Home Is Where All The Children’s Stuff Is

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I wander through my house, camera in hand, eager to see what joys the Nikon can bring me.

I start here, where I am a lot. My favorite spot on the couch.

Grey couch


I walk to the bedroom, turn around and see this.


View of walk in wardrobe


The view of our walk-in closet. I love that I can finally have all my clothes in one place. Oh, the simple things.

I walk down the hallway to the toddler’s room.

I’ve always loved this blue feature wall.


Blue wall


I look up and see this.


Rocket light


And it makes me smile, remembering when we chose this light online, and thinking, how cool is it, for a little boy to look up from his bed and see a rocket?

I head back to the living room.

We are prime examples of people whose houses look like a rainbow exploded all over it.


Kids table and chairs


Where we draw, count and play with the iPad.


Kid's stool


I put stickers on the toddler’s stool as a fun way to teach him to identify animals and objects. (And yes, to try and mask the crayons scrawls all over it)

Tubs of Play Doh


I also try to encourage the use of Play-Doh the table. To no avail. See how foamy floor mats are awesome?


Car park toy


We play with this as a family. Even the baby loves watching the cars fly down the ramps.

The toddler has always loved the color green. And so it is the green car that is his favorite.


Toy cars


I end my little home tour, sit down, look to my right and see this.


Photo frame


My firstborn when he was around the same age my second is right now.


Home is where all the children’s stuff is.

Home is where my hearts are.

Right here.

Linking up with The Good Life.


What’s the favorite part of your home?

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Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and DrGreene.com. She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • September 24, 2012 Laura

    So much children’s stuff! But without it, it wouldn’t be home. 🙂 Loved this glimpse into your world.
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    • September 24, 2012 Alison

      I know, it’s insane!

  • September 24, 2012 Runnermom-jen

    Your house rocks! Can we come over? 😉
    p.s. so did you get a new camera? I can’t remember. your photos are looking good!
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    • September 24, 2012 Alison

      My door is open and Monkey would love some play mates!

      I’m using a Nikon on loan – my brother-on-law and sister generously left the camera here. They said I have ‘better subjects’ hence, will get more use out of it. 🙂

  • September 24, 2012 Kimberly

    There is kids stuff everywhere in our house. It used to drive me crazy, but now it kind of comforts me knowing that they’re here.

    My favorite part of our house? The dining room. The natural light is amazing there.
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    • September 24, 2012 Alison

      I love the living room for the same reason!

  • September 24, 2012 Carrie

    Your house looks like it has the most fun kids stuff, ever! I love the rainbow-y everything. 🙂
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    • September 24, 2012 Alison

      We do want to be the fun house! 🙂

  • September 24, 2012 Greta

    That rocket light is AMAZING. And I would much rather have a rainbow explosion in my house than beige on beige on beige. That’s just boring!

    • September 24, 2012 Alison

      Right?? We were so excited when we saw it, we just HAD to get it! The rest of our furnishings is pretty neutral (and boring), so yes, the rainbow colors are quite welcome 🙂

  • September 24, 2012 Elaine A.

    Love all the color! And that car track looks so fun. My oldest son has always loved Green the most too. 🙂
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    • September 24, 2012 Alison

      Oh it’s totally fun, I love it! I mean, the boys love it! 🙂

  • September 24, 2012 Tonya

    Funny we both blogged today about photos. I loved going on a tour of your home. Funny how our children’s things take up so much of our spaces, isn’t it?
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    • September 24, 2012 Alison

      Blogging twins! 🙂 The kids’ stuff take up the most space in our house!

  • September 24, 2012 Bruna from Bees with Honey

    Loved the mini tour of your home. Very bright and colourful and happy atmosphere. Great photos too, Alison!
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    • September 24, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Bruna!

  • September 24, 2012 Robin

    Those photos are great! I love all the colour. Please tell me you cleaned before doing that though. 😉
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    • September 24, 2012 Alison

      No, that’s how my house usually look. 😉

  • September 24, 2012 Mama Pants

    I love this 🙂 For some reason when i saw the stickered up stool I smiled so big. And then the cars. My guy loves to line up his cars and we all love to race them together. This was such a sweet post.
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    • September 24, 2012 Alison

      Thank you 🙂 (I love the stickered stool!)

