Every parent knows that after you have a child, youíre whole world changes. Those precariously perched glass sculptures and pristinely polished white sofasÖ you might want to rethink those when baby comes. But take heart parents. Your new role as the provider/protector for you bundle(s) of joy does not have to completely preclude your love of modern design. Designers these days know that itís not only singles that love the sleek and chic look of a piece of contemporary furniture. When youíre elbow deep in diapers, you can still do it in style.
The Coco Stylewood Baby Lounger features a curved frame that creates a self-rocking motion. The piece is cozy for babies but instead of pepto pink or powder blue, the little chair comes in classic light and dark wood finishes. If you must have color, seat pads are available in a variety of brights.
A crib passed down from your momís momís mom is a cute idea, but carved flowers and a gingham dust ruffle just donít fit into your slick dťcor. The solution: a crib from Leander, which isnít just pleasing to the eye - itís practical too. The 4-in-1 piece starts as a crib with two mattress heights, and can be transformed to a daybed, a transition bed, and finally a junior bed.
When you have a finely-tuned dining space, you hardly want to ruin it with a frilly high chair - even if itís for your perfect little mini-you. Instead, take your baby into the space age with the very streamlined Fresco chair from Bloom Baby. The little guy or gal will be perfectly snug in a piece of furniture that looks like it was made my NASA. You can even get the seat pad in leatherette for a chic look thatís still easy to clean.
The sum total: being a parent doesnít mean giving up your commitment to contemporary design. Just choose wisely and you and your baby can enjoy living in an environment of modern beauty.