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About Sarah Gibson

Sarah Gibson is a full-time designer located in the Midwest. With an emphasis on both graphic and interior design, her projects are varied. Sarah's areas of expertise range from rebranding, website & blog design, print and social media marketing, to creative direction, such as styling and photoshoots. As an interior designer, Sarah also specializes in full-service interior design, custom projects, styling, and renovations. Aside from her day job, she spends evenings and weekends creating content for her lifestyle blog, Room for Tuesday, which features content in design, interiors, travel, fashion, and creative inspiration. She enjoys balancing both trendy and eclectic pieces with classic elements, for a curated aesthetic.

DIY Bath Tray


I'm the type of gal who really enjoys spa-like luxuries. This year I'm also trying to focus on self care and devoting more time for things I enjoy. I'd say I'm off to a good start because I convinced Emmett to tackle a DIY I've had on my list for awhile now... a bath caddy! I resort to a bath for a number of reasons- if I'm feeling under the weather, if I need some alone time or want to do some deep thinking, if I'm stressed out it helps me relax, or if I need some pampering (moisturizing, face mask, hair treatment, etc). Click through for a fresh DIY that looks like it costs so much more than it actually does.


First things first... I had criteria for my perfect bath tray. Emmett and I chatted about my wishlist and he customized it to fit my needs:

It had to fit my laptop (I catch up on emails and Pinterest in the bathtub- sadly, I'm not joking).


It had to have an edge around the tray so that my phone or items wouldn't accidentally slip off into the water (I'm accident prone and could see my phone sliding off).


It had to have handles for easy maneuvering.


I wanted it to have a natural wood element (obviously I'm loving that trend).


Stylistically, I wanted it to work with our existing bathroom design.



I left Emmett with my criteria list and he did the rest. It turned out better than I could've imagined and it really super functional! I'm pretty impressed and feel like this might be his best DIY project yet.

Here's what you'll need to get started...

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Step 1 // Plan your piece and measure. Emmett began by measuring our bathtub to make the tray fit perfectly. We then planned the exact size for the tray and measured the material, making the cuts.

Step 2 // Make the cuts. Next, Emmett cut the material for the main part of the tray, using the guidelines he previously marked.

Step 3 // Sand the material. You'll want to sand the wood until it's perfectly smooth. If you keep this portion of the tray natural wood (like we did), sanding it will make the stain application much easier.

Step 4 // Measure and cut the edge pieces. Next, you'll need to measure and cut the pieces for the edge detail. I wanted an edge not only for aesthetic purposes, but also because I wanted to ensure my phone or laptop couldn't slide off the tray into my bathwater.
Emmett cut four pieces using a miter saw, but if you're not set on having edges around the perimeter of your bath caddy- feel free to skip the next couple steps!

Step 5 // Nail together the frame. After the edge pieces are cut to size, piece together three edges of the frame, nailing it in place.

Step 6 // Add the base to the edges. Before securing the fourth and final edge piece, nail the base to the frame. In the image below, Emmett is measuring to double check the last piece will fit as planned (it did).

Once everything has been nailed together, your tray should look like this:

Step 7 // Finish the tray. Wipe the piece carefully, removing any dust particles prior to painting and staining. Next finish the bath caddy to your liking. I applied stain, paint, and polyurethane.

Step 8 // Install the "non-slip" stopper. This step is optional, but we installed a piece of trim on the bottom of the bath caddy to ensure it wouldn't slide off of the bathtub ledge. It fits snug against the inner wall of the bathtub. If you're not worried about the tray slipping or moving around, you could definitely omit this step or add some rubber grips with adhesive to the bottom.

Step 9 // Add the hardware. To finish the project, Emmett pre-drilled holes for the hardware and we finished some last minuted paint touch-ups.

Although there are multiple steps to this project, it's really an easy DIY! This project can also be customized for your style or bathtub. The possibilities for design, shape, and style are endless.

It looks like it cost much more than it actually did, and I love that he made it just for me. It's really something special I'll keep and use forever.

I'll wrap it up by getting YOUR opinion. Do you like the look of my new bath tray? I'm pretty obsessed with it and would probably pay a premium if it were in a store. Do you guys also enjoy baths or try to make time for self care? As I get older, I'm learning how important it is.

