Much like the French, the Italians have a kind of worldly elegant flair, especially when fashion is concerned. Just think of the immaculately dressed street style shots of Milan Fashion Week, or the multiple Italian fashion houses. It's only natural that they would have the same effortless flair for decorating. For one Italian fashion heiress, the two go hand-in-hand. Margherita Missoni, mother of Otto, 3, and Augusto, 1, has redefined what it means to decorate a child-friendly home while maintaining the integrity of your decorating style.
Far from obsessively baby-proofing everything and transforming her entire décor, she instead manages to keep an elegant interior that feels collected and lived-in, while still managing to please the younger ones. Her latest collection for Pottery Barn Kids reflects everything a family-friendly interior should be: safe and colorful, but also elegant. Get inspired to make your home kid-friendly the Italian way with Missoni's insightful tips.
Always Be Colorful
To Missoni, three things characterize an Italian interior: "History, personality, and color." Though her family's fashion house is known for bright, colorful patterns, this is something that the heiress embraces at home just as much as in her wardrobe.
Draw From History and Travel
"I get the sense that Italians tend to travel frequently, hence our decorating style is less one-directional and, I imagine, more influenced by a variety of cultures," Missoni says. Her own home is reflective of her life, her culture, and her experiences: "Every single object has a history, a reason for being there and an emotional value for me. I buy a lot of pieces during my travels and carry these items over from home to home."
Pile on the Pillows
When it comes to decorating, Missoni believes that people should trust their instinct more and go with the flow instead of following decorating rules. "Don't be scared of piling up pillows, don't take the decorating process too seriously, and just have fun," she says.
Be Functional Above All
When asked what had changed in her décor since having a child, it was all about function: "Functionality has become a priority," she says. "All fragile and sharp objects have been relocated out of the reach of children."
Embrace Bold Carpets
Missoni believes in incorporating your personal taste in your home: "Create a space that you love, a space that reflects your unique style," she says. "Embrace bold carpets," she adds. Not only are they colorful, but they also hide scuffs and stains better!
Have a Comfortable Chair
For the fashion heiress, the most important piece of furniture a parent can have is a comfortable chair: "The essential item is a very comfortable armchair for parents' middle-of-the-night-calls," she says. "If space allows, I even suggest a futon of some sort."
Make it Personable
To add personality to a space, Missoni relies on personable figures: "I like to fill the room up with loads of playful, funny characters that may become comforting friends for the little ones," she says. Her new collection for Pottery Barn Kids reflects just that—and is filled with playful characters, from jumbo turtles to rabbits and daisies.
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