Between diapers, car seats and strollers, having a kid sure can be expensive. There’s no doubt that it’s all absolutely worth it, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t strive to save on costs wherever and whenever you can. While I’m no expert on parenting, I do have a little interior design hack that can help you to do just that. Read on to find out more.
Design Tip #1
Stick to neutral tones for a timeless nursery that will grow with your child
While nurseries are typically synonymous with patterned wallpapers and colorful murals, this could in fact be a costly mistake. Instead, one of our favorite blogger moms, Marilen Montenegro, suggests starting with neutral walls, then adding personality and color with accessories. As your child grows, you can simply switch up the accessories according to their interests and needs rather than having to implement a costly full room overhaul.
Discover more tips on how to design a stylish kid-friendly home here.
Design Tip #2
Free up precious storage space by turning your photo albums into a gallery wall
Although I love thumbing through old photo albums, there’s no denying that their bulky forms take up a lot of space. Cue the photo gallery wall. Just think about the extra storage this will free up! Even better, you’ll actually be able to see your favorite memories every day instead of hiding them away in the cupboard.
Head here to discover other obsolete household items you should declutter for a tidy, streamlined space.
Design Tip #3
Utilize sliding doors to create privacy in an open plan space
An open plan layout is one of the hallmarks of contemporary family living, but what happens when you need quiet and privacy at times too? This was the dilemma faced by the occupants of Curvy Chambers, Bean Buro’s latest design project. Luckily for them, the Bean Buro team had the perfect solution in the form of a concealed, acoustically engineered sliding door. What I love about the sliding door is that it offers an option for privacy without compromising that free flow open plan aesthetic. Problem solved!
See more of the Curvy Chambers home here.
Design Tip #4
Take your living room from day to night with the addition of a bar cart
So you might not have a dedicated entertaining space in that compact apartment of yours, but that doesn’t mean you can’t party with the best of them. Even if you’re low on space, the trick is to make what you do have work double duty. And a bar cart is the perfect way to take your living room from a cozy day time hideaway to party central in no time.
See more fun home decor accessories here.
Design Tip #5
Turn your home into a summer paradise using servery windows and natural accents
It’s that time of year again when wanderlust reaches fever pitch. But if you don’t have any upcoming holiday plans, there’s no need to despair just yet! This month we’ve rounded up a whole bunch of ways you can transform your home into a summer paradise. From servery windows that capture the indoor-outdoor living vibe to a tee, to natural beachy rattan accents, you’ll feel like you’re living on a dreamy island resort in no time. If you can’t go on holiday then why not make the holiday come to you?
Design Tip #6
When it comes to buying vintage, disregard labels in favor of a focus on form and aesthetics
One of the best ways to create a home that’s truly one of a kind is to fill it with vintage treasures. However, vintage shopping can sometimes be easier said than done. For instance, how do you tell if something is a true gem or just a piece of junk? Well according to Carole Marcotte of vintage store Form and Function, “if the piece serves a function you need and is in the style you desire, than it is a good investment.” “Don’t get caught up in the ‘named’ or collectible items where pricing can skyrocket,” she advises – concentrate on function and aesthetics instead.