DecadentDigsDesigns

Old World handcrafted custom pet beds and more.

Cottonwood, Arizona 4 Sales On Etsy since 2018

5 out of 5 stars (2)

DecadentDigsDesigns

Old World handcrafted custom pet beds and more.

Cottonwood, Arizona | 4 Sales

Barbara Thulin

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Barbara Thulin

Announcement    True custom, old-world quality, pet pampering, bedding, furniture and stairs.

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Last updated on Sep 15, 2018

True custom, old-world quality, pet pampering, bedding, furniture and stairs.

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About DecadentDigsDesigns

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Barbara Thulin's journey to Decadent Digs

Barbara proclaimed herself a fashion designer at the age of 5 while designing Barbie doll clothes. As far back as she can remember she has always loved fabric. She vividly remembers her excitement riding her bike to the fabric store miles away only to walk through the aisles of beautiful flowing fabrics, smelling the finishes, and marveling over all the trims and buttons, She was 9 when she became an entrepreneur by making puppets or stuffed animals and selling them to her peers.

At 18 she began modeling in Texas and then was discovered by a modeling agency, Elle Agence, in Paris, and she embarked on her high-fashion modeling career. Barbara modeled in runway fashion shows, TV commercials, print ads, and catalogs in Paris, France, and across The United States. "It was super fun! I met countless amazing famous people like Helmut Newton, Oleg Cassini, and Lauren Hutton," she reminisces.

By 25, Barbara was ready to sharpen her sword as a designer. She chose Parsons School of Design. Barbara focused on designing knitwear and went on to win “The Future Designer of the Year Award” from the Knitting Textile Association for the creation of her unusual and beautiful knitwear.

In 2004, Barbara took her skills as a designer to do something entirely new. She designed beds for her 5 cats, which ignited a fire that continues to burn today, and Decadent Digs was born. "My heart swelled from seeing them sleep so happily on my pretty beds made with a myriad of fun fabrics! They looked like decorations on decorations! Her entire life since has been dedicated to the creation of from the heart, unique, extremely well-made, heirloom quality, fashion inspired things of beauty.

Oprah Winfrey, upon receiving one of her heart beds, exclaimed, “That’s the Prettiest Pet Bed I Have Ever Seen!” Countless people have said, “Your work is so beautiful!” One client said, “Glad you are STILL MAKING the BEST PET BEDS EVER!!” Mike Ditka’s said, “Those are some nice looking pet beds.” Others have said, “Nobody’s pet beds come close to yours.”

Her work has been featured in Neiman Marcus in Scottsdale via trunk shows. Decadent Digs been featured nationally on TV shows, in magazines and newspapers such as The New York Times, Phoenix Home and Garden Magazine, Good Morning America, Modern Dog Magazine and on HGTV as well magazines and websites internationally such as The London Financial Times. She chuckles, saying, “All I do is pour my heart into making the prettiest, nicest things I can, bless them, and release them. Then somehow the press finds me.”

Forever an outside the box thinker, she dreams of unusual pet canopy beds, houses, and beds. She is greatly inspired by the couture houses such as The House of Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Balenciaga, and Dior.

Like a mad scientist, Barbara loves clustering multiple trims with fabrics to design her unique art pet pampering things. She adores the creative freedom which the press has affectionately named her “The Pet Pamperer Extraordinaire” and “The Fabric Whisperer.”
Her mantra has always been "If it's worth doing, its worth doing well." Every day Barbara strives to add extra value to everything she creates.

She is grateful that many of her pieces from a over a decade ago are still being used today. Most of her business is repeat customers who exclaim their joy and devotion to her! Her line of products consists of The Bodacious Bucket™ hat box style bed, Treasured Tuffet™ pillow style bed, Mobile Magnificence™ car-seat bed, Kennel Couture™ covers and beds for crates, and Stellar Stairs™ custom foam-covered pet steps. Everything is truly custom-made and made to order.

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  • Barbara Thulin

    Owner, Designer

    Barbara became a designer at age 5. She resides in Clarkdale, Arizona, with her 6 pets & awesome fiancé. Her hobbies: sewing art pillows & art pictures, painting visionary paintings, photographing clouds, and creating refrigerator surprise dishes.

  • Bonnie

    Assistant, Holds Up My Wings!

    Sunday's Bonnie and I sing our hearts out in the choir at Immaculate Conception Church in Cottonwood and then during the week, she helps me with everything I need her help to do from bookkeeping to hand stuffing. She is such a blessing to me!!!

  • Michael

    Manifestor

    Michael, my fiance, is my right arm in the creation of anything out of wood. From building furniture, modifying something into something else or anything I need Mike is always ready to help me.

  • Cleo the Patra!

    PMA Reinforcer

    Cleopatra is my generous Maincoon who used to collect garbage in Phoenix as the "Clean up America" kitty. Relocating to Sedona, becoming an indoor cat, she became a philanthopist. Every night howling as she delivered her cherry picked PMA notes.

  • Nick the Brick

    Opportunist

    Any chance he can get, my cat Nicky, is alway helping me out by watching over my shoulder, keeping my lap full and laying on anything he can that I bring home.

  • Rex

    Inspiration

    Our German shepard, Rex, is an inspiration to me often when I am designing new beds.

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