For more DIY from Sarah Gibson: DIY Lumbar Pillow | DIY Macrame Plant Hanger 

Ottomans Roundup

One my very best vintage finds was a pair of velvet upholstered ottomans. I pulled them out of a storage unit at an estate sale and couldn't believe my eyes. How had nobody claimed these?! I scooped them up into the back of my car and drove away smiling. I still think about those ottomans. I shouldn't have sold them, but when moving across the country, they just wouldn't fit into the moving truck. My loss was someone else's gain and there are plenty more ottomans to score in this lifetime. Click through to see why ottomans are one of the most versatile pieces of furniture you can buy, tips for styling them in your home, and a giant roundup of my favorites.



If you're wondering where an ottoman might live in your home, here's a GIANT list of places you can style one or two:

  • Tucked under a coffee table

  • Tucked under a console table

  • Used as a side table

  • Used in the kid's room or nursery

  • Used in place of a coffee table

  • Place a pair at the foot of the bed

  • Used as a storage ottoman behind the sofa

  • Used in a guest room (a great place to sit luggage or additional bags)

  • Used in an office (another great place to drop supplies, paperwork, a tote, or prop your feet)

  • Positioned in an entryway

  • To fill negative space at the end of a hallway


Is your mind blown? Contrary to popular belief, you can pretty much put an ottoman anywhere!



Browse a bunch of my favorites below! I tried to break them down by style, size, and material...



poufs - 01 // 02 // 03   |   leather - 04 / 05 / 06    |    plush - 07 / 08 / 09    |    x-base - 10 / 11 / 12    |    brass legs - 13 / 14 / 15    |    chrome legs - 16 / 17 / 18    |    storage - 19 / 20 / 21    |    oversized - 22 // 23 // 24
Do you have favorites from the roundup? I'm seriously considering swapping our coffee table for #22. I'm also digging #11 and #7.



To wrap things up... I have a question- how many ottomans do you own? I'm pretty sure I have at least 3. They just go with everything and can live in every room! They're the one piece of furniture I can justify hanging onto.

Like the images throughout this post? Find out more: one / two / three / four

For more design tips: The Prettiest Pantries & My Favorite Canisters | Kitchen Faucets That Are So Hot Right Now

The Prettiest Pantries & My Favorite Canisters

Obviously, I have all things kitchen on my mind since we're mid reno. We're moving right along and despite the fact that things are crazy unorganized at my house due to the renovation, images of pretty pantries that are organized to perfection are giving me hope and keeping me sane. I'm talking all about pantries and why they're a must-have in modern kitchens on the Interior Collective today. Click through for a peek!



First of all, pantries come in all shapes and sizes. You don't need a giant butlers pantry or walk-in room the size of a small bedroom to have a great pantry. If you do- that's amazing... but it's totally not necessary. To me, a good pantry is mostly about organization and having a designated place for food and everyday items.



Our kitchen is on the small side, but despite the lack of square footage, we made room for a pantry. I'm a little premature on ordering canisters, but living amongst the chaos is making me crave organization. As soon as our cabinetry is installed, I'll be glad to neatly tuck everything away where it belongs. These drool-worthy images have me more excited than ever!



Pantries can quickly become cluttered and busy... it's their nature and amount of use they get on a daily basis. I prefer canisters and food storage that is minimal and simplistic. It cuts down on the visual clutter and instantly looks more appealing.
I also like to put groceries in their correct place as soon as I bring them home- no matter how big of a hurry I'm in. Taking the extra time helps to keep the space as neat and as intended.



01: lattice canisters // 02: white canisters // 03: pop canister set // 04: canisters with spoons // 05: le creuset canisters // 06: modern canister set // 07: williams canister set // 08: marbled canister set// 09: geometric canisters // 10: stainless lid canisters // 11: tite square canister set // 12: glass canisters // 13: silo canisters // 14: white canister set // 15: ceramic canister set // 16: airtight canister set // 17: utility canisters // 18: nambe canisters
Do you have favorites from the above roundup? Again, I'm partial to the minimal options, but it was so difficult for me to choose. Do you guys take the time to utilize canisters? Or would you rather just leave your food in the bulk packaging?


