Comments on: Living With Kids: Sara Kahlenberg http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/living-with-kids-sara-kahlenberg/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:45:35 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Angela DeMuro http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/living-with-kids-sara-kahlenberg/comment-page-1/#comment-438418 Angela DeMuro Fri, 15 Feb 2013 01:29:43 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30834#comment-438418 Sara,
Your home is terrific! I completely relate to your affinity to being neat tidy and all in it’s place…and when it is not you feel off kilter; me too.
before I can go into my studio/play area that i share with our four year old, I have to tidy up so that I can think.
And to answer Gabrielle’s question to what do people think of the bedrooms being on different levels; Our master bedroom and bath are on the first level of our home with the children’s bedrooms and shared bath on the second level. It was weird at first when we began living in our home. But fortunately one son is now 19 and the youngest is four. We still use a baby monitor for our four year old. And it makes me grateful that our little farmhouse is little…so we are not really very far the stairs that lead to their landing. xo

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By: Stephanie http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/living-with-kids-sara-kahlenberg/comment-page-1/#comment-438228 Stephanie Wed, 13 Feb 2013 20:11:10 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30834#comment-438228 What a nice home and space for your lovelies. In our house we slept downstairs right next to the nursery until our son was old enough for his own big boy bed-thus a big boy room, we combined his new room (our old room) with his toy room and made the nursery my home office. Now our room is upstairs and I tell you those first few weeks I slept ever so lightly-it was weird not being close by and all the way upstairs…now that he is almost 3 we are used to this arrangement and it’s working just perfect! Thank you for sharing your home.

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By: Sara http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/living-with-kids-sara-kahlenberg/comment-page-1/#comment-438216 Sara Wed, 13 Feb 2013 19:13:44 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30834#comment-438216 I love all these “Living With Kids” segments… love seeing all the rooms and cute designs, but how come my “living with kids” looks so much more cluttered with papers, dishes, and toys though? How do all these creative people keep their homes from looking like kids actually live there?

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By: Cath http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/living-with-kids-sara-kahlenberg/comment-page-1/#comment-438157 Cath Wed, 13 Feb 2013 13:54:55 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30834#comment-438157 Lovely house! I have 3 year old twins and an older son. At the moment the twins share (despite protests) but we would like to get a bigger place. Just wondered if you are going to make the study into a nursery or are the twins going to share again?

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By: kelleyn http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/living-with-kids-sara-kahlenberg/comment-page-1/#comment-438081 kelleyn Wed, 13 Feb 2013 02:06:06 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30834#comment-438081 I would love for you to share your favorite French recipe since moving to France you have learned how to make either from a dinner invite, neighbor, etc that you will be taking home and keeping in your recipe box once you move back. Yum!

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By: Missy http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/living-with-kids-sara-kahlenberg/comment-page-1/#comment-438073 Missy Wed, 13 Feb 2013 00:57:20 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30834#comment-438073 Love seeing how others live with kids! I’m a neat freak too, so I can definitely relate to many of Sara’s comments. I am happiest right after the cleaners leave and agree that my family appreciates having a place for everything and everything in its place. Our bedroom is on a seperate level. We took two bedrooms on the top floor of our 1960s multi-level home and made a master suite. It works great for us now (with our 5 year old daughter about 8 steps away on the next level down) the but I wonder if I’ll feel the same when she’s older… or maybe I was the only one sneaking out as a teen! :)

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By: Pamela Balabuszko-Reay http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/living-with-kids-sara-kahlenberg/comment-page-1/#comment-438057 Pamela Balabuszko-Reay Tue, 12 Feb 2013 23:04:00 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30834#comment-438057 I figured with a pup named Wrigley that you must be from Chicagoland. :) So am I….from Palatine….but now I am a Minnesotan.
I love that Lauren has squares in her room and Avery has circles. Those little details make my heart sing!
Nice work Chicagoland!

