When I received the invitation to attend the unveiling of Purina’s Tidy Cats Pet Projects Design Challenge winners at the Museum of Arts and Design last Monday, I knew it was an offer I couldn’t refuse.
Not only would there be an open bar (yay!) and the chance to scope-out cat-loving men, but interior designer and guest judge Candice Olson would be in attendance. Seeing that I’m in the midst of redecorating my apartment, I couldn’t wait to get my paws on her for some stylish cat-friendly tips.
What some of her fans might not know is that Candice is a long-time cat-lover (no wonder she’s so awesome!). She, along wit hher husband, kids and dog Chaplin reside in her cat Chevy’s home in Toronto.
Some of you may know I was a finalists for the Purina Cat Chow Correspondent position but didn’t get the gig, so I decided to go rogue and interview Candice as the Unofficial Pet Correspondent. Check out my interview here (or below) to hear Candice’s decorating suggestions for those of us with feline friends.
In her own home, Candice built a special Moroccan-inspired cat door for Chevy to get to his food and to keep Chaplin (the dog) out. But as she tells PeoplePets.com:
“[Chaplin] did manage one time to squeeze through. He literally shape-shifted into a snaky body and weaseled through it. He ate every last drop of cat food – he was so stuffed and fat that he couldn’t get out. He was busted.”
If you weren’t invited to the Tidy Cat’s event last week don’t despair, once you watch this video you’ll feel like you were watching it all from the cat perch. Keep your eyes peeled for some cat blogging celebrities!
As judge of Purina’s Tidy Cats Pet Projects Design Challenge, Olson helped selected two grand prize winners based on the innovative way they adapted their homes to suit the felines in their lives. Each won $10,000 and a trip to New York City for the unveiling of their design.