Thursday, February 17, 2011

Going to the Dogs

There are a lot of factors to consider when redecorating a space.  Beyond the obvious color preferences and fabric options, variables like pets dictate what is used in a room.   Here are a few things to keep in mind before you buy:

1.       Pet’s Safety- Is that houseplant poisonous to your cat?  Will your dog’s nails get stuck in the chenille loops of the sofa fabric?  Are there harmful chemicals in your dining table that might harm your puppy when he chews on the leg?  Give some thought to your pets daily activities and behavior.  Paying attention to their habits will help you be aware of what is safe to bring into your home.  

2.       Functionality vs Aesthetic-  Those silk draperies puddle on the floor look fabulous with the tassels running down the edge!  But will Whiskers think the tassels are her new toy?  Does a black sofa really make sense when your Jack Russell sheds white hairs constantly??  Small details make a big difference when selecting the right pieces for your home.  You can have things that look great AND fit the lifestyle of your & your pet, it just requires some forethought.

3.       Durability- If you have a large breed animal, ask questions about the construction of the armchair before you buy it.  You certainly don’t want your gentle giant snuggled beside you when –CRACK- the frame gives way!  If you’re not familiar with fabrics, also ask questions about it’s durability.  Some fabrics can withstand a lot more wear and tear than others.  This factor is especially important when little claws need a scratching post. 

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