How to Design a Pet Friendly Home
I love dogs. I joke that I like them more than people, but I mean, if I'm being honest...its not a joke. (sorry!)
I know that there is a stigma as to having a dog and making compromises, but I think they are totally worth it. Just because you have pets, doesn't mean that you can't have a nice home. There are so many ways to incorporate good design into your space, even if you have pets!
You just have to be more selective and conscious while picking out pieces. Do your research, make sure that the piece will work with our little furry loved ones.
I will have to say, Kona is great about not destroying things on our home. I've heard horror stories about puppies chewing on dining table legs, or tearing through the house when you're not home. Kona was potty trained within a day or two at being at our home, which really was such an amazing thing. We didn't have to worry about him just going on the rugs or floor in our home. I can definitely share more about how we train him, but long story short is we just use a bell on our back door. It looks like a Christmas bell, and it hangs down. When we would go bring Kona outside to go to the bathroom, we would take his hand, and put it on the bell and let it jingle. This then showed him that the sound of the bell meant that he was going outside. So now, instead of him going in the house, or scratching at the door, he just rings the bell to be let out.
I think the worst thing that Kona did when we weren't home was he ripped the corner of one of my vintage pillows. I mean, I can't blame him though, I was gone for 8 hours, and Mike had been away that hole week. If that was the worst thing that he was going to do, I'll take it. Other than that, we have been fortunate to not come home to a whirlwind of destruction.
Even still, there are things that we do in our home, and that I implement into my client's homes to make them more pet friendly. Even if your dog is trained, it's still good to take these things into consideration. It's not like your dog knows to wipe their feet when they get in the door. (That would actually be the best new trick to teach Kona!) So, follow along, as I share some of my favorite ways to make your home more pet friendly!
Ways to make your home more pet friendly
If you don't follow anything else in the blog (but I mean, why wouldn't you?!), listen up here. Performance fabrics are an absolute must when you are getting new furniture. Even if you don't have pets, you want to protect your furniture that you spent your hard-earned money on! If you accidentally spill that glass of wine on your brand new sofa, you can easily wipe it up without causing a stain. Even though Kona is chilling on the sofa in this photo, that was the day we got hime, so I wanted to take some cute photos of him. We don't actually let him on our sofa without a blanket being on there. If we do want to snuggle up at nighttime on the sofa, we will layer the sofa with a couple blankets and let him hop up. Even though we have a performance fabric sofa from West Elm, I still don't want dog hair on it!
Budget friendly rugs I for one love Persian and Moroccan rugs, but I just can't bring myself to spending good money on nice rugs. I've been loving Ruggable, which has rugs that you can wash in the washing machine! I mean, how cool is that? And, they look great! We just put one in our dining room/kitchen area where we have a lot of foot traffic and its been a game changer.
Eggshell finish on walls You want to be able to scrub your walls right? Use an eggshell finish so that you can get prints off easily without damaging the paint.