I love HGTV. I mean LOVE it!! I recently stumbled upon this article by them, and knew I had to share it as it’s exactly what I like to share with people!
The article is called “20+ Tips for Creating a Family-Friendly Living Room”. This is so important, because its where everyone comes to gather. This is where you eat, sleep (if your lucky enough to get a nap!), play, and entertain. Having this space work for both adults and children is key to living a happy and cohesive life together.
At times I feel baby proofing goes to the extremes, where anything and everything with a pointy edge, anything glass, anything that can’t be wrapped in bubble wrap is removed from a room. A family I work with yesterday saw their toddler bang on the glass table and said “hmm, I guess that’s our fault for having it in here”. No! It’s not! Your welcome to have your home decorated the way you want to display it, and work with your children to create safe “yes” spaces for them to play, while acknowledging some areas are not ok to bang on.
Some of the tips in the article include how to not have fear of white furniture, how to include surfaces kids can play on (again, a “yes” space!), and how to organize the items you have in any particular area.
One of my favorite tips was the “make furniture work for you”. I have two sizes of glass lanterns on my table in the mudroom/entryway, and love making them “work” for me by changing them up for the season/holiday. This picture below isn’t mine, but a great example of how it can be used —
PS- Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
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