  • September 24, 2012 Maureen

    Awesome shots, Alison! Love your walk in closet so neat and pretty. All those colors are beautiful 😀
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    • September 24, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Maureen! My closet is actually a little messy where you can’t see it 😉

  • September 24, 2012 Lisa C

    Yes, the children’s stuff is everywhere now that my son is mobile… little cars hiding under furniture, sippy cups on the kitchen counter, rocking moose next to the shoe rack, toy boats in the tub, little socks on my dresser. But that does make it more like home…
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    • September 24, 2012 Alison

      I’m constantly picking up the kids’ stuff from the strangest places 🙂

  • September 24, 2012 Diane

    Great photos Alison! I love all the bright colors and that rocket fixture is so cool! Can’t believe you have two young kids. Your house is so tidy! 😀
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    • September 25, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Diane! The rocket lamp is one of my favorite things in this house. As for the tidy house, it only looks that way because I didn’t photograph the not-so-tidy parts. 🙂

  • September 24, 2012 Bridget

    I love the way you phrased and framed this post. Lovely.

    • September 25, 2012 Alison

      Thank you, Bridget.

  • September 24, 2012 Kim

    It is wonderful to see a bit of your world. When you have children, their stuff does make seem like home; for me, I wouldn’t recognize my home without it now. It is as necessary to the landscape as anything else. 🙂
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    • September 25, 2012 Alison

      It IS my landscape 🙂 The place looks empty without all the kids’ stuff!

  • September 24, 2012 Wayne

    That rocket ship lamp is very cool!

    • September 25, 2012 Alison

      It is, I love it!

  • September 24, 2012 Kimberly

    i wish my house looked that spotless 🙂
    And hairless.
    My dill hole dog is shedding.
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    • September 25, 2012 Alison

      I’m kinda glad I don’t have pets. Although, this postpartum hair shedding really blows.

  • September 24, 2012 Leslie

    Such a sweet post. I don’t think there’s a single room in our house that doesn’t have kid stuff in it. Right down to the potty ring in ‘our’ bathroom!
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    • September 25, 2012 Alison

      Haha, too cute!

  • September 24, 2012 Tracie

    I love your exploding rainbow of a home. Full of love. Fun, colorful love.
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    • September 25, 2012 Alison

      Exploding rainbow of a home – my home in 5 words, love it!

  • September 24, 2012 Susie Newday

    Your pictures are awesome. Next on my to do list is a photography course.

    • September 26, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Susie! I haven’t taken a course before. I just rely on a really good camera and natural light. 🙂

  • September 24, 2012 sarah

    Oooh. I love your space. It’s so clean and efficient with the perfect pops of color. Very nice photos, Alison! If I’m remembering correctly, weren’t you in the market to buy a DSLR? Did you? So much fun 🙂
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    • September 26, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Sarah! Yes we are all about practicality here. Except with all the kids stuff, heh.

      Yes, I was shopping around for a DSLR (and trying to persuade my husband that it’s a good investment). My brother-in-law and sister heard about this, and very kindly loaned me their Nikon for a few weeks so I can play around with it. Am loving it!

  • September 24, 2012 Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms

    This is so sweet. I, too, feel this way about my house and my children’s things even if my list was slightly tongue in cheek. 🙂 Would love to have YOUR closet, though. That I would trade in a heartbeat. Ellen
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    • September 26, 2012 Alison

      I loved your post, tongue in cheek and all!

  • September 24, 2012 Stacie

    That rocket light is totally awesome!
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    • September 26, 2012 Alison

      It is absolutely!

  • September 24, 2012 Christa the BabbyMama

    I was once doing some decor consulting and had a client ask me how she could hide all of the kid stuff in her little living room. I suggested that she not forget that her kid was a part of her family, too, and his stuff was just as much a part of the story of their home. Makes me smile to see the toys in your house!
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    • September 26, 2012 Alison

      That is such a great way to look at things. 🙂

  • September 24, 2012 angela

    I like your rainbow house. It’s filled with love and joy.
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    • September 26, 2012 Alison

      That it is. 🙂

  • September 24, 2012 Amanda Jillian

    Oh I love your house =]
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  • September 24, 2012 Kir

    first, that made me all kinds of happy, I LOVE YOUR WALK IN CLOSET, but I love your home too. The greens and blues, the rockets and the small chairs, the LOVE I can feel with every picture.

    thanks for showing me around. (Now let’s eat those cupcakes!)
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    • September 26, 2012 Alison

      Thank you for coming with me on the tour!!

      (what flavor are those cupcakes?)

