I'm getting started this week and thought I'd fill you in on my plans. The staple elements that must stay are the two Ikea sofas, Karlstad, in leather. They wear wonderfully and are easy to wipe down. I'll keep the corner table and probably the ottoman as well. I'd love to do a new coffee table... something with a distressed wood base and a marble top but the comfort of being able to put your feet up wins out. I still love the light fixture but I'm open to moving it to another room and getting something new for this space. The last element is a moroccan shag area rug that's currently in my master bedroom. I think I'll move it into this space too.
Here's what the room used to look like before a shoot I did with Style at Home Mag. (photo courtesy of Tracey Ayton)
Elements I have for the space:
Tips for decorating a family friendly space:
- Specify finishes that are easy to clean. Leather, wood and washable fabrics are less likely to show wear. Glass tables mean endless fingerprints. Natural wood finishes hide dents and scratches much better than finished wood.
- Keep the breakables to a minimum. I want my boys to feel comfortable in this space while still being respectful. So I've kept the really fragile items to a more formal living room area.
- Give everyone a space to stash their things. Whether it be a lidded basket or a table with drawers rather than just a shelf. It enables us to keep clutter in it's place.
- Keep comfort in mind when selecting furniture. We often select furniture for our relaxed spaces that is anything but. A sofa that suits the way you'll use a space is an important consideration. An upholstered ottoman is inviting to put your feet up. Having a side table provides a space to set down drinks and snacks. Keeping a sturdy tray on the ottoman will provide a second space to set things down as well.
I'll post more updates as they happen. Thanks as always for joining me. xo