"I love my sofa just as much as I love my kids," said no parent ever, until... a sticky little hand, covered in melted chocolate makes with your expertly upholstered chesterfield sofa. Suddenly you realize, there is an equally special place in your heart for your home decor. But can your two loves co-exist?
The short answer? No. There will be casualties, and anything made of glass, pricey materials or your own blood, sweat and tears will be the first to go. Two things will prevail, however: Your child's inevitable (albeit adorable) look of guilt and these 9 lessons every other design-loving parent can also understand.
- Mirrors are not your friend. Yes, they're great for adding sparkle to a space and making it look larger than it is, but do you really need a constant reminder of how sleep deprived you are or that your child's fingertips are basically made of coagulated french fry grease?
- Color names are meaningless. Remember all that time you spent mulling over paint samples before you landed on "Antique Lace" or ? You'll relive those moments (along with a feeling of your heart sinking to the floor) every time your little one calls it one of the only three colors it seems he'll ever know — red, yellow or blue.
- Quality/durability matters. You knew this before, but never did it ring truer than when your toddler became a climber, and then a jumper, and then a wood veneer scratcher.
- Slipcovers can be stylish. Stain removal hacks might be all the rage, but there's one thing they don't take into account: the mutant pre-schooler variety of messes destined for your couch. (Enter slipcover buying rabbit hole, .)
- Pinterest lied. Your nursery may look like a Scandinavian princess dream for a few weeks after your baby is born, but nurseries are where decor dreams come to die, right there on the floor among the mounds of clothes and toys neither you or your child can manage to keep in place.
- Good sheets are everything. While your child's taste in vegetables might be lacking, their eye for luxurious bedding is as impeccable as yours. No matter how cool the gadget or how soft the blankie, nothing compares to our lap, in our bed, when it comes to nap time.
- Pricey art is overrated. It's hard to deny the pride you feel the first (and 32nd) time your child makes you a custom piece of art. Splurge on a nice frame and guests will be none the wiser.
- You'll have to choose. Summer day camp or that perfect vintage chandelier? The time will come, and we don't wish this decision on our worst enemies.
- Vignettes are invaluable. Want to know the secret to at least looking like your family and your decor are living together in perfect harmony? Carve out a corner, decorate it to the nines and make a vow to only take Instagram photos there.