Rating the pros

I’d like to preface this by saying I am evaluating items according to whether or not they would survive in a house with children.  I find that a lot of decor/design suggestions really don’t take kids into consideration, and when you are looking to purchase long-term items for your home, these are things that you should think about. My apologies as well for the less-than-clear photos.  I’m still working on getting the most out of the ol’iPhone. (Any suggestions on that front are more than welcome!)

The March 2012 issue of Style at Home features a Q&A section with Steven and Chris, stars of the lifestyle show of the same name.  In this issue they recommend a series of items designed to make life in small spaces easier.  Let’s take them one at a time.

1. Lidded-Barrel Basket

Pass, I’d buy it.  Storage+style+durability= good solutions.  I like that this has an organic feel to it.  This would be a great place for kids toys.

2. Donnabella Four-Door Chest

Fail. This thing is covered with mirrors.  Even people without children are going to have difficulty keeping this puppy looking pristine, and you will be able to see every smudge, especially if you have it placed in direct sunlight.  So unless you have no pets and no children AND you are either fastidiously neat or have a cleaning lady come in every other day, this thing will be a huge pain to keep clean.

3. Sea Garden Laptop Skin

Pass.  Laptop cover that doubles as artwork?  I can dig that…

4. Two-Arm Wall Sconce

Fail.  Only because what seven year old boy isn’t going to try to take these babies down?  For that matter, this thing is toast if you have cats.  Mind you, the concept of using vertical space in a small house is wonderful, its just that this option is not practical for a family with young kids.

5. Entryway screen

Fail. Does a townhouse count as a small space?  Because there is no way on God’s green earth that this would fit in our entryway.  And thinking back on 10+ moves in 8 years of marriage, I can’t think of a single one of our houses where this would have worked. And as cool as screens are (and I happen to think they are very cool and I would have died to have one like this as a teenager), this is not going to stay in place for very long.

6. End table/Computer table

Pass with flying colours.  Double duty furniture is genius and I SO wish I had two grand to drop on this right now.

So there’s my take on how the experts’ picks would fare in real life.  What pieces would you have in your home, and why?

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