Notes From the Janery Studio
Create a nursery space that's bold and kid-friendly, where pets are welcome and the decor will accommodate a growing child.
From day one, We knew we didn’t want a traditional pink or trendy white/pastel nursery for our baby girl. We wanted a colorful, happy, and bold room filled with art and other interesting decor items that could hold her interest as she grew into a spirited toddler and then a little girl.
We pulled inspiration for the nursery design from two elements: a red kilim rug and the colorful Japanese fabrics used for some of Janery’s most popular pillows. My former office - now the nursery - was painted in Sherwin Williams’ “Lively Yellow”. That existing paint (more green than yellow) worked well with the fabrics and rug, so we kept it.
We chose a simple, modern, handmade crib from Kalon Studios, a small artisan business in New England. The smooth-sanded, unpainted Maple wood design was fitting for our “little sapling”, and is nontoxic if she chewed on the bars of her crib.
In lieu of a standard nursery rocker, we recovered my grandmother’s cozy vintage swivel rocker in a stain-resistant blue velvet. The velvet was nearly identical to the original blue upholstery and was much more pet-friendly than the original nubby woven upholstery - which my parents’ cat couldn’t resist.
A simple hanging pendant lamp from our favorite vintage furniture shop completed the reading nook. We framed sections of my favorite out-of-print Japanese fabrics in embroidery hoops to add a little art - another learning opportunity - to the wall.
Wanting even the closet to be fun, we removed the bifold doors, replacing them with curtains in yet another colorful Japanese linen. We installed the Elfa closet system, but installed hardwood boards for shelves instead of the laminate shelves sold by the Container Store. You can find clothes a lot easier if they’re all hanging in a row, so we added a clothes bar to the bottom shelf to avoid having to store all the clothes in a dresser. (Bonus: now that our daughter is 3, when she dresses herself she doesn’t have to pull a million outfits out of a dresser.)
Over the vintage dresser, we created a gallery wall of inspiring art, topped with a fun bird mobile from the Museum of Modern Art. Again, we chose items that could fit in our home in other ways once Maple was old enough to insist on redecorating her room. :)
Sparked by the birds in the window valance fabric and the ottoman, we painted a mural - with the help of a talented friend - over the crib.
Our “little sapling” is 3 years old now, and the nursery is going strong. She loves it, and we aren’t tired of playing or sitting in it with her.
Laura Metzler Photography
Welcome Northern Virginia’s own Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation as our newest Cozy for a Cause member.
I first found Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation (LDCRF) when my husband - then new boyfriend - took me on a date to the Lost Dog Cafe in Falls Church, VA. He thought I’d enjoy a date that supported rescue, and he was right. The owners of the cafe, Pam McAlwee and Ross Underwood, established LDCRF in 2001 to formalize their homeless dog and cat rescue efforts. Along with some of our favorite pizza, they serve up a side of kindness and care for the homeless animals in their midst.
The organization is wildly popular in the Northern Virginia area, and they now run the Lost Dog & Cat Ranch, a 63-acre permanent kennel facility that houses both cats and dogs, along with the “Barn Crew” that includes horses, donkeys, goats, pigs, and even a longhorn steer!
LDCRF is dedicated to running a no-kill shelter, and their efforts have saved over 28,000 homeless pets since 2001.
We think they deserve a treat - do you? Enter code COZYLDCRF in the discount box at checkout and 10% of your purchase will go directly to this worthy cause. It’s that simple!
What is Cozy for a Cause?
All of the Janery four-legged interns have been rescues, which means as a company, we have a soft spot for the humans who help them. We created Cozy for a Cause as a way to give back to organizations that give homeless animals a “paw up”.
How do you help? By shopping with a Cozy Code that supports your favorite rescue organization and we give them 10% of your purchase value. You can learn more about Cozy for a Cause here.
