When decorating houses in Houston, Paloma Contreras always considers her clients’ pups. “Dogs are our family members and are so integral to the comfort of our homes,” says the local blogger-designer-shopkeeper, whose new brick-and-mortar, Paloma & Co, just opened in River Oaks. “As interior designers, our job is to create spaces that are not only beautiful but also act as a respite from the rest of the world. And what’s more tranquil than a space conducive to cuddly dogs?” Here, Contreras shares why her 10-year-old cocker spaniel-poodle mix makes her house a home.
FOREVER HOME He was a rescue from Kerrville. Fabian, my husband, found him, and it was love at first sight.
PARENTAL INSTINCTS He was my first dog, so I was a bit trepidatious about the whole idea. I was scared of dogs my entire life, and Tate completely changed that. Now I am a total dog person.
SOCIETAL DEBUT I shared the news about Tate’s arrival on my blog 10 years ago, and since then, I’ve posted many of his adventures along the way. Now he’s a regular on Instagram.
MODELING GIGS Tate stars in my book (Dream Design Live, $35, Abrams) and shared the cover of Domino with me in 2014!
ON THE JOB Tate loves to occasionally come to our store, Paloma & Co, but he can’t stay all day because he goes to the front windows and barks at customers. However, to maintain his title of chief cuteness officer of the company, he drops in every now and then to showcase.
DOGGY DO Tate’s groomer is Willie at Jackson’s Place. He has a kind, gentle nature that puts Tate at ease.
WALK THE WALK Tate loves to go on long walks at Rice University. We share a love of beautiful houses and gardens, so we walk up and down North and South boulevards and admire the architecture.
DOG DISH Tate subscribes to a special dog food delivery service called The Farmer’s Dog. He has a customized recipe that’s fresh, human-grade and all-organic.
POP THE COLLAR Tate is a classic and traditional guy. He wears a black-and-white Greek key collar that looks like it could be a Samuel & Sons trim!