When it comes to home design, it's important to consider the needs of every member of the family — even the four-legged variety. Kari Whitman, Los Angeles-based designer and founder of the nonprofit dog rescue Ace of Hearts, often incorporates doggie design into her projects. Whitman has been featured in In Style magazine and on NBC's Today Show. Her celebrity clients include Jessica Alba and Kristen Bell, as well as their pampered pooches. Whitman also has created Greener Pup (greenerpup.com), a line of stylish, environmentally friendly dog beds whose sales benefit Ace of Hearts. (Everything but the zippers on the beds is recycled, she says.) "I'm surrounded by dogs all day long - my own and those I save and help get adopted - so it's a no-brainer for me to keep pets in mind when I'm designing," Whitman says. "I love animals in a home. They bring in energy. I can add beautiful things, but if you don't have the spirit and warmth of a beloved pet filling up the space, your home will always be missing something." Whitman shared a few of her favorite tips to help even the decorating-challenged get a leg up on canine design: Use washable paints in a satin, not flat, finish. They'll resist marks, keeping your walls looking fresh longer. Choose upholstery in colors that match your dog's coat to hide shedding. Use patterns and tweeds if dogs have a brindle or spotted coat. Use stain-resistant fabrics such as Crypton or opt for washable fabrics such as Ultrasuede or pleather, which resemble the real thing. In feeding areas, hard surfaces are your best option. Think ceramic tile, concrete and laminate flooring. Choose a feeding station that fits with your dé cor and allows your dog to stand in an upright position; it will be easier on his joints. One that doubles as a storage container is convenient. Find a unique storage bin such as a large basket or a vintage crate for your dog's toys to keep order in the house. If you choose hardwood flooring, beech, bamboo or recycled teak are more scratch-resistant than other woods. Whitman recommends Bamboo Flooring Hawaii (bambooflooringhawaii.com). Place slip-resistant mats inside and outside doggie doors to reduce the amount of debris tracked in. If you bathe your pet at home, install a handheld shower spray in the bathtub or try an outdoor doggie bathtub.