3 Ways to Shop for a Pet-Friendly Rug

By: Jillian Schaible

Buying a new rug for your home can seem like a daunting task.  There are so many materials, colors, and styles to choose from that you might not know where to begin.  On top of that, making sure you choose the right one for your pets can be even tougher.

Many of our clients come to us needing new rugs to replace ones that just didn’t hold up in their household over time.  It’s important to know how what foot traffic will be like in these areas, and to especially consider any furry family members that will be sharing the space.

When we shop for homes with pets, there are three simple guidelines we like to follow.  

1.  Choose the right material

The most important aspect of your rug’s durability is first and foremost the material.  Our two “go-to” choices are wool and indoor/outdoor.  

Wool: If you prefer a cozier feel on your feet, you’ll want to choose wool.  A good wool rug can last a lifetime, and we love how easy they are to clean.

Safavieh


Indoor/Outdoor
: If you don’t mind something with a flatter weave, it doesn’t get more pet-proof than this.  Many of these rugs can be taken outside and hosed off.  How’s that for easy cleaning?!  They may not last quite as long as a wool rug, but they are often much less expensive.

Pottery Barn

 

2.  Consider the pile

We find that rugs with a low, cut pile are the best option for long-term durability and wear.  If you have cats or dogs, a rug with a loop pile may not be the best choice, as their nails can pull on the loops and cause them to become uneven or unravel.  A cut pile, or even a flatweave, will stay looking great for years to come!

Surya

 

Wayfair

 

3. Consider the pattern and color

For hiding those muddy paw prints, you’ll want to consider the same rule of thumb we use for high traffic areas- nothing too light and nothing too dark.  On the other hand, you’ll want to also think about your pet’s fur color and how much she sheds.  

For example, if you have a Golden Retriever with very light fur, you’ll want to choose something in the same warm color family.  A navy rug, for instance, would show every bit of fur on there!

Choosing a rug that has a pattern or texture will also keep a cleaner look.  A solid color rug is more apt to show dirt and fur vs. a pattern that helps to distract the eye from these things.

West Elm

 

West Elm

 

We know firsthand how designing a pet-friendly home can sometimes be a challenge.  Luckily, even with a big, furry guy like Rocco around, there are plenty of great ways to keep your home looking fresh!

 

What pet-friendly design challenges have you experienced?  Let us know in the comments!

 

3 Quick & Easy Ways to Update Your Room Today

By: Jillian Schaible

Something about the changing of seasons always makes me want to freshen up my home.  

In Fall, it’s all about bringing in those warm tones and spicy smells (hello, pumpkin spice everything!).  Winter, of course, with holiday decor and plenty of oh-so-cozy textures. Spring and summer are my favorite times to lighten the place up and give my home a fresh, breezy feel.

Of course you can’t go changing everything in your home every time you crave a new look, but luckily there are a few quick and easy things you CAN do that will totally revamp your room.

 

Change Out Your Window Treatments

This is most easily done if you have curtain panels.  Go out to your favorite home decor spot and browse through the panels to find a new color, print, or texture that you want to try out.  You’ll be surprised at what a huge difference this makes!  Tip: Make sure you take a photo of your room to bring with you so that you can get a good idea of what will look best. 

Anthropologie

 

Anthropologie

 

Anthropologie

 

Update Your Rugs 

For the biggest “WOW” factor, replacing an area rug is the way to go.  However, this can often be a daunting task, not to mention pricey.  If that’s not in your budget, new floor mats are the next best thing, and give you a good bang for your buck. Think: doormats, kitchen mats, and bath mats.  There are so many different options here, and we love to get a little funky!

 

Pier 1 Imports

 

Pier 1 Imports

 

Pier 1 Imports

 

Give Your Linen Closet a Makeover

Updating your kitchen?  Find some cute new dish towels and oven mitts to display.  Table linens such as placemats, napkins, tablecloths, and runners will make your dining room look brand new.  In your bedroom, the most obvious change will be to find some new bedding.

Anthropologie

 

Pottery Barn

 

West Elm

 

West Elm

 

When I want to change up a room, sometimes instant gratification is the most satisfying.  In this case, I usually go to one of my favorite nearby stores that carries everything I need (try HomeGoods, Pier 1, Anthropologie, Pottery Barn, or West Elm).  Load up that cart, and get shopping!

What are your favorite home decor stores?  Are you an online shopper or a one-stop-shopper?  Let us know in the comments!

 

Best Indoor / Outdoor Picks for Summer

My favorite part about summer is the warm weather that allows for perfect evening barbecues.  To me, there’s nothing better than firing up the grill and having a nice cold drink with your friends and family.  

