Living Stylishly: With Children

To be honest…there was a time in my life when I was a complete idiot when it came to the whole house/kids/breakable/stainable thing.

My husband tells me I’m like a bird, I’m just drawn to sparkly things.

I thought that I could just fill the house to the brim with glass tables, crystal candle holders and white area rugs and when it came time for us to have kids, I would just tell them to not touch those things and they would just listen (if you’re a mom you’re probably laughing out loud right now.) Like I mentioned earlier….complete idiot.

Now I go to Home Goods with my 1-year old and I walk down that first aisle, you know…the one with all the glass, and I just stare at it all…..and then I look at him and explain to him that these are alllll the things that mommy can’t buy because I know he’s going to break it.

But I’m not here to tell you that once you have children your house dreams are over. I’m here to tell you that you can have a beautiful home with beautiful things, you just need to style your home with the kiddies in mind.

Here are a few of my favorite tips:

Ditch the Sharp Edges

Kids bump, they roll, they run, they dive. And they do it all right into your coffee table. So glass table are out. But there are a lot of other options out there that are still stylish while being kid-friendly. Here are just a few…..

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Chas Coffee Brown Leather Ottoman from Pier 1– Any ottoman works great in a kid-friendly living room. They’re cozy, elegant, they offer extra seating AND no sharp edges! I really like this leather one from Pier 1, mainly because leather’s pretty easy. If something spills, just wipe it off and you’re safe.

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Cala Hammered Coffee Table from World Market– This antiqued-silver coffee table from World Market is so so so pretty. It’s rounded, so again, no sharp edges and the best part of all is that it doubles as storage.

Pattern Play

If you’re craving something light or white, then patterns are going to be your best friend.

Unfortunately there are going to be spills whether you want them or not. It’ll be beer, wine, vomit, pedialyte , chocolate shakes (I’m looking at you Colette)

Things just happen, and that’s okay. It’s a home and it’s meant to be lived in.

So if things just so happen to stain, patterns will make it way less noticeable.

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Flavin Concave Arm Chair from Wayfair– This arm chair is pretty light, but because of the pattern, it will hide stains very well. The colors in this chair are actually very similar to the colors on my sectional at home. We’ve had so many spills I don’t even count any more. But the most recent spill was a whole glass of red wine. A little Dawn and a little seltzer water and you wouldn’t even know there was a spill. Thank gosh for patterns right? So you can have something light and pretty but practical at the same time.

A Tisket A Tasker Mommy Needs A Basket

We all know kids have A LOT of toys. Between the 5o teddy bears you got at your baby shower and all the gifts your kiddie is getting from Aunt so-and-so…it’s A LOT. 

And don’t get me wrong. The toys are great and fun and my son loves all of them. But at the same time….this is my house, not Tickle Me Elmo’s house so sometimes he just needs to go away.

Whether it’s the living room, bedroom or nursery, storage baskets pretty much work anywhere. They’ll hold your little ones toys, blankets, books and with all the different styles out there, this storage is sure to work seamlessly with your existing decor.

Here are a few options….

Threshold Wicker Milk Crate Basket from Target– I like these baskets. They’re affordable, they come in different sizes and they work really well with different home styles. Whether your style is mid-century, nautical, shabby chic or anything else….they work.

La Jolla Baskets from Serena & Lily– These are sooo cute and fun. They have different color options and if you prefer solids to patterns, they offer a solid color basket as well. 

Orrin Upholstered Storage Ottoman– Looking for something a little more elegant? Try a beautiful storage ottoman. I especially love these for the living room.

Lovely Lighting

Have I ever told you that I am completely obsessed with candles? You actually should be too. They smell good, they’re relaxing and they just make everything feel so warm and welcoming. 

But if you’re worried about leaving candles or glass hurricane vases out, here are some solutions.

For those of you who would like to add candles to a coffee table or side table, I’d like to recommend the flameless candles which you can easily find at Pier1 or Home Goods. They look pretty realistic and if your little one just so happens to reach it and touch it…it’s not the end of the world. AND if your child is a little garbage disposal like mine is, good move, because they can’t eat them either.

Dayna B Filigree Hurricanes from Overstock– These candle holders feature filigree cut outs which offers that soft warm glow. Because they’re metal, it’s no big deal if they happen to fall or get knocked over.

Pierced Metal Candle Holders from Pier 1– These candle holders offer a nice little touch of sparkle. Because these are crafted of metal and wood they make a perfect addition to your home, just make sure to pair these with the flameless candles if they are not going to be totally out of reach from your little one.

Plush Pillows

Throw pillows enhance your room’s decor and add a nice pop of color. You can easily give your space a makeover just by switching up your throw pillows, adding embroidered, sequined or patterned pillows.

Pier 1 is my absolute go to for throw pillows. Any spills? No problem, these throw pillows feature removable covers which makes clean up so much easier. Pier 1 has so many styles and they’re actually very affordable (the above three pillows are all under $35.00)

Well, these were just a few of my tips and tricks for living stylishly with children.

