Posted by Miriam | Filed under Musings
A few weeks ago I shared with you all the pew that we use in our dining room. What you might not have seen upon first glance is our Tripp Trapp high chair tucked neatly under the table. We decided to invest in the Tripp Trapp a little over a year ago following a long and tedious budgeting analysis combined with various comparison charts and graphs and weeks of product reviews and owner interviews. What can say, I’m married to an accountant and the Tripp Trapp isn’t exactly budget furniture. That said, over a year of use later, and I can spare you the analysis and number crunching and just tell you that we love our Tripp Trapp and are 100% satisfied with its performance and its place at our dining room table. Our son sits at the table with us for all of our meals; he’s been able to climb in and out of it on his own for at least four months now; and let’s be honest…it looks so pretty.
Anyway, once you have invested a chunk of change on a life changing baby item that many people think is an over-hyped status symbol, you tend to feel a connection to it and other owners of it and thus are hyper aware of spotting it in other people’s homes. For instance, last Fall my jaw dropped when I saw this picture on the COVER of House Beautiful. I love how the Tripp Trapp is appropriate in any number of designed spaces. Here in particular, it is a joyous pop of juicy contrast in a super-glam; micro-sized, New York apartment…
As you know, I am a total fan of washable furniture…as evidenced by my previously admitting that we own a white, slip-covered couch. But slipcovers aren’t for everyone (thankfully – how boring would THAT be?). Just take look at how delicious this gorgeous wingback chair is! The kid-friendly secret: it’s been reupholstered in white vinyl!
You know I’m a huge fan of the über-hot trend of painting a selection of frames all the same color and creating a large-scale display…
…but Michelle’s 5-year-old son over at Three Men and a Lady thought that was pointless (which, let’s be honest…we probably will all think that once the trend fades in a few years) so they now they use the frames to display a rotating selection of the kids’ artwork!
One of the things I appreciate the most is when people are realistic about the design of their homes when kids are in the mix. I am all for a gorgeously styled room pictured perfectly for a magazine…but it doesn’t tell the whole picture and it often makes me feel unworthy of ever obtaining such levels of perfection in my own home. Which is silly because we all know that just out of the picture lies the evidence of children in the house!
Maybe that’s why I appreciate these glimpses into the realities of these designer’s homes so much. It doesn’t lower the bar, but it certainly makes me feel like it is no longer impossible to obtain.