To the Dogs

Many of our homes these days have gone to the dogs – literally. Almost everyone I know has at least one pet, and I know firsthand how an animal or two or five (yes at one point I had five pets-I can hardly believe it myself!), can impact a home. There are paw prints and pet hair, the occasional accident or sick puppy, so if you have pets (or kids which I don’t have yet so I can’t speak to as well), you should seriously take them into consideration when decorating a space. Trust me, a dark brown wood floor doesn’t mix with a Golden Retriever or a Standard Poodle, but it would be perfect for a Chocolate Lab. A piece of wicker furniture can be a beautiful addition in any room, but if you have a dog that likes to chew you might want to consider going with a less tasty material.

When I adopted my first dog, Sugar,

I had a black microfiber super modern couch that she claimed as her own the day I brought her home. After six months of trying to keep it clean with a combination of vacuuming, lint rolling, and crying, I finally dragged it into the hallway of my condo building and posted a ‘FREE’ sign on top. If, like me, you’d rather not give away your favorite furniture, then think about your pets when you choose blankets, area rugs, throw pillows and above all else, flooring.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Throw blankets and toss pillows that look like fur (but aren’t the real thing!) like these from Pottery Barn:

Or how about durable, natural fiber rugs that can withstand little paws and claws like this one from World Market?

And a couch made from a durable, neutral material is key if you’re guilty of letting Fido up on the furniture like I am! Here’s a gorgeous one from Z Gallerie:

There are tons of options out there for animal lovers, so think about your pet the next time you redecorate. I promise you’ll thank me!