Sometimes inspiration comes from the most unlikely sources. This month, we were inspired by Cottage Living, and while we don't own a cottage, we did find some great ideas for design with children in mind. First up, the red cottage.
If you love a color, don't let anybody talk you out of using it! In this case, that color is red. What is most striking, though, is how the bassinet in the living room (pictured above) is so well integrated into the design of the room. So often, adding the stuff kids need to your design mix can look like an afterthought, and this photo struck us as a great example of how to do it right. Below, the same room shot from a different angle.
The article (including design resources) is here.
Other great decorating ideas in this issue, with regard to design and children, include re-covering couches in durable outdoor fabric to make them child and spill friendly, and bringing a chalkboard into the living room in a unique way, by framing it in gilt.
This month's Cottage Living also has a great article about community dinners, and connecting with one's neighbors, which is a great resource for families with children. The article says there is more info on their website, but our search for it was fruitless. But if this is your thing, the print issue swears that if you sign up for it, they will send you starter kit to do this in your own community. Not all is lost though - we did find Sara Foster's suggestions for spicing up a packed lunch, and what looks like a simpler than usual recipe for pots de crème...au chocolat, naturelment!
As always, we wish the Cottage Living website had more photos from the articles in print.