Turn your pet into part of your home styling

first_imgSleeping products can still be stylish.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoYou could go with custom made furniture with interesting designs to hold food bowls, cat litter trays or accessories.Vault Interiors are a big lover of Jonathon Adler designs which show that practical pet design can definitely be stylish too, putting pet accessories on display as part of your home. Vault Interiors director and principal stylist Justine Wilson shares her top tips on home styling with your pet in mind.MATCHING your pet to your home is becoming a “thing” as home fashion steps it up a notch.Vault Interiors director and principal stylist Justine Wilson shares her top tips on home styling with your pet in mind.“As a pet lover and owner, I know how important it is to make sure your pet feels comfortable and part of the family home,” Ms Wilson said.“Just because your place needs to be pet friendly, there is absolutely no need to compromise on style or quality! Match your decor to your puppy.“There are so many options for integrating your pets into your home, and trends show pet owners are now being bolder than ever before to make a big statement when it comes to pet styling.”Here are Ms Wilson’s tips for getting your home pet styled:1. Designer AccessoriesWe know that no matter how much money you spend on your pet’s bed, they will always choose your lap, face or your bed over their own. However, it’s worth a try to get them to find their sleeping spot, and when they do it may as well be a stylish one. Furniture that works for both your interior design and your pet.2. Pet-Friendly FurnitureFabrics with patterns are a good option to consider for hiding evidence of pet fur. It can help to camouflage the fur as well as marks and stains.Leather is a pet owners friend, it’s somewhat resistant to odour and it doesn’t attract pet fur. Stains, spills and fur wipe off easily with a cloth. If your dog does happen to leave a scratch, you can usually buff it out.Go for hard-wearing leather over a soft and delicate one, and choose distressed leather; it will draw less attention to scratches and scuffs.Scotchguard upholstered furniture, use slipcovers for couches and throw blankets for protection.Avoid chenille, velvet, wool, linen, silk, and tweed. Cuteness can still be stylish.3. The Right Pet For Your HomeHardwood and carpet floors call for smaller pets, which won’t scratch or dirty it. If you have stone, tile or laminate flooring, you could be coming home with a big furry friend and not have to worry about scratches or damage.If you are at getting a pet but don’t have any specifications, you will want to look at your home design to see what best suits. If you have a light lounge sofa set, a black cat probably won’t be the best idea. A fish tank or aquarium is a great low maintenance option as it acts as a design focal point and animal companion.last_img read more

Balbriggan all the way

first_imgBalbriggan put up an admirable front-running performance to land a gamble in the highly competitive Ladbrokes Troytown Handicap Chase at Navan. Groody Hill, winner of this race in 2011, stayed on strongly for third, with Back Off Mate fourth. “It was easy enough to fancy him off a light weight,” said Sexton, last season’s champion Irish conditional rider.. “He was loving it all in front. His ears were pricked and he was winging his fences. He loves galloping and he handles soft ground.” Elliott, completing a double on the day following the success of Free Expression, said: “He’s owned by two soccer agents (Lee Power and Willie McKay). “We gave a good few quid for him but he’s paid his way now. He ran at Sedgefield because the lads were going to be there and we had a great day out. “I couldn’t believe the price he was (20-1 on Saturday and 11-1 on track). He’s in all the staying chases like the Becher and the Paddy Power. “He’d a nice light weight on his back and Kevin jumped him out and made use of it. He gave him a fine ride.” Balbriggan was cut to 12-1 from 14s for the Coral Welsh National with Paddy Power. Available at 14-1 in places in the morning, the Gordon Elliott-trained grey was sent off the 4-1 favourite and barely gave his legion of supporters an anxious moment. Ridden with supreme confidence by 3lb claimer Kevin Sexton, Balbriggan saw off all-comers as he bounded to victory by a length and three-quarters from Owega Star, the only one to pose a threat coming down the straight. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

USC suffers sweep to rival UCLA

first_imgWhen USC and UCLA took the field this weekend for their annual three-game clash, it was hard to envision two more different teams and programs. Here were the Bruins (37-15, 20-7), ranked No. 8 in the country on pace to win 40 games for the fourth time in five years with seven postseason appearances in the past nine, including trips to the College World Series in two of the last three years.Welcomed addition · After transferring from UPenn, senior outfielder Greg Zebrack has helped pace an otherwise young USC offense. He currently ranks second on the team with a .337 batting average across 51 games. – Natalie Qasabian | Daily TrojanThen there were the Trojans (19-33, 11-17), with just one winning season in the last decade, on pace for the least number of wins by a USC baseball team since the 1985 squad went 22-44.And so the Bruins’ three-game sweep of the Trojans hardly came as a surprise. UCLA will in all likelihood host a regional and has a legitimate shot at a top-8 seed and the chance to host a super regional, while the Trojans have nothing to play for. Or so it would seem.The lessons drawn from this series seem endless. Looking at the stat sheet alone, UCLA doesn’t seem like a team that should be one of the favorites to reach Omaha. The Bruins hit just over .250 as a team, which is second-to-last in the Pac-12. Their 256 runs scored put them sixth in the conference. Their pitching is better, but not special. Of their four starters, only one has an ERA below 2.50.“We really don’t think they’re that much better than us,” USC senior outfielder Greg Zebrack said. “We easily could have won those games and if it wasn’t for [UCLA shortstop Pat] Valaika playing his brains out, we might have won all three.”Valaika and Bruin third baseman Kevin Kramer were amazing defensively all weekend. On Friday, Valaika made a leaping catch to snag a would-be game-tying base hit away from Zebrack with two outs in the seventh. The Bruins won that game 2-1.On Saturday, Valaika made three fantastic plays to end the seventh, eighth and ninth innings, saving at least a pair of runs in the process. UCLA won that game 7-6.“I don’t think their pitching beat us. I don’t think their hitting beat us. I think the left side of their infield beat us,” said USC head coach Dan Hubbs. “Kramer and Valaika won the series. I thought we hit the ball harder than they did and strung together really good at-bats. But when you play really good teams, it comes down to such little things. A play, a pitch, a hit. And they were just a little better, so tip your hat.”To put it in baseball terms, the Bruins simply made the plays, which is something the youthful Trojans and their 16 true freshmen have struggled with this year. On Sunday, which was Senior Day at Dedeaux Field, the Trojans started five freshman, including on the mound.While the youth of the team has been tough to watch at times this year, there is no denying there is talent, even among the sometimes-ugly growing pains.“I knew we were gonna go through some trials and tribulations because of our youth and inexperience,” Hubbs said. “But I am excited. I was excited about it from day one.”Hubbs then proceeded to list every player he was excited about for next season, based on the strides they made in this one. He mentioned 16 names, and every one of them was legitimate.“At the beginning of the season it was tough,” said senior second baseman Adam Landecker. “But as the season got on a bunch of freshman got quality experience, and they can really help the team next year. So it should be fun to watch.”But there are still three games left this year as the Trojans wrap up their season with defending national champion Arizona this weekend in Tucson, Ariz. Like the Bruins this year, the Wildcats weren’t the most eye-popping bunch of players when they won in Omaha a year ago. But they found a way to win, something the Trojans can learn from.“It’s really contagious,” Zebrack said of a winning culture. “Once you know how to do that, you just get it done. You just make the plays. And it makes everyone grow up a little bit faster.”Growing up fast is exactly what the Trojans need to do.last_img read more