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!

 

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!

Bringing The Bistro to You!

Author: Jillian Hayward Schaible

 

This week is me and my husband’s first wedding anniversary, and I wanted to surprise him with a new bistro set for our patio to enjoy our Sunday “wine & cheese night” rituals outside.  As I was searching for the perfect one for our home, I found so many fun, vibrant bistro sets, that it was hard to choose only one!

For my home, I chose a classic, vintage, Parisian style set that I found at a local antique shop here in San Diego.  While browsing through my favorite brands online, as well as the beautiful antiques down the street, I was loving all of the different styles, colors, and materials that are out there.  Bistro sets are really just the perfect pieces to have to go a little out of your comfort zone, and add some real pop and pizazz to your patio!  I hope some of these favorites will inspire you just like they did for me!

 

Frontgate

Frontgate

 

 

Frontgate

Frontgate

 

 

Horchow

Horchow

 

 

Hampton Bay via Home Depot

Hampton Bay via Home Depot

 

 

Pier 1 Imports

Pier 1 Imports

 

 

Plow & Hearth

Plow & Hearth

 

 

Plow & Hearth

Plow & Hearth

 

 

West Elm

West Elm

 

 

West Elm

West Elm

 

 

Mercury Row via Wayfair

Mercury Row via Wayfair

 

 

How would you decorate your bistro set once you found one you loved?  Would you leave it bare, add some cushions, or maybe a vase on the table?

Tiny Houses

Bigger is always better, right?  And it’s easier to design a big space than a small one, correct?  No and NO!  I’ve been intrigued with the trend towards “tiny houses”.  They are an architect’s wonder and a designer’s challenge.

How DO you put someone’s entire living space into one small room??  Here are some amazing examples of how small can be beautiful, functional, and inviting. From the most contemporary, to rustic, and everything in between… Take a look at some masters of this new trend! I love them all!

 

Contemporist

Contemporist

 

 

Country Living

Country Living

 

 

Airbnb

Airbnb

 

 

Wandawega via House Beautiful

Wandawega via House Beautiful

 

 

Four Lights Tiny House Company

Four Lights Tiny House Company

 

 

Four Lights Tiny House Company

Four Lights Tiny House Company

 

 

Tiny House Blog

Tiny House Blog

 

 

Escape Traveler

Escape Traveler

 

 

Airbnb

Airbnb

 

 

Ron Rusnak via Treehugger

Ron Rusnak via Treehugger

 

So, what do you think?  Could you live in one of these homes?  I’d love hear from anyone that has one to tell us about their experience!

Gifts for Your Thanksgiving Hostess

For those of us lucky enough to be going to their family/friends’ home for Thanksgiving, it’s nice to have a little something to bring for your hostess that’s not your usual bottle of wine (although that’s always welcome!).  Think small and easy.  Fresh flowers are beautiful, but unless they are in a container ready for display, they require the hostess to stop and find a vase, cut the stems, and arrange… just one more thing to do on a busy day.  Here are some small, easy-to-wrap gifts.  Or perhaps you can incorporate the napkins, wine dish, or knives into a dish you’re bringing!

Whatever you bring for your hostess, remember that it’s the thought that counts!  So bring a smile and a helpful hand (maybe with a little something special in it)!

 

Cotton and Birch Co via Etsy

Cotton and Birch Co via Etsy

 

 

Crate & Barrel

Crate & Barrel

 

 

Midnight Owl Candle Co via Etsy

Midnight Owl Candle Co via Etsy

 

 

Rehabulous via Etsy

Rehabulous via Etsy

 

 

Uncommon Goods

UncommonGoods

 

 

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

Crate & Barrel

Crate & Barrel

 

 

 

Big Dipper Wax Works

Big Dipper Wax Works

 

 

What gift would be your favorite hostess gift to receive?

Bring it OUTSIDE!

Spring has sprung, and with warmer weather heading our way, it’s time to bring your furniture outside!  Whether you’ve got a large patio or working with a smaller space, we’ve found something just for you!

 

Build Your Own - Hampstead Painted Sectional Components, Pottery Barn

Build Your Own – Hampstead Painted Sectional Components, Pottery Barn

Although I LOVE the pop of turquoise they’ve chosen for the pillows and cushion, the best part about this sectional is definitely that it’s a “build your own”.  This feature allows you to customize it to fit your space, so it will be perfect on any patio!

 

Groundworks Ventana Solarium, Lee Jofa

Lee Jofa

If you already have your furniture set, you may be in need of some fresh fabric this season.  Our choice is the Groundworks Ventana Solarium line by Lee Jofa-  it is perfect for both indoor and outdoor, with beautiful tones that will pair nicely with any furniture you already have!

 

Mosaic Tiled Coffee Table, West Elm

Mosaic Tiled Coffee Table, West Elm

My first choice for an outdoor table is almost always mosaic tile.  These hold up beautifully in any condition, and are true works of art for your patio!

 

Rattan Indoor-Outdoor Chair and Ottoman Set, Garnett Hill

Rattan Indoor-Outdoor Chair and Ottoman Set, Garnet Hill

Rattan is another great choice for outdoor furniture as it really brings that beachy element in to your home.  You can use it indoors or out, or even add cushions to make it more cozy!  Pair this white rattan chair with a beautiful handpainted garden stool or use it as a small end table!

Handpainted Garden Stool, Fine Garden Products

Handpainted Garden Stool, Fine Garden Products

 

 

Bird Bistro Set of Two, Grandin Road

Bird Bistro Set of Two, Grandin Road

If your patio is suited better for two, a little bistro set is the best choice for you.  You don’t have to sacrifice gorgeous patio furniture for a smaller space, especially not with a fun, vibrantly colored piece like this one!

 

Fiesta Stripes Indoor/Outdoor Rug, Cerulean, Lulu and Georgia

Fiesta Stripes Indoor/Outdoor Rug, Cerulean, Lulu and Georgia

If you are looking for an easy way to bring the tropics to your house, look no further than this cerulean indoor/outdoor rug!  Use it like they have done here with some lounge chairs, or put it next to your “build your own” sectional to amp up your color palette!

 

Hanging Rattan Chair, Serena & Lily

Hanging Rattan Chair, Serena & Lily

Cacoon Double, Dedon

Cacoon Double, Loopee Design

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nestrest, Dedon

Nestrest, Dedon

What outdoor furniture could you possibly find that is cooler than these hanging nests?  If you are looking for something for one, the hanging rattan chair by Serena & Lily would be perfect for your front deck where you can sit outside and enjoy a glass of wine in the evening.  For shady daytime lounging, the cacoon will keep you out of the sun, and certainly comfy as can be!  My favorite choice, though, would be these awesome nestrests by Dedon.  Not only are they SO much fun to have in your backyard, but they seem REALLY comfortable, too!

 

Concho Garden Planter, Anthropologie

Concho Garden Planter, Anthropologie

Arabesque Lantern, Kouboo

Arabesque Lantern, Kouboo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, add some summertime décor to your pool or patio with the Concho garden planter by Anthropologie and Arabesque Lantern by Kouboo.  As always, we LOVE that this terra cotta lantern is formed and carved by hand!

 

 

 

Send us YOUR outdoor inspirations this year!!

Susan Hayward Interiors