Sharing Spaces [Integrating Children's Spaces into Your Home]
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Gone are the days of tripping over toys and pushing aside plush animals. Read on for inspiration on how to stylishly share your home with little people. Thank the style gods: children's spaces have grown up.
For parents who like to have their newborns close at hand, this white dresser and crib shows how a baby's space can integrate into the corner of the master bedroom. Keeping to all white here adds simplicity, continuity, and subtlety. Now onto trying for that full night's sleep . . .
The chalkboard wall exhibits how children's environments can subtly enter into the flow of a room. This, as it currently appears, is strictly a playroom. But with minor rearranging of shelf contents and removal of the white table, this could easily serve as a stylish living room where kids AND adults can play.
Small spaces like this are surprisingly easy to carve out. What at first glance can seem as a savvy spot for adults can serve as an ideal place for children to tuck into. The drawers beneath can easily hide books and toys and a small CD player for music time.
Who says that a home with children should be overrun by toys? The minimalist furniture gives the perfect balance to the unique materials [LOVE the brick] and shape of this little hallway. The curved window sheds light and provides its own entertainment with an undoubtedly interesting view of the world.
Talk about minimalist. This nursery is a great half to a nursery/home office combo. Drop the crib railing to change diapers on the mattress and eliminate the need for a changing table. Set up a home office and reading chair along the opposite wall and you and baby can play and work together.
Forget getting all new nursery furniture. With slight modification, armoires such as this can house all of your baby's clothing and even toys. With enough room, they can even become a changing station. Close it up to hide the clutter or keep little fingers out of verboten items such as diaper cream--something you don't want spread all over your walls. Trust me.
A room so quaint and stylish can double as guest quarters, if you are tight on space. By swapping out the dresser-top items and dolls for guest towels, a pitcher of water, and a stack of hardback books, the room is ready for your grandest visitor. Keep a foam rectangle and bedding on hand for a floor pallet and your little one will enjoy her own out-of-the-way guest space.
This very grown-up room can easily house small readers without compromising its regal class. A miniature antique table and chairs under the window or a children's upholstered reading chair in the corner with its own basket of picture books will foster a love of learning--and help you keep turning your own pages in peace.
Children find magic in tucked-away spaces. Placing a small table or long bench under a staircase like this, and neatly stacking picture books or storing toys in baskets below, pleasantly lets children play literally under foot.
So much of smoothly integrating children into a home is being storage savvy. Here, a bed doubles as a dresser, lessening the need for furniture and keeping clutter off of the floor.
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