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By: Summer http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/living-with-kids-sara-kahlenberg/comment-page-1/#comment-438046 Summer Tue, 12 Feb 2013 21:49:55 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30834#comment-438046 This might be my favorite yet! I can relate to the traditionalist/modern dilemma; I consider myself modern, but for instance, tan-ish interiors are big here, and I reaaaally don’t want to have to repaint the entire house when I move out, so I can live with some beige in the common areas.

Also, I’ve never been a neat freak, but mess used to not bother me. Now, I need to have it somewhat clean (like, “I can clean it within 30 minutes if someone drops by” kind of clean). I’ve never thought about it from this angle before, but it’s so true! When everything is all over the house, no one wants to play with anything because it looks like a mess and you feel like a mess and crabbiness, whininess, and boredom ensue! Same goes for adults!

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By: Joy http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/living-with-kids-sara-kahlenberg/comment-page-1/#comment-438037 Joy Tue, 12 Feb 2013 21:13:14 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30834#comment-438037 I love this series! Getting to peek in someone else’s house is the best. Even more so when they have kids and show how these pint-sized people are leaving their footprint in the design. Thanks for sharing!

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By: Heather Craw http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/living-with-kids-sara-kahlenberg/comment-page-1/#comment-438021 Heather Craw Tue, 12 Feb 2013 20:08:06 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30834#comment-438021 Great use of space. Love the kitchen, too. Since we’re on the verge of actively househunting I’m looking to steal ideas!

I’m wondering if the idea of a “forever home” is a myth. People change careers and move so much these days it’s hard to say you’ll be any one place for more than five years.

Thinking of resale value when designing your living space is so depressing and limiting. Even if you have to pay to repaint later, I think it’s important to enjoy every room of your house and every day that you’re in it.

I can see that’s what you’re doing!

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By: Sara http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/living-with-kids-sara-kahlenberg/comment-page-1/#comment-438019 Sara Tue, 12 Feb 2013 20:01:04 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30834#comment-438019 Tiffany – our TV cabinet is from IKEA. It has lots of storage spaces with two bookshelves on the sides and large drawers at the bottom. And being from IKEA it was a great price!

So happy you like our home!

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By: Amy http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/living-with-kids-sara-kahlenberg/comment-page-1/#comment-438016 Amy Tue, 12 Feb 2013 19:25:12 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30834#comment-438016 Your house looks beautiful, Sara, as always!

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By: Amy http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/living-with-kids-sara-kahlenberg/comment-page-1/#comment-438013 Amy Tue, 12 Feb 2013 18:58:05 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30834#comment-438013 We have a main floor master and the 3 kids bedrooms are upstairs. I find it works, but mostly because we have creaky floors and I can hear when they’re up and moving around. But they are still young and I’d prefer they were not up there alone until they’re 4 or so….however, the younger ones just wake up the oldest (age 8) to get help during the night.

I know what you mean about knowing this isn’t your “forever” home. We have been living like that for the past 8 years and finally decided to do something about it. and you know what? It feels awesome to have that imaginary limitation lifted. We are moving into our “forever” home in about a month and I didn’t know how much this “not quite right” house was holding me back mentally.

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By: Shannon { A Mom's Year } http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/living-with-kids-sara-kahlenberg/comment-page-1/#comment-437999 Shannon { A Mom's Year } Tue, 12 Feb 2013 18:25:58 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30834#comment-437999 You have a beautiful home, Sara! And I’m with you on how nice it feels to get the house back in order when everyone’s gone off to their own things.

When we first built our house, the hallway between our bedroom and the kids’ bedrooms seemed much too long. But now that they’re older, I sometimes wish they were on a different floor! Privacy can be tricky, if you know what I mean.

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By: Tiffany http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/living-with-kids-sara-kahlenberg/comment-page-1/#comment-437988 Tiffany Tue, 12 Feb 2013 17:47:42 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30834#comment-437988 I LOVE everything in your house. May I move in, please??

One question: where is your television cabinet from? We are upgrading and looking for one similar to yours.

Lovely home and thank you for sharing.

Best – Tiffany

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