Carrie’s Home is a Place to Play

by Maria SalovaSeptember 19, 2013

In support of the Inspiring Home Moments campaign Homes.com reached out to bloggers and asked them to share their home moments. These are Carrie’s home moments from Making Lemonade.

I’m a strong believer that your home should reflect the current season of your life. Ceramic stools and glass topped coffee tables are beautiful, but in the hands of my kids they’d quickly become mosaic tiles. So we embrace this season of running, jumping, thumping, and playing because it all leads to growing. Each corner of our home has been adapted to keep little hands busy and life as streamlined as possible in order to juggle the needs of two active preschoolers. Even our front door says ‘hey, we don’t take ourselves too seriously over here.’
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First and foremost, we’ve worked hard to make our home a place to create. Why have a plain wall when it can become a giant chalkboard, perfect for entertaining the troops while I cook dinner?

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Having art materials neatly organized within easy reach means less work for me, and more creating for my kids. Oh the things that have been created from the goodies on the art cart!
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A table just for kids means space to draw, paint, glue, and read. This table is also the perfect height for my budding chefs, we do a lot of {messy} recipe making over here.
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In the spirit of ‘living in the season’, even our neat & tidy reading nook in the sunroom can quickly become a fort for my daring adventurers. Child friendly furniture and unfussy throw pillows facilitate the process. Scotch-guarded couches? A MUST.
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Bedrooms are a place to sleep, but also to dream. Colorful touches add to the playfulness of spaces created just for the unique personalities that reside there.

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A road made from chalkboard paint doesn’t hinder the playfulness, either. No traffic jams here, just a toddler boys’ dream.
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It’s not just our home where we create. When the sunshine is streaming, we’ll head outdoors to the deck for some painting or fairy garden planting.
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On any given day, you might find a kid-crafted lantern or a string of stars adorning our chandelier. Why? Well… why not?
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Yes, the ceramic garden stools and glass topped anything will have to wait. For now, we’re embracing the season and creating and playing with our whole hearts– inside, outside, and sometimes even upside down.
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About The Author
Maria Salova
Hi! I’m Maria, the Marketing Coordinator for Homes.com. I am part of a dream team that is dedicated to running this awesome blog along with Homes.com’s social channels. If I am not busy writing blogs and socially sharing for Homes.com, you can find me painting, drinking tea with my friends, and doing DIY projects!
5 Comments
  • September 20, 2013 at 8:56 am

    I whole heartedly agree with this whole post and we live our lived this way too. There is time for fancy and white later on but now while my children are always out seeking adventure under my dining room table or camping out on the floor with my couch cushions….I am happy!!! Love your post!!

  • September 20, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Wow, beautiful! We are not so neat or stylish, but I totally agree with you. Home should be comfortable and inspire play! Couch cushions are simply forts waiting to be built…

  • September 20, 2013 at 11:00 am

    I think a home has to reflect your life. I look at my home and I dont feel like I have the space to have a no kid free zone.. so the whole house reflects the kids.
    Great post w/ beautiful pictures as always.

  • September 20, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    LOVE your house! Can you come decorate mine? I agree… the glass table tops will have to wait. We just remodeled a house and made it an open floor plan so my kids can run, but never hide!

  • September 20, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Love Love Love…A feeling that we all need to remember sometimes when we are vying for that perfect home:)

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