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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS .. H 0 ME GARD EN Pamper the pets when designing the perfect interior ARA CONTENT Befere designing a reem, keep the family dog in mind when selecting the type of carpet, paint, furniture and accessories to best accommodate him. Aug Your ssacuah Team for-itle & Escrow Directions: Take Exit 17 Off 1-90. Go 3 t/2 miles South on Front Street. Open Mon-Sat 9-6, Sunday 11-5. ust Specials Make your garden a summer delight wffh our wonderful selections of trees, shrubs and grasses as special savings c~ 25% Off Gorgeous hydrangeas in many sizes and huge blooms c~ 25% Off Fruit trees- plums, cherries, pears and apples loaded with fruit c~ 25% Off Ornamental grasses - popular blood grass, blue oat grass, black mondo grass and many more. Our certified professionals will help you choose the perfect trees for your garden. Hayes -- Your Garden Inspiration -- 12504 Issaquah-Hobart RO. SE, Issaquah (425) 391-4166 www~hayesnursery~corn BY DAVID HAYES For most people, a lot of thought goes into design- ing the perfect home with just the right amount of creature com- forts. What can get overlooked in the process are the comforts of four-legged creatures, namely pets. According to the American Pet Products Association, 63 percent of all households in the United States have a pet, and of those, dogs and cats make up 82 percent of all pets. So when finding cost-effective ways to re-design the interior of your home, don't forget to keep in mind the effect the design will have on the family pet. From furniture and flooring to paint and acces- sories, everything can have its place to accommodate Fide and Fluffy. Roodng When designing the interior of a home, the first area to keep in mind, whether they've got two legs or four is, what shall everyone walk on? Whether you're in- stalling carpeting or hardwood floors, there are materials more suited for the wear and tear of feet attached to claws. Mike Bean, owner of the Sam- mamish Abbey Carpet Store, said what's installed can be as varied as what will be running around on the floor, be it a Great Dane or a chihuahua. ARA CONTENT A pet's color scheme can actually play into a room's overall design, as well as its fur, be it long haired or short. If you're going with wood floors, many homeowners with pets grav- itate toward laminate flooring be- cause they're more durable and resistant to scratches and indenta- tions. Plus they're easier, faster and cheaper to install: But Bean warns laminate floor- ing is not the end-all solution. "It has other issues of its own and its own set of challenges," he said. For example, laminate is more susceptible to moisture and the edges curling up, Bean said. "If I had a medium sized dog, I wouldn't hesitate to go with real wood floors," Bean said. A popular product being in- stalled in many homes is the Brazilian cherry. The reddish-or- ange wood is very hard -- two- and-a-half times more so than oak -- Bean said. A cheaper option that's 20 percent harder than oak is the North American maple. For those wishing to stick with carpet, Bean said most new soft- surface carpet is pet friendly. It's less porous, preventing wetness from seeping through to the cush- ion. Suzyn Kasala Branch Manager/LPO i!/i! il!i!iii!iiii!i !i!!!!!!i ~ii! N. ,~ * * ** OLD REPUBLIC,m,~.~:~,~ Stacy Schneider Escrow Closer "And stain resistance is built into the better carpets," he added. The latest trend is Tactesse ny- lon carpet that is a stronger and softer nylon that is also stain re- sistant. Furniture Choosing the right furniture for a pet-friendly home can be as complicated as matching and con- trasting Fido's color scheme. But if you just want a durable couch to withstand Fluffy's comfort, Frank Smith, owner of Issaquah Furni- ture, recommends a simple cover- ing that is also pleasing to the eye -- microfiber. "Microflber is a tightly woven fabric that has the look of suede, rayon or even silk," Smith said. "It's easily cleanable and doesn't snag on pets' claws." A higher end product is Crypton, a synthetic textile that is also easy to clean and is highly resistant to stains, water and bacteria. Fabrics like denim, flannel, cor- duroy and velvet all have a ten- dency to hold pet fur. So keep plenty of lint rollers handy if you have any of those fabric coverings. As for durable construction, Smith recommends furniture made from oak or parawood -- a latex, rubber tree product that is very hard, durable and growing in fashion. Smith said if you have your mind set on a leather surface, like a good pair of shoes, it will wear out. It's See PETS, Page B5 1055 NW Maple St., Suite 203, Issaquah, WA 98027 (425) 392-3977 Fax (425) 392-4566 Coldwell Banker Bain Greater Eastside (425) 450-5287 Cindy Hamman Steve Honnen RE/MAX Integrity Coldwell Banker Bain Greater Eastside Greater Eastside & Seattle Greater Eastside & Sammamish (425) 961-5354 (425) 442-4942 (206) 819-6166 Finding the right home is hard... Finding the right homeowners insurance ;: is easy. See State Farm Agent: Kathy Johnson [i i] 392-2224 Gilman Station Issaquah KATHY.JOHNSON.B73D@STATEFARM.COM Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there. STATE FARM FIRE AND CASUALTY COMPANY ,, HOME OFFICE: BLOOMINGTON, ILLINOIS