The brightly hued children's toys previously dominated this dining room space. It was an example, says designer Gina Sims, of a common problem: how to integrate a child's toys and make them accessible for play without relinquishing design control and focus.
This home in Decatur, Georgia outside Atlanta has five boys all under the age of 5, which means lots of mess. Designer Gina Sims solved that "problem" by creating an adult nook in the kitchen where the boys' art supplies are hidden away in the buffet. Sims advising going up when it comes to design and other elements you want to keep out of kids' reach. "The wine storage went up the wall out of reach, and we added impactful art, lighting and window treatments to draw the eye up," says Sims. Sims was also strategic in her choice of materials for the seating. "The plastic molded chairs are easily wiped down (or hosed off!) and the machine made (read: inexpensive) rug has lots of color and pattern which hide stains," notes Sims.
This Decatur porch was just a thoroughfare for bikes and toys and suffered from a lack of style. Designer Gina Sims stepped in to rein in the chaos and also transform this porch into a beautiful but still livable space where the family would want to spend time together.
A family of five uses this patio for play and relaxing coffee breaks in Decatur, Georgia outside Atlanta. Designer Gina Sims found the lockers on Craigslist and color blocked them for visual appeal. Backpacks, coats and shoes are all neatly contained within. The children's self-portraits hang above. This porch/patio is now super comfortable and inviting; a great place to unwind for both the work-at-home mom and her children.
Pretty and on-trend pinks and mints bring this kid-friendly space together. Designer Gina Sims recommends being strategic when it comes to shelves in shared kid and grownup spaces. "If you have a book shelf, allow the bottom two shelves to have tall baskets for toy storage and the other shelves can house photographs, vases, books and other items you love. Brace these pieces to the wall and you're good to go!"
The single mother and daughter who live in this Decatur home outside Atlanta share a pretty space where toys and other kids gear is hidden within the beautiful design. A buffet cleverly hides bins with toys. "This project is a great example of a common request I get from clients with small children, who do not need a formal dining area: how to create a play space without having a room that's completely devoted to kids and toys," " says designer Gina Sims. These clients want a space for their children, but do not want to lose the "adult" feel of the room. This is a common issue as more clients choose open-concept homes.