In my house, there are two dogs and two cats. A ninety gallon saltwater aquarium. And I feel I must not leave out the two goldfish that have grown to be big fish in my little pond out back.
Which means glass dishes and anything breakable goes up where two little Yorkshires dueling can’t get to them. I’ve found that the cats have much more finesse. They delicately weave in and around objects. But the dogs are like bulls in a china cabinet.
Thus I have seating that I don’t mind the animals jumping on. The leather chairs have been my friend. (My, I’ve got to get to reading some books!)
I have this chair in my garden room. And my husband has the matching one in the living room. They are actually recliners, with the arm hidden inside the wood arms. I have had these for six or seven years, and so far, not one scratch or tear.
I just had to show this little magazine holder I found at the antique mall. I think it was under $15. Isn’t it cute?
My couch is made of that ultra suede material. And it cleans up quite easily.
Of course there are the hand-sewn patchwork pillows the dogs knock constantly to the floor. But I made them with the muslin envelope on the back to slip off for washing.
You have to find a way to make peace with the pets in the house if you’re going to have them and also love to decorate. After all, they are part of the family. So when shopping, I keep this in mind.
I just had to show you my blooming foxglove that sits outside my dining room in a pot. The rain has been falling all morning, so it looks a little beaten down. I just love flowers blooming all over the yard.
Speaking of which, the pets don’t seem to harm the gardens. They fertilize them for me, but don’t trample anything. So lucky!