When people have kids, they need to spend a good amount of time and money baby-proofing their homes. Why should it be any different if your children are covered in fur and run around on four legs? It’s simply the other way around — you need to protect your house from your fur babies. If you find yourself in the middle of a move or renovation, there are several things to consider that may make life with your furry children that much easier and stress-free, as the Brady family fully understood.
Chip and Allison Brady were making the move from Florida to Pennsylvania with their children and two rescue pups. They enlisted the help of interior decorator Alexis Rodgers to make sure their home was ready for every single member of their growing family. The designer focused on the main aspects of dog ownership: scratches, stains, and shedding.
Everyone loves a good hardwood floor despite the fact they can collect and display pet hair like nothing else — Rodgers solved this problem by suggesting hardwood floors that match the color of the dogs’ fur, so you wouldn’t be able to see it as clearly. Additionally, she chose a stain that would conceal any scratches or messes should the overexcited pups go skating across it.
When it came to the carpets, she chose neutral tones that had been sprayed to guard against stains. The color would be more forgiving when it came to spilled foods or dog messes, and the rugs have a low pile so vacuuming up that endless sea of fur would be a breeze.
Furniture comes next, complete with scotch guard and a treat for the pups.
“[The sofa] also has a lower back so the dogs can drape their paws over and see all the action going on in the room.”
When people shop for furniture, they expect quality and durability — Rodgers managed to tackle the challenges of pet ownership without sacrificing one for the other. In fact, there is even a pet furniture brand that combines style and practicality with ease!