Hayburn & Co | Ginger

For more kitchen organization and products, check out this post! January is always my favorite time to year to get organized. This year has been the exception due to our renovation. Here's to hoping February and March will bring me peace, cleanliness, and a tidy home again.

Images via humphrey munson unless otherwise noted

For more ways to get organized: 5 Steps To An Organized Kitchen | Entryway Organization

Must-Have Laundry Room Items Roundup

Avenue Design | Aia Photography | Pure White

A couple days ago, I shared two laundry rooms I built using only Amazon products... well, now I'm sharing my must-have items for any laundry room on the Interior Collective. Maybe it's the fact that my kitchen and laundry room are in shambles right now as we're renovating, or maybe it's the organization and fresh mindset that come with a new year- but I'm craving a clean, organized, and happy laundry space. Soon enough, folks! For those of you that are lucky enough to have a designated or existing laundry area, click through for a peek at my must-have items, and save my handy stain remover guide / laundry symbol cheat sheets.

I'll start by saying, back when I had a real laundry space, I enjoyed using handy tools and good smelling products to make the chore more enjoyable. Below you'll find some of my go-to items...



01: detergent // 02: ironing board // 03: steamer // 04: laundry bag // 05: wool dryer balls // 06: laundry baskets // 07: smart iron // 08: velvet hangers // 09: glass spray bottles // 10: cotton candle // 11: linen spray // 12: stain solution // 13: folding drying rack // 14: laundry brush // 15: scrub brush // 16: laundry detergent container // 17: glass dropper bottles // 18: lint shaver

Aside from the obvious, like gorgeous hampers, I'm a big believer in little tools that make cleaning and caring for clothing easier. I don't know what I'd do without my lint shaver (#18). I also love glass spray bottles (#9) and droppers (#17) for premixed stain remover or laundry concoctions. They come in really handy and look much nicer than the standard packaging. I also realize I'm more likely to treat a stain properly if everything is premixed and ready to go. Living in a small house, I use my folding drying rack (#13) every single time I do laundry. I've also come to find laundry day and lots of folding is much more pleasant with a cotton soy candle burning (#10). Candles have a way of relieving my stress and making me happy- even despite staring at a dirty pile of laundry.



There's nothing worse that washing or drying a garment, only to realize it changed colors, shrunk, or was damaged in the wash. I created the above cheat sheet to help remind myself which symbols are which. Below you can also find a stain removal guide.



I never know whether to use hot or cold water, or which products will help lift certain stains, so keeping this close by or saved on my phone is really helpful! We spilled red white on our white sofa not too long ago and it came right out. There have been multiple times where I've referenced this little guide and I hope it will come in handy for you too!


Argent Advisors LLC | Piatra Grey

Are there any other laundry products I should add to my must-have list? Any other stain removal tricks? I'd love to hear your favorites!

See more laundry room designs: Modern Laundry Rooms | 4 Designer Laundry Rooms To Inspire

DIY Dip-Dyed Napkins

The holidays are my favorite time of year to entertain and create beautiful place settings or tablescapes. Instead of gifts, I'm a big fan of experiences and quality time. I'd much rather share a home cooked meal with friends and family, enjoy a delectable dessert, sip a nice bottle of wine or favorite cocktail, and engage in good conversation. That means so much more to me than any gift. Therefore, when I'm hosting... I like to put a lot of thought into the visuals and tablescape. It's a lot like the meal- the more care and energy that goes into it, the more special. Click through for a 15 minute DIY that will make all the difference in your place settings: dip-dyed napkins.



This is one of my favorite easy projects to date! Once you do this, you'll probably want to make more because it's actually really fun.


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Step 1 // Prep the fabric. Soak the fabric in cool water until it is completely wet. This allows the fabric fibers to open up and absorb the dye.



Step 2 // Prep the dye bath and give it a dunk. Using the instructions on the side of the dye package, mix salt, hot water, and dye. Once the mixture is well combined, give your fabric its first dunk. I opted to only dip the ends of the napkins, but feel free to get creative!



