When it comes to decluttering, kids’ art presents a unique problem: Yes, it sparks joy, so you want to keep it all, but with a new drawing, finger painting and ceramic pinch pot coming home every other day from school, it’s not long before you’re drowning in precious mementos (even if Sofia totally phoned in that Cheshire Cat last week). Organizing experts and designers have offered all kinds of solutions—take photos of it all so that it takes up digital space, not physical space; build scrapbooks and shadow boxes; secretly toss the less-special ones—but HGTV’s Grace Mitchell has come up with the most ingenious fix we’ve seen so far. She puts art on the walls.
Wait! Before you eye-roll so hard that you give yourself a migraine, it’s not what you’re thinking. Mitchell turned one family’s favorite designs into wallpaper, and the effect is pretty delightful.
In a recent episode of her show, One of a Kind, Mitchell met the Cowdens and soon learned their three daughters love to draw (and bubblegum pink, courtesy of the chandelier the family brought from their former house). The designer is a big believer in creating homes that tell people’s stories and for her custom wallpaper work, so it wasn’t long before those worlds collided.