Pet-Proof Your Home: Ideas for a Stylish Pet-Friendly Space

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(Via Vallen Decor)

"Pets are the new kids."

You've probably heard this phrase thrown around a lot in recent years and if the booming pet industry is any indication, it's probably not far off the mark. Much like having children, owning a pet requires adjusting your living space to make life safer and more comfortable for the smallest members of your family. But does that mean you need to sacrifice your personal style just because Fido can't stop using the Turkish rug as a pee pad? No way! There are many ways you can "pet-proof" your home in a way that's consistent with your existing decor. (Although you may consider moving that rug to a room that's off-limits to your pets.)

Let's take a look at a few simple design ideas and products that will make life with your pets an overall more aesthetic and hassle-free experience. Your pooch will thank you, and you will thank yourself, too.

(Via Harry Barker)

 Pet Toy Storage

Keep your pet's chews and stuffies organized in a basket or chest. Put it by the most frequently used exit so your pooch can pick one out on his way to the doggie park, or store it in the pantry alongside the rest of your pet items. Harry Barker's pet storage basket is adorable and made from super durable, eco-friendly hemp.

(Via Etsy)

 Elevated Food and Water Bowls

Make dinnertime clean-up easy by using an elevated dog bowl design to keep spills off the floor. You can find some really elegant ones on Etsy. This Asian-inspired piece from KMGstore is handmade and the aesthetic is reminiscent of many iconic mid-century designs.

(Via Pet Swag)

Chic Dog Beds & Where to Put Them

We really love the sleek look of Pup & Kit's High Back Dog Bed but Orvis has some great options if you're looking for something more classic. Just make sure your pet has a comfy spot to doze while you're zoning out on Netflix, otherwise: hair-covered couch, here we come!

Bonus tip: Pooch wants to snuggle up on the sofa anyway? Interior designer and dog lover Bunny Williams suggests keeping an assortment of washable throws around to wrap cushions and pillows in. Once they get hairy, just throw them in the wash.

(Via PopSugar)

Hardwood or Carpet

While hard surface floors are best for anyone with pets, it's hard to give up the coziness of carpet. Fortunately, there have been many advances in stain and odor-resistant carpeting in recent years, which means you have a lot of options when it comes to color and style. But you're still going to have to vacuum on a regular basis, so keep that in mind when opting for carpet over hardwood.

(Via Maricela Sanchez)

Chic Pet Gates

Artist Maricela Sanchez creates bespoke, incredibly pretty pet gates and travel crates out of durable marine-grade polymer. You can choose the cut-out pattern (Sanchez offers 5 options ranging from contemporary to traditional) at the time of order to suit your home’s style.

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