Happy Monday everyone, and a special welcome any new visitors from the Philly Home Show! As I was putting together the slides for today’s presentation about family friendly decorating, I was overcome by how much I’ve learned about my own personal style at home the past few years. It’s been an adventure tweaking my home to reflect not only the needs of my young kids but also merging it with our style. I’ve made lots of mistakes along the way, but what are mistakes if not learning experiences?
But look at how far we’ve come! Here’s what our kitchen looked like three years ago (chosen by the previous homeowner, and we lived with it for 7 years before changing it): green laminate countertops, white tile floors, counter-height table, oak cabinets:
And today? After 2.5 years of tweaking and renovating on a budget, here’s what it looked like on Friday– happy little girl included.
I can’t tell you how much JOY I now feel in our kitchen. There’s still a few more tweaks to be had (a backsplash, non-upholstered chairs, and a cool hutch/ shelving update I’m working on) , but it’s the room I feel most reflects my style. Plus, it works beautifully for my family, which of course takes priority.
Except those upholstered chairs. I adore them, but it’s like my kids purposely stick their hands in their peanut butter sandwiches and then WIPE THEM ON THE UPHOLSTERED CHAIR SEATS. I’m thinking of these tall wooden beauties from IKEA, but I’m afraid to shellshock my husband with that orange. Nothing a little paint can’t handle if he hates the color, right? Maybe?
Which leads me to this… I’ve narrowed down family friendly design dilemmas into TEN common problems. From flooring to walls to storage, what are the 10 biggest challenges we face when decorating our homes when we have young kids? Because trust me, I’ve seen them all.
Your STYLE. Your NEEDS. Your HOME. Sounds like a great idea for a series, right?
Oh good, because that’s what it’s going to be.
10 common design problems, with TONS of solutions. It’s gonna be fun, y’all! I’m excited to embark on this journey, and share ideas to create a home you love. Now who’s with me?! If you are, then click here to subscribe to get Making Lemonade via email every time there’s a new post so you don’t miss a drop!
As always, I’ll be sharing tons of design inspiration and family friendly ideas on Pinterest and would love if you’d follow along.
Have a wonderful day, and I’ll let you know how the speaking engagement at the Home Show goes! Fingers crossed I don’t fall off the stage or saying anything embarrassing. Chances are good both those things will happen friends, chances are GOOD. XO!