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Mar 25, 2015

20 fun and stylish kid-friendly homes

By: Elaine Song
20 fun and stylish kid-friendly homes

Stylish kid-friendly living Author: Donna Griffith

House Tours
Mar 25, 2015

20 fun and stylish kid-friendly homes

By: Elaine Song

20 homes featured in <i>Style at Home</i> that prove kid-friendly design can be just as stylish as it is fun and functional.

 

While some may define a kid-friendly home as being one big spill-proof space that lacks hard corners and luxe fabrics, these homeowners prove you can, in fact, maintain your design style. Whether that style is colourful and whimsical, sleek and modern, or serene and neutral, these homes, apartments and cottages demonstrate thoughtful (and durable!) decorating ideas for family members of all ages.  

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20 fun and stylish kid-friendly homes

Spill-friendly dining

No need to worry about spills here, thanks to the easy-wipe plastic chairs and hard-wearing fabric on the bench cushions. Tour the rest of the home here.

By: Elaine Song Source: Donna Griffith Credits: Style at Home

20 fun and stylish kid-friendly homes

Kid's studio

In lieu of a tiny kids’ desk, a large coffee table offers more space to spread out. The massive dispenser on top offers all the art paper an imaginative child could hope for. Tour the rest of the home here.

By: Elaine Song Source: Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

20 fun and stylish kid-friendly homes

Furry furnishings

With little Hana in mind, designer Ami McKay relied on a combination of furnishings that would accommodate the needs of the young family and still offer beautiful ornamentation. This, of course, includes the furry bedroom stools in the master bedroom. Tour the rest of the home here.

By: Elaine Song Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

20 fun and stylish kid-friendly homes

Family hub

With a comfy lounge and nook just off the kitchen, this kitchen overhaul created a functional hub for this family of five. Tour the rest of the home here.

By: Elaine Song Source: Donna Griffith Credits: Style at Home

20 fun and stylish kid-friendly homes

13 going on 30

Girlie girls may love pink, but their bedrooms don’t have to be saccharine. This design blogger created a little lady’s room that’s as mature and glamorous as it is sweet, and destined to suit her daughter’s style as she grows up. Tour the rest of the home here.

By: Elaine Song Source: Ashley Capp Credits: Style at Home

20 fun and stylish kid-friendly homes

Cozy acoustics

In the family room, an inexpensive sectional echoes a custom-made version that sits in the living room. Abstract artwork, toss cushions and colourful pouffes complete the easygoing design. The rug adds both texture and functionality: "It's key for acoustics, especially in a modern space," says designer Denise Ashmore. "And it's cozy enough for the kids to hang out on and read or do a puzzle." Tour the rest of the home here.

By: Elaine Song Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

20 fun and stylish kid-friendly homes

Room to play

Beyond the oversized foyer with tons of storage to keep the kids’ sports gear and backpacks organized, the entire rear of the house is a huge informal family room/kitchen/dining room, where furnishings and built-ins define various areas, making each one cozy but not claustrophobic. Tour the rest of the home here.

By: Elaine Song Source: Michael Graydon Credits: Style at Home

20 fun and stylish kid-friendly homes

Practical pieces

Monika was careful about choosing pieces that could grow with her son. Practical decisions, such as using a dresser as a change table, mean that the room will work, with only a few minor alterations, as the baby boy grows up. This includes the easy-to-remove star decals (an affordable alternative to wallpaper). Tour the rest of the home here.

By: Elaine Song Source: Tracey Ayton Credits: Style at Home

20 fun and stylish kid-friendly homes

Mellow and modern

Mellow, modern and uncluttered, this family home provides plenty of floorspace for mom and daughters to spread out during their all-day drawing sessions. Tour the rest of the home here.

By: Elaine Song Source: Tracey Ayton Credits: Style at Home

20 fun and stylish kid-friendly homes

Kid storage is key

The kitchen's eating nook is stain resistant thanks to the kid-friendly laminated linen seat cushion on the banquette, which also stores the kids' toys and placements. Win-win! Tour the rest of the home here.

By: Elaine Song Source: Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

20 fun and stylish kid-friendly homes

Facilitating family time

"Family is really important. I always look for ways to facilitate togetherness in my designs." Tour the rest of the home here.

By: Elaine Song Source: Tracey Ayton Credits: Style at Home

20 fun and stylish kid-friendly homes

Colour and coziness

This family home is all about being happy and welcoming that features pops of colour and "layers of coziness" - clearly evident in Wren's fun and fab bedroom. Tour the rest of the home here.

By: Elaine Song Source: Robin Stubbert Credits: Style at Home

20 fun and stylish kid-friendly homes

Weathered for wear

While these homeowners wanted a glamorous organic look for their home, they knew it had to work with toddlers. With this in mind, they chose salvaged and reclaimed pieces, "which are beautiful precisely because they're weathered," making them the ideal choice because "they withstand the wear and tear of kids." Tour the rest of the home here.

By: Elaine Song Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

20 fun and stylish kid-friendly homes

Emphasis on soft

During the home renovation, these homeowners knew they had a baby on the way, so in making their decor choices, they put "an emphasis on using soft, durable fabrics for all upholstered furniture." Tour the rest of the home here.

By: Elaine Song Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

20 fun and stylish kid-friendly homes

Sippy cups and red wine

Requiring a home that would be just as kid-friendly as it is fabulous for entertaining, this homeowner knew the furniture needed to "stand up to sippy cups and red wine alike." So black leather sofas were changed out for a cozy grey one and an upholstered ottoman replaced a traditional coffee table. Tour the rest of the home here.

By: Elaine Song Source: Raquel Langworthy Credits: Style at Home

20 fun and stylish kid-friendly homes

Plush country getaway

A country cottage getaway from the family must be, if nothing else, extra cozy. And this linen sofa with plush cushions looks like it hits the nail on the head. Tour the rest of the home here.

By: Elaine Song Source: Stacey Van Berkel Credits: Style at Home

20 fun and stylish kid-friendly homes

Tufted for toddlers

The tufted ottoman and upholstered pieces in this far-from-boring neutral home make this space extra toddler-friendly. Tour the rest of the home here.

By: Elaine Song Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

20 fun and stylish kid-friendly homes

The trifecta of good living

This family bungalow adheres to the "trifecta of good living: barbecues, basking and beverages", so you can assume that the space is laid back and comfortable, with plenty of room for this family of five (plus a dog and a cat) to lounge together. Tour the rest of the home here.

By: Elaine Song Source: Kim Christie Credits: Style at Home

20 fun and stylish kid-friendly homes

Like mother, like daughter

This entrepreneurial mom designed her home studio with her three-year-old in mind, putting a table in the centre of the room where they can spend time together colouring and painting. Tour the rest of the home here.

By: Elaine Song Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

20 fun and stylish kid-friendly homes

It starts and ends with them

With a toddler and twin boys, this home renovation started with the kids' rooms. And, thanks to a comfy sofa for three, the evenings tend to end there too, as the kids gather together to curl up and read before bed. Tour the rest of the home here.

By: Elaine Song Source: Donna Griffith Credits: Style at Home

 

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