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Your Home: The Guide

How to kid- and pet-proof your home

The furnishings, finishes, and layouts that will let your wild things be wild.

This article is featured in this Sunday’s issue of the Globe Magazine.

Nothing brings you down quite like muddy paw prints skipping across your new B&B Italia couch or a sippy-cup full of milk on that gorgeous hand-knotted Persian rug. But does having pets and children mean you have to give up good design? “Most certainly not,” says Alicia Ventura, an interior designer at Su Casa Designs in Newton. “You just need to take into consideration who you’re designing for and work around that. You need to adapt a little.” If you choose the right products, layout, and fabrics, it is possible to kid- and pet-proof — or at least kid- and pet-protect — your house and still feel comfortable there as an adult.

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