How We Live: Sharing A Space

Thoughts on blurring the lines between "Kids Welcome" and "Adults Only" rooms.
Author:
Updated:
Original:
IMG_6097

Making a house a home is a daunting task, then add children to the mix to make it nearly impossible. A dream space for me, and another for them...how to accomplish both?

IMG_6098

The Mine is helping me bridge the gap between adult and kid space, providing thoughtful furniture to create some inspired corners in the most important, and used, rooms of the house. After years of keeping things separate, I’m trying something new, inviting my little ones to share my space — all of them.

The focus: high design in place of dumbed-down kids' decor. Also, community over isolation.

IMG_6146

In an attempt to embrace the current co-working trend at home, my goal is to have an environment where we can work and play alongside each other, with independent activity happening in open shared spaces.

IMG_6149

The Mine offers storage solutions that are as beautiful as they are functional. Investing in multifunctional pieces that we won’t grow out of, I picked a variety of seating and shelving to be mixed and matched and moved around as my girls mature and their needs change — modern furniture for a modern way of life.

IMG_6096

My picks include kid-friendly, statement-making furniture that’s impossible to mess up — molded plastics that are easy to wipe clean and fun to play with, tiny chairs that feel as special as the adult version, a sleek bentwood table that’s perfect for both play and display, a low profile credenza ideal for easy-to-reach art supplies, and an oversized wall shelf that has plenty of storage for all the current favorites.

IMG_6099

The takeaway: breaking down boundaries and dismissing old rules of an off-limits, fancy and formal home allows a more relaxed rhythm in the house. Shared spaces and inclusivity seem to go a long way with my little ones. Gathering together rather than spreading apart feels better and functions better. After all, sharing is caring, and it’s always best to teach by example.

Related

image1

Social Justice & Climate Action: A Conversation With Ashley Engle On Why You Cannot Separate The Two and How You Can Help Combat Them Both

"My advice to anyone wanting to stand up for Unci Maka (Grandmother Earth) and our future generations: Start where you are because the frontlines are truly everywhere!"

Wellness

April 2021 Tarotscopes

Dear Aries: You thought you knew where you stood, who you were, and what made up your compass, but you somehow awoke to spinning ground beneath your feet and a spinning head to match.

Sandrine Duval, 'In the Mood', 2018

Street Photographer & Author Gulnara Samoilova On Empowering Women, Artistic Expression & The Power of Confident Work

"I want to create an inclusive community for women artists from around the globe who are pushing the boundaries of street photography in new and exciting directions. I’m interested in empowering women so that can tap into their creativity and feel confident about making work, whether they are professional or amateur photographers."

Money

Money and The Art of Receiving

"In our modern world, the connection between wealth and feminine energy has been mostly forgotten."

5f5bc2a5796cebcdc158c359_pexels-retha-ferguson-3811123-p-1600

Motif Founder Shanetta McDonald On Storytelling, Healing, & Connection

"By opening up about these unique experiences, women of color build esteem and lift the shame of hiding their true selves from the world. We’re able to be seen, and feel heard, and that is healing."

Where do we go from here Headshots

Where Do We Go From Here? Join The Fold For A Conversation About The Impact of COVID-19 on Women and Mothers In The Workplace

Join us for a free virtual event featuring Angela Garbes, The Fold's Nora Gomez-Strauss and hosted by Executive Editor, Amanda Carter Gomes.

Wellness

March 2021 Tarotscopes

Dear Pisces: Striving towards your vision is very different than gazing wistfully upon someone else's. There are amazing gifts out there all around you, being offered freely and with great love, but if you don't bother to raise your head then you surely won't bother to see them.