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Posted by Caroline Bianchi on 8/11/2017

Magazine styled homes are gorgeous but theyíre not quite practical. Especially when youíve got little ones running about. But that doesnít mean you canít still have a stylish home. Iíve got a few tricks for you to today to integrate kid-friendly decor with a grown up touch. 

When house shopping keep those with open floor plans at the top of your list. Open floor plans help your family to stay social and connected with each other. Itís also a whole lot easier to keep your eye on your little ones in the living room while youíre making dinner. Additionally, an eat-in kitchen creates a welcoming atmosphere for older kids to hang out around after school while eating snacks or working on homework.

When it comes to furnishing your new home opt for furniture that doubles as storage to tuck away toys. This helps to keep a tidy home while maintaining a welcoming room for children to pull out a few toys and spend time with the family. If you choose to have wall to wall carpeting be sure to choose one designed to withstand heavy traffic. Alternatively, for a statement rug using an outdoor carpet inside adds visual interest and makes for easy cleaning.

Furnishings in heavy duty fabrics like microfiber, acrylics or distressed leather can withstand messes and frequent cleaning. For existing furniture, slip covers are another way to protect sofas while being able to easily wash messes from kiddos and pets. Round shaped tables eliminate sharp corners and the bumps and bruises they create.

It may be tempting to choose dark colors to hide inevitable messes and stains however itís best to opt for mid-tone colors to keep a bright, welcoming room. Add pops of color with pillow covers in lighter colors. Pillow covers are ideal since not only can they easily be swapped out to give a room a fresh new look but they can also easily be cleaned by throwing them in the wash.

Install shelves that allow books to be propped up with their covers viewable. Children will be more likely to grab them to read and they will also double as an evolving art display in your home. Another great way to add child-friendly art is to frame the paintings and drawings your children bring home. Youíll have a unique one of a kind piece to rival Pollock and Rothko.

A guest bedroom with one or two bunk beds will make your home the sleepover favorite among your childís friends. Youíll maximize space and provide a much more comfortable sleeping space than a sleeping bag on the floor. Storing snacks in baskets and see through jars out in the open makes it easy for kids to grab and go throughout the day. Youíll have peace of mind visitors arenít going hungry while creating a welcoming, homey space for all.

When decorating most put their own taste and style first. However, when raising a family the difference between a house and a home is that everyone living under its roof feels at comfortable in its space. Creating a family friendly home doesnít mean sacrificing style but it does mean a few tweaks that bring everyone closer together.  




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Posted by Caroline Bianchi on 7/7/2017

One to two guests visiting you at your home probably wonít cramp your rooms. However, depending on the size of your home, three or more visitors easily could. If you have young children, you could send them out of their bedrooms to sleep downstairs on the sofa. But, that may not work for many more years. Your guests also may not feel comfortable knowing that, because of their stay, your children had to give up their bedrooms. A few simple, temporary designs (these are easy to implement) could keep your children in their bedrooms and your guests comfortable. Pull out a sofa bed Ė This bed has a long tradition of meeting the extra sleeping space needed. Sofa beds come in leather, fabric, sectionals and three to four-seater styles. The range of colors is as broad as with a traditional sofa. A sectional adds seating and sleeping room. Pull the bed out at night; push it back in the morning. Add a daybed Ė Daybeds have improved over the years. Theyíre designed with storage drawers at their base. You could keep a daybed in your basement or attic. You could also keep a daybed on a screened in porch. Border the daybed with tall framed pictures or potted flowers when guests arenít visiting to enjoy the furniture with your family. Get the rollaway bed out of the basement Ė Be especially kind to your guests if you opt to let them sleep on a rollaway bed, as these beds are not well padded. You may want to add a layer of foam beneath the mattress and the springs for added comfort. Give up your master bedroom Ė Add a sofa bed to your master bedroom for permanent design and temporary sleeping space for guests. If your guests are only going to be staying with you for a week or less, consider giving them your master bedroom, and you sleep on the sofa bed in the living room. Place bunk beds behind curtains or room dividers Ė This option offers privacy. Decorative privacy screens with a tri-fold design also work well. Another option is to place bunk beds behind sliding doors. When guests arenít visiting, simply close the sliding doors. Make good use of your attic Ė Donít forget your attic. Place a queen sized bed, dresser, mirror and chair in your attic and you have a full sized bedroom. Before you let guests stay in the attic, make sure that insulation is good, so your guests stay warm during winter and cool during summer. Hooray for the finished basement Ė You could add an office, bathroom and a full sized bedroom with a seating area in your finished basement, depending on how large the space is. Regardless of which options you choose, give your guests two pillows, fresh folded sheets and fresh towels to make them feel welcomed. Show your guests where stores, public transportation, restaurants, parks and bookstores are if your guests are going to be staying with you for an extended period. Itís a great way to help make them feel at home.




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Posted by Caroline Bianchi on 3/3/2017

Bookshelves are typically placed in studies or in the home office. While we live in a technology saturated world, books are still a staple for learning. Theyíre classic items that will stand the test of time. Bookcases are also versatile pieces of furniture. Books can also be incorporated into your decor really easily. The bookshelf is a place where items are often moved to be used. This can cause unwanted clutter. These tips will help you bring your decor and your organization to a whole other level in rooms where bookshelves reside. As a bonus, your bookshelf will stay organized! Make Use Of File Holders File holders work wonders for keeping magazines and loose articles organized. Itís a great way to keep these items contained and easy to access. This is also the perfect way to hide the clutter of loose papers and items that wonít fit perfectly together. Use Creative Containers For Office Supplies Use glass containers to keep paperclips, pens and post-its organized in your home office. This tactic reduces clutter and seconds as decor. You can even use mugs, vases, or other types of containers for the purpose of holding these items. Use containers that suit your style. Scrapbook Paper Can Add Color To Shelves Scrapbook paper is fairly inexpensive. You can use it to back the shelves of your bookcase in order to add splashes of color to the office or study. Just secure matching sheets of the scrapbook paper to the wall of the bookshelf and voila, you have transformed your bookshelf to a world of color. Display Collections Amidst Books If youíre a collector, spread the collection throughout the shelves of the bookcase. This will add a personal, artistic touch to the shelving and allow you to creatively display your prized possessions at the same time. Color Code Books You can make your bookshelf even more fun by color coding your books. When you walk into the room, the bookshelf will appear as a perfect rainbow of color. This is a fun, eclectic way to organize your books. Feature Your Art On the Bookshelf There are no rules when it comes to arranging your bookshelf. You can certainly hang or display works of art in and on the shelves themselves. Think of hanging a small picture from the front of the unit, or use one shelf to display standing portraits. Thereís so much that can done with a simple bookshelf and some books to make it your own. The places around your home that you express yourself is what gives your home character. While a bookshelf may seem like a boring piece of furniture that is to be used for one purpose, you can see that this isnít true. You can really do anything that you can imagine with your bookshelf and its contents.