Hello! I’m Alice W. from Thoughts from Alice, and today I’m sharing five tips for kid friendly decorating. It is possible to keep your personal style while making a comfortable home for your family!
Since having children, my style has grown considerably. When I had my first baby in 2011, everything turned upside down for me once she was on the move. I struggled with this for the longest time. How could I keep my personal style while making my home safe for my daughter?
Here is what I have learned in the past three years and two kids later:
1. Safety’s first but that doesn’t mean style has to go out the window.
The most important thing for any parent is keeping your child safe. For me personally, this meant I had to develop new ideas for decorating. Out went sharp-edged and chippy painted furniture in rooms where the kids play. The coffee table was traded for a soft ottoman. Delicate collectibles were moved or exchanged for more durable finds.
2. Stain masking furniture
When we were on the search for a new sofa, I wanted a Chesterfield leather one, but it didn’t seem practical with the kids or affordable for our tight budget. I was happy to find a good alternative with faux suede microfiber. We have two pieces in this fabric and they have held up very well, masking any stains.
If you can’t afford new, you could try slipcovers to make spaces more kid friendly. If kids are guaranteed to be anything, it’s messy, am I right?
3. Flea markets & garage sales are your new best friends
Having young children means things are prone to get broken, which is why I avoid too many expensive or impulsive decor purchases. I shop thrift stores, flea markets and garage sales to find budget friendly accessories. To keep the space from feeling disconnected with “their stuff vs. mine”, I try to find creative ways to blend the two together. I have tried to adopt the idea that this is our home, not my “show piece”, as difficult as that is for me as a blogger who loves interior design.
4. Decorative storage solutions
We never seem short on toys or children’s books around my house. One way that I have dealt with this is to find decorative storage in styles that I love. I like to keep them down low for the kids to have easy access to (and hopefully help in putting away!). To create an eclectic, comfortable style, I like to combine both new and vintage baskets and containers.
5. Embrace it!
Sure, your style might have to change a bit, and you might have to get used to dinosaurs on the floor, but this is your life right now. I have spent a lot of time the past few years trying to conceal all the toys, shove them into their own “designated” spaces, but not anymore. These are the signs of life in my home. Little hands. Little creative minds. I want my children to know that they (and their loot of stuff) are welcome here.
I am building this home for them, for our family to enjoy, so I say embrace it! Make your house a home by creating a place that you and your children can love.
Till next time…