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!

 

Susan Hayward Interiors