Five tips for pet-friendly living

There’s nothing quite like the feeling when a four legged friend greets us when we get home from work after a long day. The excited wag of a tail or contented purr helps put back into perspective what’s really important. But as much as we love our little furry friends, there’s no denying that they can be a bit of a nuisance when it comes to keeping the house clean.

Not to fear! We have 5 tips to help you live in peace with your favourite pets and your much loved decor pieces! Take a read…

1. Opt for colours in the same tones as your pet

As you have no doubt noticed, pet fur can show up pretty badly on some colours! It’s best to stick with shades that are similar to those of your pet. For instance, white dog hair is going to be much less noticeable on cream couches as opposed to black ones!

2. Choose your fabrics carefully

The most durable fabrics for sofas in terms of wear and tear from pets are top-grain leather and tightly woven fabrics. These types of materials will resist tearing and are easier to sponge-clean than loosely woven or thin fabrics. You can even put a gorgeous rug under your pet’s favourite sitting spot for extra protection and a touch of style. Just be sure to wash it every week or two to avoid it getting dirty and smelly!

3. Think about flooring

Carpet isn’t ideal for pet owners as it absorbs odours and stains, plus is a real trap for pet hair. But if it’s your choice, go for a low-pile option in a colour that matches your pet so it’ll ‘hide’ the pet hair. Otherwise, tiles, concrete and floorboards are easy to mop and keep clean.

4. Prepare for regular maintenance!

You’ll not only need to groom your pet regularly, but also clean your home frequently too! Clip your pet’s nails regularly to prevent scratching of your furniture, and brush them often too so that you can capture their hair and avoid it spreading around the house! You can even buy vacuum cleaners specifically designed to suck up pet hair, like Vax’s ‘Slim Pet‘ models which are cordless handstick vacuum cleaners… rather handy for cleaning couches and other awkward places!

5. Create a little nook for your pet

Finally, don’t forget to create your pet’s own ‘zone’. It might be their sleeping space or their day-time hang out space – whatever it is, you can choose stylish pet beds and accessories that match the rest of your colour scheme, so the area isn’t an eyesore. Plus, creating this space and training your pet to use it will help keep their lounging and playing in other areas of the house to a minimum… hypothetically!


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  • Hi, I am making this tonight for my frenchie to take into daycare for her friends. just wondered if I could use this recipe to make cupcakes rather than a cake? I have a very dodgy oven and cakes do not normally come out well :). Could you put the fruit in the frosting or put extra fruit in the frosting to flavour that too?

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  • Dogs are pretty common but this is my first time to read about rabbits being used for therapy. Who would’ve thought that those cute lovable balls of fur provide medical relief too! My bunny Yin died at 5 years old but he was my lucky charm and source of stress relief when he was still alive

  • I love this! So creative to make a dog house. I love that stencil too! I’ve been trying to win it on EVERY cutting edge stencil giveaway I see.

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  • I did them in my main living area and they look horrible. I did them just like you did and everything scratches them! They were so beautiful at first and I’m really bummed. We plan on covering them with the tile that looks like wood now that I have a great dane.

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  • “Some days can be so overwhelming, though, that we must practice focusing our minds on Him that our hearts not be led astray. This is where the Word comes in.” I couldn’t agree more! When my time in the Word is lacking, every area of my life suffers

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  • The fact that the Sphynx is a hairless cat is only a small part of why we are Sphynx lovers. Sphynx cats and Sphynx kittens have very unique personalities. I really do not consider myself an owner of Sphynx cats, because really, my Sphynx cats and Sphynx kittens own me! Sphynx cats and Sphynx kittens love their owners unconditionally. The Sphynx has so much love to give and is willing to love anyone that will allow them into their lives.

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  • I’m so happy to read this post because I’ve affirmed the qualities that my partner has and hopefully he will sustain those qualities even when there are obstacles along the way. How long have you been married? Thanks one again very uplifting to women.

  • Hello, I am definitely NOT comfortable being naked in front of everyone and given how much the boobs have grown already in only three months, its also physically uncomfortable for them to be completely unencumbered. I bought a cute sports bra at Target and am planning a water birth so hopefully my nether-regions will be kind of eclipsed by the water/pool…but when you’re in the throes of labor you won’t care. Everyone saw my business with my first birth

  • Love this post. I have kids and a dog.. and on top of that I am interior designer that is OCD! But my puppy needs to be inside and be a part of the family. Hence no white linen sofa.

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