Canine Design: Designers Take A Serious Look
Residential interior design seeks to provide comfort and a sense of well being to ALL of a home’s occupants, not just the human ones. As an interior designer and college teacher, Jill Pable knows this from her life-long cohabitation with dogs of all shapes and sizes.
Jill’s personal experience with pets as well as knowledge of residential design and finish selection have led her to see what types of interior ideas work best for both pets and their co-habitants. While keeping a home attractive is always time-consuming, living with animals can mean more frequent cleanings and special thought put into floor, wall and fabric finishes. For instance, wood or other hard floors mixed with easy-to-clean low-loop quality area rugs for definition of activity areas is an easier solution for cleaning. Jill also suggests upholsteries with small tightly-woven patterns in weaves such as twill and fabrics such as stain-resistant treated cottons will wear better for pets and keep them from catching their nails on the sofa in homes that allow them on the furniture (like hers!). And mini-blinds should be carefully kept out of reach of pets just as with children.