Since we love to spend so much time outside enjoying the warmth, it’s important that our backyard feels just as comfortable as our living room.  Luckily, there are so many different products that are great for both indoor and outdoor use.  This is perfect for when you need to grab extra chairs and cushions from inside to accommodate extra guests!

 

I love the playfulness of this hanging rattan chair.  We got to test a few out last year at the Design Market, and were pleasantly surprised by how comfortable they were!

Serena & Lily

 

Serena & Lily

 

If you don’t have the right space for a hanging rattan chair, consider one like this to achieve that same beachy, laid back vibe.

World Market

 

Living on Cape Cod, we are admittedly a little Lilly Pulitzer obsessed.  So, when we heard about their collaboration with Pottery Barn, we knew it would be a dream come true.

Lilly Pulitzer x Pottery Barn

 

Lilly Pulitzer x Pottery Barn

 

Probably the indoor/outdoor product that we use most frequently is an easy-care rug.  Of course you need the outdoor rating if you will be using them outside, but they are a great option for homes with pets and children because of their low maintenance and incredible durability.

Surya

 

These same fabrics can be used to cover furniture like ottomans, too!

World Market

 

Garden stools come in all sorts of fun colors and patterns.  These are such a great way to add a funky pop to your decor!

Anthropologie

 

Anthropologie

 

We feel like no patio is truly complete without a drink station.  And a tropical-style rolling bar cart?  We’re sold.

Anthropologie

 

Our go-to placemats and table runners are perfect for your table inside or out.  Life is too short to worry about food stains on your table linens, so we love these products for their stress-free maintenance!

Chilewich

Chilewich

 

Williams Sonoma

 

We do love to have a set of outdoor drink ware in our cabinets that might be a bit more festive than your every day glasses.  How fun are these?!

Crate & Barrel

 

 

What products are your go-to for indoor/outdoor decor?  We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!  Happy BBQ-ing!

 

Our Favorite Multi-Functional Furniture Designs

With all of the new improvements in technology in today’s world, it seems like we’re constantly being “wow’ed” by new innovations in functional design.  When space is limited (and let’s be honest, it is for most of us!), it’s crucial to make the most out of every sq. foot we have.   

The good news is that there are plenty of creative ways to make your furniture multi-functional.  This may save on space, money, and reduce clutter.  

We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites to show you some of the multi-functional furniture out there that we think could be the perfect solutions for many!

 

We came across this sofa last year when we were shopping for a client who needed a small sofa that could double as a chaise or daybed.  What we love most about this one is that the back cushions are weighted and totally mobile!  You can remove them completely to sprawl out, move them to the sides to become a daybed, or even mix and match angles for customized support.  It’s also available with tufted cushions- perfect for any style!

West Elm

West Elm

 

Many of us may not have the luxury of extra guest bedrooms but still want the option to have friends or family stay during a visit.  A trundle bed like this one is an added bonus.  Not only do you get a pull-out twin mattress, but the back cushions on the sofa are removable to double your extra sleep space!

West Elm

West Elm

 

Since the dogs in our family are too big to be on any furniture, we’re always lounging down on the floor with them for some cuddle time.  A foldable cushion like this would be perfect to sprawl out on during a movie, or unfold it only partially to have a nice cushy seat and back rest!

Urban Outfitters

 

We are huge fans of modular coffee tables for so many reasons.  Many times you may need to change or move your tables while entertaining, and this one from Wisteria is a great combination of shapes and sizes.  The two end pieces can break apart to create end tables (and still leave a cocktail table in front of the sofa), or they can even be put together to create one large, round end table for somewhere else.  Genius!

Wisteria

Wisteria

Wisteria

 

We found this bar cabinet at Crate & Barrel for a client because we loved its versatility.  This bar on wheels has fold-out table space, and doors equipped with plenty of extra storage.  Compact, practical, and elegant!

Crate & Barrel

Crate & Barrel

Crate & Barrel

 

If floor space is limited but you love this idea, you could even try a little fold-up wall shelf like this one.  Store your favorite drink inside and just fold down to serve when you’re ready!

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

Of course, the same concept can even apply to a desk, believe it or not!  Fold-up wall desks save on floor space, but still offer somewhere to work when you need it.  Pull up a side chair and get to it!

PBteen

PBteen

 

A leaning shelf desk, or a ladder desk, is a great way to create a home office space in an apartment.  Not only is it great for limited floor space, but it has shelves for extra storage to keep your supplies where you need them.

Available at Wayfair

 

If you love to accessorize on your way out the door, then this mirror is for you.  Throw on your scarves, purses, hats, (and anything else!) and you are set to go.

