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?

Photography by Ben Gebo

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.

Get the look: Custom Empire Stripe Mary McDonald Collection hand-tufted wool rug for wall-to-wall installation purchased from Patterson Flynn Martin. Custom pinch pleat curtain panels are Larsen Cowtan & Tout Masquerade in Porcelain 2531-01 with brass rod and rings supplied by Brassworks. Photography by Ben Gebo

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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.

Get the look: Custom pinch pleat curtain panels are Larsen Cowtan & Tout Masquerade in Porcelain 2531-01 with brass rod and rings supplied by Brassworks. Photography by Ben Gebo

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.

Get the look: Milo Baughman Coffee Table for Thrayer Coggin. Deco style armchairs with Macassar wood are upholstered in Scalamandre La Mordoree 26872-004 and finished with nailheads. Wood restoration and refinishing by Second Life. Custom Rug is Landry and Arcari. Field is Dolce Milkshake DL03. Cavern DL16 and Canyon DL12 border. Photography by Ben Gebo

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.

Get the look: Ceiling is wallpapered is Roger Arlington. Walls are wallpapered in Farrow & Ball Ranelagh BP1847 installed above wainscotting. This is a 1960’s Cenedese Murano Chandelier from Adesso via. 1stDibs. Photography by Ben Gebo

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The wallpapered ceiling gives it a more modern edge.

Get the look: Jean de Merry Cassetto Sideboard.. Pair of Véronèse sconces circa 1940-50 created by Arbus. Italy circa 1940-50. Photography by Ben Gebo

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CLOAKROOM

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

Get the look: Custom De Gournay Deco Monkey wallpaper with Benjamin Moore Smoldering Red ground. Pair of 1950s French two-arm black iron sconces from Bedford Modern through One King’s Lane. Vintage Queen Anne style Chinoiserie Ebony Mirror from Metropolis Modern through 1stDibs. Kohler Kathryn tapered french gold brass table legs with leather wrapping. Photography by Ben Gebo

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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.

Get the look: Bench cushions upholstered in Pollack String Section 5070/03 Honeycomb from Webster & Company. Wallpaper is Walnut Coy Silverfish with Lucien Regular flushmount ceiling fixture from Urban Electric. Photography by Ben Gebo

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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.

Get the look: Roman shade fabric is Pierre Frey Mil Neuf Cent Vingt Multicolore F2938001 with Samuel & Sons 1 ⅝” orsay silk ribbed border in taupe melange style #977-34592-1. Walls, millwork, and trim painted in Benjamin Moore Niagara Falls with Thibaut T3649 wallpaper on ceiling and backs of open shelving. Photography by Ben Gebo

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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.

Get the look: Wall to wall carpet is Geometeric’s Betsy by Tsar with cusom color and pattern. Link lamps were purchased from 2Modern in green. Photography by Ben Gebo

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

Get the look: Roman shade fabric is Lulu DK Dancer in leaf from Donghia with Pindler 2106 Canvas in Valley trim. Office star adjustable drafting chair was upholstered in Pierre Frey Sofa Cardinal 019 F2683019. Chair and ottoman from 1stDibs were upholstered in Kravet 27148-430 Boucheron Stripe in Wisteria. Photography by Ben Gebo

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.

Get the look: Window seat cushion is Kravet Strie Velvet in saffron 32072-424 with Samuel & Son’s Annecy Cord in Burgundy/Beige/Olive 981-31058-621. Existing sofa was reupholstered in Lee Jofa Cord O’Roi in Sand 2006194-16. Existing ottoman was upholstered in Pollack It’s a Cinch 4120/07 in vamp and wood base was stripped and stained medium dark. Photography by Ben Gebo

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

Get the look: Existing sofa was reupholstered in Lee Jofa Cord O’Roi in Sand 2006194-16. Existing ottoman was upholstered in Pollack It’s a Cinch 4120/07 in vamp and wood base was stripped and stained medium dark. Photography by Ben Gebo

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

Get the look: Custom wallcovering is from Numerart. Living Stones pillows were purchased online. Fresno Framed Short Sconce in Aged Iron is from Visual
Comforts and window seat cushion is Vervain Barry Dixon Stonewaves.

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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.

Get the look: Custom wallcovering is from Numerart. Living Stones pillows were purchased online. Fresno Framed Short Sconce in Aged Iron is from Visual
Comforts and window seat cushion is Vervain Barry Dixon Stonewaves. Photography by Ben Gebo

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.

