I have strong opinions on the subject of fabrics for pets – particularly cats. After having a linen sofa shredded by my two cats, I made the transition to a velvet sofa. Because velvet is a cut pile, there aren’t tempting fabric loops for kitty claws to hang onto (Disclaimer: If you have a very determined cat, it will shred anything, but velvet doesn’t seem to be as satisfying for them). Even if you don’t have pets, velvet cleans up well and just looks better with wear. So I was delighted to see this living room transformation by designer Jennifer Wagner Schmidt that centers around a velvet sofa. Jennifer took one of those ubiquitous red and green plaid sofas from the 1970s and updated it by reupholstering the sofa in a stain resistant gray velvet. She freshened up the rest of the room by removing the old wallpaper and painting the entire brick fireplace wall white. It makes such a huge difference. –Amy
See more of Jennifer’s transformation after the jump!