When an Instagram bio simply says, "dog person", you already know they're speaking our language. And when it comes to bulldogs, pet parent Natalie Kosel admits that she might be a little obsessed. We can't blame her; with pups as cute as Miso and Panko, Kosel's two bullies, we'd be obsessed too. Owning dogs in the heart of the most populated city in the United States presents many challenges, which is why curating a cozy, relaxing space is a high priority for many. Natalie's Instagram account, @bynataliebright, demonstrates her effortless eye for style, so it should come as no surprise that her apartment reflects that same chic vibe. Follow us as we step inside this bulldog-friendly apartment in the Big Apple.
City you're located in: New York City, New York
Years lived in current home/apartment: 10
How would you describe your decorating style: Modern!
Favorite feature of your space: It's both cozy and spacious, which might seem conflicting. But it's hard to find a spot in the city that has both a good amount of room, but also is welcoming enough to feel like home.
Biggest challenge (either about the space itself or one you encountered while decorating): The lack of closet space!! Fashion is a large part of my life, so it's pretty challenging without a spacious closet.
Must-have piece of décor/furniture: I love bulldog decor and decorations. I have them placed all over my apartment. People know I love bulldog pieces so they get them for me as presents. I actually try not to buy too many myself because it's become a little too much!
Favorite place to buy décor/furniture: Target has a bit of everything, and their home goods are so cute!
What really drew you to your place: Nothing in particular. I guess I would reiterate that I just love how cozy and comfortable it is - and the dogs love it too!
Name + breed of pet(s): Two dogs, Miso and Panko. Both are English Bulldogs.
Nicknames you have for them: Meatball, Booboo, Potato, and Moomoo.
Where did you buy/adopt from? Is there a story behind it?: There's no story in particular! But I love them both and they're definitely featured prominently on my Instagram.
Their favorite part of your place: The whole house is theirs! But wherever I go, they follow.
Favorite pet accessory or furniture piece: They are obsessed with our bed. I don't blame them.
What does being a pet parent to your pets mean to you: Miso and Panko are our babies. They mean everything to me!
Want to stay up to date on glamorous NYC pet parent life? Check out Natalie on @bynataliebright
Lizz Caputo is a Content Strategist at Figo, animal enthusiast, and owner of a rescued senior American Bully. Her hobbies include checking out new restaurants in her area, boxing, and petting dogs of all shapes and sizes.