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Why allow your dog at the writing desk for Bring Your Dog to Work Day

Reclaimed wood desk with dog and cat - Modish Living

June 23rd is ‘Bring your Dog to Work Day’, a fantastic opportunity to introduce Fido to the office. Even if you work from home, having a dog loitering by your home desk bring many benefits alongside an ergonomic and stylish home office.

But if you think that taking your four-legged canine pal to work is just about being trendy, you need to know that there is evidence to suggest that pets in the work place make people happier and healthier.

So how do dogs take the edge off a stressful day at work?

1 They’re stress-reducing

Small white dog on brown sofa

Studies over the years have shown that humans interacting with animals reduce stress. By petting Whiskers the cat or walking Fido, the stress-reducing hormone oxytocin is produced which can cancel out the stress inducing effects of cortisol.

Frankly, spending just a few minutes in between tasks making a fuss of your pet is a great way to lift your mood too.

2 They increase productivity

The modern workplace, including the home office, can mean several hours a day of screen time.

You may be comfy in the best office chair at your modern desk, but health experts warn that breaks away from the screen and varying your physical position is important to maintain physical and emotional health.

A five to 10-minute break every 50 minutes of screen time is not a bad rule to follow, and is likely to be better for you than a 15-minute break every two hours.

With a puppy in the office, you could take a quick spin of the grounds to stretch their legs and your own too – the perfect working partner!

3 They improve bonding

Man with laptop and dog

A workplace can be a stressful place, fuelled by tension and unease. Working together with a unified spirit is essential for the culture of your workplace to be attractive to both customers, partners and, when you need it most, new talent to fill vacancies.

There are many thinks you can do to pull people together, from team building exercises to designing the office, complete with reclaimed wood desks and funky comfortable chairs.

But sometimes, you need something more – and that is where your pet dog comes in! There is nothing like a cute pet in the workplace to get people talking. Why not try it?

“What about health and safety?!”

There are of course, health and safety issues to bear in mind. So before you take Fido and hide him away under your contemporary desk at work, you need to consider the following;

  • Allergies – not everyone can tolerate pet fur, leading to sneezes, swollen eyes and other uncomfortable allergic reactions.
  • Fear – not everyone loves Fido. As hurtful as this may be, not everyone finds the eyes of your dog soppy or the dribbling cute. Some work colleagues could be scared witless of your daft puppy.
  • Dog-friendly amenities – it sounds great but, it may just not be feasible to have your dog running in and out of your small office desk and chair.

But with a few basic things taken care of, and agreement from colleagues, your dog could soon be enjoying your work too!

Complete your modern living room furniture with a luxurious rug

Louis de Poortere Vintage Patchwork Bruges Blue Rug in living room with sofa

There are many benefits to using a rug in any room. No matter what style you go for, from the uber-modern minimalist look to the farmhouse living room, there is a rug for every style.
But why bother with a rug? Will it really help your room look better and does it really ‘go’ with modern living room furniture?

Lift the ‘Look’ of the Room
You have everything in place. Everything just as you want it. You have taken hours of research to find the contemporary furniture that creates the modern living room that is stylish and functional. But is there something missing? A rug can lift the look of a room. One way is by injecting a vein of colour that is eye-catching, but without starkness. This Atlantic blue striped rug is just one of many solutions.

Supports a key piece
There is a need for a rug to have the right dimensions, as much as there is for it to fit the space in terms of style, colour and appeal.
You may have selected an item of furniture, such as a black leather sofa as the focal point, the shining star that instantly attracts attention. You need to support this piece, whether it is a reclaimed wood coffee table with considerable age, a beautiful living room sideboard or a contemporary sofa that is simply delightful.
Wool rugs can support a piece. Match the colour of the rug and its style with that of the piece you want to support. A great colour for bringing out wood tones or contrast with the coolness of a marble coffee table is red, like this red patchwork rug.

Emphasise the space
The right size rug brings the room together. But it also needs to be the perfect colour.
This grey rug, for example, would look well in a space where the overall colour scheme if neutral but warm.

