Becky and Matt Cattani had a pet deli and boutique in Santa Cruz; when they moved to Nevada City, Calif., they opened Moon Doggies Motel and began making vintage-style pet beds from salvaged chairs. Buy from their stock or supply your own chair. For DIYers, the project is pretty straightforward, they say. It just requires some planning along with basic woodworking tools and a sewing machine. Start with a wooden chair, maybe one with a pressed or carved back, and certainly not a valuable antique.
Brian D. Coleman, M.D., is the Editor-at-large for Arts and Crafts Homes and Old House Journal magazines and has written numerous articles on home design. His work has appeared in magazines ranging from Old House Journal to Period Living in the U.K.
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