A Dutch door separates the kids' room from the stairs, while leaving the top section open so the parents and grandparents can still hear their kids playing. On the back wall, a "kid door" leads into the LEGO room, adding a touch of magic to this already cool space.
The homeowners wanted a space where their grandkids could let go and be kids, so designers added a playroom with a great library of books and a giant LEGO wall. A small table gives the kids a place to play, while storage bins anchored to the walls keep the toys organized.
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.
Create a kid zone where little ones can congregate, giving adults a little breathing room. When playtime is up, the storage cubbies or shelves will encourage kids to keep their toys or art supplies nice and tidy (and off the family room floor).
Composed of crisply-detailed, considered materials, surfaces and finishes, the home is a balance of sophistication and restraint. The two-story massing is designed to allow for a bold yet humble street presence, while each single-story wing extends through the site, forming intimate outdoor and indoor spaces. The upper story is clad in stucco, articulated as a floating white box, light in appearance and also acting as a veritable “tree house” for the children’s bedroom zone. The knots in the exposed portion of the wood add a desired texture and contrast to the clean and minimal massing of the white stucco.
This low-ceiling basement space in a 1920s Colonial is now a lively children’s workspace. Artwork—hung from Ikea picture rails and curtain rods with clips—fills the room with vibrant color. In this electronics-free zone, the kids paint, draw and play games at their white craft table.
This bedroom was designed for a preteen boy using a red white and blue color scheme. The bed was positioned to create a sense of openness, and dark blue board and batten molding was added to the lower portion of the wall.
Integrating natural components into an outdoor space where children can play, relax and get in touch with their surroundings can be a simple or elaborate landscaping proposition depending on your property. One example is creating a creek bed with river stones that can channel water through your yard while also serving as an idyllic zone for reflection and self-discovery.
Every home should be so well equipped as to have additional storage for the kitchen, plus a landing spot for coats, bags and to drop off wet shoes. This area is just off of the kitchen and adjacent to the back door, therefore in the perfect position for the way this family functions. The two shelves flanking the cased opening conceal pocket doors that lead to the kids’ play area and powder room. While the spaces are beautifully organized I can’t help but be captivated by the stunning area rugs in both spaces. They are definitely adding artful value in this zone of the house.