At Home With Ella Bean
Ella Bean is a fashionable 4-pound Yorkie mix who lives the good life in Brooklyn, New York. This petite pup’s chic apartment contains a closet full of custom-made dog clothes, posh pooch accouterments, and plush faux-fur throws that provide the perfect spot for lounging in style.
PawCulture had the opportunity to peek inside Ella Bean’s New York City abode for a behind-the-scenes look at this pup’s trendy home.
Pet parent Hilary Sloan, who works in the fashion industry, says that maintaining a clean, design-focused home is important to her. But as a dog lover, Sloan makes sure to choose décor that suits her dogs’ needs. In addition to Ella, Sloan lives with her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Louis Reginald.
“Building a home when you really care about design, but you also must have dogs in your life is its own unique challenge, but it’s not insurmountable,” she says. “You just have to let go a little bit. Your rug is going to get puked on, and it’s just a reality of life.”
One of Sloan’s favorite decorating tips is to spread cowhide rugs on the floor because they add visual interest but are easier to clean than regular carpets. She’s also incorporated a set of modern, gray dog steps so that Ella can easily climb up on the bed.
Ella’s favorite part of the apartment is definitely her trendsetting wardrobe. This pup even has her own handbag collection. “We work with an artist who creates designer miniatures,” says Sloan. “He helps make amazing props for Ella’s photo shoots.” And Ella’s tiny body happens to be the perfect size for doll clothing and accessories—like her incredibly cool aviator sunglasses.
Ella has racked up over 75,000 followers on Instagram and has become a bonafide pet influencer, but Ella’s life wasn’t always so glamorous.
Sloan found Ella, a puppy-mill survivor, in a New York City shelter—just days away from being euthanized. But despite Ella’s difficult start in life, the small pooch quickly adapted to Sloan’s love and attention. The pet parent decided to launch Ella’s social media accounts to spread awareness about puppy mill dogs.
“We use Ella’s Instagram account, not only to have fun and show fashion and lifestyle, but to educate people about why they should adopt,” says Sloan.
Deidre Grieves is a senior content strategist and digital producer. Wiener dogs are her life.