Get the look: Waterworks Oriel Sconce Item#18-21619-05148 with Anthropologie Stacked Paperback Wallpaper style #983285. Photography by Ben Gebo

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.

Get the look: Wallpaper on the ceiling is LULU DK Pinwheel in navy 3191-02. Wall to wall carpeting is Cantini Crossing purchased and installed by Landry & Arcari. Photography by Ben Gebo

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

Get the look: Wallpaper on the ceiling is LULU DK Pinwheel in navy 3191-02. Wall to wall carpeting is Cantini Crossing purchased and installed by Landry & Arcari. Photography by Ben Gebo

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

Get the look: Wallpaper on the ceiling is LULU DK Pinwheel in navy 3191-02. Roman shade fabric is F.Schumacher LULU DK 174892 Parade in blueberry/ocean with Samuel & Son’s Aurelia Beaded Fringe 979- 56145-19 trim. The chair was reupholstered using Clarence House by Neisha Crosland Zebra in Silver Blue P426. Ceramic elephant side table next to chair is from Two’s Company. Photography by Ben Gebo

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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.

Get the look: Ceiling is painted in Benjamin Moore Angelina with walls and trim painted in Navajo White trim. Light fixture was owner provided and is the Capiz Shell Floral Jupiter Pendant from Worlds Away. Wall-to-wall carpet is Louis A. Dabbieri Antonia in Carnation from Landry and Arcari. Pinch pleat closet curtains are installed on a track with custom tie backs. Front fabric is Fonthill Amarillo Embroidery in Tangerine/multi PQ0002 A767 from Stark. The liner fabric is Rodolph Nouveau NOV5220D in Poppy Duvet cover fabric is Edmond Petit from Stark Tisee Sauvage in creme F1 0002 5593. Euro sham fabric is Kelly Wearstler from Lee Jofa Groundworks GWF-3100 916 water Stripe EMB in raisin/rose. Neckroll fabric is Missoni from Stark Kushiro Plush in Liliac with Place Vendome Mistral Flanged Cord” in thistle M-980-1. Photography by Ben Gebo

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

Get the look: Salerno Savannah Four Drawer Dresser with custom painted finish from Posh Tots. Exterior paint is Navajo white with accent flamingo orange 075 with interior colour Benjamin Moore in Angelina 1376. Custom 60” Metal Mirror Floating from Restoration Hardware in Polished Nickel. Photography by Ben Gebo

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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.

Get the look: Wallpaper is Phillip Jeffries 3349 Solstice Silk in Red Sky at Night. Simple pinch pleat curtain panels were created with Catania Silks style DUP 101 in Cream as main ground, with Samuel & Sons 2” Pirouette Boarder 977-37531 / 42 Dusk running vertically between ground and 5” border or Harlequin 3581 Marbee on lead edge. Roman Shades are Bergamo/Rubelli Amalia Naturale & Neutro. Photography by Ben Gebo

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

Get the look: Wallpaper is Phillip Jeffries 3349 Solstice Silk in Red Sky at Night. Simple pinch pleat curtain panels were created with Catania Silks style DUP 101 in Cream as main ground, with Samuel & Sons 2” Pirouette Boarder 977-37531 / 42 Dusk running vertically between ground and 5” border or Harlequin 3581 Marbee on lead edge. Roman Shades are Bergamo/Rubelli Amalia Naturale & Neutro. Photography by Ben Gebo

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HER DRESSING ROOM

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

Get the look: Roman shade fabric is Pierre Frey F26930001 Structure in Nacre with Calvin Klein Kravet T30563.1 Grecian Braid in pearl trim. Wallpaper is from Farrow and Ball pattern Lotus style number BP2051. Photography by Ben Gebo

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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.

Get the look: Milo Baughman Circular Sofa with Rosewood Console Tables was reupholstered in Robert Allan Larry Laslo Velvet Maze in Pearl. Art Deco Style Shagreen Coffee Table created during the Art Deco Revival of the 1980’s from Off the Wall Antiques through 1stDibs.. Pair of Square Stiletto Ottomans from CF Modern through 1stDibs and upholstered in Bergamo Sacho Glen 02345- 001. Pair of table torchieres uplighter made by Mazda c.1930’s France from Thomas Brillet through 1stDibs. Custom pinch pleat curtain panels are Larsen Cowtan & Tout Masquerade in Porcelain 2531-01 with brass rod and rings supplied by Brassworks. Photography by Ben Gebo

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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