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LIFESTYLE: In the doghouse


Muddy paw prints? they are in the ultra-stylish homes from these top interior designers

Designer Carolyne Roehm, who has six dogs – Beethoven, Dusty, Baby Monkey, Lucky, Trollop and Teddy Bear – has a clever idea for protecting upholstered furniture. "When I cover sofas and chairs, I buy extra fabric to make dog covers." Then when they get dirty, I send them for cleaning. “For a similar sofa, try designerguild.com. lovemydog.co.uk sells dog blankets with paisley and liberty prints

You'd think that dogs and interior designers would find it impossible to live a stylish life together, since a French Regency chair padded with silk and a couple of muddy paw prints would practically be a bad mix.

However, I can not imagine a group that includes the often crazy and chaotic dog world. Why? Ironically, interior designers understand that beautiful rooms are not beautiful at all if they lack the soul. And what is more soulful than the sight of your dog, who greets you joyfully at the front door, whose tail wags angrily or has curled up soothingly at the foot of your bed? With dogs, your home can feel more complete than the fanciest carpet or curtain ever. Designers know this for sure as they choose between a solid and a strip.

Above Carolynes Wheaten Terrier Teddy Bear.

Above Carolynes Wheaten Terrier Teddy Bear. "I sleep with my puppies," she admits. “They all have their own special place. I protect my bed by making a dog cover from the same fabric as the bedding or finding a suitable light fleece. "

You will not see any valuable purebred lap dogs on these pages. Instead, you will meet dogs of all family trees and personalities, who are often rescued from animal shelters and live big (no matter how small) at home. They doze, feast, romp, cuddle (and sometimes have accidents) in some of the most stylish rooms in the world.

When I sent a letter inviting some of the world's best designers to participate in my book At Home With Dogs and their designers, within an hour (a few minutes) I heard everyone say "Yes!" When I had me they asked to participate in a book called The Most Chic Rooms Ever. I doubt they would have jumped so quickly. I think because, as exciting as it is to publish work, we all want to share and celebrate our love for the family deep inside.

And it is important to remember that there are still so many deserved dogs that have not yet found a home. I hope the amazing images on these pages inspire you to create a home for one of the thousands of dogs that are already waiting to give love – and to save us in return.

How to have a stylish home is also dog-friendly

The designer Mary McDonald & # 39; s pugs Jack, Lulu, Boris, Eva and Violet

The designer Mary McDonald & # 39; s pugs Jack, Lulu, Boris, Eva and Violet

  • Avoid fabrics that attract pet skins like velvet, mohair, and velor – go for smoother fabrics like leather and synthetic fibers. Invest in high quality textiles to withstand the test of time and claws. Designer Kelly Wearstler recommends working with the dog. For example, if you shed hair frequently, the upholstery and duvets should match your fur color.
  • Wooden floors quickly stain, dent and scratch. They also require quick cleaning if a puddle occurs. Laminate, stone or ceramic floors are best for pets because they are more durable. However, if you put your heart on wood, choose mahogany or oak.
  • Interior designer Jonathan Adler keeps his dog's toys in flat baskets that are spread around the house, making them accessible to dogs and people alike. Habitat.de sells a large selection of storage boxes.
  • Hanging lines on high hooks prevents them from getting out of the way. Mary McDonald also recommends choosing the right weight and length of lead for your dog breed.
  • Think of the wall surface. A heavily textured wall attracts pet fur, even if your four-legged friend doesn't rub it. Opt for a satin or satin finish because it makes it easier to remove unwanted stains.
  • The interior designer Mark D Sikes recommends adapting the dog beds for the style coordination to the existing decoration schemes. For example, if you have a striped carpet or a specific color on the walls, buy a dog bed of the same color or pattern.
  • This sounds obvious, but wash your pet regularly. Caring for removed dirt is dirt that does not run around the house. However, pet shampoo can be hard if used too often. After walks, a quick wash with clear water is better. Use a dark towel to dry.
  • Designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard advises that fabrics and furniture can be treated with non-toxic protective sprays and coatings that repel watermarks and stains and make even the most delicate materials easy to clean.
Designer Mary McDonald finds it difficult to keep an eye on her boobs, which like to hang out as a pack. "They make me laugh with their antics - and drive me crazy," she says. “I allow them to sit on any sofa and chair, and most of the time some or all of them sleep with me. Things I wouldn't forgive a person so easily - like gnawing on a signed 18th-century piece of furniture (I know people don't do that exactly, but you get my drift) - I forgive my dogs

Designer Mary McDonald finds it difficult to keep an eye on her boobs, which like to hang out as a pack. "They make me laugh with their antics – and drive me crazy," she says. “I allow them to sit on any sofa and chair, and most of the time some or all of them sleep with me. Things I wouldn't forgive a person so easily – like gnawing on a signed 18th-century piece of furniture (I know people don't do that exactly, but you get my drift) – I forgive my dogs

  • This is an edited excerpt from At home with dogs and their designers by Susanna Salk, published by Rizzoli, price £ 25. Order a copy for £ 20 visit until April 21st mailshop.co.uk/books or call 0844 571 0640; p & p is free of charge Orders over £ 15

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Designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard's wheaten terrier Daisy Olympic Green (initials DOG) rules his quarters. "I often use fabrics and carpets for outdoors," he says. "Today's techniques offer a chic selection that allows my luxurious look to prevail and gives owners the certainty that even if their dog is in trouble, everything is fine thanks to easy-to-clean materials."

Designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard's wheaten terrier Daisy Olympic Green (initials DOG) rules his quarters. "I often use fabrics and carpets for outdoors," he says. "Today's techniques offer a chic selection that allows my luxurious look to prevail and gives owners the certainty that even if their dog is in trouble, everything is fine thanks to easy-to-clean materials."

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