Laying low with Tamara Honey

Laying low is a celebration of dogs and the ones that welcome them in. From beachside bungalows to architectural masterpieces, we are reminded that the presence of a dog can make a house a home.

LAY LO Talks to Tamara Honey

Tamara Honey is the founder of House of Honey. This creative design studio creates charmingly bold and invitingly livable interiors. She has a dog-friendly policy insider her Montecito studio and two dogs living in her Pasadena home. So we caught a rare glimpse of what life looks like with her four-legged animals at this mountain-top residence.

At a glance

Name: Pickles | Breed: Shih Tzu | Age: 7 yrs old
Name: Tortilla | Breed: Maltese | Age: 4.5 years

Tamara Honey Home Tour Laylo Pets

How would you describe Tortilla and Pickles’ personalities?

Pickles is an emotionally attached old woman who comes everywhere with me. While we initially got her to be the “family dog,” it was clear that she wasn’t built to handle that kind of attention. Instead, she has become my fur baby.

Tortilla is a bit shy and indifferent. When we first got her, she was a little anxious, but she has slowly come out of her shell over the years.

Tamara Honey Home Tour Laylo Pets

Tell us about the first time you brought your dogs home?

It all started because our studio in South Pasadena was unfortunately near a local pet store (before they were banned). Over the years, I almost adopted 20 dogs because I felt so bad that they were subject to those conditions. During my lunch break, I would wander over to say hi to the animals, which eventually led to us adopting Pickles and Tortilla.

I’m not sure what it is about dogs, but I have an emotional and visceral reaction to them contagious. With an open dog policy in the office, we’re quickly becoming outnumbered by our four-legged family members. I don’t mind, though. They’re family.



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