Create a focal point
The rug is an important addition in many living rooms because it is the focal point.
In order for any design scheme to be successful, there needs to be a reference point for the eye. Also known as a focal point, the rug is ideal because you can attract attention to it with shape, but with colour too.
Design and pattern can help it stand out too. The deep red of this rug, along with the emphasising grey swirls of colour is an ideal example of texture being added to a room with a red and grey rug.

Add Warmth
When interior designers talk about ‘adding warmth’, they are talking of adding texture to a space. The different textures of fabrics and materials stop a space being ‘flat’ and cold to the eye.
To add warmth, choose sumptuous fabrics and with rugs, this means a looser pile so that it caresses the toes.
The mix of chenille cotton and wool in a rug is luxury for the feet, ideal for adding warmth to your living room.

Adds a Twist
There is something delightful about adding a little cheekiness to a space, an item, a colour or a shape that is not expected.
Whimsical without being childish, a rug can add a sense of something extra to a space. As well as pattern, there is colour to play with.
This rug, with understate copper tones, would come alive in a space in front of a brown or black leather sofa.

Not Just for the Fireside
A rug was, and still is, commonly used to protect the floor in front of an open fire. But it is not just for the fireside.
With the right size, pattern and colour, it can be the platform that emphasises a piece such as a wood table or the beauty of a leather Chesterfield sofa.
Or it can be a piece of art work in itself…

If you love an urban modern living room, here is how to get it

The urban modern interior design style is a fusion of the cosmopolitan environment seen in loft living in large cities. Here, we take a look at how you can create the same feel in your space, whether in a modern flat or a traditionally built home.

Bristol leather sofa and armchair in harris tweed

The Sofa and Chairs

Minimalist with glamourous chic, this style has an edgy, experimental feel to it. Large items of furniture dominate the living room landscape, but with a delightful low profile.

Choose a low profile, modern sofa and armchair that have a hint of the iconic Chesterfield but with an edgy twist fabric and leather combined, and two contrasting colours.

Better still, you can customise both these items to your taste, contrasting your choice of Harris tweed with any colour leather.

Atmosphere with Lighting

In any room, atmosphere is created first by lighting and then by decoration. Not forgetting that urban modern style is about adding glamour as much as it is about experimenting with something different, this golden pendant light adds a touch of chic and elegance.

Another pendant light that will add appeal is a frame pendant, complete with decorative glass infills. For added impact, cluster pendant lights together.

Floor lamps can be used as practical embellishments in an urban modern living room. Our rainbow floor lamps have the geometric appeal that adds creative expression as well as a hint of the geometric design found in many apartment lofts.

Flooring Solutions

For practical and budgetary reasons, most original loft living spaces that spawned the urban modern style relied on the original hard floor of the space as its flooring solution.

Wall-to-wall carpets is not usually part of the design although with a clever choice of some of the quirkier carpeting solutions on offer, it could work.

For hard floors, adding tone and depth with modern rugs fits perfectly within this modern interior design scheme.

Choosing a rug in the right shape and size is important in any design scheme. For the chic urban modern living feel choose a rug that throws the accent onto the modern furniture.

Or, use it to add the edgy statement we mentioned earlier. Sticking with a muted colour palette, add a rug that makes a statement – choose from the ‘faded-look’ rug or geometric patterned rugs.

Find out how to measure your living room for a rug from our guide here

Embellishment and Accessories

Alongside the sofa, the lighting and the rug, you need practical additions that make living in the space both comfortable and joyous such as a modern coffee table.

Using natural materials is key - this made-to-your-measurement industrial look coffee table the ideal solution in creating an urban modern living room.

If you prefer a cleaner style, the racked lower shelf on this concrete coffee table makes for an interesting addition.

Fabrics and textures are needed in any design, which is why the edgy look, this leather and Union Jack topped coffee table combo is simply delightful.

Fabrics and throws should be used with care but in some respects, are embellishments that are needed to add warmth to what can feel like a void, or a characterless space.

Mix the old and the new, modern furniture with pieces with age. How will you create your ideal urban living modern room with modern living room furniture and accessories?