  • September 24, 2012 Mirjam

    I love this Alison! And I am so jealous of your walk in closet.
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    • September 26, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Mirjam! The walk in closet was a big selling point to me when we were looking for houses. 🙂

  • September 24, 2012 Alma

    Thanks for the tour of your lovely home. The vibrant colors and that amazing wood floor! The boys thrive so much in a home that is surrounded with play at their fingertips. My son always loved to hang in the kitchen with me (it was the biggest room in the tiny NY apt) I had all the low cabinets filled with containers with toys and instruments.
    I hope to do a tour once our new home is ready. I still have boxes around.
    Just like any home. It is always improving and changing.
    Love the rocket light and the race track… so cool!
    I would love to have you as my neighbor and bake me some cookies!
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    • September 26, 2012 Alison

      Can’t wait to see your home, I just know it’d be gorgeous.

  • September 24, 2012 Emma

    You are a gifted photographer! I love all the color in your home!

    • September 26, 2012 Alison

      Thank you – I think I just used a really good camera 🙂

  • September 24, 2012 Natalie

    You home is full of love and bright bold colors 🙂
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    • September 26, 2012 Alison

      That’s what we wanted to achieve 🙂

  • September 24, 2012 Christine

    I love that lamp! So much more interesting than the one we have on our house. PS – the fight over playing with Play-doh only on the table? Losing battle. FYI 🙂
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    • September 26, 2012 Alison

      It’s so cute isn’t it, the rocket? I was like a little girl after it was installed.

      And yes, Play-Doh. Sigh.

  • September 25, 2012 JDaniel4's Mom

    I love the rocket light! My son would love to look up and see a light like that.
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    • September 26, 2012 Alison

      No little boy could resist that!

  • September 25, 2012 karen

    yes, I love having his toys all over, it reminds me that I’m a mom.

    Our apt is really tiny, only 950 sq feet, we don’t have a dining room or hallways. So my favorite is the lving area…I can see everything from the couches or kitchen, I like knowing where son is and it does make cleaning up a little easier.
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    • September 26, 2012 Alison

      Our previous home was smaller than what we have now, and we had a tiny dining table within the living room area, near the front door, and it was where I sat, while the little one played. It was the heart of our home, just as where all the kids’ stuff is now at our current house.

  • September 25, 2012 Kristen

    My favorite place is our couch in the great room. We all squish on there and watch movies or read together and fight over the blanket. It’s the best!
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    • September 26, 2012 Alison

      I’m a big fan of our couch too!

  • September 25, 2012 Jessica

    You have a beautiful home! It’s colorful, just like mine!
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    • September 26, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Jessica! It would be a dull home indeed, without the color.

  • September 25, 2012 Kate Hall

    Gosh, your house looks neat! Can I come there?!
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    • September 26, 2012 Alison

      The door is open! Bring cupcakes!

  • September 25, 2012 Stasha

    Love this so very much! Not to mention your are rocking your Nikon!!!
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    • September 26, 2012 Alison

      I am loving the camera. I do think it makes a difference to the way I look at taking pictures, not to mention the quality. Still, my husband insists our Canon is awesome enough. 🙂 (the Nikon is on loan, I don’t want to give it back!)

  • September 25, 2012 adrienne

    I love your photography! I love all your stuff too! I want to come over and play. 🙂
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    • September 26, 2012 Alison

      Come and play! Bring cupcakes! And chocolate! Also, ice cream!

  • September 25, 2012 Jen {at} take2mommy

    That is the perfect color blue on that wall!

    My boys loved playing with cars and racetracks. And loved their trains and tracks. They’ve outgrown those toys now but I just can’t bear to give them away…
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    • September 26, 2012 Alison

      Save them for grandchildren? 🙂

  • September 25, 2012 Asianmommy

    Wow–your home looks like a fun place to be!
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    • September 26, 2012 Alison

      I like to think it is!

  • September 25, 2012 tracy

    Beautiful. In my home right now you just see piles of stuff. gah.
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    • September 26, 2012 Alison

      I can come over and help clean up. Eloise can babysit. Then we can have coffee and eat cupcakes. Yes?

  • September 25, 2012 Mama and the City

    I recently read in a mug: “Home is where your mom is” — that is what your sons could possible take on it. 🙂

    p.s. That pic of the cars all aligned is a very well composed shot. Nice.
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    • September 26, 2012 Alison

      I hope they think so!

      And thank you, that’s a huge compliment!

  • September 25, 2012 Jill

    I love the rocketship light! And wowza, you take beautiful pictures.
    Jill recently wrote…Monday Listicles: My HomeMy Profile

    • September 26, 2012 Alison

      Thank you so much, Jill!

