How to Decorate with Kids and Pets

It’s no secret that my dog rules my life. Which means that pretty blue sofa I purchased is now pilling and contains more grass stains than one should admit. My mistake was assuming I could get away with a sofa in a pet friendly household that wasn’t made of durable fabric. The same goes for households with children. Here are my suggestions for living in a well-designed home in a livable fashion.


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Durable Fabric

Vendors have figured out that in today’s world, everyone is concerned with livability. That’s why most vendors now offer indoor/outdoor, durable fabrics to help you steer clear of stains and rips. It will also help minimize the amount of tears shed whenever your toddler or puppy get sick on your new sofa.


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Quality Rugs

Rugs are constantly beat up on and will wear out quickly. I tell all my clients it’s worth investing in good quality rugs. They can withstand the wear and tear of kids and pets running all over them. Have them cleaned regularly to keep looking fresh.


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Tile

Easily wipeable and won’t easily scratch. For houses that are concerned with hardwoods getting scratched up with puppy paws, I would consider using tile rather than wood. Rooms that may be prone to water and messier situations, such as bathrooms, kitchens and craft rooms, are the perfect areas to incorporate tile flooring.


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Anything Washable

This goes for your bedding, throw rugs, blankets and pillows. Make sure if you’re purchasing something for your pet and child, you can throw it in the washing machine. Lorena Canals makes wonderful rugs that can go right into your washing machine. They are my go-to for nurseries.


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Avoid Breakables

This is a no-brainer. But just because you can’t have your beautiful china out on display doesn’t mean your house needs to look ugly. Think about pieces that won’t be effected by an unexpected drop, such as books and baskets.


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Make it Wipeable

Think about using lacquered tables and wipeable wallpaper. If you’re unsure about wallpaper, go with Commercial grade. Leather is another great option because it’s easy wipe clean and looks better with age and distress. Just because it needs to be wipeable doesn’t mean it has to feel sterile. Go wild with color to keep it looking fun and inviting.