No More Knick-Knacks!: Grown Up Decor That's Kid-Friendly

No More Knick-Knacks!: Grown Up Decor That's Kid-Friendly

Alison Gerber
Nov 14, 2013
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"He broke another vase," my friend lamented to me on the phone a few weeks back. I had to think - why do you keep buying them? And displaying them? When you have the loveliest, sweetest, well-meaning, but absolute klutz of a kid living in your house? I know we love pretty things, but sometimes our pretty things have got to coexist with crazy kids. If you have a klutz in your house, here are some options to keep the pretty decor, but stop having so much broken, already!

1. Artwork. Just because your low-lying coffee table is bare doesn't mean your walls have to be! Hang it high enough so kids can't touch it, and away from places they can climb up to knock it. Put together a whole wall of the stuff! Here is a whole lot more gallery wall inspiration to get you started.

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2. Wooden decorative objects. Okay, so maybe don't go as crazy as this giant pepper mill collection, but you get the idea, right? Wooden objects can be so beautiful! Look for objects that are solid and chunky and are therefore difficult to chip. Wooden bowls are beautiful and can be filled with different things over time that you are okay with your kids occasionally moving around the house: small pumpkins, felt balls and so on.

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3. Books. Stay away from the coffee table variety, and instead focus on how cozy a lovely bookshelf full of books make your living room feel. Just don't forget to anchor that bookshelf to the wall! For more lovely (and organized) bookshelves, check out this bookshelf inspiration post.

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4. Mobiles. Even the littlest member of your family is going to love this! There are so many grown up options out there and they will add something beautiful and sculptural to your place...right out of reach! Check out our Mobiles for Adults post for a whole lot more inspiration.

5. Globes. Kids love to look at these, and why not? There are plenty of globe options, particularly vintage globes, that are fine in the hands of crazy kids. Look at how amazing this collection of globes looks here, imagine it atop a bookshelf or credenza! Check out this vintage globe decor post for more ideas.

Enjoy decorating your place without the breakables!

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