HERE WE GO. Today marks the beginning of what I’m sure will be a decades long journey of changing my home to accommodate this new little person in my life. Last week I posted about the ugly truths behind being a mom and home decor blogger: toys and baby-proofing!
We still have a few empty rooms in our house and the front room has turned into a makeshift playroom for the time being. While it’s a fun and comfortable place to spend time, sometimes I just want to kick back in front of the TV. A girl’s gotta have her Ellen fix, right? Alas, I don’t have a TV in this room so it’s inevitable that some time will be spent with the baby in my living room.
Which leads us to this big, square, glass-topped elephant in the room: the coffee table. I love this coffee table. Matt and I searched high and low before we found the perfect piece to go with our L-shaped sectional. The table is a weathered wood finish, which works well with the relaxed coastal vibe we got going on, with an airy glass top.
I’d been thinking about whether we should replace it before the baby is on the move for quite some time. The decision was made for me when, during a recent visit, it became clear that my friend’s toddler’s favorite game at my house was “BANG, BANG, BANG on the glass table with our juice cup, toy truck, hand and/or foot.” Clearly, my child’s safety is a priority, but I also don’t want my table to be broken into a million pieces either. So out it went and in its place came this pretty lady.
The size and shape of the coffee table worked so well, I knew that an upholstered option in the same dimensions would be my best bet. With the abundance of primary-colored toys strewn throughout the house I also thought it wise to find something with storage. You wouldn’t believe how hard it was to find a square upholstered ottoman with storage. You’d think every store would sell them. The problems we ran into were the storage ottomans being rectangular rather than square and the square storage ottomans, if available, being leather rather than upholstered. After a few weeks of searching, my husband saw this ottoman on a commercial for Bassett Furniture.
Pretty room, huh? It looked perfect so I hopped onto Bassett’s website to check out the details. The dimensions were perfect and an option for storage was available to we took a trip to the nearest Bassett design studio to check it out. When we arrived we were very happy to find a wide array of fabric options. We ended up selecting a chartreuse/white graphic pattern. We didn’t even bring home a fabric swatch to see if it would work with our space. If you’re a beginner decorator or don’t have a firm grasp on your colors, I don’t recommend buying a piece of custom furniture without testing the fabric swatch in your home first. I’m certainly no expert, but it ended up being perfect so I wont dwell on that! I really like how the ottoman adds a new dynamic to the space, while working well with the other pieces we have. It is also on casters making it super easy to move around if necessary.
I shopped my house for a tray to use on top and came away with this jade green beauty I bought at HomeGoods a few years ago. It’s the perfect size to corral our remotes, a few coasters and newest magazines. If I had looked for a new tray I certainly wouldn’t have searched for green, but something about it just makes sense. I love it when I can find a new use for something I already own. This is what happens when you only purchase things you really love. You will find new homes for them time and time again!
I will admit that Matt and I are guilty of eating our dinner in front of the TV quite often so the switch over to the ottoman is challenging us on that front. Who wants to spill spaghetti sauce on their new furniture? Not me! Ultimately, not being able to chow down in front of the TV is probably a good thing.
There you have it; my first step in the baby-proofing journey! I’m not sure what will be next. I have a feeling this whole process is going to be a little bit “live and learn” so I’m having a hard time planning! I’m sure a lot of you parents are laughing at my white sofa right now. It’s non-negotiable; the sofa stays. You probably think I’m crazy, but I have a high capacity washer and dryer so I can give those slipcovers a good old cleaning right at home any time I want.
Tell me what you think! What were your first steps to baby-proof your home? Any tips for me or suggestions for what I should focus on next? I always love hearing from you!