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Decorating a room to make it feel beautiful yet functional is one thing, but when you throw children and pets into the mix, keeping that beautiful aesthetic can tend to complicate things! As a fashion and design lover myself (I write the blog EAT/SLEEP/WEAR), I tend to focus closely on gorgeous aesthetics with clean lines, so when my husband and I decided to bring home a puppy three years ago, I was scared of what might happen to my beautiful furniture and my organized home!

Since that day, my dog, Lola, quickly turned into a huge part of my husband and my lives. Some people just have pets, but Lola is truly part of our family (along with our kitties!). We make room for her in our lives in so many ways, one of them being making her comfy and cozy and part of our lives at home, which I of course still want to look beautiful and homey!  Recently, we were planning to redecorate our office, and since my husband, Blake and I work from home, I wanted to make sure that I created a calming space that I would want to work from, which still included a special space for Lola (she is always by our side sleeping between our desks!) I’ve shared ten tips on how you can bring your beautiful, cozy and pet friendly space to life so it’s functional enough to fit your lifestyle, yet still beautiful enough to enjoy…

Tip #1: Go Tonal
When deciding on a color palette for a space, I love a tonal color palette. I picked out cool neutrals so everything would really blend together. I started the space with this cool gray console table from HomeGoods and built the room around that. I fell in love with the subtle gray and clean lines. So, find your favorite piece and build your color palette around it. That goes for everything in the room all the way down to Lola’s dog toys. If you see her toy bin, all the toys have a neutral hue and they seamlessly blend into the other decor pieces.


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Tip #2: Lounge in Style
Adding a cozy lounge chair in your office is a great way to create your own little oasis. I find that during the day I have to step away from my screen so being able to get cozy on my arm chair allows for a quick spot to curl up for a break. A big bonus is this ottoman that doubles as an extra dog bed for Lola, and it was such a great price.


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Tip #4: Add Texture with Throws
Adding throws in different textures and colors can add a lot of warmth to your space. I always get cold so I love to be able to wrap something soft and luxe around me as we start to transition into Fall. The faux sheepskin throw on the ottoman adds the perfect bohemian touch and also serves as a luxe blanket for Lola to lay on. She loves extra blankets and throws as much as I do and I can always find her curled up in them.


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Tip #5: Add Black for Contrast
Since I gravitate toward a very neutral decor style, I am always looking for ways to add a hint of contrast to pull the space together. Adding a few strong black accents like this black pillow, lamp, book, and artwork are how I pull everything together.


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Tip #5: Swap In, Swap Out
Instead of reinventing your whole space by getting all new furniture each time you get the itch to totally reorganize, swap out individual items to get a totally different mood in your room more quickly. Simply changing out throw pillows or changing a simple vase to a more sculptural one can transform your space in an instant. Never underestimate the power of changing out your smaller accessories. HomeGoods is one of my favorite places to grab new throw pillows and accessories that don’t break the bank.


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Tip #6: Zen Out
Never underestimate the power of fresh flowers and a scented candle to make your space more tranquil. Arrange a simple bouquet with just a few stems of a taller flower for a modern look or gather 3 different style flowers or greens together for more of a bohemian look. My two big arrangements are also made very different by choosing clear or colored glass like these from HomeGoods.


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Tip #7: All About Storage
I always incorporate different types of storage when I am creating a space. I actually live in these spaces and it’s important to me that they function well. I picked up some different decorative bins to store Lola’s toys and blankets so that the room would not be cluttered. They are easy to move around throughout the day. I also love the storage inside our cute little console table. I wanted a place where I could store treats, extra pet supplies, extra toys and blankets. I love keeping Lola’s things together and now I have the perfect place to put everything. Bins really help me to organize small items.


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Tip #8: Create a Gallery Wall
I know creating a gallery wall can sound very intimidating but take it from me, YOU CAN DO THIS. Adding art to the walls is a way to express a mood and add some color or texture to your space. Since I wanted to add contrast with my black and white floral print, I chose some abstract art pieces with a hint of color. The key to creating my gallery wall was to choose pieces in different sizes to create more visual interest on the wall. I love the added bonus of leaning one frame on top of the console table to a big more dimension. The selection at HomeGoods is great and I love the modern feel of the art we picked out.


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Tip #9: Mix Materials
I am a huge fan of marble (as is most of the rest of the decor world) and I have a marble piece in every room in my home. I love to combine wood and marble textures and found this great tray to use as a platform for a vase or candle. Don’t be afraid to mix materials to create a layered look in your decor. Also, insider tip: Always check out the kitchen section at HomeGoods. It’s a great department to find small marble goods for styling. I always head there first.


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Tip #10: Skip the Floor Lamp
While floor lamps are beautiful, my space is on the small side and I didn’t have the room for one. Just because you can’t fit a floor lamp doesn’t mean you have to go lampless. A desk lamp is a great alternative to still add light to your space. What drew me to this lamp was its sexy angles. I mean, this lamp is good, right?? So chic and the brass accents are very modern. Love the angles it adds to the space.


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And voilà! With just a few tips to keep in mind, you’ll be able to re-fresh your favorite spot to relax with your pet, while not losing any functionality or beauty! Hope you and your pet love your space as Lola, Blake and I love mine!


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P.S. The first dog bed we got Lola when we brought her home as a puppy was from HomeGoods and we still have and use it today!


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