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…..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?