Want to see your favorite rescue organization supported by Cozy for a Cause? We do, too! Pop over to Instagram or Facebook and leave us their contact information or Email Us and we’ll reach out. It’s as easy as a walk in the park with a well-behaved pup. ;)
All photos courtesy of Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation.
Congrats to our latest #JaneryStyle ComPETition winner, Lulu.
When we saw this photo of Lulu looking chic on her Merlin Mat we fell hard into her big brown eyes! Lulu will receive a fabulous #JaneryStyle Prize Package that includes something fun for Lulu and her human. (Our favorite part is the locally made Sydney Hale candle of their choice!)
We always leave it up to random.org to pick our winner, because there’s no way we could narrow it down to one 4-legged best friend! Every furry family member we see is a star and Lulu is a fetching example of that.
Here are a few more of our fabulous furry friends from the spring:
Remember, you can share your #JaneryStyle anytime - even if you've had your Janery for months, or years even. Here's how to throw your leash in the ring for a chance to win a fetching quarterly #JaneryStyle prize package worth $86:
- Post a pic of your pet enjoying a Janery product* on your Instagram account.
- Tag @shopjanery in the photo
- Use #JaneryStyle somewhere in the caption or comment so we know you're playing along!
- Follow @shopjanery on Instagram. Enter multiple times--just use a different photo each time!
- Check to make sure your IG profile is set to public so we can see it!
- Post a pic of your pet enjoying a Janery product* on Janery’s Facebook page.
- Tag @shopjanery in the post.
- Use #JaneryStyle in your post so we know you’re game.
- Follow @shopjanery on Facebook.
- Enter multiple times--just use a different photo each time!
*No, it doesn't have to be a pet bed! If your pet loves to pose with our throw pillows, that's cool too!
For full contest details click here.
Simple, neutral style doesn’t have to be boring - and we set out to prove it with our Classics Collection of dog and cat beds. These simple-but-never-boring fabrics complement every color palette and provide Janery’s trusted washability features, for high style with low maintenance.
Cloud, a gorgeous, ethereal gray will fit into almost room without raining on your style. It’s especially perfect for rooms with sparkling white walls or the current neutral gray tones.
Earth, our new deep, rich speckled brown pattern will stand the test of time even with the pack leader at your house. If you have a soft spot for earthy browns, greens, and wine reds, chances are you’ll cozy up to this print in no time.
While these new patterns are a twist on traditional neutrals, our waterproof, washable features are just as straightforward as ever. Earth and Cloud might just be our new “old” favorites.
How can our new Classics Collection put you (and your pet) on cloud nine?
- Our luxurious pet beds are washable, so you can enjoy high style with low maintenance
- The Charlie Cushion boasts a thick, cozy insert with compartments to keep the filling in under your pet, and never out of place.
- Our signature waterproof liner protects the Charlie Cushion from moisture, odor, and allergens, making clean-up a breeze
- The Catnip Cuddler can be washed and refilled with our premium “kitty safe” catnip leaf
- Your biggest, toughest cats can enjoy battling our 18” long Catnip Kickers, crafted from the strong designer fabric covering our pet beds
- The current-yet-timeless patterns make this collection a natural fit in any home. (Pun always intended.)
Timeless. Classic. Effortlessly Chic. Whether you want a pet bed that won’t cloud your home’s style, or you prefer your decor to be more down to earth, then this is the collection for you.
PS: When it comes to making your pet comfortable, size matters. Click over to our size guide and learn how to pick the perfect bed for your pet (and your home).
What a sweet, stubborn, rescued street dog taught me about being a pet parent, a business owner, and a good human.
For those of you who may not know the story, Janery began as a labor of love for a sweet, occasionally incontinent, rescued dog named Charlie. I could never have known that the day I took her home from the veterinary hospital would change the course of my life, and several lives since.
Here’s what I learned from knowing and loving Charlie, and now what you can learn from me.
