We all know that having children changes your life. "Sleeping in" now means 8:00 AM, when before it meant noon. The only hot meal you get is the one you microwaved after it sat on the table for an hour while you fed your baby who decided to wake up right when dinner was ready. Your lazy weekend afternoons of catching up on TV shows or housework have turned into mad rushes out of the house to get to a playdate or a birthday party. Shall I continue?
Before you have kids, and even shortly after they are born, you don't fully realize just how many changes you will have to make. Take interior decorating, for example. Once you have mobile toddlers, the house that you worked so hard to make warm and inviting seems to morph into something out of a Dr. Seuss book.
Maybe you had a nice accent chair or two?
You might as well just replace those with a jungle gym, because that is what your kids will use them for. That soft, light-colored fabric will soon be a sticky, multicolored mess. Your nice accent chairs will then be replaced with something like these...
Let's talk dining tables for a minute. I still have yet to figure out what kind of dining table is "safe" for those of us with little ones running around. Forget about having a nice glass top dining table. That is just a disaster waiting to happen. Fingerprints are now the least of your concerns with that...at the top of your list is making sure your child doesn't learn how to throw when you're not looking. Trust me, cleaning up shattered glass is no fun. Wood is a safer alternative, but what happens when that cup of juice that your sweet little toddler set up there wasn't quite flat when they took their tiny little hands off of it? Unless, of course, you like the unique design that warped wood will provide you with.
And finally, I'll quickly mention all of those knick-knacks, picture frames and glass vases that finish off a room. Put them up high. Very high. It is amazing how a two year old can stack up enough stools and chairs to reach pretty things. Do they care that they have a room full of toys? Nope. They want to smell those pretty flowers that mommy has purposely placed out of their reach. Well, at least she thought she did.
What about you? Has your decorating style changed since you have had kids? Have you encountered any decorating disasters?
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