Design Project: 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 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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