1. Aggression is sometimes a misplaced stubbornness for survival.
While Charlie was eager to please those she trusted, her body showed the abuse of the streets. A bullet in one leg. A poorly healed bullet path fracture in her other leg’s bone. An eyeball we had to remove, thanks to an injury the vet said could only be caused by a blow to the head.
Charlie’s life had clearly been a fight for survival, so I wasn’t surprised when she showed aggression to strangers, especially men. When my parents first met Charlie, they said, “You need to put that dog down, she’s going to get you sued!” But everyone underestimated the stubborn determination that Charlie and I both shared.
I worked incredibly hard, devouring training books, firmly asserting myself as the leader, and making it clear that aggressive behavior was unacceptable. Within months Charlie’s behavior was transformed, and my parents never stopped commenting on how amazed they were by the transformation.
We humans could take a few notes from Charlie, who had to open her world to a new (and no doubt vulnerable) way of trusting, living, and connecting with those around her. This training doesn’t always work (*see safety note below), but it helped open Charlie up to more people who couldn’t wait to love her.
2. Stubbornness is an immensely useful (albeit frustrating) trait.
Growing up, I struggled with ADHD and focus, and I would never have thought myself capable of consistently training a dog, let alone starting and growing a business. Charlie taught me that I am capable of more than I gave myself credit for—I just needed a really good reason. This determined confidence started with Charlie and then seeped into other areas of my life. I witnessed the transformation of a dog. I launched Janery. And, most importantly, I now know that nothing can stop me when I believe I can do it.
3. There is immense value in a proper introduction.
As I worked with Charlie to refine her behavior, I quickly realized that many people—adults and kids—lacked proper knowledge of the best way to approach a strange dog. Even after we resolved her aggressive behavior, I had to be alert when walking Charlie.
Having lost one eye, Charlie was easily startled when surprised from her “blind” side. I quickly learned to head off advances from children, adults in hats, and dogs on extendable leashes, and almost all could use a lesson on how to approach strange dogs for the first time.
- Slow down or stop.
- Ask the pet parent if it’s okay if you pet their dog.
- If ok, gradually extend a hand, palm-side down, so that the dog can sniff without fear of being touched.
- Pet accordingly.
This is the best way to ensure the dog isn’t threatened and therefore has a chance to act on its best behavior. I’m sure we could all name a human or two who would benefit from this sort of warning!
4. Never underestimate the power of loyalty.
If I had to choose one word to describe Charlie, it would be “devoted”. Two words? “Stubbornly devoted.” I hadn’t understood the depth of a dog’s devotion until I brought her home. She loved many people she got to know, but I was her person. She would have followed me to the end of the earth, and I’m convinced it was her desire to please me that helped her overcome her aggressive behavior.
For us humans, loyalty takes a few different forms. It’s what keeps us happily married. It’s what holds us fast to our personal beliefs. When I set out to create a dog bed company founded on ethical manufacturing, unparalleled materials, uncompromising function, and generous philanthropy, I channeled my inner Charlie—and I’m as loyal to those founding principles now as much as ever.
5. The easiest hellos can make the hardest goodbyes.
Before Charlie, I stood with hundreds of pet owners in the veterinary hospital as they said goodbye. I awkwardly witnessed their pain firsthand time and time again. But nothing prepared me for the difficulty of ending the life of my companion of over 10 years. I knew it was the kindest, most ethical choice, but that didn’t make it easier for me to rest my forehead against hers as she took her last breath.
Maybe you have been there, feeling the palpable hole that’s left behind, as if your house and heart both feel emptier and quieter. That feeling of loss is a sign of a relationship that matters. And the emptiness you feel shows you just how much love you are capable of giving--and how much they taught you to stretch. And I always find that comforting.
It just goes to show that life presents you with many opportunities to learn and grow along our little journeys. I, for one, am glad Charlie walked with me for a while on mine. Robert Frost would call it “the road less traveled.” I called it a dank corner in downtown Richmond. Either way, it has made all the difference.
