Good Design With Kids in Mind and Chelsea Horsley

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And now back to the series…
Throughout this series I wanted to take some sneak peaks into blogger’s real homes and get a feel for the solutions that work for them.  Chelsea from Yours Truly is giving us tips and ideas on the solutions that work best for her. Chelsea has excellent taste and is proof that your home can have good design while keeping kids in mind! 

I’m so
happy Kirsten asked me to be a part of this series! I have loved
decorating my own home & the homes of clients, but making a
space for kids is my absolute favorite. It’s a place to let go, less
rules, and more fun. Having three kids under six myself means my home
needs to be kid friendly, like so many of you. I whole heartedly believe
your home can be beautiful, stylish, and a place for your kids
to be kids. It just takes a little more creativity (and being okay with
an occasional broken item:)
You can tell right when you walk in my home that I have kids, and I
like it that way. Hopefully it’s not because you’re having to step over a
toy, but because there is a playfulness and contrast to the design.
Below is a chalkboard wall I painted in the kitchen. It’s great
entertainment for us all! It’s the second home we’ve had with a
chalkboard wall in, and I can’t imagine not having one now, it’s so practical and fun.
keep the bigger bulkier toys in our kids rooms and closets since we
don’t have a play room. Sure things tend to make their way out
throughout the day, and sure I have blocks and doll heads laying around
in my kitchen, and that’s okay. For me, the best way to rein in the
small stuff is with baskets. Baskets, baskets and more baskets. I have
catch-all baskets in almost every room of the house. A cool tribal one
works great in our family room. An industrial wire basket fits well in
our kitchen. The baskets in our console table, while look just
decorative, are filled with toys, as are the bottom drawers of both our
family room & dining room armoire’s. It makes for an easy and quick
10 minute pickup when I know someone’s coming over, and at the end of
the day. Because the baskets are meant for anything small, my
kids can even help me pick up since they don’t need to know what goes
where. I feel like
you can put a basket anywhere too. I like them especially next to a
fireplace, to help anchor a side chair, or paired up under a console
are another thing I love decorating with, and they make so much sense
with kids. Most young kids know books only by their covers, so facing
them out makes finding their favorites easy. You can find stacks of
books all over my house. In
my daughter Tate’s room we hung the Ikea book ledge to create a cozy
reading nook. It was cool how much more she read when her books were out
on display like this. I wasn’t expecting that. I also layer them on her
windowsill, stack them in her desk cubby, and on a small chair. It’s
such an easy, charming way to bring color and playfulness to kids spaces
while using something functional.
think it’s important to create spaces for your kids in areas other than
their rooms. It is their home too. I spend so much of my day in the
kitchen, so it was only natural that the chalkboard wall, as well as
their play table + chairs live there. It’s turned into a little
snack/craft area and it’s the happiest corner in our home. I always feel
like a lucky mama when I see this nook, and I know my daughter feels
proud seeing her artwork displayed for everyone to
is something I hear from clients that they struggle with. I am drawn to
art that means something, which is tricky since you also want it to
mean something to your kids, but with out having giant puppies, or peace
signs on the wall (what my kids are currently into:). For my twins
nursery, since we didn’t know them yet, I chose pieces that meant
something to our family. A set of finger painted
portraits by Tate for them, a favorite quote of mine that reminds me
how strong the twins are despite their early struggle, and a print of
multiple tiny homes that gives nod to our many travels and places we’ve
called home over the years. They all coordinate yes, but more
importantly they were chosen with thought and over time. It made their
room feel personal even though they were too little to have any say in
Both my twins and daughters bedroom have lots of white. I get asked how I keep it clean all the time. Which
is funny, because I feel like it’s actually been pretty easy. While I
don’t let my kids eat in their rooms, there is always the inevitable
stain. Luckily, minus the rugs, everything is removable and machine
washable. My twins are two now, and the rug has stayed fairly clean. If
you can find rugs that are reversible get them! They are a lifesaver
when you need a fresh start. I’ve flipped the boys rug once, and I
assume by the time they’re 3 or 4 I’ll need to get the rug
professionally cleaned. I love having white too, because I know if
something serious did get on it I can always use bleach. I honestly
haven’t felt the white has been much of an issue though.
Thanks so much for having me Kirsten!
Teeppes are all the rage right now for kid’s spaces. I know my son is obsessed with tents and this “A Teepee to Call Your Own Teepee” from Land of Nod would make him jump up and down with excitement. Every kid needs their own space to read, play and dream and this teepee is fit for all of that! Not only is it cute but it’s also sturdy and well made. This teepee is sure to be a hit for years and years to come.  

8 Responses to Good Design With Kids in Mind and Chelsea Horsley

  1. Laurie Jones Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

    Absolutely beautiful spaces! I'm pretty sure I pinned them all!!! Loving this series so much!

  2. Brigitte Eppley Pace Friday, May 31, 2013 at 2:15 am #

    Kirsten and/or Chelsea, I bought ikea book ledges. Can you tell me the best spacing for them, bottom of one to the top of the next. Also, is it best to work in odd numbers, like 3 or 5 shelves? I have a serious lack in the design/decorating department…which is why I LOVE this blog!!!

    • Kirsten Krason Friday, May 31, 2013 at 4:15 am #

      Hi Brigitte! I like odd numbers generally but it really does depend on your wall. Just make sure it all feels evenly spaced. If you noticed Chelsea left some space at the bottom and less space at the top of her book wall which totally works! But you can do whatever you want. Just make sure it feels like it fills the wall up.

    • Chelsea Friday, May 31, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

      I would agree with Kirsten, odd numbers are preferable usually, but in my case I just wanted it to fit the wall. I didn't have enough room to fit 5, and 3 looked too bare, so 4 it was:) It doesn't bother me at all though and I like having the gap at the bottom to give Tate room for her bean bag.

  3. Christy Friday, May 31, 2013 at 3:28 am #

    I have a daughter named Tate too!

    • Chelsea Friday, May 31, 2013 at 4:04 am #

      Christy- I love that! You hear of boys, but not girls:) It's such a great one.

  4. Brittny Monday, June 3, 2013 at 4:27 am #

    Hi!!! I loved this post! Thanks for sharing. Do you know where the black and natural herringbone basket is from? I'm in desperate need on that basket by my fireplace:) thanks!!

  5. Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 1:41 am #

    Love the dresser and the grey pouf in the twins' room! Looks like you've created some great kid-friendly spaces; thanks for sharing. ~ Jessica