Photo by Heather Clawson for Habitually Chic
I’m a big, big fan of mixing lots of prints and patterns together. So when I opened the most recent (borrowed) issue of Elle Decor this afternoon, I instantly fell in love with the room in the photo above.
Being a dog owner and trying to keep a nice home can be tough. I mean, I love the kisses and the doggy-smiles and the jumping-over-and-knocking-me-down kind of love our boy gives but it would be so nice to have a clean, hair free couch. So nice. Instead, I have the love of a gorgeous puppy and a paw-print-dog-bone-covered couch. My mother-in-law even brings a blanket out for her to sit on when she visits. The shame I have because of that, let me tell you.
On the plus side, I get to experiment with different blankets, throws, sheets, fabrics and even tablecloths as a way of covering up some of the more serious cushion and armrest damage. I can toss any type of tapestry onto the cushions, tuck it in real nice, and have a brand new couch in minutes. My couch has been green with light white flowers, dark blue and white, all in the same month. It didn’t require reupholstering like the couch in the photo, just a piece of fabric. Same result, right? (Okay, I know, not really.)
I once read that Nate Burkus doesn’t believe in using blankets or throws on the couch to cover up dog debris. I cannot imagine what he does in lieu of this easy little shortcut other than hiring someone to scrub the cushions down nightly.
What do you, pet-owners, do about your little furball’s disgusting habits? Keep them far away from couch and chair? Scrub nightly? Were you really smart and really lucky like my friend Kate B? She found a gorgeous, modern brown leather couch on Craigslist that easily wipes clean and I am so jealous of her for it. Do I still get to be in your good graces even though I just cover up the mess?