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Creating a Kid- Friendly Dining room

Creating a Kid- Friendly Dining room

Hello friends! After a self-imposed maternity leave, it feels so good to be back. While I have been busy balancing life with a two year old plus a two month old, working out in the gym like a mad-women  and  getting back to my “day job” of digital marketing, I have been inspired to design again. You see, I have been on a recent mission to make my home more kid-friendly.

rattan dining chairs modern and coastal

As far as my dining room is concerned,  that meant scaling back on upholstered items and replacing them with more durable and stain-resistant material. Just because I have a house full of kids and animals does not mean I am going to throw in the towel as it pertains to the style and aesthetic of my home (nor am I going to give up faith in losing that damn “mommy pooch” protruding from my midsection). That would just be too depressing. So, I started to consider the best options for dining room seating….the main contenders were lucite (ghost chairs), plastic molded modern chairs with wooden legs or rattan/bamboo.

rattan chairs in modern transitional dining room

Somehwhat partial to Hollywood Regency decor, I had been on the lookout for bamboo chippendale chairs for almost a year. Having no luck finding something financially feasible,  I gave up my search when I laid my eyes on these beauties which I found on Craigslist. They were simply too great of a deal to pass up. And while I was able to phase out four of the upholstered chairs, it was an aesthetic preference of mine to keep the upholstered “captain’s” chairs….the kids will simply be banned from sitting at the head of the table.

coastal modern dining room

Just because you are a mother, or parent, doesn’t mean you have to shrivel up and die…..don’t give up on your home and sure as hell do not give up on yourself.

modern rattan chairs dining room

Not a fan of rattan? There are plenty of other durable and kid-friendly seating choices. Canvas slip covers, vintage metal chairs (which I formerly had ), ghost chairs/ lucite,  the more modern look of molded plastic chairs or mid-century “wishbone” chairs. All of these selections are stain resistant and provide a fresh, updated feel.

blown glass in turquoise dining room

Hope I gave some of you fellow moms something to work with. Wishing all of you a happy Fourth of July weekend. I will be spending time with family, drinking margaritas by the pool and bitching about my post-partum pooch.

Now get out there and design some good vibes!




My journey in interior design and home improvement began with transforming my first fixer-upper home, all while managing a budget and raising two young boys. My work, a reflection of my passion for creating beautiful, uplifting spaces, has been recognized by top publications like Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, HGTV, and more. I invite you to explore my site and witness the transformation of my home and the vibes we've designed.Read more...

Mary-The Boondocks Blog

Tuesday 5th of July 2016

Hey Erica, it's good to have you back! The chairs are the perfect touch to keep the mess at bay. Good luck with the kids. Mine ended up taking over the whole house at that age. There were toys in every room.

Designing Vibes

Wednesday 6th of July 2016 are pretty much in every room now too. haha Thank you so much for your support, Mary!


Friday 1st of July 2016

I look forward to your post.You have such a way with decorating love the wicker chairs and everything you put together you have the magic touch .

Designing Vibes

Friday 1st of July 2016

Thank you so much for the encouragement , Teresa!! Hope you have a happy 4th!!!


Friday 1st of July 2016

Hey there, don't give up! It's all a new life especially with two in tow. I did the same thing raising kids and it was a challenged blessing. Two thoughts on getting to where you want to be physically are push those little ones in a double stroller. It is a workout especially on the hilly sections! The other activity I so enjoyed and really strengthened by stomach was belly dancing. I don't know if there are any classes in Chattanooga these days but loads of fun.

Designing Vibes

Friday 1st of July 2016

Thank you so much for the tips, Linda. I would love to get back to belly dancing. I loved it before I had the kiddos! :) Happy 4th!!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life

Thursday 30th of June 2016

Love the rattan. Perfect choice.

Designing Vibes

Friday 1st of July 2016

Thank you so much for your feedback, Mary! I am glad a fellow blogger approves. :) Hope you have a great holiday weekend!