8 Easy (and Genius!) Ways to Kid-Proof Your Home

Mother of two and interior designer Chloe Warner shares her secrets for designing a stylish home for children.

Decorating interiors for a young family is as much a science as it is an art, and who better to learn from than someone who is accomplished at the task both personally and professionally? Mom to two young children, Chloe Warner of Redmond Aldrich, our recent Designer Crush, is a pro when it comes to creating "wipeable, waterproof, stain-proof, bullet-proof," spaces, as she puts it. Read on for her best ideas for a kid-friendly home.

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hanginvestmentshigh 1. Invest in out-of-reach items. "Put money and effort into items that hang. Lighting fixtures, art, and curtains are less likely to be abused by kids and dogs, and every room needs a few special pieces. In this photo, the crystal chandelier and Chinoiserie panels are grown up and gorgeous, but they're grounded by a striped rug from DwellStudio and Serena & Lily Bamileke Tables."
pattern 2. Pattern is your friend. "Don't be afraid of living with lots of pattern; nothing is more forgiving. The mistake most people make is letting one pattern dominate -- here we have botanical, ikat, and a small-scale geometric pattern. Nothing is overwhelming, and it is lively and dynamic."
indestructiblefurniture 3. Make sure within-reach items are durable. "In this boy's nursery, the multicolored campaign dresser is graphic and chic, but it's also totally indestructible. The only delicate valuable pieces in the ceiling and on the wall (hello, Picasso!)."
furniturethatages 4. Mind your materials. "This picnic table setup is great for kids because the upholstery is humble burlap, and the carpet is the most forgiving pattern in the world. The wood table has lots of movement and looks better the more it has aged."
new 5. Design with kids in mind. "This nook features a catalog toddler's table, chairs painted high-gloss blue, and a portrait gallery-style wall, painted with magnetic paint so pinning masterpieces is easy for children."
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Road-Trippin-7 1. Use stain-proof fabrics. "We love to use fabrics by Perennials," Warner says. "Restoration Hardware also offers all of its upholstery in indoor/outdoor fabrics that are perfect for spaces that you want to be worry-free."
Screen Shot 2014-06-10 at 1.34.37 PM 2. Treat fabrics with wax or vinyl. "If a client wants to use something beautiful on a banquette, we get natural fibers treated with wax or vinyl to make them totally wipeable. This Instagram photo, for example, shows beautiful fabric that would be too delicate for a pool house unless it had been treated."
_thumb 3. Buy multiples. "Not everything has to be indestructible. If it's not expensive, it's also ok to be fine with something being destroyed and then replaced. I love the DwellStudio Petite Stripe Rug; I bought two for my house knowing one would get ruined, but for $389, I'm fine with that. Do yourself a favor and buy them both at once, so they are from the same lot, or, heaven forbid, it gets discontinued."

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Bamileke Side Table, $395, Serena & Lily Mastercraft Brass Coffee Table, $2300, 1stdibs Custom Campaign Chest, $1250, Etsy
These Indian tables have rounded edges and are just the right size for little ones. This Mastercraft table is gorgeous and has soft corners. I love specifying it for people with toddlers. These chests are practically indestructible.

Coincidentally, Redmond Aldrich has a sale going on at Chairish today -- check it out!_headerWhat tricks do you use to child-proof your home? Share them in the comments, please!

Photographs: Laure Joliet for Redmond Aldrich (1, 3, 4, 6, 7), Michele Lee Willson for Redmond Aldrich (2 and 5), Lonny (portrait)
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