3 Great Spaces from the March 2015 Family Issue

Got kids? Get inspired. Here's how to decorate for the under-10 set

The playroom in a Brooklyn townhouse decorated by Nicole Gibbons. 
The playroom in a Brooklyn townhouse decorated by Nicole Gibbons. 

1. The Arts and Crafts Center

Give your little Picasso a place to explore his or her creative side. As part of her elegant yet understated renovation of a Brooklyn townhouse, designer Nicole Gibbons (one of Lonny's Next Big Names for 2015) carved out a colorful corner with a Pottery Barn dhurrie rug and a Tulip Table from InStyle Modern. Cafe-style Tolix Chairs and versatile bins from Room & Board keep things timeless, while a loose grouping of whimsical prints help move the eye upward. The most irresistible element? A custom chalkboard framed in Benjamin Moore Poppy paint. 

Toddler Brooks's sweetly decorated room at the home of Molly Sims. 
Toddler Brooks's sweetly decorated room at the home of Molly Sims. 

2. The Nursery

Molly Sims knows more than a thing or two about good design. At the Beverly Hills home she shares with Scott Stuber, son Brooks, and a little girl on the way, the Hollywood actress and model collaborated with Layla Grayce co-owner Tiffany Harris to create a boy's room that's as layered as it is welcoming and cozy. Above, Sims's love for block-print textiles is reflected in a pairing of drapery and an upholstered armchair. Soft blue walls help unite the complementary patterns further. At right, a branch serves as the starting point for a colorful mobile in fun, nature-inspired shapes.

Toy-filled shelves in the home of photographer Melanie Acevedo. 
Toy-filled shelves in the home of photographer Melanie Acevedo. 

3. The Playroom

Photographer Melanie Acevedo's most personal project, Another 52 Weeks, chronicles her children in their spontaneous, unaffected everyday moments. Her renovated Victorian on the North Shore of New York's Long Island is a repository of kid-friendly ideas. This room was "a little dining area when we bought the house, with wallpaper and dark linoleum floors," Acevedo recalls. To turn it into a clean and modern playroom for her eight-year-old son, Rocky, she and her husband painted the walls and floors a cheery white and built generous shelving to house an array of toys and games. Cow-skin rugs are durable and easy to clean; a vintage chandelier acts as extra storage for draping dress-up costumes.

I'm the former Executive Editor of Lonny.
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