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March 20, 2013

Big style with little kids

You don't have to wait until they are all grown up to make your home a bit more sophisticated

If you have kids at home, from toddlers to teenagers, I have fabulous news for you: You don’t have to wait until they leave home to infuse your home with high style. There are lots of kid-friendly ways to make your home beautiful, despite the wear and tear that a family can bring.

Here are five tips for making your home look sensational and family-friendly:

1. Dress Your Wallsin Great Art

If your kids are not at a stage of life where you can place accessories on your coffee table or end tables for fear of the accessories being broken, finish off your room by dressing your walls in imaginative artwork. Think of art as accessories that hang, instead of sitting on a tabletop. When it’s up on a wall, it’s safe from little hands, and unless it gets hit by a flying basketball, it won’t break. Start by getting your furniture placed exactly where you want it. Then fill in the open wall space with art that expresses your family’s spirit. What do you love? Tell people through your artwork. It will not only become the focal point of your room, it will give people insight into what makes your family special.

2. Use an Ottoman as a Coffee Table

Coffee-table ottomans are one of the greatest things to happen to family homes. They are attractive and perfect for little kids. I can’t tell you how many moms have told me that their babies learned to walk by scooting around a big ottoman. Others tell me their preschoolers like to curl up on top of the comfy ottomans, pop in their thumb and rest for a few minutes from their play. Now that is a family-friendly piece of furniture if ever there was one.

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