Gang! I’m thrilled to introduce Amanda, who will be helping to make our Pinterest dwelling dreams a reality. (And if you have any pins you’re currently drooling over, send ’em our way!)
First up? Amanda has created a seriously cool, kid-friendly dining room with a boho-modern feel. Prepared to be WOWED. (I totally was.)
(photo credit: Amber Lewis’ home on The Style Files – the whole thing is gorgeous, check it out.)
The shoppable reality:
Hi! Here’s a casual but stylish boho-modern dining room that’s not only kid-friendly, but includes a separate space just for them to work on art projects, homework, or #creativetable
! We’ll keep it budget friendly with durable natural materials like wool and hard-wearing, washable fabrics that won’t break the bank if you have to replace them due to dinner spills or art explosions. A funky, bright rug sets the tone for the playful room, and you can find inexpensive throw pillows in colors pulled from the rug to add pop to the window seat. Speaking of, no built-ins? No problem! Get the look with any low white bookcase (IKEA has great ones) or storage bench topped with a cushion and placed against the wall. Instant seating with storage room for table linens (if you’re fancy) – in my house it’d be filled with art supplies and probably some wayward stuffed animals. My favorite things in this room are the Target display frames that let you easily change out kids’ artwork – they’ll get such a kick out of seeing their art displayed all grown-up like! If you want to get super-coordinated, have them make art in colors that match the room just like they do on HGTV whenever they want to incorporate the kids’ personal touch into a room design!
Let kids get in on the action with their own little corner of the room. Bonus – everything coordinates with the main room’s design but isn’t matchy-matchy, so it’ll look pulled together in an effortlessly cool way. Littles get mini versions of the modern dining chairs in a fun color, plus a colorful Turkish kilim style rug that’s soft on bare feet. The white art table lets your eyes rest amidst all the color, plus creates a clean work surface to for all their creative projects.
For the kids:
Amanda lives near Boston with her real-life secret agent husband and spitfire redhead 3 year old Annika, soon to be joined by another bundle of mischief this fall. A software marketer by day and budget-savvy home decorating enthusiast the rest of the time, Amanda’s goal is to make beautiful interior designs livable. She thinks living with kids shouldn’t mean you can’t have a stylish home – you just need a few smart shopping tricks up your sleeve!