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Best flooring for pets

Designing for Pets

We all make accommodations for our pets in our homes. After all they are more than just four legs and a tail, our furry friends play a huge role in our families. Since almost all our clients have pets we are often asked to design around them as well as other members of the household. You don’t have to sacrifice style in order to accommodate your four legged friends.

Pet Friendly Fabrics

Carefully consider the cleanability and durability of your upholstery fabrics for the areas your family and pets will gather most. Denim, canvas, ulstrasuede and synthetics such as Crypton are all good choices. Outdoor fabrics come in numerous colors and textures while resisting most stains, moisture and odors. Leather is a durable choice though it can be punctured and scratched by big claws. Look for top grain, semi-aniline leathers whose hides are dyed through and treated for additional protection.

Sunbrella Pure Collection Fabrics
Sunbrella

Smart Window Treatments

Avoid long drapes that puddle on the floor that will collect pet debris. Consider Roman or roller shades and wood blinds that can be easily raised up so as to not spoil your pets view of the outside world. Keep dangling cords in check with cleats or opt for the cordless models.

Hunter Douglas Provenance window shades
Hunter Douglas

Their Own Space

Cats love to perch and climb and dogs like to retreat to their own “room”. Treat your pets by incorporating those features into the design of your home. Dog beds can fit into a cabinet or under a window seat and cat perches can become an architectural element.

Pet Hays

Dog Bed Decor

Be sure to choose a dog bed that’s large enough to accommodate the size of your pet. There are many stylish options available on sites like Etsy, so find one that complements your décor and is easy to keep clean.

Designer Dog Bed
Lion + Wolf

Pet-Friendly Entry

Create a pet friendly entrance that keeps dirt from being tracked through your entire home. Place an easy clean mat or rug at your pet’s main entry point to catch mud or debris as soon as they enter. Wall hooks reign in leashes and some type of cabinet can hold pet supplies such as collars, bags and treats.

Pet Friendly Entryway
Paper Riot Co.

Easy Clean Floors

Top choices for easy clean, durable flooring include porcelain or stone tiles. Some laminate and vinyl flooring come in second. While beautiful, hardwood floors, are a design statement, they can scratch easily and require diligent cleaning should an accident occur. Harder woods such as oak or mahogany are the best species bets, however avoid highly polished flooring that can pose a slipping hazard. Trim your pet’s claws regularly to keep scratches at bay.

Best flooring for pets
Armstrong

Slip Proof Rugs

While rugs can enhance the look of a room, they can also protect your floors from claws and stains. There are many easy care options to choose from with a multi color pattern being best for hiding dirt and pet hair. Wool rugs are naturally stain resistant and many synthetic rugs can be taken outside and easily hosed clean. Whichever rug style you choose, use a good quality non skid pad beneath to prevent slipping especially in open areas such as hallways.

Slip proof rug pads

Washable Bedding

Admit it, we sometimes snuggle with our pets in bed. Inevitably hair and dirt come with your furry friend. Opt for duvets and shams with removable covers over coverlets and quilts. The covers can be removed and laundered regularly with the rest of your sheets keeping your bed somewhat fur free.

Washable bed linens
SDH Linens

Display Breakables with Care

Keep glassware, porcelains or anything else that can be easily broken out of reach of your pets or better yet behind doors if you have cats. Shards of grandma’s tea set on the floor will not only break your heart but can cause serious damage to your pet’s paws.

Display Cabinet
Wayfair

Mr. H says: Animals share with us the privilege of having a soul-Enjoy!

Uncluttered kitchen

5 things that are making you tired at home

Are you sleep walking through your day without knowing why? Your lifestyle and design choices you’ve made at home may be the culprit. Here’s a checklist of all the things that may be negatively affecting your sleep and making you unproductive.

Bad Lighting

I’ve talked about this before: poorly designed lighting affects the mood of the occupants and can create either a restless or restful feel to a space. Access to natural light is critical as researchers have found that exposure to more natural light actually resulted in a more restful sleep at night. Sunlight first thing is morning has been linked to sounder sleep so be sure to open your shades as soon as you rise.

Electronics

Study after study have found that those blue wavelengths from your cell phone, tablet and TV suppress your brain’s production of a critical sleep hormone-melatonin. Without sufficient amounts of melatonin, not only are you more likely to have a restless night, but melatonin suppression has also been shown to increase the risk of cancer, impair the immune system, and possibly lead to diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. Using filters on your screens at night or amber glasses should help with your sleep without having to toss your devices.

Wall Colors

The color blue has been shown to slow down your heart rate, reduce your blood pressure, and make you feel sleepy. While a great in the bedroom, it’s not an ideal color in the active spaces in your home. Colors with yellow undertones, think green and peach, give rooms a mental boost by promoting conversation and social interaction.

