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How to create a kid-friendly Family Room

December 6, 2010

I know how tough it can be to try to co-exist with toys.  I’ve been through those days of the giant play kitchen sitting in my living room.  Actually, I bought the kitchen that I thought best complemented my color scheme.  Not kidding.  Then, we moved on to a casket-sized toy box that the husband built.  It was great to hold all the toys, but since it still sat IN the family room, the toys would spill over.  And over, and over.

The key to co-exist is to create cleverly hidden pockets of storage for all of those must-have-close by toys.  Brought to you by BHG here.    I would recommend going with storage containers that have a more timeless appeal and will take you past the age of toys.   Think baskets or some vintage crates.

storage detail

Also,  fabrics and surfaces that can withstand your Sharpie-yielding Tasmanian devil.

A family relaxes in this beach house living room with striped arm chairs, and a durable cotton rug

Here are some other great reads and resources to get the style you WANT while being family friendly!

  1. Options for Kid Friendly Fabrics
  2. Houzz
  3. Kaboose
  4. Momtastic
  5. Little Green Notebook — here and here 

Do you have any tips to share?  Unload, sisters!

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One Comment leave one →
  1. angie permalink
    December 6, 2010 10:14 am

    I love this post, because it is so difficult to find that balance of “kid-friendly” vs. “kids-taking-over-the-entire-family-room”! I think it is important for that room to belong to the parents, b/c it is supposed to be the place where we sit and RELAX! Hard to do when there are toys strewn all over, right? I love the ottomons that offer storage inside. I think that is brilliant and wish we had one!!!!

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