As a mom to two toddlers, it's sometimes hard to even want a stylish home. Really, is usually feels like all of the nice things I own are now being used as racetracks, coloring books, instruments and other things that just mean that I'm pretty sure they're going to be ruined sooner rather than later. Even so, I think there are a few ways to maintain a stylish home while keeping it family friendly.
- Paint :: The entire interior of our home was painted white when we moved in over five years ago. I'm just now coming up with a color scheme that appeals to me, and my husband and I recently painted our main living area a silvery-grey color. We also had all of our trimwork repainted white. Let me tell you, the effect is fantastic! The room looks 100% updated for the cost of a few gallons of paint! If the fumes or additives in regular paint bother you, be sure to check out the low-VOC options that are avaialable in nearly every paint brand at the hardware store.
- Declutter :: Nothing gets in the way of style more than a whole bunch of “stuff” laying around. Cutting the clutter and finding a place for everything will ensure that your clean, stylized looks come across as they're supposed to!
- Use your walls :: I've been in so many homes where every wall is bare, but the end tables, bookshelves and coffee tables are covered with photos, mementos, statues and anything else you can think of. Clear off your surfaces by utilizing all the space on your walls. Hang up a framed print or a mirror, install some high shelves and let your walls work for you.
I've also suffered from year-round allergies since I was thirteen years old. In addition to taking a daily decongestant, I want to add that none of the ideas I listed irritate my own allergies. If you're looking for tips on making your home stylish and allergen-friendly, I'm hoping these tips work for you, too!
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