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Dwell's 8 Favorite Playrooms

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In these kid-friendly rooms, design is more than mere child's play.
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  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

    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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  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.  Photo by: Lincoln Barbour

    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.

    Photo by: Lincoln Barbour

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  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.  Photo by: David Duncan LivingstonCourtesy of: David Duncan Livingston

    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.

    Photo by: David Duncan Livingston

    Courtesy of: David Duncan Livingston

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  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.  Photo by: Richard Powers

    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.

    Photo by: Richard Powers

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  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.  Photo by: Juliana Sohn

    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.

    Photo by: Juliana Sohn

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  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.  Photo by: Cameron Wittig

    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.

    Photo by: Cameron Wittig

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  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.  Photo by: Bryce Duffy

    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.

    Photo by: Bryce Duffy

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  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.  Photo by: Cameron Wittig

    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.

    Photo by: Cameron Wittig

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