Step 3 // Check the saturation. I wanted my napkins to have a really deep, saturated hue. Therefore when I pulled my dye out of the bath, I opted to dip it once more. You can keep dipping the fabric until it's the color you desire.



After the second dip, I was happier with the coverage. In an effort to keep the color as deep as possible, I let the napkins sit saturated in dye for about 30 minutes prior to rinsing.
Step 4 // Rinse the fabric and hang to dry. Lastly, rinse the fabric with cool water until the water runs clear. Hang your fabric to dry and that's all there is to it! You'll obviously want to wash these with like colors to prevent bleeding the first few times, but I've never had an issue with the color fading too much.



I ended up using these for a holiday tablescape/dinner with my girlfriends (sadly I didn't shoot the finished table). I snagged some super chic flatware from Amazon that really pulled the entire look together.



The napkins took 15 minutes of work- at most- and the result is gorgeous! Plus, the dying process is really fun. I'll take any excuse to play with pretty textiles and pigment.



Are you guys entertaining this holiday season at all, or planning to go elsewhere? If you're not hosting, these also make a great gift for the person who is!



If you're interested in more fabric dying DIY projects, check out these gorgeous shibori cushions I dyed a couple years ago. Hope everyone's week is off to a great start!

For more holiday inspiration: Drool-Worthy Christmas Kitchens and Winter-Warm Countertops | DIY Holiday Wreath

Blankets and Throws Roundup

We might as well hop on the winter and holiday train, there's no turning back! As the temps drop, I become more of a homebody. Nothing sounds better than staying in, snuggling up (complete with a fire burning), drink in hand, and a festive movie playing. The first thing I grab for nights like those is a cozy throw. Emmett and I keep a giant basket in our living room filled with extra blankets and throws for occasions just like that. We use them every single day. Today I'm sharing a giant roundup of my favorites on the Interior Collective! Click through for a peek...

I'll start by saying, the amount of throws I hoard is insane. If there's anything I can justify buying- it's blanket and throws. We use them all the time, they're easy to swap out, and definitely change the aesthetic of a room. I also often buy them as gifts. I feel like it's the one comforting thing you can never have enough of. Let's dive into cozy town!





01: cozy knit // 02: tressa throw // 03: jersey throw // 04: classic throw // 05: organic cotton throw // 06: cable knit throw // 07: gray throw
You really can't go wrong with neutrals or gray. They go with anything and everything! From the above roundup, my favorites include #4 and #5. I love a good tassel or fringe detail.





01: red stripe throw // 02: hastings throw // 03: pendleton throw // 04: red throw // 05: windowpane throw // 06: cabin throw // 07: mohair throw // 08: americana throw // 09: sherpa throw// 10: plaid throw
The holiday season for me means lots of tartan, plaid, and buffalo checks. I love bringing this festive pattern into my home for the winter. I have #9 from the roundup, and I'm also really digging #1, #8, and #10.





01: hotel throw // 02: sea foam throw // 03: traveler throw // 04: pom pom throw // 05: snow creek throw // 06: trestle throw // 07: fringe throw
In addition to snuggling up in a throw on the sofa, I also love draping them at the foot of a bed for added texture and extra warmth. We've been seeing pom pom edge details for a couple seasons now, and I'm still really into it.





01: neutral throw // 02: shearling throw // 03: off white throw // 04: subtle plaid throw // 05: lighthouse throw // 06: cream throw // 07: blush throw
Lastly, if you're a bright and happy interiors type of person, you'd probably opt for a soft, off-white neutral throw. From the above collage, I'm loving #1 and #4, but I own #7 (in black).

Do you guys also hoard and justify the purchase of blankets and throws? I'd love to hear your favorite ways to use them in the comments below! Netflix, holidays, and cozy throws sort of belong together, right?

For more ways to prepare for winter: A Log Holder for Every Fireplace | Candleholder Roundup

Candleholder Roundup

We're officially at the end of October and the cold weather is setting in. It's the season for sweater weather, burning candles, drinking hot beverages, and taking in all the good this time of year has to offer. One of my favorite decor items to bring out in November are candle holders and candelabras. They perfect any tablescape and add warmth to your home. Click through for a giant roundup of my favorites...



