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04 . 27 . 10

I had a reader email me today asking about durable white fabrics that will stand up to dogs. She wants to decorate her home in white with blue accents which made me think of this beautiful home on Nantucket designed by Victoria Hagan. While white looks great, it can be difficult to keep clean in summer homes and those with pets and sticky fingered children so if you absolutely have to have white upholstery, try outdoor fabrics. They are designed to repel stains, water and mildew. This usually makes them feel like sandpaper but Rogers & Goffigan makes a really lovely line of softer feeling outdoor fabrics under their line DeLany & Long. I’m not a fan of slip covers but I do love zip off cushion covers that can be removed for cleaning and advise my clients to order extra sets. If one set is dirty, you can easily zip on a new set. It’s also nice to have extra seat cushion covers since they take the most wear and tear on chairs and sofas. Too bad it’s not warm enough for Nantucket yet. This house looks very inviting!

Photos by Scott Frances

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  1. Emily April 28, 2010 | 12:34 am

    Dedar also has some amazing outdoor fabrics that are very soft. The fabric I got is called Extension (5005)…

    ps love your blog! check out my blog too!! colormeemily.blogspot.com

  2. Lucy April 28, 2010 | 1:16 am

    love the house. great tips, i have four sticky-fingered children of my own 🙂

  3. DON April 28, 2010 | 1:18 am

    If only I had seen this before I felt forced to order dark furniture by my dark furred dog. Good to know for future reference. Thanks!

  4. Digs Inside & Out April 28, 2010 | 3:17 am

    HI THERE! I use Holly Hunt Great Outdoors – Aqua Velvet fabrics for similar situations on client proects. It is TRULY indestructible. It is an outdoor velvet that you would nevver guess is outdoor fabric with over 100,000 double rubs. Perfect for kids, pets, etc. Not cheap at all….but worth every penny. I have used it over and over and cannot recommend it highly enough!

  5. Karena April 28, 2010 | 4:52 am

    Great images, and the perfect suggestion!

    Art by Karena

  6. TheIconicBlog.com April 28, 2010 | 7:19 am

    That Nantucket property is stunning!x

  7. Tabitha April 28, 2010 | 8:05 am

    Wow, white fabric that stands up to dogs – that sounds miraculous! I love the cedar shingled house.

  8. Kellie Collis April 28, 2010 | 10:29 am

    As a fellow dog lover (and a lover of white) what a fabulous post!

  9. Jennifer April 28, 2010 | 11:43 am

    Great question!! If you have a suggestion for a hard wood flooring product that will hold up under dogs…that would be fantastic! I get asked that question all the time….thanks again!

  10. The Zhush April 28, 2010 | 11:43 am

    Great tip, gorgeous house. That runner and those bathroom tiles, all the beautiful design details!

  11. loveshack April 28, 2010 | 12:06 pm

    I have found faux suede very hard-wearing and incredibly easy to clean. Our sofas have survived years of sticky fingers looking like new and I have successfully used it in restaurants as well.
    Novasuede by Majilite is a great luxurious range and much tougher than it looks.

  12. Lauren April 28, 2010 | 1:08 pm

    Thanks for the beautiful pictures! You’re spot on with the look I was going for! Looking forward to picking up Rogers & Goffigan fabrics.

  13. Kari April 28, 2010 | 1:53 pm

    You can never go wrong with Perennials Fabrics…price point pretty good too…


  14. BERYN HAMMIL April 28, 2010 | 2:06 pm

    Love it! You must look at what Sunbrella is doing with fabrics… Amazing! And not just white. The Joe Ruggiero collection is elegant and durable.

  15. Holly J. April 28, 2010 | 2:38 pm

    Hydrangeas are used as such an amazing accessory since they contain such great color combinations… On my blog,I featured some rooms using hydrangeas a few weeks ago, so seeing the photos here were truly admired…

    xo Holly J

  16. Duchess & Bird April 28, 2010 | 4:58 pm

    I love to use white denim that is prewashed from Henry Calvin- much nicer hand and washed like your old pair of dungarees~

  17. Bart Boehlert April 29, 2010 | 3:01 am

    Beautiful house. Love Victoria Hagan, the perfect mix of the old and the new.