Pet Portraits

Pet Portraits

Leah Moss
Jul 30, 2009

I have to admit that not too long ago, I found the idea of commissioning a portrait of one's pet a bit silly— a showy little leftover from the yuppies of yore. However, lately the trend has been growing on me. Maybe it's because our own dog has finally succeeded in winning my heart, or maybe because pet portraits— like the pets themselves— add a little humor to a room. Whatever the case, I'm digging them, what's your take?

• 1. Portraits can easily appear stuffy and oddly impersonal. However, throwing a pet into the mix certainly lightens the tone.

• 2. When incorporated into vintage-inspired groupings, as in Melissa and Henry's home, they add a quirky bit of nostalgia.

• 3. These peppy canvas prints from Naked Decor have a fun graphic air.

• 4. Classic pup portraits have a particular appeal in lodge-like settings.

• 5. I think I still like them best when incorporated into a gallery-style collection, as in Jonathan Adler's eclectic display.

Pet portraits: just for the cat (dog) lady, or happy in any home? Your thoughts?

(Images: 1: James Merrell, 2: Melissa and Henry via Apartment Therapy: Chicago House Tour, 3: Naked Decor, 4: House Beautiful, 5: Jonathan Adler)

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