01: rustic candle holder // 02: bell tower candle holder // 03: metal candle holder // 04: allis candle holder // 05: gilted candelabra // 06: arya candle holder // 07: taper candleholder // 08: emmett candle holder
I'm partial to black candleholders and candelabras. I prefer the ones with more unique shapes- like tapered bases, modern curves, and graphic lines. If an all black candelabra is too dramatic for you, opt for one that includes feminine details and a small amount of brass (like numbers 2 and 5).



The most obvious space to style a candelabra is centered on the dining table. It takes minimal effort to add one to the tabletop and the payoff is always a beautiful statement.



01: jefferson candle holder // 02: taper candle holder // 03: terrier taper holder // 04: brass candelabra // 05: fluted candleholder // 06: plaza candle holder // 07: candle holder set // 08: brass bamboo tall candleholder // 09: gabriel candle holder // 10: cursive candlestick
Brass candleholders are pretty classic year round. They can easily transition to any season, but their warm, inviting, and metallic finish make them especially gorgeous during the holiday season. Numbers 4 and 10 have me completely smitten!



01: eve candelabra // 02: pinch candleholder // 03: mission candleholder // 04: knot candleholder // 05: labra candleholder // 06: crystal candleholders // 07: marin candleholder // 08: matte candleholder // 09: wadsworth candleholders // 10: berlin candle holder // 11: branch candleholders
If you're a minimalist or lean toward Scandinavian design, the white, shapely variations from the collage above are a safe bet. If your style is a bit more glam- give numbers 4, 5, 10, or 11 a try!



Lastly, I have to include a handful of wood candleholders. They add warmth and texture to any space.



01: wood candleholders // 02: caravel candleholder // 03: baltic candleholders // 04: pillar candleholders // 05: issa candleholder
I really prefer a classic or modern shape when it comes to wooden candleholders. The above roundup includes the best of both worlds.

Whether you're styling a candelabra on the dining table, placing candles on your mantel, or scattering them throughout your shelves, there are plenty of great options to welcome the holiday season! What are your favorites from the post? Share in the comments below!

For more winter decor: Entryway Organization | A Log Holder For Every Fireplace

Entryway Organization

It's the time of year that we're starting to layer up for chilly temperatures... scarves, boots, and hats- the whole nine yards. I personally love this season and the wardrobe that comes with it, but living in a small house has it's challenges during the fall and winter months. Click through for my favorite entryway organization items- wall hooks, coat trees, boot trays, and more!
First up, hook sets. There's nothing more minimal and perfectly simplistic than installing a row of hooks inside an entryway. It really doesn't get easier- especially if you're short on space.



01: wire coat rack // 02: long coat rack // 03: metal coat rack // 04: wood & marble wall hooks // 05: mid century coat rack // 06: modern wall hook
I'm personally drawn to #3 ... I could definitely envision it installed under a gorgeous piece of artwork or mirror in an entryway or hallway.



Coat trees are another great option if you have a bit more space. They're perfect for coats, hats, scarves, and umbrellas.



01: marble base coat rack // 02: coat tree // 03: hemnes coat rack // 04: black coat rack // 05: pillar coat rack // 06: pegs coat rack
From the above roundup, I'm partial to #1. You can't go wrong with marble! You could easily fit this slender option in a corner near the door.



In addition to being a great selection for a tight entryway, wall hooks are also perfect for kitchens, mudrooms, and closets. I like scattering them throughout the house- they always end up being useful in some shape or form.



01: ornate brass hook // 02: minimal black hook // 03: brass hook set // 04: black hook // 05: chrome wall hook // 06: smudge wall hook // 07: brass wall hook // 08: traditional wall hook // 09: bend wall hooks // 10: wood wall hook // 11: lucite round hook // 12: four piece hook set // 13: double wire hooks
I actually have #13, the double coat hook, installed in our living room... just outside the front door. It's the perfect size and is super sturdy (shown in the above image).



There's nothing I loathe more than shoes not having a place. It's courteous to kick them off at the door, but then what? You're left with a giant pile of shoes that continue to accumulate. One item I'm definitely adding to my must-buy list is a shoe rack. It also incentivizes people to take off their shoes upon entering your home.



