Home decor: The balance between kid-friendly and swoon-worthy.

I was in a store recently that had the most beautiful, swoon-worthy furniture and home decor.  But I have 4 boys.  And a husband.  And a dog.  And a cat.  I just don’t think white couches are in my future.

This store was so gorgeous that I walked through snapping pictures.

I love this beautiful chair… but the boys might view it as an open invitation for graffiti-like expression.  The fun pillows?  I can see them getting smushed and stinky and used to build a fort.

What about this beautiful cabinet with the mirrored details?

Can you just imagine? Mrs. Brady said don’t play ball in the house…

And how about this lovely cream linen sofa?

It’s not like anyone would be drinking Hawaiian Punch on the darn thing, but things still get spilled. (And boys are kind of grungy… even when they are right out of the shower.)

What about lovely breakables and doo-dads?

Um, yeah… used sparingly.

So what is my plan?  Heavy duty fabrics…

If they happen to match the cat, well, that’s a bonus.

I’ve learned to bring in the lighter colors that I want and put them on the walls or use them as accents that are out of reach but help to balance out the dark, durable-ness that has involuntarily become my style.
My area rugs have neutral (dirt) colors and patterns, the wood surfaces on my furniture and my wood floors have distressed finishes.  Having stain proof carpet like Resista would be helpful too.  When it comes time to re-carpet, I definitely want to check out Carpet One, and hopefully find something that is pretty and stylish, but is durable too.

What about you?   I’m curious to know, in your home, how do you balance your practical needs with your style wants?

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