It’s tempting to ditch the stroller in favor of a baby carrier when flying with your little one, but strollers can be invaluable on trips. “Not only is it easier to take a kid through the airport, it's really useful while on vacation because you can get your kid to take their nap without having to stop what you are doing to go back to the hotel room,” says Ilana Wiles of Mommy Shorts. “While in Cancun, we got our daughter to sleep by wheeling her in laps around the pool.”
A dark and dingy room is transformed into a bright and airy open space for a young family with three little boys. As the center of the home, this space is where the family spends most of their time so lots of seating is incorporated and a built-in banquette is great for the kids. An East Coast vibe is mixed with a touch of coastal California feel for a casual, comfortable atmosphere.
This has got to be the neatest family in the country! Angela actually used a white sofa and white rug in the kids' playroom. Her use of white in this room balances the dark walls beautifully and doesn't allow the red to feel too serious or moody. True to form, this playful space features more black and white pattern, however this time on the ceiling with stick on appliqués: a fun way to get kids involved with designing their own spaces. This entertainment/homeschool/play area, also boasts a computer station tucked away into an alcove for homework without the distractions.
This combined kitchen, living space and dining room are perfectly coordinated in this coastal design theme.
Subtle periwinkles, blues and seaglass tones dominate the space, even repeating the seaglass color on the island lighting, which was painted to match the color palette in the space and bring in a pop of color in the island area. Warm, toasty white oak shiplap was chosen to balance the practical floor tile that would take all the abuse from kid traffic.
Art on canvas, instead of framed masterpieces, can be a lower-cost option to personalize a room. Designer Robin LaMonte says many of her clients hang artwork by their children prominently in their home. To start with, you can find a blank white canvas packs sold at arts and crafts stores.
In a bathroom designed for the parents of three young daughters, designer Shelly Amoroso took care to make all the details as relaxing as possible. Her goal, says Amoroso, was a space that was both beautiful and practical. “In addition to a deep tub deck with room for plenty of candles, we also included storage space for the kids’ toys, towels, reading materials and even photos of the girls—to remind mom and dad of how lucky they are.”
StudioHue designed this contemporary nursery to grow with the child, but for now a sitting area with a comfortable midcentury modern chair and ottoman have been placed in the room for parent and baby's needs. The soft gray color will allow bolder colors to be introduced with furnishings, knickknacks and other decorative touches, such as the yellow accent table and wall stripe and lilac pillow and wall square. Who says every little girl needs to be in the pink?
You probably never thought your garage could be your favorite room in the house, but with the right storage accessories and decorative accents, it can be. On one wall of this garage, we created a super-organized mudroom to help the whole family stay organized and keep clutter out of the house. On another wall, we added a fun, functional craft area for kids and adults alike. Best of all, we left enough floor space to park a car.
Consider using see-through furniture in tight spaces. This contemporary acrylic table makes a great coffee station and uses the available space well, freeing the kitchen counter of a coffee maker, toaster and fruit bowl. The clear table doesn’t add visual clutter, while the stools add a place for guests or kids to perch. This room was designed by Clay Snider Interiors for Dwell with Dignity, which creates inspiring homes for families struggling with homelessness and poverty.
The Parkers wanted to make sure that there was something for everyone in their new living space, so Chip and his team made sure to include lots of seating. The living area also includes a multi-use ottoman (pictured) for everyone in the family including the dog with a nail salon, gaming station and dog bed. This creates a central area for the kids to work and spend time with their parents, as seen on DIY Network's Elbow Room.
This nook in the family room is a quiet place for the parents to work or read to their children before bed time. The space is sophisticated with transitional furniture and clean lines, but is approachable enough for three little ones to run around. This bookcase is a colorful touch in an otherwise neutral space, and showcases many of the keepsakes the family has picked up in their travels.
As seen on HGTV and DIY Network's Elbow Room, the Jackson residence in Atlanta, GA is now fully equipped for outdoor entertaining and play area for the kids after the backyard renovation by licensed contractor Chip Wade and his team. Renovations included a new outdoor entertaining/grill area, a trampoline, fire pit and seating area for guests, landscaping, and tumble mat for their three daughters.
This space proves to be far more than just a laundry room; it also serves as a multifunctional home office and hobby area too. The large L-shaped countertop remains clear for folding laundry and taking on other housekeeping tasks. Plus, storage cabinets above and below the countertop provide the perfect place to store cleaning supplies, extra linens and children's messy arts and crafts supplies. Design by Castle Rock Design Group
Wool rugs are easy to clean and have fibers that contain lanolin, a natural stain repellent. They're a smart choice for family rooms, where kids and pets spend most of their time. "This open, second floor media room overlooks the living room below. We needed a strong anchor to be the foundation of the space and to define the character of the room. Merida's classic buffalo check was the perfect solution — boldly inviting guests to gather for conversation, nestle in with a book or cluster for watching movies. The check pattern instantly conveys a sense of warmth and familiarity. Additionally, our clients planned to using this space to watch sporting events — so we needed something to withstand rowdy sports fans and the beautiful, quality wool construction of this rug meant it was the perfect yet practical fit," says the designers at Foley & Cox Interiors.
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.
Open-plan living can work on any scale. Case in point: This stylish home Uptic Studios designed for a retiree. “After living on the family farm for decades, our client was ready to move into town to be closer to her children and grandchildren,” say the architects. “Always the entertainer, she requested an open great room concept to accommodate dinner parties, as well as plenty of wall and shelf space for family photos and various mementos.”
This neutral, modern nursery is the perfect space for these homeowners. Inspired by the simple elegance of nature, this space has been outfitted with classic necessities to make this nursery home for the couple's second child. The changing table, trimmed with natural wood, brings in the beauty of the outdoors and is complemented by its simple, white drawers. The modern chandelier brings light to the space and adds a unique, yet classy, touch. The simple gray curtains add texture, while providing a way to block sunlight from the room for nap time.
Wall-to-wall storage and a tucked-in beverage center adds tons of function in this media room, while a whitewashed wood feature wall offers texture and visual interest, The homeowner wanted something completely custom and durable so that his young children could play freely in the space, so designer Blu Interiors selected custom furniture made with durable fabrics and a rug created from FLOR carpet tiles, which are easy to wash and replace as needed. The homeowner is from Atlanta, and the ATL marquee lights are a fun way to show off his hometown pride.