et's face it, if one lives somewhere like the
Hamptons, they probably care about their image. It
is not necessarily bad; it just means one tends to
be self-aware and probably knows what is trendy
and stylish. So why not apply the same line of thinking when
designing the home by making sure the interior design is
fashionable and pet-friendly? Of course, we are not all interior
design experts specializing in pets. Luckily, BF Interiors is.
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in residential family and pet-friendly designs for over 35 years,
how did you come up with the idea?
Barbara Feldman I was working in the healthcare design
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easily cleaned with bleach. The hospitality industry also needed
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Together, both industries approached the manufacturer and
asked for a durable material that would be nicer to look at. It took
years to get it right, but they eventually settled on a fashionable
micro fabric. I thought to myself, “I have dogs and cats—they
throw up—let’s use some of these fabrics and see how they work
on pet homes.” The new materials helped me develop a niche,
and today, I have a collection that is high-end and beautiful for
residential and pet-friendly homes.
Is it expensive to make a home pet-friendly?
BF What people need to understand is that it is not inexpensive
material, but it is worth it to create a space that your pet will be
comfortable in and feel at home.
Can people buy your materials in any store?
BF I collect materials from all the manufacturers. If someone
goes into a showroom and see something they like, I have
access beyond what they are seeing. For example, they might
see a material they like, but it is only being used on a chair. My
access allows a much further reach than a consumer just going
into a showroom.
How do you make a space conducive to pets?
BF Over 35 years of experience has allowed us to accumulate
knowledge that many people may not have. We will notice
hazardous areas for pets that a lot of people overlook, and we PH
Fabrics are everything when
designing for furry family members.
BY BRIAN FISCHLER
HAMPTONS PE T № 2 | FALL 2014
THE LIVABLE HOME PRESENTS