When we purchased our home, not only were we thinking about style and comfort but also, is it pet-friendly, can our children grow here, can we entertain guests? And boy were we lucky. From wooden floors to a spacious back yard, we had exactly what we wanted. Now remember, just because you like pretty things doesn't mean you should settle on decor because you own a pet. Our home is still a work in progress but our goal is to choose items that will work for us, yet meeting our dogs needs.
We are so lucky, we just have carpets in our bedrooms/bonus room and the rest of the house is flooring. If possible, invest in a good vacuum. We knew we wanted one more pet, so purchasing the Dyson was the best choice we made and we don't regret it one bit. It's a little over to the pricy side but I promise it works wonders! The Dyson is my broom/vacuum...no joke. It will pick up anything in its way whether it's carpet or hardwood floors. My tip would be, If you own a cat or dog, try vacuuming every other day. I can get away with every other day or sometimes three days without vacuuming.
As I type this, I wish I had stopped at Home Goods to buy more candles (they have so many options to choose from!). You will need plenty of these. I let my dogs run around and have fun all around the house but sometimes, it can get a little smelly if you know what I mean, so scented candles do the trick!
It's easier to wash your pets than spend money on carpet cleaning (more than one twice a month), dry cleaning sofa covers, etc. I take my dog to the groomers every three to four weeks. They do such an amazing job in bathing him that his scent usually lasts a few days.
When we picked our couches, we made sure they were slip-covers and easy to take to the laundry and have them washed. We got lucky because our older dog knows not to get on top of the sofa and our puppy can't even reach, but if it were to happen, we know we are covered and can easily have it taken care of at the cleaners.
Last but not least, give your animals the treats and toys they deserve. In our bonus room, we have a bed where they can both lay down and a pet stuff basket where they can easily pull any toys they want to play with. At the end of the day I have toys all over the place but it's all worth it. It keeps them from chewing on your beautiful decor. Win-win for me!