Can a home have high style and be kid-friendly? This young L.A. couple found a way to balance glam and fam.
The star feature of this home is the furnishings—the arrangement of the rooms feels cozy, but also lets the kids be kids. The homeowners display breakables out of their kids' reach in a wall of built-ins. Durable fabrics in bold colors, including sapphire blues uniting the greatroom and den, add youthful energy. The home, which plays off of traditional East Coast blue on blue, is both upbeat and livable for this young family.
An oversize layout required smart furniture placement to utilize every inch of this family home. Eliminating two windows created space for built-ins housing the TV. A sectional and banquette that backs to it read as one unit, creating a cohesive look and allowing a wider walkway into the den.
An upholstered bench attached to a console table mimics a built-in banquette and functions as a room divider. The console table also provides a place for lamps to bring coziness to the table. Every room needs layers of light. This space accomplishes that with sconces on built-ins.
The homeowners saved the biggest color risks for small items. The pink bench brings just enough warmth to the space. Both the bench and sectional are upholstered in fabrics that repel liquids and stains. A black-and-white framed print modernizes a traditional space.
The homeowners sacrificed a little kitchen storage to get a comfy sectional, which butts up to the peninsula. With a lift-up top, the faux leather coffee table was a storage gain.
Dark walls make a statement in this stylish den that doubles as a playroom. The ottoman is a game table, and carpet tiles are easy to replace if ruined. For flow, the homeowners painted the trim around the windows the same color as the walls.
Cube storage shelving units make the den the ultimate playroom—for both the kids and the parents. Natural baskets provide toys with their own particular space, and the top row doubles as a bookshelf. Cork boards above the cube shelves serve as gallery space for the kids' artwork.
Gallery walls allow a space for an art collection to grow. Think in threes: a minimum of three pieces to start, no more than three frame colors, and pieces grouped so they read in units of three. There should be a rhythm to the color or style within each of those units. Nonreflective acrylic is a kid-proof alternative to glass.
Bright shades of blue continue into the bathroom with a wild floral wallpaper. A classic mirror panel surrounds sconces for a modern look.