Life is messy when you add up two dogs, a toddler, and a husband with a penchant for crumbs. Each night as a part of our bed time routine, Juice and I get on my hands and knees and “help” our O.J. pick up a chaotic slurry of Legos, blocks, toys, books, and stuffed animals.
I honestly think that my child’s favorite game is making a mess. After all “mess” was his 3rd word. His 2nd word was hummus. For his 1st attempt at sentence structure he strung both together and said many times with delight “hummus mess” as he painted the kitchen table and himself.
It’s hard to justify making things look beautiful with his constant assault on tidiness . And yet I keep at, if only for a handful of brief moments here and there where every Lego, book, and shoe is tucked neatly away, where the dishes are done, and there is no heaping pile of laundry there to taunt me. I prop my feet up, look around my beautiful little home and savor the bright, cheerful bits that delight me.
I love a good styled coffee table. They usually start with some gorgeous, architecturally interesting table, add in a mirrored tray or a base. Strategically arrange books, flowers or a plant and undoubtedly some sharp, heavy knick-knack to tie it all together. All of which sound like a trip to the Emergency room just waiting to happen, that or an expensive book in a pile of shreds.
So here is my solution; a coffee table styling free of sharp edges, easy to clean, a great place to put your feet up in those rare moments of peace and one that makes your living room look put together all while including your child.
I am all about using what I have around the house. Which is why our bedroom ottoman became the new living room coffee table. Originally I thought about covering it with some trendy upholstery fabric, but consequently changed my mind after countless sippy cup spills. I realized our microfiber ottoman was a better fit. Which translates into EASY TO CLEAN!
Start by adding a couple children’s books that also fit into your color scheme. (just don’t look too closely at my very loved books.) Add a fake plant or flower. Then add my secret weapon, a wooden puzzle. Which comes in very handy when I want to redirect my toddler away from said plant or flower. Luckily for the most part he now ignores the plant.
I put together a quick inspiration board of kid friendly coffee table styling ideas.
Hopefully I’ve given you some ideas that will make your living room decor a little less of a battle and still makes your home feel beautiful.
#1 To Start Id place two of these floral ottomans side by side.
#3 I love the idea of covering some old books in cute paper.
#6&7 I am seriously in love this felt flower shop on Etsy. Where is my debit card?
#8 Make your own pussy willow branches with felt balls. I’m totally going to do something like this in my bedroom.
1. Floral Ottoman from Joss and Main 2. Blue tray from One King Lane 3. photo credit potterybarnkids 4. Penguin Classic Book Collection 5. Faux succulents 6. & 7. flowers and succulents from the Felt Flower Shop 8. felt ball branch d.i.y 9.mini painted globe
Leave me a comment below with your ideas for styling a child friendly coffee table!!