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The Dog-Geek's Guide to Interior Design

The Dog-Geek's Guide to Interior Design


Back when I got my husky Myra, I was so excited to get ourhome ready! I remember going shopping for all kinds of puppy toys, a bed, puppy food and items to help puppy proof my home.

Changing up your home is always exciting. And finding ways to make it an even more dog-friendly space is key to keeping you both happy, clean and safe.

So, here’s my personal guide to making your home a stylish and functional space for you and your fur family. 

1. Add more dog friendly fabric to your space. 

Some fabrics are harder than others to keep clean. A few great dog-friendly materials: genuine leather (or pleather), fabrics made from acrylic (great for outdoor furniture), denim (hello cute throw pillows), canvas (hard to find but super soft), microfiber (keep a lint roller handy though), and vinyl (so easy to clean). Steer clear from tweed, chenille, and silk!

2. Tackle dog hair with a vacuum geared towards pets.

Handle dog hair regularly with vacuuming every couple of days is fast and easy, before they turn into tumbleweeds around the house. I vacuum every few days but my robot vacuum ventures out every day to help keep the fur under control, especially with having a husky. Trust me about keeping up with this! It makes all the difference. 

3. Use your dog’s stuff as decoration. 

Dogs have a lot of stuff. But not all of it needs to be put away. I have a fancy dog bed, toy box and food bowls that looks really good in the main part of the house.  

Shop around for food and water bowls, toys, dog beds, floor pillows that go with your style and let it be part of the décor. 

4. Hang up a portrait of your dog

My absolute favorite piece of art in my house is portraits of my family and dogs. I like to decorate my home with those who I love. As a fellow dog-geek, I love showcasing my dogs and grand-puppies anywhere I can. 

5. Show off your devotion to your dogs

Lastly, if you’re like me and have a wild love of dogs, don’t be afraid to show it off! There’s an ever-increasing amount of breed-specific art, fabrics and prints available - even wallpaper! You don’t need to go all-out here.

I’d love to know what other dog lovers are doing in their homes. What’s your favorite dog-inspired interior design tip? Send me a quick message at and let me know! Send a pic too, if you can.

Pets R Family, LLC

Dog photographer in Ogden, Utah

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