Stylish Baby Proofing

When little ones come into your life, you often have to re-look at your decor. When friends of mine who are about to become parents, or whose baby is not yet mobile, say that they'll just teach their child not to touch certain things, I smile and nod. While inside I'm thinking "right, I can't wait to see how that works out!". To some extent you can, and as they get older you can certainly teach them to respect people's belongings. But I'm talking toddlers here - they're like chubby little tornados!

I think this post by the gorgeous Joy Deangdeelert Cho, is brilliant. She works with my fav, Emily Henderson, to baby proof her living room, while still keeping it stylish.

The beautiful living room styled by Emily Henderson before baby

Fabric made into a fitted sheet was made to fit over the white sofa seat,
which wasn't standing up to baby spit and leaky nappies

The coffee table with it's sharp edges was replaced with two giant poufs
- soft, easy to wipe clean, and also used to put feet up on

Some of the less baby-suitable objects were removed and in their place
light, safe and even playful decor elements were added

I love this long, narrow console table that Emily has placed behind the sofa for putting your drink on etc

These heavy, breakable items were replaced and the chest turned sideways
to prevent baby Ruby from getting to the cords behind the sofa

Joy was sad to see her bar cart go but it had pretty much everything on it not suitable for kids
- glass, metal, sharp corners and booze
Emily found a gorgeous cabinet to go in it's place,
which houses a mini bar up top and baskets for Ruby's toys below

Pop over to Joy's blog to see more photos, and to read her full story.