5 tips for living with children's toys and furniture

Children naturally want to be everywhere you are.  Why not make it easier on both of you by incorporating their furniture and toys in with your living space.  Today I will be on Studio 5 sharing 5 tips on how to blend children's furniture and toys into adult spaces harmoniously.  If you don't have the opportunity to watch me on Studio 5, here are the 5 tips:

Tip #1.  Have a place for everything.  Have a designated spot for each kind of toy and know where they belong.  For example, we have a large red basket that sits nicely inside our storage box and stores all the dress ups.  This makes finding the skeleton costume that much easier.

Tip #2.  Have a variety of storage options that can function for dual purposes.  For example, we bought a play table that is also used as our coffee table.  The coffee table/play table can be used for storing toys, playing and drawing on top of, as well as a place to rest your feet and read a book.

Tip #3.  Have a creative nook.  A place to draw, color and work on puzzles, etc.  Children are naturally very creative and need lots of opportunity to express their creativity.  They can do that so much easier and more often if the creative tools are within their reach.

Tip #4.  Play with color and patterns.  Don't be afraid of using color and patterns in your space.  Mix it up with color and experiment with different color combinations and patterns.

Tip #5.  Have fun doing it!  Designing your home should be enjoyable and is an expression of who you are.  Who says that children's 'stuff' can't be sophisticated or that adult spaces can't be colorful and carefree.

If you would like to utilize these tips in your home I have made a download for a tips cheat sheet. When you're out shopping you can take it with you to help make decisions easier.