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.
We live in New England in a 101 year old house and, go-figure, those crazy ancient New Englanders never really considered a play-room option when building their homes. Thus, we have no place other than our living room for our son and all of his toys to be. I knew even before he was born that good storage was going to be key to keeping our living room organised. Thankfully, there are a ton of great options out there, but for today I am focusing on the ubiquitous fabric storage bin.
We currently use these hampers from Land of Nod in both our son's room and in the living room. We love the color, we love the simplicity and we love that toys are out of sight when in them…but that last point sort of bugs our son as he isn't able to reach the top of the bin to get things out.