Brian Dittmar Design, Inc. photo by David Duncan Livingston

Sitting Too Long

We’re all guilty of being a couch potato while binging on Netflix. Sitting for long periods of time though can deplete your energy and can actually make your body equate that inactivity with going to sleep. Frequent breaks are important so stretch often, get up and walk way from your sofa. Better yet, get outside and enjoy some natural light

Inefficient Overall Design

Dysfunctional kitchens and baths, lots of clutter, and an unorganized environment causes your brain to be overwhelmed and unable to focus increasing your fatigue. Set a goal to clear out and organize at least one area of your home to see how it changes your mood and energy level. Once you see the effects challenge yourself and your family to tackle the rest.

Mr. H says: Tired minds don’t plan well-Enjoy!

Six inspiring interior design books

Flipping through a gorgeously photographed interior design book can spark an interest in revamping your own space.  Find six newly released volumes that have all the tips and tricks to assist you in creating the home that fits your unique lifestyle.

In Living with Pattern, Rebecca Atwood demystifies how to use pattern, a design concept that often confounds and confuses, demonstrating how to seamlessly mix and layer prints throughout a house.

Both educational and beautiful, Vern Yip shares his favorite insider tips, and opens his doors to show how he’s made them work in his own homes.  Vern Yip’s Design Wise provides both the inspiration and the clear, essential guidelines you need to create a home that perfectly reflects you.

Good taste is embedded into Aerin Lauder’s DNA.  As the heiress to the Estée Lauder brand and the founder of her own Aerin collection, Lauder’s Beauty at Home is a love letter to the well-lived, well-loved homes of the Lauder family.

Veranda Elegant Entertaining.  Providing the perfect mix of engaging advice and dazzling photographs, you’ll be inspired to take your next Spring party to the next level.

The Four Elements of Design: Interiors Inspired by Earth, Water, Air and Fire.  Interior design icon Vicente Wolf, provides an inspirational guide to designing unforgettable spaces based on the four natural elements. 

Closer to home, Southern Coastal Living is the first book from the award-winning J Banks Design Group.  This beautifully photographed book reveals luxurious but relaxed home and lifestyle design on Hilton Head Island.   Joni Vanderslice, ASID founded J Banks Design Group in 1986. As owner and president, she has built the design company into an internationally firm recognized for the J Banks signature style of timeless design and casual elegance.

Mr. H says: Design is thinking made visual-Enjoy!

Top interior design trends for 2018

Is a home redesign in your new year’s resolution?  I’ve rounded up the hottest trends of 2018 that you might consider in your next interior design project.

Kitchen Colors:  We are moving away from the white, antiseptic kitchens resembling medical labs and moving towards colors, real colors, that provide depth and warmth to the busiest place in the home.

Signature Kitchens and Bath Charleston Photo by Jim Somerset

Statement Ceilings:  I’ve blogged before on the often ignored ceiling as a design surface.  Bold colors, coffers, wood ship lap and wallpaper are just a few elements that can bring a wow factor to a room.

Photo by Toa Heftiba

Organic: Natural materials, that are eco-friendly and responsibly harvested, are handcrafted into lighting, furniture, wallpaper and fabric.

Jeffan International

Bold Velvet: The lush new, poly-blend velvet fabrics that have inundated the market in recent years are poised to take over everyone’s living room.  Rich colors, add elegance and luxury in one sophisticated child proof package.

Theodore Alexander

Metallics: As I wrote in a previous blog, glimmering metals can make a space more glamorous.  This trend will be seen in homes for years to come.

Brownstone Furniture

Big Prints: Large scale printed fabrics are enjoying a renaissance.  From big, chintz floral patterns to bold contemporary designs, these statement fabrics are appeaing in rooms of every style.

Osborne & Little

Cozy living: Snug and sheltered are the keys to the cozy living movement playing off our desire for a simple, quiet, disconnected lifestyle where home is our haven.

photo by Behy Studio

Handmade Fixtures: Artisan fixtures made of forged metal, blown glass or other natural materials will be the focus for investment statement pieces.

Hammerton Studio

Matte Black:  In kitchen and bath trends, matte black fixtures are on the fast track to replace the polished and satin nickel finishes that have dominated the market the last few years.

Delta Faucets

Olive Green: While not the Pantone color of the year, the earthy sophisticated aesthetic of olive green is a super star in the design world.  Green is making a comeback in many ways and this soft, natural color complements the cozy home trend for 2018.

Mr. H says: Good design never dates-Enjoy!

What is Luxury Interior Design?

Designing a home or space with luxury in mind is a design philosophy that I have always followed.  For me a luxurious interior has a sophisticated feel that can stand the test of time.   A well planned space is the first step and these are my tip tips to craft your own luxury.

Start with good “bones” 

Pay attention to the walls, floors and ceiling as this is the permanent design back drop.

