Hello all! I’m Sarah and I blog over at Thrifty Decor Chick – I strive to make our home beautiful by repurposing items and DIYing what I can by myself. I’m so honored Jenna asked me to be a part of her blog series about creating a meaningful home. What a lovely idea!
Today I’m sharing how I create a meaningful home for our family, and like many of the other bloggers it’s very much about including our kiddo – incorporating his personality and loves into our house.
I think there is a fine line between letting the kiddos take over the house and having a space you ALL can enjoy, and I feel like I’m always walking that line. I want our house to be pretty, of course – but more than anything I want US to be happy and comfy in it, and that includes my son and his friends.
What I love about decorating with our “Bub” in mind is that it adds some fun and quirk to our house that wouldn’t necessarily be there otherwise. Like two of my favorites – our gumball fish tank (specifically for our betta fish) and the book nook I created in a rarely used closet:
I know, hate me. Yes. We had a closet we didn’t need. :)
I think those are the types of things that make people smile when they see our house for the first time – they certainly add a fun factor we wouldn’t have otherwise. And fun is what makes our home different – I love that!
I also like showing that a child lives here by showing off his art whenever possible. I recently designed our entire powder room around art our son painted last year:
The whole color scheme is something I would have never thought of on my own!
I also used a TON of his art on the gallery walls in my office:
Sometimes kid’s art is the most interesting and unique, seriously. I’m always looking for new, fun ways to display his art and papers from school. Again, it’s important to me that he knows that no matter how much I love decorating and making our house pretty, he’s a part of our home too.
So 95 percent of the time we’re stepping over Hot Wheels cars and stepping ON Legos and it’s a struggle to find a way to store all the toys without them being obvious at all times.
I’m always looking to find different ways to store his things — I transformed a little bath caddy into storage for all of his markers, paint and crayons in my office
I think it’s super cute but the best part is that he actually uses it. :)
The dresser in our family room looks unassuming enough:
But that sucker holds a TON of those little itty bitty toys – you know the ones? It is so easy for him to open a drawer and toss everything back in when it’s time to clean up.
Last year we finished our basement and all of the toys in the house went down there (other than those in that dresser). It is awesome!! We had some help building some storage cubbies and I finished it off by creating the wood countertop and finding a way to organize the toys:
The baskets look pretty (for me) but the labels are still fun (for him) and they make it easy for him to put everything away.
Obviously there’s plenty of toys out, and that doesn’t bother me. I didn’t want to spend the money to fill every cubby with a basket. But there’s a spot for everything – and that really is a GREAT feeling. The biggest part of the toy battle for me is just making sure there’s a place to put it all away.
Our son is a Lego NUT so I also created a tray down there where he can create and build and play:
But it slides right under the sofa when he’s not using it. LOVE. Honestly though? It’s usually out, along with a million other Lego mats (so he can make his Lego city of course!). But I’m OK with it. I know someday (sooner than I care to imagine) I’ll be missing all the toys and stepping on random Legos in the middle of the night. ;)
So for me, creating a house that involves our boy is what makes it a meaningful one for us. I feel like we strike a pretty decent balance between trying to have a pretty house and having a space where he feels comfortable — that’s most important to me. Notice I didn’t said our house was clean…but I’ll have plenty of time for that years from now. ;)
Thanks for the great tour of your home, Sarah. You’ve really shown us how you’ve made it unique and fun for you and your family. I love Sarah’s design approach on creating a space that reflects her son, yet also has a feeling of warmth and comfort for everyone. As she puts it, there is a “fine line between letting the kiddos take over the house and having a space you ALL can enjoy, and I feel like I’m always walking that line.”
Sarah’s blog, Thrifty Decor Chick, is one of the first blogs that I ever read when I started this journey 3 years ago. She’s a veteran blogger, has awesome style, and is super funny and friendly. We’ve never met, but will in a few weeks at Haven – I can’t wait! Sarah’s home in the blogosphere is filled with affordable and creative design ideas and solutions. Her creations are so inspiring and you completely feel empowered with each tutorial. One of Sarah’s recent projects that I really enjoyed was when she took a typical Ikea table and revamped it to look like a farmhouse table. What a great idea and completely personalized for her space!
Head on over to Thrifty Decor Chick, and give Sarah a BIG HELLO!
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Creating a Meaningful Home.