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February 28, 2014
In these kid-friendly rooms, design is more than mere child's play.
Modern kids room with built-in shelves and Ducduc changing table

In a Missouri farmhouse, built-in shelves and a changing table accommodate future generations. Governed by the principle of utility, every space in this home is multipurpose, with nothing separating the living room from the playroom. Photo by: Joe Pugliese.

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In this Boise, Idaho, family home, a transformed closet offers a comfortable space for readers of any size. The double-height library is homeowner Dan Zuckerman's favorite space. Photo by: Lincoln Barbour.

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Inside a renovated garage in San Francisco, writing on the walls is encouraged by the magnetic slate chalkboard from Claridge Products. The Phoenix table by Patricia Urquiola for Moroso does double duty as a play table or a coffee table, depending upon wh

In a garage-turned-playroom in San Francisco, drawings come to life on a wall of chalkboard. As the unconventional entrace to a family home, the residents decided to show their garage some love, taking care to design and renovate it as a living space, and not just a storage space. Photo by: David Duncan Livingston.

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The kids’ rooms were designed to let the littlest Brenners express their own tastes. “When designing you need to accommodate lots of functions, from piano lessons to just hanging out,” says Phillips. “A house should have all the elements that allow you to

With its modernized Victorian elements, this home in Richmond, England, has the whimsy of a doll house as well as a genteel, contemporary feel. By leaving the kid's bedroom as a mutable space, artist Judith Brenner gave a flexible personality to playtime. Photo by: Richard Powers.

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Only a set of sliding doors separates the kids’ room from the master bedroom in a Toronto, Ontario, home. When the time is right, there's a track inlaid in the ceiling for a four-panel bifold wall to divide the space into two private rooms for the childre

In Toronto, a Japanese-style renovation offers its smallest inhabitant a quiet place to sleep and play. Considering their growing family, the two homeowners reflected their aspirations and tastes in the design, which bears the influences of Louis Kahn. Photo by: Greg McElroy.

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Eve works at the desk in her double-height bedroom. Vogt’s mythically aquatic-themed mural reflects both the taste of a young girl and the pared-back aesthetic of any modern enthusiast.

Murals are a mutable design element that allow a resident's identity to come through at any age. An aquatic-themed piece in this Minneapolis home fills the double-height bedroom of a baker's daughter. Photo by: Cameron Wittig.

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Moe stands in front of the circular opening between the living area and the sleeping/bath quarters.

Rehabilitating a historic structure in Los Angeles's chinatown was a challenge for the Bernier family, but unique features like this circular doorframe kept it fun. Keeping the excitement in their redesign, the Bernier family preserves the energy of the building, which, in the past, served as a Chinese restaurant and a nightclub. Photo by: Bryce Duffy.

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Ella's bedroom sports walls covered in polka dots that JJ hand-cut from fabric.

Walls spotted with fabric polka dots welcome play in this home just outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. By prioritizing space for work and play in their renovation, the Edstroms teach their children that work can also be play. Photo by: Cameron Wittig.

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Modern kids room with built-in shelves and Ducduc changing table

In a Missouri farmhouse, built-in shelves and a changing table accommodate future generations. Governed by the principle of utility, every space in this home is multipurpose, with nothing separating the living room from the playroom. Photo by: Joe Pugliese.

Photo by Joe Pugliese.

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