At home with Bo (Sponsored by Target)



It’s been almost a month now and we are starting to really find our own place here in this new little house of ours. It’s been a big adjustment for both of us. For the first time Bo and I have an entire house that is all ours. It is filled with our belongings and we get to dictate how each area of the house is used. For the first time I’m starting to consider how our use of space changes the way we live our lives. As we begin to make each space of our house a home, I look at the area not only with my own eyes but with Bo’s too. This is as much her house as it is mine and each room needs to be her’s too.

Cosy reading nooks and toy boxes filled with soft toys and wooden puzzles, kid friendly kitchens that encourage little hands to get involved and help with the chores. Boots by the back door, just waiting to get out and play.


Our house is far from finished. But slowly and surely it is becoming warmer and brighter and more “us,” and every day I watch Bo as she becomes more confident in her own space. I watch as she moves items around in the pantry so they are more to her liking. I watch as she reaches the back door and stops, reaching out for her boots and calling me to help her put them on. I watch as she knows exactly where to find her books and where to stack the fire wood and where to find her paper and pens. I watch as she marks this space with a little of what makes her, her. And it’s pretty amazing to watch this little person defining herself in space, discovering new words and names for things that …. and finding comfort in what is our very first home.


What do you do to make your house a home for your little people? Do you have kid areas and adult areas? Are you more focussed on design or practicality? What is your focus when it comes to creating a space for your family?


This post was sponsored by Target. Some of the products you see featured in the photographs were gifted to me by Target as a part of their Winter Homewares range. You can find all those products are available in store now; The Jamie Oliver Kitchen Scales, the Classic Watering Can, the Owl Plate and the Water Hyacinth Baskets.

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  • July 31, 2013 - 5:51 am

    Julie - Overall, I try not to have kids spaces and adult spaces. I try to have our spaces, after all it is all of our home.ReplyCancel

    • August 1, 2013 - 9:15 pm

      Sash - That’s the way I see it too! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2013 - 6:08 am

    Beck - Your home looks so cozy and friendly. I’m a tad jealous as our rental house is so stark with the big white tiles, white walls and the “no hanging anything on the wall” policy.
    I look forward to finding a new place to make our home with no safety gates and segregated areas.ReplyCancel

    • August 1, 2013 - 9:16 pm

      Sash - Thanks Beck! We have a no hanging anything on the wall policy too. I can only utilise the four (or five?) hooks that are already on the wall… takes a bit of creative thinkingReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2013 - 11:08 am

    Lilybett - We still seem to be living in university-chic style decor so definitely not focused on design. We’ve got boxes or drawers or shelves for Dear Boy’s stuff in pretty much every room in the house. We close off several rooms to him when not in use (his room, our room and the bathroom) but that’s for safety reasons -he loves fiddling with the heaters and trying to put things into the toilet- and to keep heating costs down.ReplyCancel

    • August 1, 2013 - 9:16 pm

      Sash - we are very university chic too 😉ReplyCancel

  • August 24, 2013 - 11:13 pm - I want to to thank you for this wonderful read!
    ! I absolutely enjoyed every little bit of it. I have you saved as a favorite
    to check out new stuff you post…ReplyCancel

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