArtist.me. Contact Vanda for more information via her email. or phone: 530-919-3964.