How a mom with two kids (and a dog) pulls it off. 

By Katie Holdefehr
June 04, 2018

Fact of life: When you have kids living at home, whether they're five years old or fifteen, it's almost impossible to keep your home looking nice. From the toy clutter, to spilled plates of food, to crayon scribbles on the wall, living with little ones makes maintaining even the best home decor plans difficult. So when we stopped by the home of Joanna Ballentine, the blogger behind Irrelephant, and saw how she kept a home that was effortlessly beautiful while living with two kids under four and a dog, we had to ask her her secret. As it turns out, designing with the kids in mind and letting them inspire her decor choices helped Joanna create a home that's as much a sanctuary for her little ones as it is for her and her husband. Here are some easy-to-follow tips to turn your own home into a stylish, family-friendly space. 

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