Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Quick Tips for a Kid-Friendly Home

There is a lot to prepare if you've got a baby on the way, the last thing you want to worry about is child-proofing your home and losing all your style in the process.  Fortunately, there are several stylish and affordable ways to kid-proof your living spaces.

  If you have already invested in a sofa you love and it happens to be white, don't feel like you should purchase a new one. A tailored slipcover can be made with fabric that will look as just as nice. 
  Big coffee tables look great but aren't exactly practical with little ones running around. Swap out a hard-edge coffee table with leather poufs. They are durable and can be wiped clean. 
  Toys are bound to make their way into the living room. Providing baskets for storage make it easy for clean up. 
  Layering accessories are what typically make a room feel personal and finished. You don't have to sacrifice style and function.
  Look for items that are made of plastic, paper, wood, and wire. Think outside the box and embrace these quirky items that represent you and your new family.

Tips to remember:
1. Get creative with slipcovers. Custom made covers go a long way.
2. Swap bulky coffee tables for leather poufs.
3. Look for accessories made of plastic, wood, wire, even paper.
4. Keep things out of reach with tall tables.
5. Use baskets to keep toys organized. 

You don't have to completely renovate your home before the bundle of joy arrives. A few small, affordable changes can turn your living room into a safe play zone.

I have two little ones, so one of the first things I did was get rid of our large coffee table, we now have (4) smaller ottomans that we use as coffee tables.  I had them made the same height as the seats so it really  becomes a comfortable place to lounge out as a family.  

I also have a variety of fun baskets in every room that store toys.  Let's face it they never stay in one place, so at the end of the day, I can at least pick up each room and put them 'away'.  Having options in every room makes it much easier on mom & dad!

What is your favorite way to keep a stylish home while making it practical?

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