Follow these nine tips for a chic, pet-friendly home.
Instead of banishing their furry friends to the yard, many pet owners are decorating and remodeling their living spaces with their pets' needs in mind. Here is how to have a beautiful house and a pet, too:
Even if you match your chaise to your Siamese so perfectly the hairballs are barely visible, vacuum kitty's hair off the furniture at least twice a week. You may need to vacuum daily when your pet is shedding.
Forget silk, chintz or the pet-hair magnet known as velvet. Discover the joys of Crypton, a synthetic fabric that's resistant to stains, smells, bacteria and muddy paws (www.cryptonfabric.com).
If your dog or cat sleeps with you, there will be accidents. Protect your mattress from the inevitable by covering it with a thick pad. Use cotton sheets in a pattern that can hide pet hair and stains between washings.
Carpet absorbs odors, traps pet hair and soaks up inevitable pet-related stains like a sponge.
The best floor is ceramic tile, because it's easy to clean and resistant to any stain an animal can dish out.
If your dog goes outside, make sure he can come back in through a room where he can be cleaned up.
It's important to give your dog something to chew on, or he might go after a chair leg. No messy pig's ears or greasy rawhide bones.
Your pet can be a source of inspiration when choosing colors for your room. Paint a concrete floor the same shade of gray as your cat. Cover your sofa in a honey microfiber that matches your golden retriever.