The Pickup Family & Their Home
Meredith Pickup created her successful line of cozy baby and toddler apparel, Childhoods Clothing, in 2011 while expecting her first daughter. She sewed each order by hand in her small apartment during her daughter's nap time and in the middle of the night. Today, she runs the business with her husband, has three young children and a gorgeous home in Utah that's perfect for her growing family. Thanks to Pinterest, Meredith discovered the layout she wanted in her home, and after renovations, it now features a layout that is bright, open and comfortable. With an 11-foot island in the kitchen and a playroom off the dining room, this house is perfect for getting things done while also keeping an eye on the kids. Filled with fun details—and lots of love—this kid-friendly house is as cozy and comfortable as the adorable clothing from Childhoods Clothing. Take a peek inside Meredith's beautiful abode and get ready to swoon.
First things first! How did you meet?
We actually met in the '80s dancing while we were in college! We were both there with separate groups of friends. We talked only briefly—the place was loud and I had stranger danger—but luckily, Andrew's friend and my friend also met and exchanged numbers that night. They set us up and we all went on a double date the following week. We dated for a year and then got married! We've now been married for more than 8 years.
Your home is so beautiful and you can tell it’s full of love. What were some of your goals and inspirations when designing your home?
Thanks so much! We bought a home that was built in the 1970s. Our first goal was to make the layout work better for our family. We removed a few walls and moved the kitchen so that we could have an open 'great room,' and now we truly love the layout. We wanted our home to feel bright, open and comfortable. It was a classic case of Pinterest inspiration—I had time to research, obsess over and plan every detail while nursing our (then) newborn baby, Wells.
You have the sweetest little family—two girls and a baby boy. What influences have your children had on how you decorate your home?
Yes, we have three children: Avery (5), Quinn (3) and Wells (1). We planned our home with our young family in mind; we put in an 11-foot island in the kitchen where we do breakfast, make cookies, and do homework and art projects at all hours of the day. We have a playroom off the dining room so I can keep an eye on the kids while I'm in the kitchen. I don't gravitate toward anything stiff or formal, so everything is pretty kid-friendly. We tried to keep it clean, comfortable and playful so there's not much that can't be replaced or cleaned up with a Magic Eraser. Our built-in in the living room houses movies, games and also diapers and toys—I like that it's all hidden away, but practical for daily family life. We put in a hanging chair the kids can swing on in the playroom, connected the girls closets upstairs for a 'secret passage,' and installed a big trough sink with double faucets in the kids bathroom upstairs so they can brush their teeth at the same time. I love bathing the baby in our farmhouse sink in the kitchen. All our bedrooms are upstairs so we are nearby for middle of the night wake-ups. It's so nice to have a home that makes life with little ones easier!
Is there a certain room in the house that serves as the central hub for the family?
Definitely! We spend almost all of our time as a family in our connected kitchen/living 'great room.' We do everything from breakfast, reading, crafting, getting dressed and hair done, to family movie nights and building block towers in this space.
You are the husband-and-wife duo behind Childhoods Clothing. Can you tell us a little bit about working together as a team?
We are partners in marriage, raising a family and our business! There was definitely a learning curve when Andrew left his job and joined Childhoods full-time, but it's been a great experience for us. We have learned a lot about each other and how we can play to our partner's strengths. That means I get to spend most my time creating—designing everything from patterns, colors, prints and photo shoots for our clothing line—while Andrew handles most of the marketing, finance, etc. We really have to work as a team to pull it all off and we feel grateful that we get to spend so much time together as a family.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned since opening your own business?
Time always seems to be our most limited resource, so we've learned to focus on what were best at and most passionate about and hire out the rest!
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Can you paint us a picture of a day in your life? What's a typical day like for you?
I typically work on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and then am home with kids all day on Tuesday and Thursday. So a workday for me would usually start with a 6 a.m. workout, home to get kids ready and drive carpool, getting baby Wells down for a nap and then start working. I'll check in with Andrew and our employees from our home office before heading to my in-home studio to work on new styles, fabric design and planning photo shoots for the coming season. Andrew and I will usually have lunch together with our 1-year-old, who we juggle between naps on these days. It's so fun for us to have one-on-one time with him. Avery and Quinn are home around 3:30 p.m. and then I go back into mom-mode and it's outside to play or off to after-school activities. Our children are all pretty young still so we try to do an early dinner around 5 p.m. and bedtime by 7 p.m. I used to get so much done after bedtime, but I've retired from that type of hustle and now I mostly just relax at night.
Any fun, family-friendly local spots we should know about?
We are so lucky to live right at the base of the beautiful Provo canyon. We love driving up there to hike, go to the lake or have dinner at the Foundry Grill at Sundance Mountain Resort.
What’s the best way to end your day together?
You can often find me driving through Chick-Fil-A for ice cream and a cookie to bring home as we settle in for whatever TV show we are binging on after the kids are tucked in.