  • September 25, 2012 Keely

    In other news, I covet your closet. I, too, would like all of my things so wonderfully placed in one locale. (Congrats on your feature!)
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    • September 26, 2012 Alison

      It’s a dream come true, my closet. (and thank you!)

  • September 25, 2012 thedoseofreality

    AWWW, this is such a good post! 🙂 It totally made me smile…and wish I lived in your home!
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    • September 26, 2012 Alison

      Aw, thanks Ashley!

  • September 25, 2012 Nina

    Your photographs are so bright and clear. I love them! I would do anything for that walk in closet.

    I love my bright kitchen. It’s the sunniest, liveliest room in the house.
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    • September 26, 2012 Alison

      Thank you! I quite like my walk in too, it was a major plus for me when we were house hunting.

      My kitchen is the opposite – I need to turn the lights on even in the daytime! The drawback to living in an apartment.

  • September 25, 2012 Nina

    Also love idea of Real 100! I have to think about that!
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    • September 26, 2012 Alison

      Yes, do!

  • September 25, 2012 Heather

    LOVE this post. What a great experience. Now you have me wonderfing what my favorite spots in the house are?

    • September 26, 2012 Alison

      It’s a good question to think about 🙂

  • September 25, 2012 Julia

    Your home is gorgeous! I love all the color. I may have to find that rocket light online it’s just too cute.

    • September 26, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Julia! Only the kids’ stuff and the toddler’s room is colorful. The rest of our house is pretty neutral 🙂

  • September 25, 2012 Lisa Nolan

    Very sweet pictures! Who keeps it all clean? Love the rocket lamp. For my son’s room we used glass lamps filled with seashells that my mom collected when she was alive. What is it about lamps? Sniff.
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    • September 26, 2012 Alison

      That sounds lovely!

      I clean daily, and I have a 2-person cleaning crew come once a week for 2 hours to do the stuff I don’t enjoy – like toilets. 🙂

  • September 25, 2012 Blond Duck

    Your couch looks sooo comfy! 🙂
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    • September 26, 2012 Alison

      It is!

  • September 25, 2012 Barbara

    I can’t even imagine my house without the children stuff in it. I think the thought of it might depress me! 😉
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    • September 26, 2012 Alison

      Same here! It’d be so dull.

  • September 25, 2012 KalleyC

    So wonderful and colorful! Home is where the children’s stuff is. My daughter’s stuff took over our living room, so we’re so used to being child friendly in here. We have so many toys that rainy days don’t even get us down.

    Thank you for bringing us into your home and sharing with us your world.
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    • September 26, 2012 Alison

      Thank you for coming for the tour 🙂

  • September 25, 2012 Audrey

    I LOVE that rocket light! And all of your pictures 🙂 Looks like a wonderful home!
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    • September 26, 2012 Alison

      Thank you so much, Audrey!

  • September 25, 2012 Natalie

    Our house is full of color too! Your house (and pics) are gorgeous…and I feel your pain about keeping PlayDoh ON the table. I bought a big vinyl table cloth and spread it on the floor and ask them to keep it on that. How hard can it be? They’re on the floor! But alas, I still find it all over the floor too…
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    • September 26, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Natalie! I know, right? Good thing we have foamy floor mats.

  • September 26, 2012 Jessica

    I wish children’s stuff didn’t include PlayDoh. That stuff is evil.
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    • September 26, 2012 Alison

      The worse thing is, I bought the stuff. 🙂

  • September 26, 2012 BonnyBard

    I love all the lovely colors in your house, your pictures are really beautiful!
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    • September 26, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Bonny!

  • September 27, 2012 Elena

    What a cozy place for your family! Love all the photos – and the toddler’s bedroom wall color!

    • September 27, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Elena! How’s your move going? Well I hope!

  • September 27, 2012 Courtney Kirkland

    It’s funny, because I always thought that I’d be one of those “oh my gosh…toys and stuff everywhere!!” kind of mamas. But in truth, I really enjoy seeing them around the house. It reminds me that my house, albeit scattered and slightly messy most days, is full of laughter and excitement and childhood.
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    • September 27, 2012 Alison

      Yeah, me too!! #neatfreak

  • September 30, 2012 Galit Breen

    Lovely seeing this glimpse of your “view!”

    (And so many congrats on BonBon break!! So exciting!!)
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    • September 30, 2012 Alison

      See how I hid all the messes? Hee!

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