Family-Friendly Living Rooms Really CAN Look Good

Family friendly living room

One of the things that makes me incredibly sad is when I hear people say, "Oh, we're waiting until the kids are grown to have a nice home. For now, I just want cheap stuff that doesn't make me cry when they break it." First off, that's SUCH a long time to not love your home. Your home is your haven. Your place to relax and rejuvenate. How can you do that when your home doesn't make you happy?

Second, disposable furniture takes up a ridiculous amount of space in landfills. I'm just going to put this out there: if you reduce/reuse/recycle, only use cloth napkins and diapers, eat organic fruits and veggies, and make sure to compost BUT you buy cheap, disposable furniture? You're not exactly sticking to your own standards. In fact, you're counteracting them BIG time.

And third, investing in pieces that can stand up to the wear and tear of an active family can actually SAVE you money. Repeatedly replacing cheap furniture adds up quickly. In the long run, you'll end up spending more than if you had gone with better quality in the first place. Not to mention that choosing the right furniture for your space (instead of making do with placeholders) will make your home function so, so much BETTER. I don't know about you, but the time and frustration saved and the peace of mind gained by having pieces that can actually work FOR me is worth far more than the money I spent on them.

Distressed furniture can be your friend. Any marks made by overly-enthusiastic play time just add more character. 

Storage pieces that are pretty but practical will make your household run so much smoother!

 

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Why Good Kitchen Cabinets Are Worth Their Weight in Gold

Why Good Kitchen Cabinets Are Worth Their Weight in Gold

Hey, y’all! As a designer, I know that sometimes it’s easier to understand something when you’ve got a good visual. And cabinet construction is one of those super boring topics that you really need to see in action to get a good grasp of why it matters. So (just for you because I love ya that much!), last week I flooded my kitchen to show why spending the money on quality cabinets is a very good thing. How’s that for taking one for the team? 

Five Easy Steps to Cure Your Home’s Holiday Hangover

Five Easy Steps to Cure Your Home’s Holiday Hangover

That magical holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is one of my favorite times of the year. In our house, we put Christmas decorations up the day after Thanksgiving every year. (Mostly because I’m as excited as a kid about it.) 

By the time New Year’s Day rolls around, though, I’m just SO SICK of looking at it all. Everything feels cramped, cluttered, and overdone. I want it all put away. NOW. So, I pack everything up and spend about a week enjoying the clean emptiness left behind. The problem is—much like a new year’s resolution to go on a ridiculously strict diet—that feeling doesn’t last. What you really want is something fresh and new. 

So, what’s a girl to do when her home has a holiday hangover?