Blog for a Dog

In celebration of the American Humane Association’s Adopt-A-Dog Month, and Halloween, this post is dedicated to all of our fur-loving followers! 

The American Humane Association has been at the forefront in protecting children, pets and farm animals from abuse and neglect.
The American Humane Association has been at the forefront in protecting children, pets and farm animals from abuse and neglect.

Fall is hands down, my favorite season.  I love the warm, rich colors of fall, feeling the crisp air hit your face, wrapping yourself up in layers of plaid and wool, and of course, the food.  I am in no way, shape or form, a foodie, but I do enjoy eating (almost anything), and so does our Australian Cattle dog, Indy.

For many of us, our pets are our children; myself included… so, it’s important that we give our pets a happy place for them to call home.  From home décor to toys and special treats welcoming a new pet is a delightful, giving experience.

Here’s a sneak peak of our new dog toile, simple 3-ingredient dog biscuits that you can make at home, and last but not least, Indy, our four legged fur-baby.

My husband and I do our best to feed our fur-baby healthy snacks, (minus the occasional scoop of vanilla bean ice cream) so when I saw this 3-ingredient recipe for peanut putter and pumpkin dog treats, I had to try it!  I hope that your pooch enjoys them as much as mine has!

3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Pumpkin Homemade Dog Treats

1/2 cup Natural Peanut Butter
1 cup 100% Pure Pumpkin Puree, canned
1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour (I used Whole Grain Brown Rice Flour)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, stir together peanut butter and pumpkin. Stir in the flour 1/4 cup at a time just until dough is no longer sticky.

3. Roll the dough out between two sheets of parchment paper to 1/4″ thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out the dough, then place on the prepared pan.

4. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 8-10 minutes. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container or freeze for up to 3 months.



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Media Frenzy

Georgia Mural in Desert (RK4552M) as featured in House Beautiful; Dressed Up Damask in China Blue (GC8735) as featured in Traditional Home

York Wallcoverings is in the spotlight this October in two of the biggest and best home decor magazines in the world! No wonder autumn is our favorite time of the year!

Georgia Mural is featured this month by House Beautiful in their column “The Best”. Shown in the color of a desert sunset, and inspired by the landscape of New Mexico which surrounds the home of legendary artist Georgia O’Keefe. #lovewallpaper

Dressed Up Damask is “on a roll” in Traditional Home’s “New + Next Inspirations” monthly feature, as tribally inspired patterns turn up in more traditional forms.

On newsstands and in stock now!

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Have Your Cake… And Live With It Too

Decidedly decadent, wonderfully creative and always welcome; a description that perfectly describes a fancy cake or a beautiful wallcovering.  Both unleash artistic inspiration with adornment so lovely, how can you resist?  And why should you resist when you can have your cake and eat it too – or as is the case with wallcovering – live with it too!

Heart layer cake Watercolor poppies wallpaper (WT4504) from Carey Lind Designs Watercolors by York.  Dishes from Macy’s. Deep blush ombre wallpaper (WT4510) from Carey Lind Designs Watercolors by York.

Like a scrumptious layer cake, its the icing that makes the cake.  Carefully crafted to characterize the honored individual, a specialty cake personifies the style and taste of the receiver.  So true too, is the wallpaper selected for your home.  York has thousands of patterns, styled in every conceivable design and color, allowing you to complete your room’s décor in a wallpaper design that personifies your personal taste.  Perhaps the soft informal watercolor ombre style in shades of warmest blushing pink is your idea of gorgeous décor and just the thing to compliment your home fashion statement.  Watercolors combine strength of color and softness in technique; so on trend now in all things that are artfully decorated.

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Plaisley wallpaper (RB4238) from Risky Business by York.  Plates from  Dotty Stripe wallpaper (BS5442) from Room to Grow by York.  Open Trellis wallpaper (WB5507) from Botanical Fantasy by York.

Turquoise, teal, peacock blue and all shades between blue and green continue to top the vogue charts.  So rich, yet fun and lively; its no wonder this color family stays in favor with artists of all kinds!  With its connections to sea and sky, sprinkled with confectioners sugar white, it marries depth of color with a clean finish that is bright and inviting.  The artist designing this ruffle cake has captured the essence of teal, so too will your home reflect this color with panache whether you select a lacey paisley, beaded stripe or garden trellis.

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Lavender cake from  Hydrangea wallpaper border (KH7062BD) from Kitchen and Bath by York.  Dishes by Lenox.  Open Trellis wallpaper (WB5508) from Botanical Fantasy by York.

Lovely lavender.  Delicate and pretty.  Connecting us to aromatic gardens of hydrangeas, lilacs and lavender.  Adorning a cake with this soft tone invites a special occasion with fancy tea and embroidered napkins.  Similarly in the home, lavender is the feminine choice for elegant yet soothing spa living.  As a sprig of fresh lavender on your pillow assists with calming the mind for sweet dreams, so does a pretty lavender wallpaper assist in transforming your home into a haven.  Select from a soft trellis, contemporary beaded stripe or artistic hydrangea border then relax on a velvet chair with your feet up on a button tufted ottoman and enjoy a slice of decadent elderberry cake.

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Nouveau gold wallpaper (ET2002) from Enchantment by York.  Golden cake from  Bouquet Damask wallpaper (AR7703) from Charleston II by York.  Dishes from  The Plaza wallpaper (EK4143) from Ronald Redding Designs 18 Karat II collection for York.

Living the gilded life.  The soft sheen and gleam of gold has long been appreciated as the height of sumptuous living, embraced by kings and queens alike.  We need look no further than Versailles with its scrolling gold filigree décor or Marie Antoinette’s famous quote “Let them eat cake” to understand the luxury that embodies this precious metal in everything from home décor to the most distinguished of elegant cakes.  York’s gilded wallpapers range from pearled and beaded historic designs to formal rose bouquets atop a shimmering golden background or art nouveau inspired golden Mylar.

Tiered cake with scrolls and strawberries from  Modern trellis wallpaper (YS9100) from Peek a Boo by York.  Dishes by Macy’s.  Divine scroll wallpaper (WH2637) from WallpapHer by York.  Tree Silhouette wallpaper (YV9012) from Ashford Black & White collection.

Black Tie:  a classic renewed.  Artisan bakers inspired to statement making cakes understand the value of timeless black and white. Chic without being too edgy, elegant without being overly formal, and always tasteful, quite literally!  Decorating your walls in Black Tie creates a décor rich with the same beauty points of chic, elegant and tasteful.  Add a splash of strawberry red for a daring accent.  The Ashford House Black & White collection is full of beautiful designs that will tastefully complete your décor style; always with good taste, always pleasing to the palate!

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