Living Room Toy Storage: How to have a beautifully organized living room when you have kids

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We all want living rooms that look incredible but that are still for, well…living. I want my living room to be a place where my family can be comfortable, but also a place that doesn’t look like a playground or a toy store. With a few easy tricks, you can have a stylish, functional living room with children.

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1. Use stylish storage furniture to hide toys

A cute chest or footlocker looks nice and provides a place to store small toys. This chest could also double as additional seating as well.

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2. Create a small “playroom nook” that melts into a corner of your living room

This tiny playroom nook is cute and takes up such a small amount of space in your living room. It’s literally a corner. You could do book ledges like this one, or your could use cube shelves and baskets. There are so many different ways to customize this to make it work for you.

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3. Use an extra closet to store toys

What better way to hide toys than behind closed doors? If you don’t have a playroom, but you do have an extra closet, fill it to the brim with organizers and attractive storage for your kids’ playthings.

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4. Repurpose an old bookshelf to hold toys or art supplies

I have a few old shelves at my house that I could use for this. I could paint and modify them, then add some color-coordinated storage to corral those wayward toys. This would only take up a small amount of space, too.

 

I hope you have enjoyed this roundup! Our playroom is about to undergo a major revamp in the next few weeks and I can’t wait to share itย  with you!

Stay tuned for more DIY, parenting, and housey-goodness!

Farmhouse Fridays Pinterest Round-up: my favorite living rooms

I’m gearing up for quite the busy week. My children are back in school and my students are back in my classroom. In spite of all the busyness, I wanted to share some inspiration I found on Pinterest this week…Pin-spiration, if you will ๐Ÿ˜.

First up is this lovely room. I chose it because of its rustic wood ladder and chippy furniture. This look would be easy to create and wouldn’t cost much.

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This room has so many fun textural elements. From the rug, to the throw pillows, to the big wooden coffee table. Also, did you guys spot that shiplap wall?

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I love everything about this room. The fireplace, the beams, and the high ceilings. And is that a headboard ceiling?

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I chose this living room for the barn door, the striped curtains and the typo art.

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Our own living room will soon undergo a bit of a transformation. Stay tuned, and have a wonderful weekend.

How to style your coffee table

How to style your coffee table

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We have only recently gotten a coffee table. Our living room at the old house was too small for one, but in the four-and-a-half years we’ve lived here, we’ve never bought one. My first impulse was to buy one that matched our console table and end tables, but then I decided to buy one that coordinated with them instead. I wanted something a little on the cheap side, too, since the kids are still small.

I finally decided on an industrial farmhouse style coffee table with a second shelf for storing baskets.

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Except now, what’s a girl to do with the top of the coffee table?

1. Anchor your collected items with a tray or shallow basket.

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I used this cute tray I bought in the Target Dollar Spot last summer. It is small, so it works perfectly for our small coffee table. I added some burlap-covered books for texture, a faux boxwood plant for greenery and height, and a candlestick for height, which brings me to my next tip.

2. Include natural elements for interest

I love the outdoors, and I love bringing a little nature into our home. What I also love is decorating with some sort of natural element, be it pinecones, florals, or greenery. The boxwood adds color and a little life to the table.

3. Height keeps the eye moving

Displaying your decor at different heights makes each item stand out, but it also keeps things interesting, since it draws the eyes to continue moving. Use a stack of books or a small stand to add height to a smaller object, or use pedastal dishes, candlesticks, or flower pots with a base.

4. Add a stack of books or magazines on the opposite side of the table to balance out the tray.

I chose to use two books, a recipe book about Sunday dinners, and a book about Labrador retrievers. I am a believer in decorating with things that make you happy. Sunday dinners evoke happy memories for me, and the Lab book is a nod to our “fur son,” a 12-year-old Yellow Lab named Bear.

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The bottom shelf houses a large basket for hiding unsightly but necessary things, like coasters and a spare blanket. The side opposite the basket holds a stack of magazines.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed these tips for decorating your coffee table. How is your coffee table decorated? Comment below with a picture- I’d love to see your coffee table!

Have a wonderful day.