room for kids: friends welcome

posted on: Monday, April 26, 2010

Sisters Frida and Happy watching TV in the timber-floored living area.

A babysitter put up the girls' artwork in the dining room a few years ago and the collection began.

When Zoe and Hub were expecting their second baby, Happy, they sectioned off the alcove next to Frida's room and added a window to keep the light.

Frida's room was previously used as music studio by her dad, Hub. When Zoe and Hub were converting it for Frida they added doors and blackboards to the shelves that had previously held musical instruments. Frida drew the dragon on the blackboard especially for the design*sponge shoot and Happy drew the sun at the top.

Comfortable, earthy and open.

who lives here?
Frida and Happy in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York, USA.

Parents Zoe and Hub bought the building and renovated it slowly. It houses Zoe's clothing store,
Cloth on the ground floor and the family live above. They've opted to embrace and extend upon the original materials of the building, including exposing the brickwork and adding a plethora of timber.

diy & decor
Zoe likes goods that are inexpensive or free and has used many street-finds and eBay wares to furnish her home. Great eBay finds in Frida's room include the cosy floor rug and the golden brown rocking chair. Zoe keeps woven baskets in each room to contain clutter.

Zoe has kept it simple with beds taking priority in the children's rooms and storage being contained behind the built-in shelves with blackboard doors.

baby space fave
The collection of children's artwork tacked up in the living area - it adds a playful touch to the expanse of timber.

top tips
Incorporate your children's interests in the overall decor of the home to create an informal, welcoming atmosphere even in a generously proportioned apartment or house.


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