Teach your kids self-sufficiency by placing step stools “all over the house, all over the place,” says Nathalie Laitmon, publisher of Suburban Misfit Mom. “Kids won’t need your assistance with reaching food and they’ll tend to pee less all around the toilet bowl. Doesn’t have to be cute. Functional plastic works better.”
Find a new use for old and unused items. In this kitchen in Susan Sully’s book, “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques," a vintage step stool, repurposed as a table that now holds a bowl of lemons, fills an empty space leading into the pantry. To further the retro aesthetic, the walls are painted a light shade of green, and subway tile is used as the backsplash.
A huge sheltered porch is a wonderful blend of indoor outdoor living. The kitchen is fully accessible via a big pass-through window (bring on the snacks!). Wall-mounted heat lamps beam down warmth. And a lush garden is steps away!
Looking from the great room towards the front door of the home, this view highlights the staircase that leads up to the second floor of the home. This view also shows the pair of modern cowhide stools that add extra seating in the lounge area of the great room.
To create additional storage, the master bed is raised to allow for storage underneath; this is called a "Captain's Bed" and is commonly used on boats. A step stool is needed to make the bed accessible.
This light-filled home office is built for organization and convenience. Built-in shelves offer ample space to store supplies, and drawers throughout the space provide hidden storage. A custom step stool built into the window seat gives the homeowner's furry friend access to a sunny napping spot.
Faith and her brother got a Jack-and-Jill bathroom, with double vanities and a full bath with a tub — great for bubble baths. “We decided on subway tile throughout, but Amy had the idea to put in thin stripes of blue tile,” says Amanda. “It’s one small tweak that made a huge impact — guests have always asked about it!” Faith likes to perch on her step stool (by Serena & Lily) to check out hair bows in the mirror. The little blue light is by Feiss.
Save your old mailbox, even if it has a bit of rust. Designer Janna Allbritton reused a discarded mailbox and crate to fill out a mantel and to display dried flowers, a Bible and a small succulent in a pot. "Use the unexpected to create levels and keep the eye moving for a great eye-catching vignette. Old books, a chippy step-stool, an antique box, or a child's chair are great items to start with ... this will give you a great framework from which to build," she says.
Step through the dark front door and you're greeted by the intriguing look of the ringed light fixture hanging above the dark hardwood floor. A leather upholstered table with a glass top hugs the wall and creates a cubby for a pair of white tufted stools.