Blending Child Safety and Style I
Following is the text for a question and answer segment for an article I was
asked to write. It will appear in a decorating magazine soon.
1. Your full name and name of your biz?
Name of Biz:
2. How long in business? What do you offer?
I've been doing redesign and art consulting since
1983. Prior to that I was in graphic design for 12 years.
I offer training in how to professionally arrange the
furniture and accessories you already own, just the way an interior designer
would do. I also offer training in how to start your own redesign
business, how to start a corporate art consulting business, how to design
wallgroupings, how to hang art, how to decorate for parties and have a long
list of free decorating tips available.
3. Are you a designer or a decorator?
I am a decorator, corporate art
consultant, author of 6 books and a published artist.
4. How can parents decorate their home with style
and have kids at the same time?
Having a stylish home AND kids are
not a problem. Depending on the age, one simply has to make the home save and
usable for all in the family. The degree and nature of safety will change as
the children mature. This may be revolutionary, but I believe it all
starts with proper training and discipline of the children and includes some
common sense precautions on the part of the parent.
I was very careful to let my
children know, kindly and lovingly, about what they could touch and what was
off limits. However, I have seen many homes where discipline was totally
lacking. i.e. parents letting their children jump on the sofas, chairs
and bed; parents letting children run in the home, along the pool; parents
leaving small children in a room unattended. My children did not bother
my accessories too much. Those that seemed to be too attractive to them were
either removed totally or placed up high where they couldn't reach them.
Velcro was sometimes placed under an accessory to keep it in place, especially
if up high.
5. Are there certain types of furniture to look
Casual furniture that is rugged is
great for children. If it gets dinged (and it will), it just adds more
"character" to the piece. Wrought iron legs on tables are very
durable and ding free. Wood is ricky. Wicker (not rattan)
furniture is pretty great too as it is multi colored and textured anyway and
will hide a multiple number of dings. Look for rounded styles that don't
have sharp edges
Stay away from?
Stay away from leather sofas and
chairs and cloth too. Get vinyl. It can be wiped easily and is pretty durable.
Be sure that the vinyl is thick, however. If very thin, it will not hold
Watch out for chests with heavy
lids. If a small child gets one open and the lid falls down, it can be
disastrous. If you do have chests, put locks on them.
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