A Picture Perfect Home

We all have that vision of our dream home, fully furnished and perfectly styled. The perfect place to raise a family. Then, one day we come home after a long day at work only to discover a new stain on the sofa (after stepping on a Lego barefoot) and realize that our dreams are not exactly our reality.

Yes, becoming a parent means welcoming a little bit of chaos into your life (and into your home), but it doesn’t mean you have to abandon the vision of your dream home completely. Since time is valuable to the many working mothers of The Chaotic Commute, here are three easy and affordable things you can do to spruce up your home:

1. For Moms with limited free time, fresh flowers are an easy go-to

When you’re raising kids, a weekly trip to the grocery store is a given. Take advantage of this inevitable trip to the store and swing by the fresh flower section. While it may add a few dollars to your weekly grocery bill, bringing fresh flowers into your home is one of the easiest ways a busy working mom can introduce a bit of color and liven up her space.

Even better, this is something you can get your kids involved in! Let them help you pick which flowers to bring home, cut, arrange, and care for throughout the week. It’s a minimal investment, guaranteed to make your home look great and feel more inviting!

Looking for a fun vase to add extra flair? Zara Home, Jayson Home, and Z Gallerie are great places to get started!

2. For Moms tired of living in a mess, invest in some baskets

Let’s be honest, no matter the age, kids have a lot of stuff. When they are little, it can often feel as if their toys are taking over your entire house! Yes, clutter is inevitable as a mom, but that doesn’t mean having a stylish and organized home is off the table. When in doubt, invest in a basket!

Whether they sit on the floor, are thrown in cabinets, or are placed on open shelving, having accessible baskets around the house can help a busy mom maintain a sense of order amongst all the chaos, and more importantly, keep her home looking chic. I find you can’t go wrong with an oversized basket. It works in just about every space and style. So, whether your aesthetic is sleek and modern or something more timelines and classic, this solution will work for you. The best thing about baskets is that they can serve multiple purposes (organizing toys, carrying laundry, storing throw blankets), so even as your kids grow and priorities change, you will never regret investing in a handful of great baskets.   

My favorite, “go-to” places for baskets? Serena & Lily, Crate & Barrel, and Pottery Barn always have a great selection!

3. For Moms looking to make a statement, create a gallery wall

When you’re a working mom, investing in beautiful art for your home isn’t always a top priority. Thus, you may find yourself with one or two (or six) bare walls that could really use some attention. Well moms, the answer to your problem may be right in front of you--remember yesterday when your daughter brought home a colorful drawing of a flower? Or last week when your son did some abstract finger painting? Well, instead of hanging it all on the fridge or throwing it in a storage bin, gather a collection of your kids’ “best work” and make yourself a gallery wall. Even if your child isn’t the next Van Gogh, you’ll be surprised by the difference it makes!

To get started, invest in a handful of picture frames. I prefer when the frames match, have the same matting, and vary in size, but ultimately there is no right or wrong way to do a gallery wall. Take some time to decide which wall would be the best place to feature your unique collection and remember not to get too carried away. The key with gallery walls is finding that perfect balance. It can be a cool statement, without being over the top.

If this doesn’t fit your personal aesthetic, you can also take a more traditional approach to the gallery wall concept. Use some of your favorite family photos to bring your wall to life. I personally love the look of gallery walls that feature black and white photography. Figure out what works best for you and go for it!

Need some frames to bring your gallery wall to life? Check out, West Elm, Room & Board, and CB2. Framebridge is also a great tool if you are looking for something a little less hands-on!

This list only skims the surface of the many things you can do to spruce up your home, but I hope it helps to get you started. Remember, good things take time, and nothing is ever really “picture perfect.” At the end of the day, your dream home is the one you share with the people you love the most. It may look a little different than you imagined, but sometimes reality is even better than our dreams.

Happy Commuting! xx

Lindsey Teicher Goddard, The Objects Within

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