While I love everything about the title of this post, let's be realistic, there is no creating a "kid-free" space in a home with two toddlers. I don't know about you, but every inch of our house has been claimed by the boys. There are toys everywhere! We have purchased furniture, massive furniture, just to be able to store their toys and not feel like we live in a funhouse. Although, sometimes living in a funhouse isn't so bad. Sometimes it's actually... fun!
But, at the end of a wild and crazy day with the boys, hubby and I need to be able to relax and retreat to a space where we feel like our-prekids-selves. So, to give ourselves a little bit of a reprieve from the wilderness of childhood, we have started turning our bedroom into a sort of sanctuary, where we can feel like adults. After the kids go to bed, that is.
For me, it is in the details. We love our furniture, but furniture is just furniture until you add accents and accessories. We still have to be very careful as to what we place within the reach of little fingers. Little fingers like to explore and cannot always hold on to what they have chosen to inspect. So, we decorate with beautiful throws and lovely pillows. We add splashes of color where we can and try to place delicate things out of the reach of chocolate covered toddler hands.
Deciding on these sanctuary details is not easy when you are so limited by the thought of the kids getting to whatever it is that you want.
One day last week, I was on Instagram and found the most beautiful account, Indio White. I literally spent about an hour admiring their photos and day dreaming about how we would decorate our home according to their pictures.
Of course, all of the plants would be knocked over and the dirt from the planters would be all over the floor. Let's not forget my kid's fascination with pulling leafs off of plants.
The knick-knacks that I would so lovingly place on a coffee table, would all be turned into toys or broken shards of glass, and the white furnishings would be a mix of food, paint and marker stains. But one can dream!