Thanks to Milo, by the time Ollie joined our family I had accepted that fighting the physical facts of a pet is a losing battle, and doing so with a 90 lb dog would bring frustration and tears. Though he’s a sweetheart and properly house-trained, he can’t help his size or his shedding. I still wished to live stylishly while allowing for his physical quirks - so I began to make design choices accordingly. My sofa may double as a dog bed, but it has been custom upholstered in low nap linen that can be wiped and vacuumed in a jiffy. Good thing, because I have a go at it every two days! My turquoise glass vase collection resides on high, open shelving in my kitchen. His happy tail can’t be stopped, and I wouldn’t want it to, but the havoc it wreaks
on anything in its vicinity is best averted! And with the arrival of our newest family member, a sweet little ball of fur named Piggy, hardwood floors and a Roomba are a far easier maintenance choice than wall-to-wall carpet. To get my plush fix, large floor cushions do the job. The bottom line is that throughout the years, my pets have enriched my life in a way that far outpaces the inconvenience of their mess. Once I surrendered to reality, I began to find stylish solutions that were lovely and pet friendly….and I relaxed. Now my home is both beautiful and harmonious for all who live here, and that means that everyone is living the good life!
“Our cat Milo would have been better named ‘Trouble,’ but I have to admit… he’s helped teach me how to live stylishly with pets!”
House of Fifty magazine July/August 2012 issue