Owning a pet often means sacrificing some “people space” for “animal space.” Where you once envisioned that etagere is a veritable mountain of chew toys. In place of that end table is an ammoniac desert of kitty litter spreading rapidly across the floor. Luckily, the Sadie Pet House Accent Table is an adept fusion of pet and human furniture.
Finished in natural cherry, this wooden furnishing is a stately accent table at first blush. On top is a convenient surface to place all your human articles—a glass of water, the remote control. A potted plant or a framed picture would also be well-accentuated by the rich, warm tones of the cherry finish. Just below this is a shelf to stash catalogs for guests to peruse or books for nighttime reading. But the real genius of this table resides in the easy-access compartment at the bottom. Line the area with fleecy blankets and create a luxurious and private space for a reserved pet. Or, hide that unsightly litter box and keep stray litter contained, rather than ground into the carpet or floor. However you utilize it, a door allows you to easily furnish the inside as well as remove items for cleaning.
With the Sadie Pet House Accent Table, you and your pet can finally meet in the middle. Who knew compromise could be so attractive?
What is it about aquariums that dissolves all your troubles? Watching colorful little fish dip and duck around a plastic deep-sea diver or a bubbling treasure chest is somehow amusing, even cathartic. Maybe it’s because you choose these little creatures yourself, then build up a world in which they can thrive and play. Maybe it’s because that bulgy-eyed, fishy face peering back into yours is so undeniably cute. Whatever the reason, aquariums relieve stress and offer hours of entertainment for young and old alike. Thinking about starting your own? Doctors Foster and Smith lay down the basics:
- It takes generally six to eight weeks to set up a safe and inhabitable aquarium. Before adding fish, you must “cycle the tank,” allowing good bacteria to build up on surfaces so that it can later break down wastes.
- Introduce resilient breeds of fish first into a new tank. They can more easily withstand fluctuating water conditions, and you can always add more as you go along.
- Freshwater fish are easier to maintain than saltwater.
- Things like lighting, tank size, and filtration equipment all affect the living conditions in your aquarium. (For more, see “New to the Aquarium Hobby? 12 Considerations.”)
But don’t limit fish to just your aquarium. With Tropical Fish Decor, fish can transcend those glass boundaries and swim throughout your home! A trio of ivory beauties, brindled with aqua, weave through silver waves and seaweed in the Oceanic Tranquility Wall Sculpture. It’s just the thing for a coastal or aquatic theme—or for the person who needs a beautiful reminder to slow down, take a breath, and watch the fish.