Explore A Fun & Playful Family Home With Elegant Grown Up Spaces

Forget about the cool kids' bedrooms (this house has plenty), this home has many family-friendly spaces, including a play room, games room, hideout den – with round windows for throwing rock-shaped pillows out of – and even a separate kids' home office for doing homework in. Jealous? Us?

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PROPERTY

This expansive family-friendly modern home in Newton, Massachusetts, incorporates elegant grown-up spaces (hello his & hers dressing rooms, chic home bar and formal living rooms) with enviably fun kids spaces that include a play room, hideout den, games room, and even an interior-designed kids' home office for doing homework in.

Designed by Elizabeth Georgantas, queen of family-friendly interiors (her other projects include this jaw-dropping holiday home with a slide/chute spiralling through the middle of it, and a built-in garage for toy cars at the top of the stairs), this elegant family home was designed with kids in mind.

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KITCHEN

A large white kitchen features floor-to-ceiling cabinetry, the taller cupboards accessed via a sleek, modern ladder.

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Black kitchen island pendants punctuate the all-white palette.

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The kitchen island doubles as a breakfast bar. A large doorway leads into the adjoining family room.

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FAMILY ROOM

The family room looks very elegant for being a family-friendly space. A cluster of sofas face away from each other, creating a separate zone for watching TV.

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Two rooms on top of each other were knocked into one double-height space, with double-height windows and shelves that are playfully designed so high up that they're completely out of reach.

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The family room connects various different spaces; one door leads into a smart home office, while open doorways lead into the kitchen and the hallway.

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LIVING ROOM

There's also a more formal living room for entertaining, with a grand piano.

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The room is elegant and calm, with spread out, well thought-out furnishings and a soft rug.

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HOME BAR

There's a striking built-in home bar with blue cabinetry, a wine fridge and a smaller fridge for beers and soft drinks.

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DINING ROOM

The dining room has a more traditional look, with dark wood panelling and vintage-inspired wallpaper.

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The wallpapered ceiling gives it a more modern edge.

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CLOAKROOM

A custom de Gournay monkey wallpaper sets the tone for the cloakroom.

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BOOT ROOM

Aside from various utility spaces there's also a boot room, where coats, shoes, bags and outdoor accessories are stored.

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OFFICE

A smart home office features wall-to-wall shelving with a built-in window seat for reading. The blue palette keeps the mood light and cheerful.

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The walls – including the backs of the shelves – are wallpapered with a Thibaut grasscloth for a chic look. A built-in pin board is perfect for putting up drawings and classwork.

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KIDS OFFICE

Aside from the homework nook in the home office pictured above, the kids have a separate kids' office too, with wall-to-wall shelving and storage, plus a tall white board and pin board hidden behind the door, with a roll of paper for art projects.

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A table in the centre is perfect for doing arts and crafts.

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There's a computer area set up for the kids too.

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PLAYROOM

In the play room nearby there's more desk space - this time set up for doing puzzles or playing with lego. A wall of lego mats provides a canvas for lego-art.

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Built-in storage on both sides is given a fun twist, with sloped cupboards that create un-even shelves for toys.

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There's built in window seats, plus a comfy corner sofa, ottoman and tub chairs for lounging and watching TV.

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The wall surrounding the TV is decorated with scarves of sport teams, collected from sporting events.

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This room leads through to a cool hide-out den, with round windows designed for climbing through – or throwing rock-shaped pillows through.

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The den makes the most of an awkward-shaped alcove. It's wallpapered in a photo-realistic forest print from Numerart.

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There's also a separate games room area.

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PLAYROOM POWDER ROOM

The playroom has its own cloakroom, wallpapered with a book cover print.

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LANDING

Out on the landing there's more storage for kids' stuff, plus book shelves with kids' books that they can share and swap.

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BOYS BEDROOM

The boy's bedroom features an orange and blue palette. The built-in bunk bed is designed for one, with a seating area and desk space underneath.

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The seating area pulls out as a daybed, or as an extra bed for sleepovers.

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The zig-zag storage is bespoke. There's a cosy reclining chair near the window that's perfect for curling up with a book.

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GIRLS BEDROOM

The girls share a bedroom with a pink and orange scheme. Built-in shelves at the head ends are ideal for books and soft toys.

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The girls have separate chests of drawers, but positioned side by side.

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KIDS BATHROOM

The kids share this fun blue bathroom, with separate sinks for brushing their teeth at the same time.

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MASTER BEDROOM

The master bedroom features a blush and creme scheme, and has its own sitting area.

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A minimalist, metal four poster creates a modern, elegant look.

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HER DRESSING ROOM

The couple have separate dressing rooms, each with their own colour scheme and design.

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The wife's dressing room has its own sitting room, with curved seating upholstered to match the velvety rug in the wardrobe.

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HIS DRESSING ROOM

The husband's dressing room carries a more masculine look, with walnut woods.

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BATHROOM

A blue-tiled bathroom features his 'n' hers sinks, a generously large walk-in shower, and funky tiled floors.

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The walk-in shower has separate rain shower heads for joint showering.

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Lotte Brouwer
Lotte Brouwer

Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.