Kid Spaces 148 Ideabooks

Small Sleeping Nook, High Comfort
Twins came as a surprise to this California mom — a pleasant one, but she still wasn't prepared to fit two newborn babies into a two-bedroom house with her 4-year-old son. This 12-by-4 nook was the only available bedroom space left for her oldest, and...
Adults Allowed: A Poolside Playhouse Makes Room for All
One of interior designer Arlene Lord’s favorite projects that she’s worked on isn’t a big, fancy house with lavish furnishings. It’s a 70-square-foot playhouse for four grandkids in a suburb south of Portland, Oregon. But...
A Playhouse Grows in Brooklyn
Blessed with a big backyard in Brooklyn, New York, this family of three took advantage of their lush urban oasis. They had the gardening part under control, but they wanted a bug-free space where kids and adults could play. Although the clients...
Kid Spaces: Ingredients of a Dream Playroom
I've recently been engaged to design a playroom addition to a home that lacks a place for the kids to just have fun. The home is in a northern climate, so playing outdoors for much of the year isn't possible. There is no basement and building one would...
Beat the Midsummer Blahs — 10 Ways to Recharge a Kids' Space
Ask any kid and you're sure to hear that summer off from school is the highlight of the year — but keeping kids happily occupied for three months can be a challenge for parents. By midway through the summer, if your kids' spaces are in need of a refresh...
Birdie's Nest: Storybook Style Makes for a Marvelous Playhouse
A girl nicknamed Birdie has her own special nest in an Ohio backyard. It's a playhouse inspired by her favorite books, the Beatrix Potter stories her parents love to read to her. Built when Birdie was 3, the playhouse is modeled after the family's home,...
Give Your Baby the Healthiest, Safest Nursery Possible
Babies spend most of their first year sleeping. So naturally they should have the safest, most nurturing space possible, right? The Environmental Protection Agency has found that indoor air is two to five times more polluted than outdoor air, and many...
11 Extraordinary Playhouses That Dream Big
Sliding barn doors, green walls, a loft space and slides are often on the wish lists of renovating homeowners. But they're also trending in 11 custom-designed playhouses from this year's Dreams Happen event, a biennial auction and fundraiser benefitting...
8 Outdoor Playspace Ideas to Nurture Kids' Imaginations
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...
Double-Duty Function and Singular Style for a California Nursery
This homeowner called interior designer Lisa Konjicek-Segundo of Olive Juice Designs at the last minute, or rather, the last trimester, to transform a junk room into a nursery. They didn't...
12 Home Stages That Put on a Great Show
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...
Double Take: Did MoMA Drop a Mini House in the Yard?
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...
Stop the Toy Takeover by Changing the Way You Think
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...
Control Kid Stuff the Sane Way — Artwork-Managing Strategies
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...
10 Ways to Entertain Kids on Rainy Days
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...
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