Posted April 19, 2021
By Anne Grice
We love our pets, just like we love where we live. Without them, our houses just wouldn’t be homes! Here are 5 ways you can take your pet(s) into account while designing your dream home:
#1 Leave the mess in the mudroom, install a dog shower
Those of us with big dogs know how much mud can be tracked in after a rainy day, especially here in Aspen with the snow just starting to melt! A dog washing station in the mudroom may seem like an unnecessary expense to some, but it has really proven to be a life-saver after putting so much time and effort into making your living space feel like a home. It not only saves your furniture from being trampled and stained, but adds a chic finish to any mudroom.
This idea of a refined mudroom seems to be the latest trend, and it just wouldn’t be complete without one of these pet showers. It’s not just for messy dogs, messy family members can benefit from this as well!
This dog washing stations that we installed for a client also includes a pull-out step to make it easier to for a pet to access the station.
The step also doubles as extra storage for toys, leases, dog shampoo, etc. This allows for a cleaner and more organized looking space.
Our clients have also found great use out of the washing station for cleaning off muddy shoes and boots before entering the main part of the house.
#2 Keep the kitchen in order with built-in food bowls
Not only do these food and water bowl island-inserts provide opportunity for optimal kitchen space, but they just give the whole kitchen a sophisticated and updated look! We understand how annoying dog bowls in the kitchen can be. They tend to get in the way and can sometimes create a mess.
These inserts provide stability and prevent messes from happening. We also love the idea of our pets feeling like apart of our home, a feeling that these built-in bowls can help provide.
This can be a clever solution for creating more space in the kitchen, and provide a designated area for these dishes instead of them getting tossed around and spilling the contents all over the kitchen area.
#3 Forget the mess, switch to faux floral
Flowers are an excellent compliment to any living space. If you’re like us, you can’t stand to not have flowers displayed in all the different rooms of your house. As lovely as fresh flowers smell, they can be hard to keep up with, especially when you have curious pets and not a lot of extra time on your hands. For these reasons, faux flowers and plants are a great alternative, and something we use in our client’s homes often.
They can look just as beautiful and you don’t have to take care of them or worry about your pet knocking them over on accident and creating a giant mess when you aren’t watching. Faux flowers also have time on their side, they last as long as you want and all you need to do is replace them seasonally if you’re looking to change it up every few months.
Some of our favorite faux flowers to use are silk florals. They are beautiful and look as close to real flowers as it gets. As we head into the spring, the need for these delicate and bright florals increases. Vivian Rose has a beautiful array of silk floral arrangements that would compliment any living space.
One inexpensive and useful product we love for holding the faux in place is QuakeHold. It’s a putty that provides extra stability for items around the house, especially ones that could fall victim to a big, excited dog wagging it’s tail! The putty is strong and holds items such as floral vases in place, but easy to remove at the same time with no extra mess.
#4 Give your pet the throne they deserve
Dog crates and beds can often take up an annoying amount of space, and don’t always go with the look of a well-designed living room. Designing a living area takes a lot of work, and you don’t want your vision to be thrown off by chunky kennels and messy-looking dog beds! We love the idea of these built-in sleeping areas for pets. It provides a safe and relaxing area for your dog or cat, and it doesn’t get in the way of the look of the rest of the room.
Large window seating areas are a must when it comes to a big dog family. We love to create window seating, especially here in Aspen where the views of the mountains and the trees are so spectacular. The window seating area gives a room extra seating, and just extra space in general. Add fun pillows, blankets, etc. to make the space more inviting. The idea of this built-in bench is great spot for dog to sleep and be comfortable in the family room without getting in the way. The benches are usually big enough to put a dog bed on too!
#5 Consider pet-friendly fabrics
Ultimately, non-carpeted floors would probably be best for a pet-lovers home, but to some, carpets and rugs can be necessary to make a room really feel complete. So invest in performance fabrics! Not only are they washable, but they just hold up better over time. So when the potty-training of a new puppy doesn’t go as planned, you don’t have the stress over an expensive rug or couch being ruined.
We know the importance of every element in a room working together, so we love the idea of using the same fabrics from a couch or chairs to cover a dog bed. This is a great way to use performance fabrics and to not have the dog bed stick out.