And then there is the issue of my house. As you all know, I love home decor and I invest in furniture and interior design. How will I have to adjust my home to fit a dog? Will I have to compromise my design aesthetics?
So I did some research and here is what I found….
- Skip the wall to wall carpet. Carpets tend to absorb odors and trap pet hair, which will make your house smelly and not so fresh looking. Love the carpeted look? Go for area rugs instead. A good idea is to choose a heavy duty area rug. Many rug manufacturers today produce indoor/ outdoor rugs that are beautiful, inexpensive and can withstand pet traffic. They are more easily cleaned and can be replaced every few years in case they get stained.
- Dogs love human furniture. Especially cushiony couches and chairs. Why? Because they are comfortable! Wouldn’t you choose the sofa vs. the cold tile floor? So what’s the solution? Offer a great alternative. Dog beds come in many shapes and sizes, right for every design style and budget. Choose a comfortable bed for your dog, and if needed bring a trainer to help your dog understand this is her special place. Now is a great time to purchase a doggy bed. Wayfair is running a promotion on Comfy Pooch, where you get a free Furry Friends Bowl Mat with purchase.
- Keep the porcelain in your china cabinet. If you love glass figurines and other breakable decorative elements keep them in an enclosed cabinet (you can choose one with glass doors so your guests can still enjoy your collection.) Your dog (and kids) would appreciate being able to roam freely without having to go through an obstacle course on their way to the kitchen.
- Go matchy-matchy with your dog. when designing your home, why not take cues from your dog? How about matching your sofa covers to your pet’s fur color? Or choose a shade of wood for your hardwood floor that will go great with your dog’s coat. This isn’t just a way for you to be twinning with your pet; it’s also great way to make sure the hair they shed will not be visible.
- Go for egg-shell or satin wall paint. This again is a good advice for dogs or artsy/ messy kids. Egg shell or satin finish are extremely easy to clean, so you can effortlessly wipe off any drool smudges or tiny hand prints.
I hope this research is helpful. I myself am feeling so much more comfortable and excited about adopting a new furry addition to our family. Have any additional tips to share? Would love to hear your thoughts!