Urban Outfitters

 

At first glance you may think that this is just your average cocktail table and tray.  But if you were to slide the tray over, you’d see all the storage inside that you actually have- so sneaky!

CB2

CB2

 

A clear acrylic base allows for your storage cube to slide out, and a tray that doubles as either a lid to hide clutter, or a tray for on top of your coffee table.  

CB2

CB2

 

 

Which multi-functional piece could you use in your home?  Were there any that you never even knew existed?  We’d love to know your thoughts in the comments below!

Spring Forward With Your Design

With all of these crazy New England storms, I can’t help but dream of the warmer days ahead (hopefully sooner rather than later!).  Longer days and beautiful Spring blooms are on their way, and I can’t wait to bring these beautiful colors and patterns into my home with the season.

Floral patterns bursting with color are the easiest way to “throw” Spring right into your living room.

Wisteria

 

Surya

 

Playing with different textures can add a whole new dimension to your Spring-inspired rugs and cushions!

Langdon Ltd.

 

Not all Spring patterns need to be big and bold.  Sometimes a dainty look paired with crisp whites is just right.

Kate Spade

 

Serena & Lily

 

My favorite part about this season is that it feels like the perfect time to be extra playful with my decor.  I love this bath mat for a fun and feminine touch!

LC Lauren Conrad Available at Kohl’s

 

Garden parties, holidays, backyard barbecues… Warmer weather calls for an update to your entertaining essentials!

Kate Spade available at Williams Sonoma

 

Crate & Barrel

 

The Little Market

 

The Little Market

 

You’re going to need a beautiful vase for your blooms, and I love how different, yet simple, this one is.

Pottery Barn

 

 

Adding in a bit of rattan decor will carry that warm weather style right into Summer, and Kouboo has so many great options to choose from.

Kouboo

 

 

Who else is ready for some Springtime style?!

Colors of 2018

By now, you’ve probably been seeing all of the “Colors of the Year” for 2018.  It can be hard to keep track of all of them, so we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites for you.  We’ve even added in some ideas of how to include these colors in your home!  

 

Sherwin Williams- “Oceanside”

First up is a bold and beautiful hue that we would just love to see more of in 2018.  Sherwin Williams’s “Oceanside” is a gorgeous mix of blues and greens that make for a perfect pop of color this new year.

Sherwin Williams

 

Sherwin Williams

 

Wisteria

 

Studio|A

 

West Elm

 

Behr- “In the Moment”

A bit more subtle than “Oceanside”, Behr predicts that 2018 will call for a soft, laid-back look with their color, “In the Moment”.  While “Oceanside” could be a great accent hue, “In the Moment” would be a fabulous choice for a larger area.  Transform a kitchen or even a piece of furniture with this soft color.

Behr

 

Behr

 

Anthropologie

 

Wisteria

 

Jonathan Adler

 

Currey & Co

 

 

Pantone- “Ultra Violet”

Perhaps the most widely known of all the color predictions, Pantone sets the bar high with a bold choice this year.  A statement color in the truest sense of the word, we could see “Ultra Violet” as a a stunning accent to your decor.  We’ve found a few ideas to get you started!

Pantone

 

Pottery Barn

 

Studio|A

 

Anthropologie

 

Currey & Co

 

Benjamin Moore- “Caliente”

We love a bold red in the right space, and Benjamin Moore’s “Caliente” might just be the perfect choice for that.  Would you be funky enough to try a wall in this color?  

Benjamin Moore

 

Benjamin Moore

 

Tempaper

 

Wisteria

 

 

These may be just a few of the color predictions for 2018, but we can’t wait to see which one we’ll see most of!  What’s your prediction?

Terrazzo Styles We Love

Terrazzo – it’s everywhere!  But what is it?  

It originally was a composite material, poured in place or precast, usually just for floors or counters.  It had pieces of marble, quartz, granite, glass, or just about any kind and size of chips added in the mix.  Now terrazzo is a look – and it is popping up on backslashes, rugs, tabletops, walls, lights, accessories…and everything in between!

 

Although commonly found on countertops and backsplashes, you can still create a beautiful, contemporary look like this one by Dzek.

Dzek

 

 

Ever thought to use it in stairs?  What a fun idea!

Divisare, Photo by: Imagen Subliminal

 

Rugs have even adopted the shapes of terrazzo to create a similar feel with a little more coziness underfoot.

Anthropologie

 

Used as an accent on a lighting fixture, West Elm proves a little goes a long way!

West Elm

 

A terrazzo table may be a bold move, but we think that in the right space, this look would be fabulous!

