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Q: We’re buying new living-room furniture and want it to be child-friendly. Any tips?

Tamara says....
Purchase sturdy furniture with zip-off covers and washable, durable fabrics (pattern and texture are great for hiding spit-up and…other stuff). Opt for an ottoman instead of a sharp-edged coffee table—it will save at least one trip to the ER. Choose a cabinet that can be locked up. Get lamps and CD holders that have weighted bases.

Tamara Chiarello's interior design company, In Vision, does both residential and commercial work. Send her your decorating questions here.