This expansive family-friendly modern home (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) 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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A large white kitchen (opens in new tab) features floor-to-ceiling cabinetry, the taller cupboards accessed via a sleek, modern ladder.
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Black kitchen island pendants (opens in new tab) punctuate the all-white palette.
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The kitchen island doubles as a breakfast bar (opens in new tab). A large doorway leads into the adjoining family room.
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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.
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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There's also a more formal living room for entertaining, with a grand piano.
The room is elegant and calm, with spread out, well thought-out furnishings and a soft rug.
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There's a striking built-in home bar (opens in new tab) with blue cabinetry, a wine fridge and a smaller fridge for beers and soft drinks.
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The dining room has a more traditional look, with dark wood panelling and vintage-inspired wallpaper.
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The wallpapered ceiling (opens in new tab) gives it a more modern edge.
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A custom de Gournay monkey wallpaper sets the tone for the cloakroom (opens in new tab).
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Aside from various utility spaces (opens in new tab) there's also a boot room, where coats, shoes, bags and outdoor accessories are stored.
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A smart home office (opens in new tab) 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.
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.
There's a computer area set up for the kids too.
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.
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.
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.
There's also a separate games room area.
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PLAYROOM POWDER ROOM
The playroom has its own cloakroom (opens in new tab), wallpapered with a book cover print.
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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The boy's bedroom (opens in new tab) 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.
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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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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The kids share this fun blue bathroom, with separate sinks for brushing their teeth at the same time.
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The master bedroom features a blush and creme scheme, and has its own sitting area.
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A minimalist, metal four poster (opens in new tab) creates a modern, elegant look.
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HER DRESSING ROOM
The couple have separate dressing rooms (opens in new tab), 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.
HIS DRESSING ROOM
The husband's dressing room carries a more masculine look, with walnut woods.
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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