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Retro Retreat: Caban Casita, Wales

Cabin2Caban Casita is a delightful Scandinavian-style cabin, located in Cenarth, a Carmarthenshire village just inland from Cardigan Bay.

Built in 1973, it was designed by the Welsh architect Graham Brooks in a woodland site as part of one of the first eco-friendly tourist plans. It was restored earlier this year, but still maintains many of its original features that won Brooks several awards.

Cabin Casita is one of three similar cabins in the same location, all decorated in fantastic retro style – Cabin Casita boasts an Eero Aarnio Globe Chair.

But unique selling point of this one is that it is dog-friendly and the second bedroom has been re-designed especially for canine companions with a fitted dog bed and feeding bowls. The dog motive is continued in the pop artwork on the pine walls of the cabin.

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Psychedelic Snuggle Dog Bed

974_psychedelic_green_snuggle_bed_mThere have been other pet beds featured here in the past, but they have tended to be high-end stuff, pet-sized reproductions of classic furniture. This one is somewhat different.

The Psychedelic Snuggle Dog Bed isn’t going to win any design awards and it is someway off being a classic, but it looks pretty comfortable, which most dogs will appreciate more than style. It comes in four different sizes and a choice of two colour schemes; blue patterned with green lining or pink patterned with pink lining – the pattern being a fabulous flower print. A matching bone-shaped cushion is provided.

Prices start at £35 for the smallest size, up to £45 for the largest on the Plush Petz website.

Categories / Art and Photography, Pets

Pop art your pet


Seeing as we’ve been on an Andy Warhol tip of late, we might as well give a mention to Pop Art Pets.

Yes, you can have some Warhol-esque artwork featuring your dog, cat, budgie or hamster adorning the living room wall – just like in the above examples. Or if you don’t fancy that, there’s some Lichtenstein-style cartoon imagery available too.

Just send in your photos, then receive a proof back to check over. Once you’re happy, it will be printed on fine art canvas of a size chosen by you (and your budget). For the pop art, prices start at $135 (around £70) for a 12-inch x 12-inch image, rising to $360 (around £180) for a massive 36-inch x 36-inch pet picture.

Find out more at the Pop Art Pet website

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Ikea Bastis Krona pet chaise longue

Ikea_petbed Bored of your plastic pet bed? You can give your cat or dog a bit of Victorian-style luxury with this Ikea Bastis Krona pet chaise longue.

Unlike your average Ikea product, this one would sit effortlessly in your period home, allowing your pet to sit high and proud, surveying all around them. As you’d expect from a pet bed, it has a removable and washable cover, but you probably don’t expect the chaise longue-style arm rest, which is ideal if your pet is going through an Oscar Wilde phase. Can you get smoking jackets for dogs? If you know of any, let us know.

Available now, you can pick one up for £34.90

Find out more at the Ikea website

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Wowo Dog Pod – mid-century design for your pet


It’s not easy finding dog accessories that fit effortlessly into your retro home – and that cheap plastic bed can really ruin your look. But if you look hard enough, you can find some cool kit – like this Wowo Dog Pod by Vurv Design.

It’s designed with one eye on those mid-century classics, with that curved wood finish ideal for matching up with your Eames furnishings and design pieces. This bent ply dog recliner is finished with a choice if veneers and with solid wood legs, along with a removable washable pad.

Made to order, it retails for $629.95 (around £315).

Find out more at the Modern Tails website

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Retro Room aquarium

Usually, a fish tank has a small piece of plastic coral and some pebbles for decoration, so how about giving your goldfish a 70s-style makeover with the Retro Room aquarium.

It’s a fairly basic tank, but with the added interest of a vintage-style chair, TV, lava lamp and rug – everything your retro-inspired goldfish will ever need. And if you don’t want to stick in a real goldfish, there’s even a plastic one to start you off.

Available online, you can pick one up for $20 (around £10).

Find out more at the Wishing Fish website