In 2010 Joy Cho's living room got rockstar treatment from Emily Henderson on her HGTV show, Secrets From A Stylist. The results were gorgeous and decidedly grownup. Within a year, Joy got pregnant, had baby Ruby, and then Ruby started to move. Joy and Emily reunited recently to make the living room safe for Ruby without compromising style.
Some of the challenges confronted by Emily and Joy are perennial concerns discussed by Apartment Therapy readers: can babies coexist with a white couch? A fantastic coffee table? Decorative objects? Sharp corners? The answer: it depends. Some pieces of furniture were non-starters so Emily and Joy found stylish replacements. Goodbye beautiful coffee table, hello giant poufs. Other safety concerns were resolved with childproofing equipment and blocking off danger zones. That white couch? It hadn't weathered Ruby's early days so well, so Emily and Joy chose a gorgeous piece of fabric and had it made into a fitted sheet to slip over the seat cushions.