Dzek

 

Not ready to commit to a a piece too large?  The terrazzo print sideboard is a stylish accent piece in a contemporary room!

Deny Designs

 

You can never go wrong with smaller decor items like a throw pillow or drawer pulls!

Redbubble

 

 

Anthropologie

 

If you’re thinking about adding some style to your walls, maybe a framed print (or two) is the perfect option.  

Available on Etsy by depeapa

 

 

Available on Etsy by depeapa

 

Feeling extra bold? Try wallpaper!

Murals Wallpaper

 

 

Ferm Living

 

 

What do you think about all of the new ways to use this classic look?  Where else would you love to see terrazzo?  Let us know in the comments! 

Color Feature: Millenial Pink

Part rose quartz, part bubblegum, “millennial pink” is having a major moment right now in the design world.  It’s soft, subtle, warm, and feminine.  We are loving it paired with crisp whites and clean lines, and find it the perfect complement to mid-century modern styles.

It may be a step outside of the box for some, but we are so on board with this color trend!  Are you?

 

Langdon Ltd

 

 

 

Safavieh

 

 

Curated Kravet

 

 

Surya

 

 

Lulu & Georgia

 

 

Anthropologie

 

 

Pine Cone Hill

 

 

Dash & Albert

 

 

Loloi

 

 

Benjamin Moore

 

 

Le Creuset

 

 

World Market

 

 

 

Kate Spade collection via Williams Sonoma

 

 

Divine Designs via Horchow

 

 

What do you think about millennial pink?  Loving this trend or leaving it?  Let us know in the comments!

Designer Tips for Small Spaces

Many of my clients come to me wanting to downsize, or with a small apartment or condo in the city where square footage is few and far between.  Just because you’re living in closer quarters doesn’t mean that your design needs to suffer.  

On the contrary, keeping with the right scale, there are lots of tips and tricks to use to really make the most out of every inch!  Here are a few of our favorite small space design ideas to help get you started!

 

Living in a studio, but still want the privacy of a bedroom?  Beautiful curtains are a quick, and stylish way to separate your space.

Urban Outfitters

 

 

If you have a smaller kitchen, and not enough space for a proper dining table, why not try a countertop with stools that tuck in?  I love how the frames are delicate, and the furniture doesn’t block any view of the kitchen!  

IKEA

 

On a similar note, lucite- or transparent- furniture doesn’t take up much visual space, making it the perfect choice for a smaller area.  You can find this look in bar carts, chairs, tables, you name it!

Jonathan Adler

 

 

This one is a personal favorite- we actually just used this extendable coffee table in high gloss white for one of our clients.  It’s especially perfect for those who like to have dinner on the sofa!  Comes in great colors and finishes!

West Elm

 

 

Bedrooms can definitely be the messiest room of the house.  With clothes and shoes being thrown around, it may feel like your smaller bedroom is never tidy.  Under-the-bed storage is key here- and this one from Pottery Barn has tons of it!  I love how there are baskets not only on the sides, but even the front…bonus bins!

Pottery Barn

 

 

Low on cabinet space, and don’t have room for a large storage piece?  This one’s narrow enough to fit those larger pots and pans- especially if they’re as fun as these!

World Market

 

 

My go-to on a small dining table is an adorable little bistro set like this one.  Keep your scale small, but certainly not your style!

Crate & Barrel

 

 

Selamat is always one of our favorite showrooms to see at Market, because it is always just so much FUN.  I love how they’ve used a smaller dining set and a narrow little stool here as a nightstand.  

Selamat Designs

 

 

Nesting tables are an excellent choice if you love to entertain, because you can just pull out extra table space as needed!

ModShop

 

 

Arhaus

 

 

What’s your favorite small space design idea?  Do you have any favorite tips or tricks to share with us?  Let us know in the comments!

Getting in Bed with Organic

We all know that when it comes to what we put in our bodies, organic is always better.  So, shouldn’t that count for the linens we spend 8 hours of every day wrapped up in?  Chemical dyes and additives can irritate the skin, and our skin is, after all, the largest organ in our bodies!  

Luckily, going organic in our bedrooms doesn’t mean that we have to forfeit style!  There are plenty of companies getting on board, and we’ve picked a few of our favorite looks to share with you.

 

Coyuchi

 

 

West Elm

 

 

The Company Store

 

 

 

Garnet Hill

 

 

Boll & Branch

 

 

 

PB Teen

 

 

 

Coyuchi

 

 

 

West Elm

 

What do you think about organic linens?  Would you make the switch?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Susan Hayward Interiors