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April 7, 2014
Finding a balance between functionality and playfulness can be a challenge, but these innovative ideas can help create a home that is inspiring for children and adults alike.

A coat of chalkboard paint can keep children and adults alike entertained for hours, providing a blank canvas for any creative endeavors. In this Bratislava apartment, a kitchen wall serves as a gallery for childrens' drawings and a notepad for their parents' shopping lists.  

Originally appeared in NHR Apartment by Gut Gut
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Trapeze swing in the living room.

A trapeze entertains the owners of this Brooklyn residence and their visitors. The trapeze "was made by my teacher at circus school," says Sophie Demenge. "I was living in San Francisco in a big Victorian house with roommates. The ceilings were so high I could hang the trapeze and practice at home. Now my kids are taking over—it's the first thing they do when they get up and the last before going to bed." 

Originally appeared in The Modern Baby: Part Four
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bocce game design

These hand painted wooden balls make Bocce, a game with roots going all the way back to the Roman Empire, an excellent contemporary pastime for children and adults alike. Photo courtesy of Fredericks & Mae.

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This pencil-themed desk by Pierre Sala, in a home designed by Matali Crasset, easily transports any adult back to childhood. Photo by Jonas Ingerstedt.

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Originally appeared in How to Design with Blue
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This Toronto residence seamlessly integrates spaces for children and adults. Architect John Tong made the courtyard an extension of his house, with a big table that hosts parties, a stage for impromptu performances, and part of an old loft overhead that will one day become a treehouse for the children. Photo by Stacey Brandford.
 
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Originally appeared in Play's the Thing
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Cozy home in Denmark with rotating staircase

Small nooks and crannies enliven any space and let imagination run wild. In this cottage outside Copenhagen, Maja, 6, and Carl, 20 months, play in a sculpturally carved staircase. Photo by Jonas Bjerre-Polsen.

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Originally appeared in Light-Filled Family Home Renovation in Copenhagen
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Gutgut wall

A coat of chalkboard paint can keep children and adults alike entertained for hours, providing a blank canvas for any creative endeavors. In this Bratislava apartment, a kitchen wall serves as a gallery for childrens' drawings and a notepad for their parents' shopping lists.  

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