FTC DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENT: Cupcakes and Cutlery aims to provide unbiased editorials. However, I wish to disclose that from time to time I may receive free products or other compensation from companies for blogger reviews.You guys! This is why I am a blogger. So this new reality show, Pretty Wicked Moms, is premiering June 4th on Lifetime. And I got to see it already. That may not sound like a big deal to you but I LOVE reality shows. Like a lot. And I always have to watch at least the first episode to see if I need to set it up to record every week (well, except all the dumb men's shows like Ice Road Truckers or Swamp Loggers). I will definitely be recording Pretty Wicked Moms. I can't give any details away or share a recap of the episode I saw. Let's just say these ladies are best frenemies. And I'm captivated. One thing is for sure, these ladies make being super stylish a goal. So stylish, they wear heels at all times. And totter after their kids in them. To me that doesn't seem very practical but hey, whatever works.
In that vein, Lifetime asked me to share my tips for keeping a stylish, practical home while raising a family. This post comes at a great time as we have only been in our new home 2 weeks. So while my home is not in the finishing stages of decorating, I have been spending a lot of my time thinking about how to show my style in my home when there are two little boys running amok.
My new-found interest in home design started when I went through a personal style camp earlier this year. It became clear to me that while my wardrobe should represent my design aesthetic, so should my home. This move was the catalyst to actually make some changes. And while nothing that I have purchased is expensive (a far cry from the homes these PWM's – Pretty Wicked Mom's, duh – live in…) it is the first time my style is showing through in my home. A huge thing that just clicked for me is that you should love everything you surround yourself with. Don't settle. While most of our budgets won't allow a complete make-over, if there are things that you want, make a list and save up for them. Change out items as you can until you love your space.
We got rid of a ton of items before we moved. Things we had been hanging on to, just to hang on to. But when we stripped ourselves of those things it really opened my mind to what I did want to surround myself with. It is becoming clear that I'm a black and white stripe-aholic. LOVE it.
Oh hey, more black and white stripes! This is our master bathroom. Pretend you don't see the stacked moving boxes in the mirror there. And I'd like to note that I didn't set out to match the towels to my quilt but after much searching, I realized that nobody makes a great patterned towel except for Missoni, which are just a bit out of my price range. While I would never have put any sort of light-colored rug in my house before with all the foot traffic and food spilling, I decided that this room was the most logical home for it. It is probably the least used area of the house. With my youngest child being 4 1/2, I felt like it was ok to start decorating less for the kids and more for myself. BUT! I'm not crazy. This rug wouldn't last two minutes in the front of the house. Here I can still enjoy the rug and it's lifespan will be significantly longer.
It is ok to create areas that are off-limits to the kids. My walk in closet is one such area. I am looking forward to adding some art to the wall behind my dresser and love that I can leave things out on a tray and they don't go missing. This is a space I can go when I need to take a breath, when I don't want to see a toy and when I want to feel like a grown up. The kids know they are not to be in here. Except for sometimes when I am getting ready and my youngest puts on all my cocktail rings, calls them “finger shields”, and acts like a super hero with the world's strongest fingers. THAT is funny stuff. Similarly, the kids aren't free to roam around the kitchen. I know that is an area that I can display “nicer” items without fear of them breaking in a flying Angry Bird deluge.
Previously, I had a black kitchen mat from the kitchen mat section of our local home goods store. Boring. Sure I was being practical but it didn't add anything special to the decor. For this house I spent some time online and checked out rugs from several stores. I came across this one from Urban Outfitters (no longer on the site but this one is similar) and decided it was just what I was looking for. It is super bright and busy so it should hide spills well and it makes being in the kitchen more fun. It really does. And since we are in a rental, there are certain things we just have to deal with, like the worn cupboards and old faucet. The rug really makes a big statement and hopefully detracts a bit from the things that could use some improvement. May I also suggest having your grout professionally cleaned once a year? I just had someone out to do the house and it completely changed the look of the kitchen. It cost about $100 for the square footage of tile we have and it was TOTALLY worth it!
I have never had the inclination to have plants in my home before. I never wanted to have yet another thing that I had to worry about. But I'm craving green in the house right now. I think it will make it feel more finished without setting little knick knacks everywhere that will just collect dust. And adding little pops of color around the house are a really fun way to add interest without making a huge commitment like you would buying a crazy rug or large piece of artwork. I will have you note that this adorable little air plant by Bird and Feather is placed up on the window ledge in my front bathroom. I just know that if it was any lower, my boys would use it as a baseball. See practical and stylish.
The kid's rooms are pretty small. And while I would prefer all the toys to be put away, it is just not practical. I selected some toys that “go together” to create a little collection that is set out for display on top of the dresser. Know that anything “out” will get played with and that it will not always looks this way. Kid's toys SHOULD be played with but they can also look styled at the end of the day. Clean up is easy as you just have to put them back on the dresser. Kid's rooms should be playful and have kid's items but can also be a place to share age appropriate art and collectibles (on high shelves). You can also keep the room to your style standards by choosing some rad bedding and a great rug.
Ok – now here is the trailer for Pretty Wicked Moms! You're welcome.
Tune in to watch parenting like you've never seen before with the first episode of Pretty Wicked Moms on Tuesday, June 4, at 10:00 pm ET/PT on Lifetime.
FTC DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENT: Cupcakes and Cutlery aims to provide unbiased editorials. However, I wish to disclose that from time to time I may receive free products or other compensation from companies for blogger reviews.