5 Simple Tips for Creating a Family-Friendly Home

Wostbrock After seeing (and salivating) over Melissa McCarthy’s beautiful home in “A Home Where Function Meets Fabulous” I asked her interior designer, Krista Wostbrock of Wostbrock Home if she could give us a few tips on how to keep our homes beautiful without sacfricing our aesthetic. Thanks for the tips, Krista!

Wostbrock Fabric1. Use durable textiles like crypton fabrics and wool or synthetic rugs in fun and bold patterns to create a statement while not having to worry about destroying them with dirt or spills.

Hallway2. Add wainscoting in hallways and around corners to prevent little finger marks on your walls! This not only looks architecturally pleasing and adds character to the bones of the house but is actually more practical than paint as it is wipeable/easy to clean.

Wostbrock Curtain3. Don’t be afraid to splurge on window treatments and wall-coverings as these areas tend to be preserved and relatively untouched.

4. Use vinyl wall-coverings above wainscoting and in bathrooms to add texture, patterns, and color! There’s an abundance of vinyl wall-coverings on the market right now that feel and look just like natural fibers! Go explore and shop guilt-free 😉

5. Fiber seal EVERYTHING! From your rugs, to your sofas, pillows, and chairs. Contrary to popular belief, most damage is done from your method of cleaning spills and stains. Not from the actual stain itself.

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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."