5 tips for living with children’s toys and furniture

Children naturally want to be everywhere you are.  Why not make it easier on both of you by incorporating their furniture and toys in with your living space.  Today I will be on Studio 5 sharing 5 tips on how to blend children’s furniture and toys into adult spaces harmoniously.  If you don’t have the opportunity to watch me on Studio 5, here are the 5 tips:

Tip #1.  Have a place for everything.  Have a designated spot for each kind of toy and know where they belong.  For example, we have a large red basket that sits nicely inside our storage box and stores all the dress ups.  This makes finding the skeleton costume that much easier.

Tip #2.  Have a variety of storage options that can function for dual purposes.  For example, we bought a play table that is also used as our coffee table.  The coffee table/play table can be used for storing toys, playing and drawing on top of, as well as a place to rest your feet and read a book.

Tip #3.  Have a creative nook.  A place to draw, color and work on puzzles, etc.  Children are naturally very creative and need lots of opportunity to express their creativity.  They can do that so much easier and more often if the creative tools are within their reach.

Tip #4.  Play with color and patterns.  Don’t be afraid of using color and patterns in your space.  Mix it up with color and experiment with different color combinations and patterns.

Tip #5.  Have fun doing it!  Designing your home should be enjoyable and is an expression of who you are.  Who says that children’s ‘stuff’ can’t be sophisticated or that adult spaces can’t be colorful and carefree.

If you would like to utilize these tips in your home I have made a download for a tips cheat sheet. When you’re out shopping you can take it with you to help make decisions easier.



  1. mer:

    great tips Meta! perfect timing as I’m trying to sort everything out.


  2. i love these glimpses into your beautiful life. all great suggestions. we live in a tiny house and are getting ready for baby #2 and i need all of the advice i can get on managing clutter. thanks!

  3. amazing. so simple….but advice so easily overlooked! LOVE all the color and clear, clean space!

  4. mel:

    First time commenting.. but just started to follow you a while ago.. you had me at “mushroom”! lol
    Your space is so bright and cheerful.. and your kids are adorable.. love seeing what other creative mamas are inventing for their own nests!
    Mel ;o)
    needle and nest design

  5. beki:

    Great tips! I absolutely LOVE that little chair. So fun!

  6. I love the colors and the openness that the creative storage offers! It makes your spaces radiate with joy!

  7. First time visiting your blog. I love it! Your tips are fantastic and I can’t wait to utilize them in my own home :)

    • Wow that was strange. I just wrote an extremely long comment but after I clicked submit my
      comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all
      that over again. Anyway, just wanted to say excellent blog!

  8. katie:

    Love the tips and I LOVE the wall paper!

  9. Great tips! We are currently struggling with this in our small apartment. Might I ask where that play/coffee table is from? That looks like exactly what we need!

  10. Catherine:

    Such great advice! My husband and I have been having a few discussions about this subject lately and it was fun to show him your post last night. Do you mind sharing where your coffee table is from? I have been thinking of getting a train table for our toddler, but this looks like a good compromise!

  11. Ashley:

    I love your yellow rug! Where can I get one?:)

  12. Mirjam:

    What’s the wallpaper called. I see it all over PInterest but nobody knows the source. Would love it for a project

  13. Adriana:

    Gosh I love your style! What a beautiful family you have! Where did you find that play table/coffee table if you don’t mind sharing? It is exactly what I have been looking for!

    • admin:

      Thank you Adriana. I don’t mind at all, I got it from the company ducducnyc.com. Best of Luck!

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