Form follows Function

Luxury design is always about problem solving and crafting solutions for your lifestyle.

Vaishnav Devadas

Proper Lighting

Lighting should be done in layers with general ambient light, task lighting and accent lighting.   Peppering a ceiling with recessed down lighting does not convey luxury or even good design.

Vince Rvd

Natural Materials

Beautiful natural materials such as stone and fine woods are essential to luxury design

Statement Furniture 

While purchasing, high quality furnishings is important in luxury design, adding a few pieces with an interesting finish, detail or shape adds interest to a room.

Hurtado

Textures and Fabrics

A space filled with distinct textures and fabrics, regardless of the colors, feels inviting and luxurious.

Thibaut

Add Sparkle

Add mirrors or other reflective materials for instant luxury and glamour in every room.

Phillip Jeffries

Avoid Clutter

Apply restraint when arranging furniture, artwork and accessories.  You should be able to appreciate every piece that composes the design of your space.

Mr. H says: Luxury is the opposite of vulgarity-Enjoy!

Luminous Lighting

With the economic downturn, everyone is looking for ways to cut costs and often the design budget is first on the block.  Do not despair.  Lighting is an ideal makeover candidate since one fabulous fixture can transform a room.

Urban Electric – Nadia Watts Interior Design.

This contemporary metal fixture from Utttermost features a polished nickel finish and a frosted glass shade with crystal accents.

Uttermost Brandon Chandelier

Currey & Company’s delicate chandelier is quite large (48″ round) but its open iron frame and turned wood “crystals” appears so airy.

Currey & Company Christina Chandelier

Quoizel presents a twist on the popular the popular drum shade with a perforated metal  overlay, over the silk drum shade, featuring a leaf design.

Quoizel Utopia Pendant

Any room in the house can benefit with a lighting up fit.

Interior design by Novella Homes. Photography by Patrick Brickman.

Mr. H says: When there is no light, there is no beauty-Enjoy!

Recliners-Beauty or Beast?

Recliner.  One word that sends shivers down the spines of even the most intrepid of designers.  Those big, overstuffed, puffy, micro fibered covered, behemoths that many insist are the ultimate in style and comfort.  Seriously?  You know we can do so much better than that!

If you are like me, not only does the man of the house enjoy his reclining domain but so does the dog of the house.  Fear not!  Furniture makers have heeded the siren’s call and here is a sampling of some real beauties to keep the peace:

From Kravet Furniture www.kravet.com

It can be upholstered in any fabric to work with your decor:

Kravet furniture recliner

Kravet

From Leathercraft www.leather-furniture.com

A masculine leather look:

Leathercraft recliner

Leathercraft

From La Z Boy www.la-z-boy.com

This charmer would be at home in any fun decor:

La Z Boy Riley recliner

La Z Boy

You need not fear the beast with so many beautiful options available.

Mr. H says: When arranging rooms, think more about comfort than symmetry-Enjoy!

Welcome Fall!

Fall officially starts today at 11:09PM tonight.  With the temp’s still saying summer-why not get in the spirit with a festive new arrangement for the dining table?

Distinctive Design Autumn mix

Distinctive Design

This beauty certainly feels like fall.  It’s from Distinctive Designs www.distinctivedeseigns.com

Speaking of dining here is what’s on the supper party menu tonight:

Roasted Red Pepper Soup*

Lime Marinated Broiled Salmon

Squash Casserole

Mesclun greens with tomato vinaigrette

Chocolates and fresh Orange slices

*Roasted Red Pepper Soup Recipe

4 cups beef broth

2 12 oz. jars roasted red peppers, chopped
1 onion thinly sliced
3 TBL lemon juice
1 TBL lemon zest

¼ TSP cinnamon

Shake of cayenne pepper
¼ cup cilantro, finely chopped

In a 3- to 4-quart pan combine beef broth, peppers, onion, lemon juice and zest, cinnamon and cayenne and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes partially covered.

Puree soup in a blender and return to pan.  Add cilantro and reheat.

Mr. H says: Eating is an indoor sport-make sure your table is as pleasant as the game-Enjoy!

Wallpaper is Hot!

Our Facebook question of the day was paint, wallpaper or faux finish on your walls?  I’m curious to see how many of my friends actually like wallpaper.   As a designer I encourage my clients to use wallpaper especially in baths and laundry rooms.

Check out this powder room on Daniel Island where we used a Seabrook wallpaper.  The subtle design complements the decorative tile.

Daniel Island Designer Wallpaper

J. Rhodes Interior Design

Photo credit: Rod Pasibe

One of my go to wallpaper companies is Thibaut www.thibautdesign.com

An elegant living room:

Thibaut wallpaper

Thibaut

A gorgeous bath:

Thibaut wallpaper

Thibaut

Mr. H says: White walls may seem like a relief, however please reconsider-Enjoy!