Office or Den Décor Using Collectible Cat Accessories
Antique and retro cat figures or items decorated with their designs make attention-getting accessories. A broad variety of possible collectibles are available from online and local sources. Here are ideas for decorating an office or den with vintage cat motifs.
Den or Office Wall Décor with Vintage Cat Motifs
Vintage tapestries and needlework pictures with cat designs make fanciful and showy or cute and whimsical wall art. Select the age and style of pieces based on the mood you want to create in the room. For example, you might hang a pair of tapestries from the 1920s done in deep rich colors with elaborate stitched borders. One might picture cats playing on a chessboard, the other a group of well-dressed kitties looking out over a flowered fence. Or for a casual collectible look, a handcrafted crewel picture from the 70s with a calico cat design.
Vintage playing cards are another idea for decorating the walls of an office or den with a cat theme. Decks from the 1940s through the 70s may be found with backs decorated with all kinds of cat designs. For instance, you might find an old Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad advertising deck with designs of charming “Chessie”, the sleeping cat, and other favorite pets. Or a deck from the 1940s with photo designs of real cats dressed in clothing. Frame collages of cards you collect to display on the walls.
Den or Office Decorating Accessories with Vintage Cat Memorabilia
Many companies through the years have made desk accessories in cat designs. These vintage items make ideal decoratives for a cat theme office or den. You can place individual pieces in various places around the room, or display collections on shelves, a desk, or other furniture.
For instance, you might find a shiny glazed black cat letter holder from the 1940s or 50s, with coiled wire back for placing envelopes, and dish between paws for holding stamps. Or a pair of bow tie kitty bookends from the same era. Maybe a 1960s red glass paperweight, figural cat with bulb shaped body. Or a 40s smiling cat face figural ashtray.
Vintage figural cast-iron doorstops and banks are another decorative accessory idea. These items range from authentic antiques to more recent collectibles, and you might use modern reproduction pieces as well. For instance, you could display a 1930s cast-iron doorstop in the shape of a crouching tom with a majestic tail. Or a tall, sleek seated guy made of brass, from the 70s. A retro advertising brass bank in the form of a handsome cat’s head, with green glass eyes and perfect whiskers, would stand out wherever it was placed. As would a grouping of vintage banks – metal, wood, ceramic, or chalkware cats originating from various past times.
Collectible Cats Book II. Marbena “Jean” FykeCollector Books, 1996