I can feel Spring, it’s practically here. I have the overwhelming urge to throw open the windows, paint everything white and stick daffodils in every corner. I love designing (and redesigning) our home. When we first moved in I filled up the living room with rusty old trunks, sharp corners and low lying vintage finds. Our sofa was a beautiful soft leather, of the non-wipe clean variety. I had little heart attacks every time small people came to visit, wildly throwing blankets over seats and clutching vintage tea cups to my chest. But now I have a wee Florence the good and proper time has arrived to rethink my design choices.
My rule of thumb when it comes to baby friendly design is ‘up, up and away’. What can be stored at a higher level, moved upstairs, shut away and most importantly, where?! Our beautiful rusty trunk (with extra sharp edges) used to pose as a makeshift coffee table, it has since been repurposed as a blanket box. It sits atop our wardrobe and stores all that extra bedding for those chilly nights. You may need to get creative, so seek inspiration. I’ve recently discovered the wonders of Homify, think next level Pinterest. Not only can you create a wonderful idea book of design inspiration but there is also a super handy index of products and professionals that can make your vision a reality.
High shelves are perfect for keeping precious items out of reach of little hands and are a great space saving feature.
Wall mount the TV and pop all the tempting ‘tech’ in a lockable cupboard, away from prying fingers.
Substitute a coffee table for an ottoman for fewer banged heads, simply add a deep sided tray to hold drinks once the bedtime routine is complete.
Our next big project will be the bathroom; full of medicines, lotions and potions it is quite possibly the least baby friendly room of the house. Top up your tea cup and have a gander at these incredible bathroom ideas. I am personally lusting over copper roll top baths and eclectic tiles.
The addition of some built in shelving and wall mounted cupboards means all that hazardous bathroom clutter can be stowed away without a care in the world.
Thankfully, with a little clever design inspiration, baby proofing need not mean turning your home into some sort of garish soft play area, hurrah! Why not head over to Homify yourself and get inspired?
-Fifi & Florence x
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