Designer Advice on Living with Pets

I recommend staying away from velvet and mohair, which easily attract hair.  Leather is durable, but be careful about the finish as some scratch easily. If you opt for leather, make sure you are comfortable with a “well-worn” look. Also, hair collects on dark floors, so keep your Swiffer handy!

Jaclyn Joslin
Coveted Home


At the time when cats joined my life, my living space was rather petite. So, I had to think outside of the cat box. My dad, Lyle Schafer, and I worked together on a design that would be highly functional for the cats yet would completely conceal their business and could operate in the living space, all while looking like a furniture piece. The end result is so functional and aesthetically pleasing that it’s made way to bigger houses, spacious enough not to even really need it.

Monica Faught
Fresh Fleur

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The Faught family’s cat snoozes in the sunshine by his very chic litter box.

 

Stella steals her way onto furniture and beds, so I tend to buy white bedding that can be washed. I also like to re-cover dog beds in indoor/outdoor fabric that coordinates with my interiors.

Annie Anderson
Annie Anderson Design

The Anderson’s goldendoodle, Stella, in one of her favorite spots—the breakfast room windowseat. Cushions are upholstered in “Le Touche” from Brunschwig & Fils.
The Anderson’s goldendoodle, Stella, in one of her favorite spots—the breakfast room windowseat. Cushions are upholstered in “Le Touche” from Brunschwig & Fils.

 

Parker, our Standard Poodle and Akita mix, who is a giant furball with a personality to match, is so much fun to have around, he’s worth the effort it takes to keep the house clean.  We placed a black commercial rubber-backed rug at the back door where he goes out.  It actually works with the decor and is a safe place for him to have his paws toweled off when he comes in from wet weather.

Jan Kyle
Jan Kyle Design

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Kyle’s husband, veterinarian Wayne Hunthausen, is great at capturing the spirit and personality of pets with his photography. Large-scale pet photos can be very compelling art to enliven your home.

 

Living with pets? There’s no downside. They’re better than a best friend. Who else crawls up on your lap and doesn’t ask questions, doesn’t need an answer, just wants play time, simple food, and treats you like a wonder? And, as of yet, they don’t have cell phones.

John Rufenacht
Rufenacht Interior Design

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John Rufenacht at the entrance to his city condo with his beloved schnauzer, Waldo.

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