Do you have any more ideas?
XO

A Review of Fox and Clover Boutique

When we first bought our home, there was something that I really wanted more than anything, more than a beautiful marble bathroom or an all white kitchen.
Above all, I wanted my home to be, well, homey.
I wanted my friends and family to come over and instantly feel comfortable and relaxed.
When they walked up our driveway and got to our front door I wanted everyone to feel welcomed.
So when I found Fox & Clover Boutique, an Etsy shop creating fun homemade goodies,
I knew I just had to have one of their door mats. Tara, the shop owner is wonderful to deal with and she provides beautiful and quality products.
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Fox & Clover Boutique creates designs that are fresh and fun. They have these sassy door mats that will compliment your personality while making your guests smile before they even knock at your door. Looking for a housewarming gift? Something like this is perfect. Like seriously, who wouldn’t want one of these?
Here are a few of the door mats they have…..
Want something custom? Just send Tara a message and she’s more than happy to work with you on creating something extra special.
Fox & Clover Boutique also has these really fun mugs and mouse pads.
Cute right?
Check out Fox and Clover’s Etsy shop by visiting https://www.etsy.com/shop/foxandcloverboutique
And make sure to use code NEW10 to receive 10% off your purchase!
Whether you’re treating yourself or looking for the perfect gift, you’re sure to find something sweet at Fox & Clover Boutique
XO

An Apartment Reveal & An Apology

So guys…I’m sorry.
I know I told you that I would have a “reveal post” for you over the weekend.
I had everything finished, the photos taken, the details written down. But you know, I am sorta new to this whole blog thing and the fact of the matter is, who really wants to read a blog post on a Sunday?
Nobody.
Not even me.
I was actually getting ready to write this post and then all of a sudden my husband offered me a glass of wine.
Like, yes. Absolutely. ( slams laptop shut )
The football games and the dinner parties and whatever else you folks do on your weekends are way more cool and I get it.
So I’m going to share the reveal with you today. Come on in…
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I got a call from a very good friend of mine who told me that he just got an apartment on the south shore of Long Island. He gave me the keys to his apartment and told me to take a look and get a few ideas together.
Here’s what I had to work with…….
I’ll be honest….the only word I could use to describe this apartment was “cave”. It was a big blob of brown, tan and beige. It was the total opposite of what my client wanted, lots of white and grays, modern and contemporary.
With a month to decorate a living room, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom and a budget of $1,000.00, I got to work right away. I was determined to find the best finds for the best deals.
First things first, we needed new paint and bad. The tan colors we had on the walls did not do the space justice. It made everything seem very dark and ya know, cave-like.
I wanted to freshen things up so I decided to go with Benjamin Moore’s Cloud Nine paint and add accents of Benjamin Moore’s Steel Wool. The Cloud Nine is technically considered white, but there’s a very slight hint of gray in it so its not so stark. And the Steel Wool….UGH…It’s one of my favorites.
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You would not believe the difference a few coats of paint will make. I swear the apartment seems three times the size.
Now for the living room. I thought finding a couch that would fit into the budget would be so easy. Just walk into Home Goods and pick one of those right?
It was really important to my client that he had a couch that pulled out to a bed as well. He’s an extremely family-oriented guy and this would definitely come in handy when he had his family coming to visit.
I ended up finding this sleeper sofa on Overstock and I got it for a great price. The dark gray fit into his color-scheme and really popped against the cloud nine wall.
(And believe it or not, It’s actually pretty comfortable too. Which is weird because these sleeper sofas are notorious for being uncomfortable.)
I completed the living room with an ivory wool rug and a distressed wood and chrome coffee table.
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Moving right along to the bathroom….
The original color was a pale, limey green. Just blah. Not modern or contemporary. Just blah.
I gave this bathroom a whole new look by just painting the walls with the BM Steel Wool, changing the shower curtain, adding some abstract art and adding a new light fixture.
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And for those of you out there who are hating on your bathrooms but don’t feel like spending a ton of money. I did this for under $100.00. Yep! Bathrooms can be beautiful, just gotta give em a little TLC
Right off of the living room we had an empty corner. I decided to put a bar cart here (because who dosen’t like one of those?)
My client wanted his apartment to ‘feel like home’. Having something like this off the living room makes cocktails and glassware easily accesible to guests. Noone has to rummage through your kitchen cabinets to find a martini glass and not only that, but let me remind you this is a smaller apartment which means a smaller kitchen. Clearing the 2 cabinets that held the liquor and glassware made more room for dishes, silverware and small appliances.
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Now the bedroom, which I am truly in love and obsessed with…………..
I’m sorry but all you’re getting today is a little sneak peak.
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Apparently the stairs going up to this apartment are just narrow enough that we couldn’t fit the box spring.
We tried, we really did.
And when I say ‘we’ I mean the 6 guys from Bob’s Furniture that came to try and get this box spring up about 32 different ways.
It just wouldn’t fit.
But that’s okay! Because I found a store that has the full box spring in a split. So pretty much it comes in 2 smaller pieces instead of one big one;
So that should be delivered on Wednesday which means Wednesday night I can go and get my ‘final bedroom reveal’ photos taken and ready to share with you.
Well that’s all I have for today. Below is a source list for anyone interested.
Living Room Sources:
Bathroom Sources:
Bedroom Sources:
And like I mentioned earlier in this post…I’m new to this, so just bear with me and I promise I’ll get better as time goes on.
Happy Monday everyone!
XO