can co-exist, just not perfectly. I love decorating with white which is
not normally deemed kid friendly. I used to use dark colors in order
to be practical but I hated the colors I was using. I finally just
started lightening up my home because it made me happy. I’m still happy
with my white walls, finger prints and all. If you go light like I did
just make sure to use a semi-gloss as flat paint is really hard to
far as furniture goes I love a mix of old and new. Old pieces are
great with kids because the more banged up…the more character. If you
are opting for a lighter couch (which truthfully is hard to keep clean)
than opt for slipcovers that can be thrown into the wash.
if anything is very precious or has a special memory attached to it by
all means put it on the top shelf. There are no guarantees.
The answer is more like, “meh”. We’ve had our fair share of mishaps
around here and not everything has survived the carnage. One thing I do
swear by though is microfiber. Both our couch and our dining chairs
are microfiber and no amount of thrown food, baby throw up, or even
dry-erase marker has managed to penetrate them.
– Lauren Liess, Pure Style Home
change my home just because I had kids and while I only have one child
and he is just 17 months I have yet to make any major changes.
1st tip: Set boundaries: Even though my little guy is still really
young and doesn’t understand everything I say I still show him and try
and teach him what things are off limits in the house. Mainly these
items are things like lamps, vases, photo frames, and artwork. I don’t
want him touching these things because if they fell they would break
into a million pieces and possible hurt him, but secondary they are
things that I picked out because I loved them and don’t want to see them
disappear. Of course even with my constant pleas of don’t touch that I
have had a vase or two hit the ground. I may pout for a minute or two,
but seriously it’s just a “thing” and no one got hurt so it’s easy to
get over it.
or have something that is super expensive or one of kind it’s probably
best to store it for a while during the toddler stage. I think in the
majority of cases are home aren’t filled 100% with to the trade/1st dibs
antiques so it’s safe to say you would probably only be storing one or
two pieces while your little gal or guy gets a bit older and understands
the concept of not touching something and being careful.
3rd tip: Call in for reinforcements: A couple of additional items in your closet will help out when you have kids.
– 3M command velcro strips: So I can velcro down a vase or lamp that Hudson is constantly grabbing for some reason or another.
: So a broken vase, etc can be glued together quickly before I lose any pieces
: In case my little artist spills something on my favorite rug
and let’s face it in my home they are all my favorite
: In case my all white sofa gets a stain
: I use this on the corners of my framed artwork so they can’t be taken down easily
tip: Anticipate: You know your child(ren) so if you know they have a
trigger like they just love to grab that elephant figurine (I have an
obscene amount of elephants) and it’s on the high shelve of your
bookcase and they are going to try and climb then make sure you place it
on a lower shelf so they can grab it. I know that Hudson loves yanking
flowers out of a vase so I always place my flowers out of sight level so
he doesn’t freak out. Doing little things like this can help pretend
tears from both parties.
5th tip: Relax. I have clients all the time that get me to design
beautiful spaces and present design plans and then I never get to see
the finished product because they don’t want to order anything because
their child is going to climb on the sofa and fling him/her self off it
along with dangle themselves from the chandelier and pull down every
window panel they put up and dance on the coffee table, etc. I honestly
think that’s going a bit overboard. I know many people have active kids
that like to get into everything, but I think if you follow the tips
above you’ll be able to have a nicely designed room that both you and
your children can enjoy. In my living room I have an all white sofa
with pillows made out of designer fabric that cost a pretty penny,
vintage lamps I adore, a glass coffee table and window panels held up by
clips and we hang out in there all of the time. Yes on occasion their
has a mishap, but overall everything stays put.
textured option like an ostrich:
designer favorite is Perennials Fabrics.
ordering to the trade favorite many companies now offer a nano-tex
treatment to their fabrics that will help with stains and spills.
whether you have kids or not. They are hard to keep perfect but if you
really love the look of a white sofa like I do you can make it work with
spot cleaning and washing. Most things will come out but they may leave
a dingy little spot of aftermath. You have to decide if you can live
with that, often you can just flip a cushion or hope the stain is where a
pillow will be! If you have an inexpensive IKEA ektorp or PB sofa you
could even have an extra set of white slips. I love white, it brightens
my older cottage and its not perfect but that is okay. And if you get
a stain on a print or color you cant use bleach. I also like borax for