Kid-friendly design: Let a kids lift on
November 13, 2016 - storage organizer
Ashley Gula, mom of a 1- and 3-year-old, doesn’t get most time to relax in a superb sitting room of her Alexandria, Virginia, home. But if she does confirm to take a mangle in one of a French-style high-back chairs, she can do so secure in a believe that a relaxed space, with a rural wallpaper and blue-and-green trellis-pattern rug, is tough adequate to withstand dual immature children clutching tear-jerking Goldfish.
Designer Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey worked with Ashley and her husband, Mike, a domestic consultant, to make certain a Gulas’ custom-built residence has a desired courteous elements of a 21st-century family home. There’s a all-important family section on a initial floor: a atmospheric kitchen with a opposite and stools, vast family room, and adjacent washing room with crafts and gift-wrapping stations. The bedrooms are friendly retreats, not cavernous spaces pressed with furniture. A tiny private office, embellished chocolate brown, can be a still mark to shun to.
From a unsentimental standpoint, a side-entrance mudroom with a section building and wooden lockers deals good with soppy boots and damp parkas. A veteran organizer grown systems for gripping sequence in a linen closet, food pantry, bathrooms and wardrobe closets. The family room walls have lead woven grasscloth that doesn’t uncover fingerprints. Upholstery and rugs via are treated with GreenShield to conflict stains and repel spills.
And, finally, heirlooms, selected children’s books and a framed family tree supplement a regard to make a residence personal and nurturing.
“Mike and Ashley wanted a residence to be gentle and easy to live in with their children and friends,” says Cavin-Winfrey, whose Alexandria organisation is SCW Interiors. “They wanted to incorporate tone and have a spaces be undying though sensitively sophisticated. Basically, they wanted a happy residence that is stretchable and that they can grow with and not out of.”
“Yes, we have tiny children and a residence can be chaotic,” Ashley says about 3-year-old son Bennett and 18-month-old daughter Collins. “We worked tough to make decisions about a residence so that we feel gentle here and that a kids are acquire in any room.”
Mike, 36, and Ashley, 32, had been vital in an Alexandria townhouse when they motionless it was time to pierce to a bigger place with some-more immature space. They hired Cavin-Winfrey, who helped them find skill in a Belle Haven area in a Alexandria apportionment of Fairfax County, Virginia, and name designer Christine A. Kelly of Crafted Architecture.
“It’s a normal residence with a complicated feel that is open and has high ceilings and lots of healthy light,” Kelly says. “They wanted indoor and outside space that was good connected, a kitchen with a vast walk-in cupboard that was open to a family room — things any immature family wants.”
Cavin-Winfrey collaborated with Kelly on room layout, cabinetry and lavatory and kitchen details. The Gulas “didn’t only wish spaces for looks,” she says. “They wanted to use any in. of space for their lifestyle and for a prolonged haul.” Ashley had combed by Pinterest, Houzz and Instagram for inspiration, and Cavin-Winfrey talked with her about a trade-offs between ideas gleaned there and “the need to emanate a pattern for longevity.” She also incited to seat and family heirlooms a Gulas owned.
“You are a conservator of your possess family history. It’s critical to move some of your past into your possess home and honour it,” she says.
An classification devise was key. “In a aged residence we grew to know a need of being organized, generally as a new mom,” says Ashley, who worked in open family before apropos a stay-at-home mom after Bennett was born. She hired Rachel Rosenthal, a veteran organizer whose Bethesda, Maryland-based organisation is Rachel and Co., to emanate organic and stylish systems. Rosenthal asked a integrate how they saw any space functioning and came adult with artistic solutions while complementing Cavin-Winfrey’s interiors.
From a front door, a friendly entrance gymnasium leads to a some-more insinuate spaces: a sitting room, dining room and home office. The 12-by-12-foot sitting room has walls lonesome with woodland scenes by Susan Harter, an artist whose tradition board wallpaper is digitally printed with her strange murals. This one is Cotswolds Sky, desirous by a British panorama that reminds Ashley of Virginia. The dining room is finished in china and champagne.
The heart of a residence is a family room and kitchen area. “It’s a place we can all be gentle and a kids can play,” Ashley says. “This is where all a movement happens.” Toys are stored in board drum bins underneath a vast upholstered ottoman from Wisteria. The aqua pebbled leather on a opposite stools and banquette can be wiped clean.
The washing room only off a kitchen is an moving space that would do Marie Kondo proud. The beautifully wallpapered room is most some-more than a place to rinse clothes: Metallic woven bins on high shelves reason washing detergents and opening bags, transparent acrylic trays corral art supplies, and drawers are given with containers for badge and present bag storage. The circuitously cupboard compartmentalizes snacks and staples in transparent cosmetic bins. “You don’t overbuy when we can see things,” Rosenthal says. “I designed all not as a one-time event, though as a approach of life.”
Upstairs, there are 4 bedrooms, one for guests. The master bedroom, a pacific mark in a light-filled dilemma of a house, is flashy in champagne, dark blue and gold. Cavin-Winfrey embellished a walls Farrow Ball Skylight, that she says matches a tone of Ashley’s eyes.
The kids’ bedrooms were designed with a curtsy to a past and an eye to a future. The wallpapers can be spotless with a damp sponge. Collins’ room is pink, yellow and aqua and has Ashley’s childhood rocker. A white lacquer chest will be used as a nightstand when Collins eventually gets dual twin beds. There are books and embroidery upheld down from both sides of a family. Bennett’s room has a vast storage cupboard repurposed from a Gulas’ aged house. His bed is tucked into a niche, which, Cavin-Winfrey explains, creates a child feel safe. His dad’s college ball jersey, bat and balls are framed above his bed.
“My truth is that we don’t need middle pieces for a kids,” says Cavin-Winfrey. “You should reuse things we have or buy things that will grow with them. Kids have to learn to live around pleasing things and honour their possess and other people’s homes.”
“Shazalynn done us consider past a baby stage,” Ashley says. “This home will grow and develop with us.”