The nursery in this urban home is the height of upscale baby chic, with a restrained, neutral palette, whimsical art and an emphasis on architectural detail. Pale wood floors and pale walls create a restful space for a young child, while unadorned windows allow in loads of natural light, giving the room a cheerful vibe.
To honor John and Sarah's four-legged baby, their rescue dog Scout, a custom piece of art was framed with child-safe acrylic. For extra safety, the piece was attached directly into studs with a French cleat, making it impossible for Orly to knock it off the wall.
This is a multipurpose room designed to be a home library with occasional use as a dining room. The room is about the art of the mix; the look is modern with Asian influences, providing serenity with interest. The homeowners use the space for studying with their children at night and formal dinner parties on the weekends.
This playroom wins serious style points! The sofa uses perennials fabric for ultimate durability and has a soft frame so kids can climb and jump on it. The back of the room has built-in cabinetry for art supplies and a sink to wash brushes and messy hands. Colorful pillows keep the mood fun and light. Sofa: Restoration Hardware Cloud Sectional; Pillows: CB2
The young family who owns this home have a passion for collecting art and wanted to fill their house with that color and energy. The designers focused on jewel tone saturated colors and durable fabrics, which allowed the young kids to use every part of the room and the grown-ups to to have a space that's polished and ready for entertaining.
To give a child’s room makeover longevity, start neutral and then add color in the details and art. Egypt Sherrod decorated this room as part of a Dwell with Dignity makeover, and she started with light, airy decor and then added pink and purple accents fitting for this little girl’s room. Sherrod’s favorite part of the space is the woven light fixture.
The perfect place to learn and create, this playroom uses fun colors and patterns that kids of any age will love. Next to the multipurpose wall that stores games and supplies, the art table features rolled, white craft paper to keep the area neat and tidy in between projects. A custom-designed, life sized Scrabble board is the star of the space.
As seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper, the craft room was an oasis for mom and her children, so Joanna designed a space that would reflect that passion for creativity. Built-in cabinets provide plenty of storage so that organization is never an issue, while open shelving provides a place to show off colorful objects. The rustic desktop and metallic message board gives the space a splash of personality and ties the design in to the rest of the home, while the children have their own table, just the right size for them, to create their own art while their mom creates hers.
This bedroom positively glows with style. The mantel is a great area for display, featuring a variety of the girls’ favorite accessories and even a few plants beneath a bright, neon sign, spelling out the words, Say What! Most importantly, the room showcases the girls’ talents with their art and gymnastics medals on display, proof that you can highlight children's accomplishments and collections without sacrificing style.
On the wall by the stairs to the upper level hangs a custom piece of art by Southern artist Blayne that playfully depicts a small child with a crown with a bold fire engine red background. The painting offers a preview of the bold use of color seen in the bedrooms on the second floor of the home.
A play area on one half of this family room is perfect for keeping children entertained while adults can relax in the other half. A navy couch and brown leather chair contrast against the light yellow and white walls. A built-in fireplace with gray tile surrounds adds a great masculine detail to the design. Throw pillows, a blanket and fun wall art keep the space colorful.
Incorporating a lot of color in the kids’ room, from shiny chartreuse to brilliant bursts of orange, turns this chic, contemporary bedroom into a fun and youthful sanctuary. Carrying the green to a stylish built-in bookshelf is in playful contrast to reflective black floating and staggered shelving. Reading, relaxing and studying can be accomplished at either the built in desks or on the sofa with the use of the portable table. Skateboard decks can be installed as contemporary art.
"The idea in this space was to conceal an ugly kitchen vent and create a focal point above the banquette, so I designed a modern version of a shoji screen. To make it more personal, I took words from an Arabic prayer the homeowner learned as a child and stenciled them on the Plexiglas using silver paint," says Betty Wasserman, owner and designer, Betty Wasserman Art and Interiors, Ltd., New York City, NY.
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.
Camille Flurry's Athens, Ga., bedroom is the perfect example of a tween room done right. To create a one-of-a-kind, eclectic, super-cool space, Camille's mom, Amy, combined handed-down family pieces with finds from local flea markets, vintage boutiques and art festivals. The white bed and nightstand first belonged to Amy as a child. She supplemented these finds with traditional area rugs from local stores. The chandelier is a budget-saver from a local lighting company that Amy customized with red spray paint to brighten Camille's room.
From restaurants to live music and breweries to festivals, there’s always something going on in downtown Tallahassee. Springtime Tallahassee, one of the major annual festivals, attracts over 27,000 out-of-town visitors and features music, parades, a children’s park, food, arts and crafts and more. Barrel by barrel, Tallahassee’s beer scene is growing. Grab a brew at The Brass Tap, and give yourself plenty of time to peruse the beer list which consists of over 130 taps and 300 beers.
This space hosts the two Stansell boys, who share this bedroom that could also be described as their own little well-curated museum of interests. Their personalities and evidence of their adventures are proudly displayed around their room. If you look closely you’ll spy that at least one of the boys is a budding chef. They also have a small family of hamsters between them, and they love yellow tractors. The boys’ room is a really good example of how I approach kids' spaces: always go monochromatic with walls and bedding. Between their toys, books, art, rugs, etc. there will be plenty of opportunity for stimulation/adding interest without becoming too busy. My fave in the room? The drapes are perfectly appointed: they look fun and put an exclamation point on the entire space.
The Solis Two Porsche Drive hotel adjacent to the Porsche Experience Center, has become the go-to destination for visitors checking out the driving experience at Porsche. Part of the booming city rising in the shadow of the airport, the "aerotropolis" of Hapeville next to Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport—the world's busiest passenger airport—is just 20 minutes from downtown Atlanta and has a lot to recommend it for both car-crazy adults and their child companions. The 8-story hotel itself overlooks—at key vantage points—the Porsche Experience Center racetrack. The rooftop Overdrive Lounge offers the best public view by far of both Porsche and the airport and there are also 9 track-view suites. The rooms themselves are insulated with triple-pane windows from flight noise. For transportation-obsessed kids, this is a once-in-a-lifetime convergence of planes, trains (train tracks pass right in front of the hotel) and automobiles all viewable in close proximity to the property (there's even a Delta Flight Museum close-by for flight fans). For quick and easy access to downtown Atlanta, I-75 is in close proximity to Solis. You can sit on the outside patio of the in-house restaurant Apron and watch planes come in for landings and eavesdrop on visiting German Porsche execs relaxing after a day of work at Porsche's North American headquarters. To continue the Porsche tie-in, two Porsche Cayennes offer VIP transportation to the airport and auto artwork abounds: there are car murals in the lobby and car motif art in the 214 guest rooms. There is even an in-house Porsche themed gift shop to take home a souvenir.