Aug. 20, 2019
Have you seen the August issue of Mooresville Lakeside Living Magazine? We are excited to partner with such a great hyper-local publication that focuses specifically on the lifestyles, families, and businesses around the Brawley School Road area of Mooresville.
In the most recent issue, our Director of Marketing, Jennifer Korinchak, gives her home design tips for pet owners. If you don't have a copy of the magazine, you can read the article here.
With over 68% of U.S. households owning a pet, there’s a pretty good chance that you share your home with a furry friend. Heck, Fido or Fluffy may be snuggling up against you right now as you’re reading this article! If this scenario describes you, there’s also a pretty good chance that you enjoy spoiling your pet. A 2018 study conducted by OppLoans found that North Carolinians spend about $100/month on food, toys, and other pet goodies – including home furnishings and design.
But does your home design reflect life with pets?
If the answer is “no,” take note of these tips from Jennifer Korinchak, Director of Marketing at Mooresville Realty, and the proud mama of two nine-year old tabby cat brothers, Hermie and Henry. Also having experience in the pet industry, Jennifer shares her expertise and eye for design to help you create a harmonious, easy-to-maintain living space for both your two-legged and four-legged family members – without sacrificing style.
When designing and outfitting a home, we choose pieces that reflect our personality and lifestyle. With pets, durability and clean-ability should always be factored into the equation. Home is a place of rest, relaxation, and enjoyment – not a place of more work and frustration just because we have pets. Making smart choices when selecting home furnishings will make life easier on a daily basis.
Choose Durable Fabrics
There are many modern and stylish fabric options on the market today. One of my favorite furniture retailers, Room and Board, offers furniture with fabrics that are tough but beautiful. In fact, many of their pieces are woven and built right here in North Carolina. Some of the best pet-friendly fabric options are tightly woven weaves, microsuedes, Belgian linens, and indoor/outdoor fabrics (such as Sunbrella) with subtle patterns or textures like herringbone and chenille. Choose tonal colors similar to the color of your pet’s fur, and invest in a stain-resistant treatment like Scotchguard. Here's my cat Henry hanging out on Room and Board couch outfitted in a blue microsuede.
Have Fun with Flooring
Area rugs, carpet tile squares, and vinyl floor mats offer fairly inexpensive options to express your style while maintaining hard floors underneath or keeping pets off of carpet.
I absolutely love Flor Carpet Squares. Offered in a plethora of trendy designs and colors, carpet tiles are just that – squares of carpeting that be individually configured or replaced. They are relatively stain-resistant right out of the box and clean up easily with mild cleaner or a quick run under the faucet if necessary.
Have the opportunity to make a major flooring change? Hardwoods, stone and ceramic tiles, cork, and bamboo are perfect pet-friendly choices. Hard floors are easier to clean than carpets and are cooler in hot weather for long and thick-furred animals. With hardwoods, it’s important to do your homework. You may love the look of those beautiful Brazilian Birch dark wood floors, but did you know certain wood species are softer and more susceptible to scratches and dents? “Harder” woods including oak, elm, mahogany, and maple are more resistant to marks compared to cedar, pine, birch, or fir wood species.
Image: "Fully Barked" Carpet Tile Squares, courtesy of Flor
Home Selling Tip: Promote Pet-Friendly
A recent survey conducted by Realtor.com and Harris Research found that 80% respondents who closed on a home in 2018 are pet owners. What’s more, 75% of those buyers said they’d give up their dream home if it did not meet their pet’s needs. Here are a few tips to subtly appeal to pet owners without deterring buyers without pets: