How to have the home you want with the family you love, without covering it all in bubble wrap?
Isn’t that the trick, though, a happy medium of nice furniture and finishes that stand up to the hoards, which can sometimes get totally out of hand.
I have a large family and being a designer, it has definitely caused some friction between my wants and desires and the reality of a life, where you can’t run around telling everyone NOT to touch or NOT to sit there. Well you can do this, but you won’t win any popularity contests.
First, things first.
1. If at all possible buy classic and quality for the larger pieces that will get used and abused. Like the family room sofa, because after the kids have grown to the point that they don’t wipe their dirty hands on it, yes, this will actually happen. It can be easily reupholstered and given a new lease on life.
2. Use a good quality, washable paint for the walls, this will be a life saver. And make sure you have extra paint left over, because believe me, you will be touching it up, if you are anything like me, just before a dinner party.
3. Hard flooring is easier to clean and perhaps, disinfect (you know it, it happens) … than carpeting, Porcelain tile, stone and even hardwood (as long as you can embrace scratches and think of it as patina) will all be worthwhile in the end. A note on hardwood, light and mid toned floors will show less dirt, dust and scratches than that ebony stained floor.
4. To soften the hard flooring use area rugs, just make sure the one you pick is cleanable. And I am a big fan of the Flor floor tiles as if something disastrous happens you can just replace the tile or tiles that are affected…how wonderful..a do over.
5. For smaller pieces, like coffee and end tables, this is the place to have fun and add some whimsey. Use second hand or vintage pieces, paint or stain them to suit and if they get banged up, you have an excuse to redo them. Another tip with case goods, is to use distressed pieces, so any extra dings or dents just look like they are supposed to be there. I have used this many, many times in my own home.
There you have it, some tips for having the home you want, with the family you love.