WITH BRI OF BURTSBRISPLEASE
Creating a cosy space for your kids sounds simple enough… right? But after hours spent saving images on Pinterest, looking for inspirations online and browsing through endless shops, the task can feel a little daunting.
Enter Bri of Burtsbrisplease, Influencer extraordinaire with a knack for home decorating. Based in Minnesota with her husband, Pete, and their two young sons Leo and Amos, and expecting a third little one at the beginning of next year. She enjoys photography and having adventures with her little ones at home. Bri loves making their house a home and creating beautiful, meaningful spaces within it. Here, she shares ten tips on how we can all do the same in our nest.
Be aware of what you have and what’s coming in.
The easiest way to manage the clutter and mess that
inevitably comes with living in a house with kids is to not
have more than you need.
Follow the one in, one out rule.
If something new comes in, something goes out. This is so much easier for my 4-year-old to grasp than if I were to wait until we’re drowning in stuff and try to get rid of a bunch at once. He’s very willing to part with a few things at a time, knowing they’re going to a friend or cousin or someone who doesn’t have as many toys.
A fresh coat of paint can give anything new life.
If you’re stuck on paint colours, try bringing a few swatches that you already have and love to the paint store and compare new ones to those. That way you’ll know if something is too warm, cool, light, dark for your taste and what’s already in your home.
Be inspired by the trends and take a few ideas here and there, but make it your own.
At the end of the day, pick pieces that you genuinely love, not just because somebody else loves them. If you only buy what’s on trend, you’ll be refurnishing your house constantly.
Use bins and baskets for organizing, especially toys!
There are so many pretty ones out there and it makes it so easy to clean up quick. We have a basket for cars, one for characters, one for blocks, etc. This is also a great way to manage quantity; if any baskets start overflowing, I know it’s time to go through and part with a few items.
Mix and match old items with new.
I love having things in our home that belonged to our grandparents and other antique finds because they have so many stories and memories attached to them. I also like investing in newer items and I think mixing the two can give a space a timeless feel.
Start with something wood, something neutral (black or white) and something colourful.
If I’m furnishing a room from scratch, I usually start with something wood, something neutral (black or white) and something colourful. For example, a white bed, a green dresser and a wooden bookshelf. It makes me feel like the room is balanced right away and not overwhelmingly brown or white or any one colour.
Rugs are a great way to tie a room together.
Our dining room is very neutral so I’m looking for a colourful rug in there right now. My kid’s rooms are full of colour and they probably always will be, so I have neutral rugs there to balance the colours.
Large floor pillows, sheepskin rugs and throw pillows make the perfect cosy reading and play areas.
Don’t be afraid to decorate with their toys!
I love displaying their favourite things, plus kids are encouraged to play even more when they can see and easily access their toys. Having low, open shelving and small bookshelves that they can access is great for everyone, because they can get the things they need and they can help clean up, too! Win, win.
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