Decorating with Tweens & Teens

Whenever I go into a new clients "haus" to help them edit, accessorize, and add some new paint and furniture- the first thing we talk about is how they "use" the room. Are you going to entertain in the room, do you have in-door pets, children, wild friends?  My clients come to me because they have small children and want to know how I decorated while having destructive boys (they've gotten better) and a daughter who is STILL making that damn slime (its everywhere and makes me nuts). My decorating philosophy is definitely a mix of "high" & "low" pieces- i.e. buy the highest quality sofa you can, but maybe you get your throw pillows from Homegoods. I also love when people have meaningful collections- and we can display them in a way that has impact. If you look at ANY part of my instagram or facebook- you can tell I am a huge collector of blue & white ginger jars, I have a massive collection of Kentucky Derby glasses, and then I throw in a bunch of Buddha statues and heads. Somehow this eclectic mix has stayed intact (not broken or destroyed) for about the past 2 years. 

There is one item that I refuse to spend a ton of my decorating budget on, especially while there dogs & kiddos here. RUGS. I am sure there are those decorators out there that would EYE ROLL at my cheap rugs- but between 2 cocker spaniels, 3 children, and wine and vodka connoisseurs (and by connoisseurs I mean spills & refills)~   I refuse to invest in something that I'm going to cry over if it gets marked up in anyway. 

I have one AMAZING beautiful cowhide rug that was NOT cheap. It is in our formal living room, and children are in this room sparingly. Ironically, I get a ton of compliments on the rug in the den, all of the rugs in the bedrooms, and the rug in my office. I have NO problem letting them know that they are cheap- and can EASILY be cleaned. Even the HUBS spilled RED WINE on the office rug- and that sh*t came right up and I didn't have to hire a professional. 

For this stage in our lives- I'm keeping my cheap rugs- and I am A-OK with that decision. 

Tilling Tip of the Day~ 

I get asked this question- ALL OF THE TIME! 

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Teenage Tip of the Day~ 

You might be asking yourself- "Lizz, where do you buy these rugs that you're not afraid to display but your teenagers don't destroy"

Here are my favorite places~