Yes, you can have a nice home AND furry pets.

We are animal lovers.  And just to prove it, here is a picture of our furry family members, Molly and Mikey:

 

And, yes, they are sitting on the furniture.  I know it can seem impossible to have a comfortable home when you have pets.  If you are a pet owner you know that there is plenty of fur, muddy paws and food crumbs to go around!  Fortunately, there are ways to create a home that will satisfy both you and your “family”.

  • Choose durable fabrics for your upholstered furniture pieces.  Manufacturers offer easy to clean fabrics in beautiful colors and patterns that are also comfortable to the touch.  Indoor/outdoor fabrics clean up with simple soap and water–no more worries when Rover comes in after a rainstorm.
  • There are ways to prevent your cats from using your furniture as a scratching post and that is to use no-nap or no-pile fabrics like microfiber, suede or contract fabrics that are designed to resist excessive wear and tear.  It will be very difficult for them to sink their claws into these tight weaves.
  • If allergies are a problem in your home, you can reduce the problem by selecting non-allergen items like low VOC paint, allergen free floor coverings, wooden furniture etc.  Be aware these products will not eliminate all allergens and toxins in your home but may reduce them enough so that the effects of pet dander can be tolerated.
  • Provide a comfortable spot for your pets to sleep so that they won’t feel the need to share your bed.  There are so many stylish options out there that will enhance any style decor and actually act as a beautiful accessory in your home.  In this photo the homeowners have very cleverly integrated their pet’s standard crate into an end table that keeps the animal close to them but not on their lap.Eclectic Living Room by Denver PhotographersBrenda Olde
  • In this contemporary bedroom the large dog bed beautifully compliments the minimalist look of the room.  And with a dog that size,  it is probably better that they sleep somewhere other than at the foot of your bed.
  • Storage is always a concern.   Like kids, your pets have toys, blankets, food and meds that need to be close at hand.  Set aside a spot in the pantry or closet outfitted with shelves, baskets or bins that will keep all the items within easy reach.  Or, if space allows, build a spot in the mudroom or laundry room as shown below:
How do your make space for or decorate around your furry family members?

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