01: industrial shoe rack // 02: modern shoe rack // 03: bamboo shoe rack // 04: small entry bench
I love the idea of a shoe rack having a tiny bench seat on top (#4), but for optimum storage, I'd choose #3. I know we're not quite into the snowy season, but it never hurts to prepare. Boot trays will save your floors!



01: cordova boot tray // 02: galvanized boot tray // 03: copper boot tray // 04: zinc boot tray // 05: basic boot tray
I used to own #5, but somehow it didn't make the move with me from Ohio to Utah. I'm seriously considering getting the same exact one because we put it to great use. Once the snow melts, it's easy to dump the excess water. At the end of the season, I gave it a good cleaning and it looked like new by the time I put it away for the season.
Lastly, if you have the space, entryway racks are ideal.



01: wooden rack // 02: butler stand // 03: hall tree
These house both shoes and coats. They also make an architectural statement in any entryway or mudroom.

How do you keep your entryways organized during the cold months? I'd love to hear your tips and tricks!

For more home accessories: Neutral Outdoor Throw Pillows | Decorating With Succulents

Neutral Outdoor Throw Pillows

It's officially September and I'm wondering where summer went! Although I am ready for fall, I fully plan to take advantage of my backyard until it absolutely gets too cold. If you're also not quite ready to let summer go, but are eager to welcome fall, this seasonal transition can be tough from a decor perspective. It's still hot outside, but everyone's mind is on fall and the changing of seasons. One way I'll be easing my backyard into September is by switching out a few pillow covers. Out with the brights and in with the neutrals! I'm sharing a roundup of 20(!) of my favorite neutral outdoor pillows.



01: navy canvas outdoor pillow // 02: hampton outdoor pillow // 03: santa cruz outdoor pillow // 04: white outdoor pillow // 05: thatcher outdoor pillow // 06: outdoor solid pillow // 07: portsmouth outdoor pillow // 08: tailor outdoor pillow // 09:marled outdoor pillow // 10: frances outdoor pillow // 11: organic stripe outdoor pillow // 12: san andres outdoor pillow // 13: nova outdoor pillow // 14: striped outdoor pillow // 15: hansen stripe outdoor pillow // 16: fringe outdoor pillow cover // 17: ibiza outdoor pillow // 18: charcoal outdoor pillow // 19: indigo outdoor pillow // 20: providence outdoor pillow
Luckily, outdoor textiles and fabric technology has completely evolved over time. These days, outdoor pillows don't feel scratchy, stiff, or uncomfortable. In fact, often times I recommend outdoor fabrics for indoors as well! Clients with kids or pets often prefer durability, and luckily that doesn't mean compromising style or comfort.
Which options from the roundup are you feeling? I'm partial to the ones with tassels, fringe, or a border detail. I've been all about simple texture and subtle pattern lately.



As it continues to get cooler outside, I'll pile on more blankets and throws... but for now, a pillow swap is totally sufficient! For more of this particular space, check out this client's amazing covered living space.



Does anyone else use outdoor cushions or fabrics indoors? I'm a big fan! I'd also love to hear how you transition your outdoor space for each season. Happy September! Everyone have an amazing holiday weekend. I hope you're able to spend it outside amongst beautiful decor and outdoor friendly fabrics.

For more pillow ideas: DIY Lumber Pillow | How to Make Shibori Pillows for Your Home

Tips For Living With Dogs

I get a lot of questions about my dogs and how we live with them. After all, a pet is an animal and living with an animal can sometimes be a bit challenging. There are plenty of gross moments and times I have to shrug it off when they get into something they shouldn't. I thought it might be helpful to share some tips for living with dogs... it doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style or your interior aesthetic, it just means doing things in a different way. Click through for the post!

