Wayne Pate Live Branch Print // Wayne Pate Pillar Tree Print // Tommy Bahama Throw Pillow // Overstock Arc Lamp // Pottery Barn PB Basic Sofa // Serena & Lily Lowell Wingback Chair // Ballard Hayes Round Tufted Storage Ottoman // West Elm Organic Plisse Blanket // Pottery Barn Logan Modular Wall System // Lulu & Georgian Genevieve Gorder Mary Clare Rug // Container Store Acrylic Canisters // Pottery Barn Ibiza Teepee
I think a lot of people have a misconception that if they have kids (or a messy husband), they can’t have nice things. While I don’t have kids of my own just yet, I’ve worked with enough clients with kiddos (and have one messy husband), that I can attest to the fact that this notion is not true! It’s all about setting yourself up for success through selecting work-horse items that seamlessly fit into your lifestyle and abide by your aesthetic.
Here are just a few of my tried and true tips:
- When it comes to upholstery choose durable mediums (fabrics, rugs, wallpaper, etc.) in darker solid colors or smaller prints – they’re much more forgiving! Also, consider slipcovers for the sofa, which can be easily removed and laundered.
- Splurge on artwork, save on pillows. Let’s be real, if there are pillows on the sofa kids and husbands alike are going to lay on them. So spending a lot of money on something that could potentially be drooled on (hopefully only the kids do this!) just isn’t wise. Go cheap here and invest in artwork that can be hung/placed in areas where kids can’t reach.
- You may know how much I love upholstered ottomans in lieu of a coffee table for small-space living situations, and the same holds true for family-friendly living rooms. There are no sharp edges for little ones to clunk their head on, and I always select one with storage to accommodate toys that constantly seem to multiply.
- Putting all of you “nice things” into storage once your kids are on the move just isn’t an option in my opinion! Select a cabinet or built-ins that have a display area on top where little hands can’t reach, and storage on the bottom for the above mentioned toys. If you choose to go with a cabinet, make sure to have a contractor secure it to the wall!
- If you have the space, designate a little kids corner. Pick up a little table and chair set, kitchen or teepee that fits within the aesthetic of the space (this part is crucial!). Make sure to have plenty of chic storage – like these clear acrylic canisters. Tell the kids that while all of their toys can’t live in the living room, these few are ok. That way the adults can hang out and the kids have their own little space – instead of being “banished” to the playroom.
- Get your kids involved in the process. If you’re between two pillows for example, let them pick out which one they like best. Then make a big deal about it to family and friends in the future. It will make them feel involved in the creative process and increase their confidence for decision making!