Decorating Kids' Rooms and Family-Friendly Spaces

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Overview


From the mudroom to the bathroom and beyond, children are often the center of the household, and your home needs to accommodate the wear and tear that goes along with family living. But just how do you create a home where your kids are at home as well?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592530946
  • Publisher: Rockport Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/15/2004
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author


Anna Kasabian is a writer and editor whose byline frequently appears in Design Times magazine and the Boston Globe, where she writes about interior design, garden design, and travel. The author of East Coast Rooms and Designing with Tile (both from Rockport Publishers), she lives in New York State.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Ground Rules for Family-Friendly Design 8
Getting Started 10
The Budget 12
Picking a Design Aesthetic 14
Input from the Family 16
Survival Tips 17
Making Room: Infants
A Growing Nursery 30
Style File: Creative Expression 33
Unexpected Decorating Ideas 34
A Parent Corner 36
Decorating Tips from a Pro 38
Decorating Tips from the Kids 40
Design Gets Real 44
Crafting with Kids
Seaside Memory Plaque 48
Painted Alphabet Blocks 50
Painted Wooden Letters 52
Modern ABC Lamp Shades 56
Decorative "Eat Your Peas" Decoupage Bowls 58
Room to Grow: Children's Bedrooms 61
Girls' Bedrooms 72
Kid-Friendly: Wall Treatments 74
Boys' Bedrooms 77
Shared Bedrooms 78
Shopping: Beds 80
Designing Family Spaces 82
Patterns, Colors, and Timeless Themes 86
Decorating to Build Self-Esteem 88
Decorating Tips from the Kids 90
Design Gets Real 92
Crafting with Kids
Puppy Pillow Trio 96
Seasonal Picture Frames 100
Gathering Places 104
Designs That Meet Everyone's Needs 106
Style File: Family Photos 107
The Formal Living Room 110
Shopping: Sofas 112
The Family Rooms 114
Kid-Friendly: Fabrics 118
The Multipurpose Room 121
Organizing: Storage Solutions 122
Kitchens 124
Your Kitchen's Purpose 126
Organizing: Design Basics 129
The Family-Friendly Kitchen 130
Kid-Friendly: Heavy-Duty Surfaces 133
Safety in a Working Kitchen 138
Shopping: Kid-Safe Appliances 140
Style File: Color Palette 142
Utilitarian Spaces 144
Mudroom 147
Organizing: Family Message Center 148
Laundry Room 150
Kids' Bathrooms 152
Shopping: Fixtures and Fittings 156
Shared Bathrooms 158
Style File: Storage Solutions 161
Room to Retreat: Studies and Storage 165
Kids' Storage in Family Living Spaces 176
Solving the No-Closets Problem 178
Computer Placement and Storage 180
Bathroom Tiles 182
Decorating Tips from the Kids 184
Design Gets Real 186
Crafting with Kids
Funky Toolbox 190
Fun Bug Tacks and Painted Corkboard 192
Quiet Time 194
Your "Quiet Time" Needs 196
Shopping: Desks and Bookcases 198
Family Home Office 200
Organizing: Family Documents 201
Kid-Friendly: Lighting 203
Study/Library 205
Convertible Spaces 206
Style File: Comfortable Nooks 208
Private Spaces 212
A Room of One's Own 214
Organizing: Closets 216
Personal Touches 218
Colorful Escapes 220
Family Playroom 222
Fantasy Playroom 224
Kid-Friendly: Flooring 227
Craft Room 228
Style File: Kids' Artwork 229
Shopping: Tables and Chairs 230
Backyard Playhouse 232
Organizing: Storage Spaces 235
Room to Room: Play Areas Inside and Out 237
Siting a Play Area 248
Furnishing a Tree House 250
Pet Places 252
Decorating Tips from the Kids 254
Design Gets Real 256
Crafting with Kids
Chalkboard Roll-Up 260
Funky Fish Stool 262
Resources 266
Photographer Credits 270
About the Authors 272
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