First of all, you can read all about my fur babies here. Most of you already know I have a Giant Schnauzer (Finn) and a Wire Fox Terrier (Johnny Cash). The two are best buds. They also instigate and get each other into a lot of trouble. That brings me to my first point...
T H E   B R E E D

If you don't already have a dog or are considering adopting one, some breeds are easier to live with (from an interior perspective). We've had Finn since he was a puppy and one thing we immediately loved about Giants is their hypoallergenic and non-shedding qualities. Unlike a lot of my friends, we don't suck up mega fur balls floating around the house on the daily. It definitely makes things easier! Both of our dogs have a hard coat and that means less hair to vacuum. Notice how I said less? Don't be fooled... just because a dog breed is labeled "hypoallergenic and non-shedding" doesn't mean they don't shed at all. A dog is a dog, and they're furry by nature. That means it still requires work to keep your home in a tip top, clean state.


T H E   C L E A N I N G   S C H E D U L E

My cleaning routine is a little out of wack due to our renovation, but typically I have a strict cleaning schedule and I stick to it.

  • I like to vacuum every other day, or at least 2-3 times a week to control the pet dander and dog hair.

  • Dusting is my least favorite thing to do, but it's another frequent chore to tackle if you're a pet owner. I try to dust once a week.

  • Both dogs get regular baths. This is KEY. Clean dog = a clean house. Since Cash is much smaller and easier to bathe, he gets a bath at least once a week... sometimes more often. Finn's baths are either weekly or once every two weeks. Keeping your dog clean makes a huge difference in keeping the rest of the home clean!

  • Along with regular bathing, they both get brushed often (2-3 times per week). This pulls out and detangles any hair that will be shed. It's healthy for your dog and better for your home.

  • In addition to brushing and bathing, they also get coat spray in betweens baths that keeps them smelling fresh and their coats shiny.

  • Before the dogs get their baths, I always wash all of their bedding. This makes a huge difference in smell. You'd be surprised how quickly their bedding gets stinky and gives our house 'the dog smell'. In between baths, I'll spray the bedding with Febreze or fabric freshener.



T R A I N   T H E M

Training also goes a long way in saving your home. Both of our dogs know to sit at the door before entering and exiting our home. Not only does this keep them safe... so a visitor or houseguest doesn't accidentally let them outside (dogs darting out the door is never good), but it gives you an opportunity to wipe their feet. We keep a 'dog towel' by the back door to clean their feet before they come back inside from playing in the yard or taking their potty break. There's nothing worse than muddy paw prints on a white sofa- trust me. If it's snowy or rainy outside, we even go as far to put rubber booties on their feet. I swear by those things!
You can catch a peek of Finn as a puppy below... what a cutie! He was a fast learner.


D E S I G N   Y O U R   H O M E   W I T H   P E T S   I N   M I N D

Like I mentioned previously, you don't have to compromise style for your pets.

  • When shopping for furniture, choose an outdoor or pet-friendly fabric when it comes to upholstery, like sofas and chairs (if they're allowed on the furniture). These fabrics are more durable and capable of withstanding pets.

  • Consider a slipcover. We have a white sofa and two(!) dogs.... and they're both allowed up to snuggle. Most people think I'm crazy, but the slipcover washes to bright white every time and it's not a huge deal if it gets dirty.

  • Add personality and character to your home with portraits of your dogs or interesting unique artwork. I love a good pet portrait or vintage object featuring one of our breeds. It's quirky and represents our family.

  • Disguise the pet goods and create designed places for their things. My dogs LOVE toys. We have way too many of them. I hide them in baskets throughout the house. I even have toys stuck in baskets on shelving that we'll periodically switch out. It's like Christmas every time we trade them and you'd never know I was hiding ugly / obnoxious toys in our beautiful built-ins.


I also wanted to share a few cool ideas that I stumbled upon while searching Houzz...



I've seen lots of people make use of negative space in the best way! I love this nook for a medium sized dog. It's simple, minimal, and perfectly functional, all while blending with the architecture.



I also love when dog eating areas are built into kitchen cabinetry. I posted a couple DIY projects for similar dog feeders, check them out here!



Laundry rooms and mudrooms are another great place for dog baths, built-in crates, and eating stations.
In the end, I don't think I could ever live without dogs. They seriously add so much love and joy to my life. We've made so many memories because of them and I wouldn't change it... even if my house gets a little dirty along the way. How do you guys keep your house tidy with pets? I'm sure there are more tips and tricks I should know about!

For more house tips: How To Paint Furniture Like A Pro | Modern Laundry Rooms