Put yourself in the shoes of a 4-year-old and imagine having a playspace complete with an interactive tree, hand-crafted plush animals, a lemonade stand and — wait for it — an indoor swing.
Is your head exploding... more »
Decorating your home's walls with words, phrases and quotes is a continuing home decor trend that can be easily personalized in the sweetest room of an abode: the nursery.
The nursery acts as the epicenter of nine months of baby preparation decisions.... more »
Designers seem divided on the issue of theme rooms for kids. On the one hand, they'll probably outgrow the theme within a few years. On the other hand, they are SO MUCH FUN until they do! Themed rooms for kiddos are not limited to bedrooms; playrooms,... more »
Twin beds are often the go-to choice for kids' rooms, but by no means are they the only option. In my own home, my 10-year-old and four-year-old daughters share a queen bed and wouldn't have it any other way. They love whispering to each other while falling... more »
Isn’t it funny that so many of our young children ignore their presents in favor of the box? And why not? A box isn’t just a box. It’s a fort, a rocket ship, a car, a boat ... And the same idea goes for outdoor playscapes. Jungle gyms can be a fun... more »
I have perhaps the tiniest chip on my shoulder about kids' room decor. My pet peeve is photos of children's rooms that are just too perfect and tidy and design-y to be even remotely real.
I'm all for aspirational photography, and I understand... more »
In our technology-saturated world, we often turn to the TV, the computer or the video game console as soon as boredom strikes. Although all those screens have their conveniences, being your own source of entertainment can help spark creativity and up... more »
The bold colors, use of space and rhythms of Piet Mondrian's work are not only a major influence on serious modernists, but they can also provide a lot of fun for the kiddos. At least architect Stephen J. Vanze of Barnes... more »
Steve and Jeri Wakefield had the idea nine years ago to build an elaborate tree house for their grandsons, Lincoln and Sullivan Scott, in their Dallas backyard. They hired architect and family friend James... more »
It’s our job as parents to make sure we provide for our kids, and it’s natural to want them to have the best that we can give them. It’s also all too easy to let good intentions get out of control when it comes to what we and everyone else buy and... more »
Kids don't actually require a lot of stuff. Love, food, shelter, clothes — their needs are actually quite basic if you think about it. Then along come the crayons, and suddenly we are faced with an endless amount of preciousness we can never (should... more »
Navigating rainy days can be challenging for us grown-ups. Backed-up traffic, broken umbrellas, wet clothes — soggy days are a drag. But for kids and their boundless energy, they're particularly tough. After all, whoever coined the phrase "bouncing... more »
Houzzers' favorite children's spaces in 2012 leaned toward classic rooms that offered a little something special: a splash of fun color on the ceiling, a cozy lofted playspace or a brightly colored rug. From a superorganized Texas crafts room to a dream... more »