How You Can Create A Stylish Home, Even When You Have Little People

How You Can Create A Stylish Home, Even When You Have Little People

Just because you have children, or as I like to call them, sex trophy’s, doesn’t mean your sense of style is dead and buried. Though, it does present a new set of issues.

So, how do you create a stylish home that is both beautiful and spagbol friendly?

Let’s talk about the room you’ll find most of us hanging out in most nights; the living room. Firstly, you want to think about the big-ticket items first, like the lounge. There are two main things to consider here, the style and the fabric.

As far as style goes, it’s hard to look past a nice big sectional… plenty of room for everyone to spread out and excellent for building pillow forts. Now the fabric, this is so so so important because it’s going to determine the life span of your new couch. So, when you start couch shopping don’t just make a beeline for the one on sale.

The number you should be focusing on is the one determined by the Martindale Test, basically jargon for a way to measure a fabric’s wear and tear resistance.

  • Light Use: scored between 10,000 – 15,000
  • General Use: scored between 15,000 – 25,000
  • Heavy Use: scored between 25,000 – 40,000
  • Over 40,000 and you’re moving into commercial fabrics

Heavy use is the magic number you want to aim for, along with a bathtub amount of Scotchguard.

Next for the living room, you want to think about where the 1.3 million toys will live. I mean it’s cute while they’re playing, but nobody enjoys walking through a Lego minefield at 2 in the morning.

Furniture that serves two purposes is a great solution; think ottoman with hidden storage, open coffee table with wicker baskets. Stylish tick + Solution tick. Alternatively, just bin the lot, they probably spend more time playing on the iPad anyway.

My final tip is to bring some fun (and a splash of colour) into your home by framing your kids’ paintings. Not only will you win some bragging rights as “Mother of the year”, but it also looks fabulous when done correctly. The key with this one is to choose frames that are all the same colour. If you pick white, stick to white, if you want timber, stick to timber and so on.

Happy decorating.


Christine Ghrayche

Christine Ghrayche is an Orange local and interior designer, passionate about helping others have their homes feel like a big ol’ hug when they walk in the door (the beauty is just the icing on the cake).

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