*Safety disclaimer: It’s best to consult a behaviorist at the first sign of aggression in a dog. Sadly, not every aggressive dog can be safely rehabilitated, and a professional can help you make the best decisions that respect the lives of your dog, your family, and the people around you.
PS: Charlie also taught me the importance of a really good, waterproof dog bed. We learned together that not all dog beds are made well where it counts—and that stinks (sometimes literally!). Learn more about the dog bed Charlie inspired!.
Wondering why you should avoid online veterinary pharmacies? Your quest to save money could cost your pet’s health a whole lot more.
Remember the old adage, “You get what you pay for?” When we talked about safe flea and tick prevention for your pets, we mentioned the dangers of grocery store flea products. But there’s another danger - the appealing cost savings offered by popular online pharmacies.
Again I’ll cite my years in the veterinary industry, and be blunt: You should always get your pet medications from your vet’s office or a pharmacy that they specifically recommend. Here’s why:
1. Questionable sources may provide counterfeit medications
Most major pharmaceutical companies refuse to sell directly to online pharmacies and encourage customers to obtain the drugs only from their local veterinarian.
How, then, do the online pharmacies get their product?
They hide behind the phrase “trade secrets”, refusing to divulge the sources of the medications they stock. That’s a cause for concern. They may get some from vets who sell in bulk to them. But there are numerous reports of counterfeit, expired, and even overseas product (Chinese labels covered by stick-on English labels) being received when customers order from online pharmacies.
2. Unethical business practices can endanger your pet’s health
Some of the most well-known, widely-advertised, and “certified” online pharmacies have been known to fill prescriptions after the vet’s office says not to. This is unethical and can be dangerous for your pet.
Consider heartworm disease. Your vet requires an annual heartworm test before refilling prescriptions. That’s because, if your dog has contracted heartworms, a preventative medication like Heartgard could actually kill your dog. If your vet refuses to approve an online prescription refill because your dog needs the test, that’s for the safety of your dog. Would a truly ethical pharmacy ignore their request and refill it?
3. Online pharmacies void the manufacturer’s guarantee
When you purchase heart worm, flea, and tick medications directly from your vet, they are guaranteed by the pharmaceutical company if something goes wrong. They will cover the cost of treatment. If you buy it from an online pharmaceutical company, the pharmaceutical company does not honor the guarantee. Again, this is because the pharmaceutical company cannot guarantee the efficacy of the medication.
4. Local vets are not in it for the profits
A locally owned veterinary hospital is a small business, just like mine. Vets have extensive medical training, just like human doctors, yet they receive significantly lower salaries. The cost of veterinary medicine is not subsidized by grants or widely-held insurance. Have you ever compared the cost of pet surgery to that of human surgery?
I often heard my vets worry out loud whenever a client said they couldn’t pay for a surgery or medication. But the vet’s worries were always for the health of the pet, not for the health of our profit margin.
Note: If your pet is on long-term medication, speak with your vet about possibly getting it at a lower price from a reputable pharmacy like Costco. Most vets are happy to accommodate this request.
And finally: learn to identify counterfeit pet medications
Counterfeit pet medications are a dime a dozen, especially on sites like Amazon. I know some people who use the veterinary-recommended Seresto flea collar but have received counterfeit products when ordering online at a discount.
The EPA compiled this comprehensive guide on how to spot counterfeit pet medications. Signs include:
- Lacks directions in English (or comes with no directions at all!)
- Doesn’t come in child-proof packaging
- Weight of package doesn’t match printed weight
- Stickers covering the packaging - especially the brand name
- Foreign language on the packaging or labeling instead of English
We know that being an educated pet parent makes you the best kind of pet parent. You’ve done a lot for your dog in the name of comfort, from getting her human-grade food to lining her crate with a Merlin Mat. You want only the best for your four-legged friends and so do we!