Today, I am sharing a guest post that I did last month for Jennifer Rizzo with some tips for styling shelves while keeping young children in mind. As you may know, I have two preschool/toddler age children, fifteen months apart, so my decorating has changed a lot in the past few years. I still love to decorate, but have found the need to make compromises to keep my home well styled, yet safe and fun for my children. I actually enjoy the challenge of combing both elements (most of the time - finding places for all of those toys in a tight space is a challenge all its own).
Before we had children, my husband and I bought a rustic shelf from an antique store in our area. I loved decorating it with vintage touches and various tchotchkes. Once our first child was able to move around on her own and began climbing up on everything, all of that changed. In fact, I eventually took this shelf out of the living room entirely for awhile.
We had a second child fairly quickly, and soon our house was overrun with toys and baby gear. I lived in decorating woe for a couple of years, thinking I could never have the best of both worlds: a stylish home that was safe for small children.
I hope that you enjoyed this peek into our living room and are inspired for your own living spaces, especially if you have young children running around. It is possible to keep your own style and have a fun and safe space for kids to play. To see more of my home be sure to check out my home tour page.
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