Child- and Pet-Proof Living

by | Jun 2023

Dog sitting on a white sofa.

Photo: Mackenzie Merrill Photography

Is it possible to have a beautiful home with kids and pets?

The great news is that it is possible! There are so many more options available today than ever before. Most of the upholstered furniture we order for our client projects have “Kid-Proof” Crypton fabrics or Inside Out treated fabrics. These fabrics have the ability to repel stains and even mustard, red wine and bleach don’t harm the fabric.

Many area rugs are now available that allow for easy clean up in the event of spills, messes or pet accidents. Rugs made from polypropylene are considered outdoor safe and many are now made to look and feel like soft and comfortable indoor rugs. You wouldn’t have a clue that they were outdoor safe. Brands such as Ruggable make machine-washable rugs that can easily be thrown in the washer when they get dirty.

Many people are opting for luxury vinyl plank (LVP) flooring rather than hardwood floors. Over the past few years, many manufacturers have jumped on the trend, and there are now thousands of options in this
category. A good quality LVP floor is a great choice for busy households with pets and kids. It’s extremely scratch and stain resistant and is easy to care for—requiring no varnishing, sanding or refinishing.

Furniture that includes storage is always helpful to keep clutter under control. Cute baskets and totes can make storage decorative and add interest to a room. Combining life-friendly furnishings, materials, rugs and fabrics with attractive storage options for toys, books and our “stuff,” all work together to give you a livable space that you will be proud to call home.

Amy Leferink is the founder and principal designer at Interior Impressions. Find more at


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