It's gotten easier to have a house full of pets without sacrificing the home decor you want. Interior designer Vern Yip, a judge on HGTV's "Design Star" and a dog person, says new technology has led to a variety of stylish AND pet-friendly home-furnishing options. "The furniture and home-decor industry has really rounded the corner and come to realize that this is a way of life for a lot of people," Yip says. Durable, easy-to-clean paints, antimicrobial stain-resistant rugs and more mean that a beautiful home and a furry pet are no longer incompatible. Here, Yip and two other interior-design experts — Betsy Burnham, founder of Los Angeles' Burnham Design, and small-space expert Kathryn Bechen — offer some tips: PET PLANNING Many pet owners today "are designing a space around their animals," Burnham says. "Most of the time, I hear, 'Oh, we've got dogs and a couple of cats and three kids, so please be mindful that we can't have anything too precious.' Then there are these really specific requests, like, 'I'd like a built-in dog bed in my island in my kitchen.'" Often, the planning starts with the biggest elements: walls and floors. Paints have become much more pet-friendly (and kid-friendly) in recent years: "There are a lot of paint companies now that have flat paints that are wipe-able," a feature previously offered only with glossy paints, Burnham says. Why do women get all attractive if they don't want to be harassed? Glad you asked We want sex harassment to stop, right? So why are we so mean to female bosses? Official rules: 2018 Nelson Algren Literary Awards