How to Design a Beautiful, Personalized, Yet Pet-Proof Home

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Belle, my lovely little Jack Russell Terrier

I wouldn't trade life with pets for a thing, but as much as we love them, they can get messy, furry, and unpredictable. I've had pets since striking out on my own, and I've learned a lot about how to take care of my home and keep it clean and manageable with pets. I'm sharing my top tips for how to make it a little easier for you too.

Tip #1: Pick Performance Fabrics Whenever Possible

You may have a "no getting on the furniture" rule, but I would guess most of us don't. I love to cuddle with my doggies on the sofa and my chairs, and no one piece of furniture is off-limits. To combat this, I've always purchased furniture with durable and washable fabrics. Washable slipcovers are a great alternative; they’re easy to slip off and launder as often as needed. I also recommend a fabric spray to make cleaning up any messes easier.

Tip #2: Select Smart Flooring for Every Room

Hard and non-porous flooring is a great idea, but not always the case nor easy to change. I do like the idea of removing wall-to-wall carpeting and replacing it with hard surfaces and washable rugs. I am in the process of replacing most of my rugs where the dogs hang out to Ruggables. I love that you can pull them up and toss them in the washer instead of taking the enormous and heavy rugs to a cleaner, which is very expensive. It's a great option I highly recommend. It's such a brilliant idea!

Tip #3: Place Extra Protection on the Floors

Another flooring option if you're looking for an additional layer of floor protection to help surfaces withstand the wear and tear of pets is to use outdoor rugs. They come in so many styles, colors, patterns, and textures. You're sure to find something that works well in your room. You can use the outdoor rug as a standalone option or layer it over another rug, which is very in "vogue" at the moment.

Our pets are like family members; just like childproofing, we must consider pet-proofing the house. And to be honest, many of the safety considerations we make for children are essentially the same. If you think about it, you'll cover all your bases for a safer and cleaner home with pets.

If you're ready for an expert to redesign your home with the four-legged family members in mind, I’ve got your back! Let’s chat about it.



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