How to Make a Living Room Slob Proof

When interior designer Debbie Wiener makes over a room, her goal is twofold: 1) To create a beautiful environment that people are pleased to be in and 2) To “Slobproof” it. Debbie coined the term Slobproof to describe her philosophy of designing with families and pets in mind.

Here’s a living room that Debbie recently decorated. The room before was bland and lacked the warmth of the family. In fact, the room was so uninviting that the family and even the dog, spent little time there.

Living Room Before

In order to combat the kid’s spills and the dog’s hair and messes, Debbie used textiles with vibrant color and pattern. Mixing warm and dark hues to contrast and complement, she created a space that has both playfulness and functionality.

Slobproof Living Room After

The furniture is from Debbie’s Slobproof line, made to hold up to the roughhousing of both children and dogs. The line uses Crypton fabric, that features a breathable moisture barrier that prohibits liquids from penetrating the fabric to the cushion below.

Slobproof Ottomans and Sectional

Debbie specified window treatments that are high enough to stay out of the way of children and pets, and she accented the space with a few key architectural found items such as the unique red lacquered table.

Interesting Side Table

More family-friendly design ideas are available in Debbie’s recent book Slob Proof! Real-Life Home Decorating Solutions.


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5 Comments for “How to Make a Living Room Slob Proof”

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I think the term “slobproof” could apply to just about every room in my house currently! Debbie’s use of color and pattern is very fun and inviting. Love the red lacquer table!

Ms. Wiener did a fantastic job, wow! Just the color on the walls alone and then add the area rug and all the other accoutrements! Wonderful!

I want to get information on your workshops see if you have any that are close to simi valley Ca.

Aida – If you are looking for design courses in your area, you might try some local community colleges or adult schools if you are looking to dabble. If you are serious about a career change, Cal State Northridge has a program as well as UCLA Extension and various other schools. You need to look at the best programs for your needs (career vs. fix up your own home), the length of time involved and proximity to home. Good luck.

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