Four Legs + Friends + Family

Snowy + Sleepy.


B&F eyes closed

The past couple of days have been utterly exhausting, but really fun and happy all the same. Bruno and Fritz live for Christmas, if only because food inevitably gets dropped on the floor…and there are bunch of kids to play with. They love being carried and babied and chased and generally fawned over. All of the children in my family are really gentle with animals! Of all the traits it’s nice to see people develop early in life, that’s one of the best, I think.

A big snowstorm (the first of the season!) is rolling in, and the first few flakes have just started falling. Evan and I are both off work all week long, so the timing really couldn’t be more perfect. We could have as much as two feet by tomorrow morning!

The only think on my to-do list right now is…to write a to-do list. And maybe snorgle a couple of dogs.

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  • Reply Adam December 26, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Chloe and I are doing much the same!

  • Reply Adam December 26, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    When did your sofa turn blue?

    • Anna @ D16 December 26, 2010 at 1:57 pm

      About a month ago. It’s not doing it for me, but we’re too lazy to take it off and return it!!

    • Adam December 26, 2010 at 3:52 pm

      I really like that Blue, I’ve been thinking of getting the sofa in that color this summer, but I will probably go with grey.

    • Anna @ D16 December 26, 2010 at 3:54 pm

      Unless you plan to keep the rest of the room very spare and white, go with the gray. This vibrant blue is VERY dominating.

  • Reply Dan @ Manhattan Nest December 26, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    The cuteness! The blue sofa!(!!) Everything about these photos is working. Enjoy the snow and your time off!

    • Anna @ D16 December 26, 2010 at 1:58 pm

      I am so full of hate for the blue sofa, you have no idea. I can’t even take a photo of the whole room because it just looks…BAD.

      I think the first item on my to-do list may be figuring out a rehab plan for my living room. I’m just not feeling it lately. Ugh.

    • Anna @ D16 December 26, 2010 at 1:59 pm

      (The dogs can stay, though.)

  • Reply Jules December 26, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Merry Everything!

    Is it a new cover for the original IKEA sofa, or a new sofa all around? It looks pretty in the picture, but I know how that goes. Something can look pretty online but drive you bananas in real life. I was shocked when I saw the blue! (Not in a bad way, but definitely surprised.)

    • Anna @ D16 December 26, 2010 at 2:49 pm

      It’s the same sofa, just a new cover. I love the blue, but I’m hating it in my house.

  • Reply Joe Shoemaker December 26, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    How flippin’ cute. My dog and I have done our share of napping this week.

    Happy Holidays!

  • Reply Nat December 26, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    I came to post a question about the blue sofa 🙂 I guess I”m not the only one. Its a nice colour, but I can see how it would drive you nuts. The colour is too dominating. Happy Holidays, hope you have a relaxing vacation.

  • Reply Jorge December 26, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    Have you painted the hallway? I recall it white… also, was there always a mirror on that wall?

    I also like that color but not for that sofa. Besides, it leaves marks on one’s face if one falls asleep in it.

    • Anna @ D16 December 26, 2010 at 5:46 pm

      No, it’s still white…and the mirror has been there for three or four years, at least. 🙂

    • PhillyLass December 27, 2010 at 9:31 am

      I thought the same thing. And since it looks great, I started looking around and wondering what I could paint that color. Anna’s bedroom makeover also has me itching to paint something a very dramatic and chic black as well. But since I’m a) lazy and b) a chicken, I have yet to pick up a brush.

    • Anna @ D16 December 27, 2010 at 10:37 am

      It’s still white! If it looks gray in the photo, that’s just because there aren’t any windows in the hallway.

  • Reply Alicia December 26, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    How perfect: a snowstorm on its way, two sweet puppies, and the week off.


  • Reply Lori E. December 26, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    How nice to have the week off and lots of snow. And it sounds like the impromptu Christmas gathering at your house turned out well. I also tend to get a bit obsessive over my house but I try to remember how it feels to go to a house that looks “lived in”. I am immediately at ease and comfortable. If the house is a bit dusty and the cabinets are a bit cluttered I feel even more at home. 🙂 Good to hear the doggies had a fun time too! There is nothing better to me than kiddos and dogs playing together.

  • Reply donna December 26, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    I so look forward to pics of these two but this week more so because we lost our 13-year-old hound very suddently and unexpectedly to bloat the night before Christmas Eve. I had heard of bloat but I didn’t realize it was so common in large breeds or that it could kill a dog within an hour and even with surgery only half of them survive. He collapsed and died before the vet could do anything. We have another dog, a 4-year-old Boston Terrier who has never spent a day alone without him for company. It’s breaking my heart.

    • PhillyLass December 27, 2010 at 9:36 am

      I’m so so sorry for your loss. I’ve never heard of such an illness before and it sounds absolutely dreadful. Condolences.

    • Anna @ D16 December 27, 2010 at 10:37 am

      I’m so sorry, Donna. 🙁 My condolences to you and your family, including your other pup. xox

  • Reply Lori E. December 27, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Donna, I am so very sorry. It is so hard to lose a beloved dog and at the holidays, even worse…

  • Reply Meridith December 27, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    I’m late to the game, but I LOVE the couch. Where did you get it? I’m in the market for a new couch.

    • Anna @ D16 December 27, 2010 at 2:30 pm

      It’s the Karlstad sofa from IKEA. There are better pictures of it (with a different cover) in this post. 🙂

  • Reply Tamia December 27, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Aww, look at the schmoopies (no, YOU’RE schmoopie!)

    The couch reminds me of my Snuggie–and not necessarily in a bad way.

    • Anna @ D16 December 27, 2010 at 5:48 pm

      Tamia, I got a Snuggie for Christmas from one of my co-workers! No joke, I would LOVE that thing if it weren’t such a static bomb. I thought I was going to set my hair on fire with the sparks!!

  • Reply Mr. Koji December 27, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Anna! Your sofa does look really good in these pictures, it’s a shame that it is too dominating as you say in the room. Also Bruno and Fitz are way too photogenic and I think they kind of know it! I’m in Mexico right now visiting my Dad who lives down here away from the snow of Toronto, but your post has made me miss it and feel a little bit excited to go back to all that beautiful white cold (is that kind of weird?).

  • Reply Anna @ D16 December 28, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Now with animation!

  • Reply yvonne January 10, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    aww super duper cute! we have a long coat chihuahua that look like your dog 🙂

  • Reply Ida February 4, 2011 at 4:23 pm


    I just love your blogg/website love it =). Your dogs are so cute I have a Bichon Frise he is like your Bruno. I have to ask what breed is bruno? Thanks

    =) love // Ida from sweden

    • Anna @ D16 February 4, 2011 at 5:01 pm

      He’s half bichon frise, half long-haired Chihuahua. 🙂

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