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Family Homes on – A Year In Review

Family Homes on – A Year In Review

Stylish family homes to inspire your next renovation

Written by – Team
on December 29th 2016
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Children’s rooms can be just as stylish as the master bedroom. There’s no need to let wayward toys and scattered scooters stop your home from being design friendly, as these family homes will show you.


From city apartments to country retreats, here is a selection of home tours we featured this year that were designed with little ones in mind.

This young couple wanted enough space for the sun to stream in and a big enough living room area for playtime with their son Joaquim. There is certainly sun, and with plenty of blocks of bright and warming colors the place feels cheerful and fun.

Living room with white background and pops of color |
Ons Dorp Amsterdam - Old school turned loft apartment features spacious kids bedroom with playful blue bedding set |

A group of 10 families rallied together to buy this 100-year-old school house in Amsterdam under the collective name Ons Dorp, which translates from Dutch to “Our Village”. The group was looking to convert the building into apartments for the families, weaving elements of modern efficiency and capabilities such as solar power and central heating, into the new homes.


The original building is three floors, but each floor features large rooms with extremely tall ceilings. The double height of the rooms made them perfect for individual apartments, especially when divided in maisonette style like this. There is plenty of space to run around and play.

Ons Dorp Amsterdam project designed by Standard Studio featured open plan loft-style living with modern interiors |
Mid-century modern home in California with low slung furniture and casual vibes |

While to some it may seem at odds to fit your home with mid-century designer furniture and then throw children into the mix, but this family home shows that the two things are not discordant. Actually the flow of an Eichler home makes it great for open plan play for the family.


The children’s bedroom is infused with warming pumpkin orange, and shades of green. The furniture doesn’t look out of place with the rest of the home’s design. It’s just a bit smaller for the smaller humans that live there.

Colorful children's room |
Bathroom features mid-century modern stylings |
Chamartín kitchen and dining room, with family art and warm wood tones |

Meals are often the most time we get to spend together as a family in our busy weekdays. This family home in Madrid provides a warm and friendly backdrop for supper time. The owners of this home wanted a place where their children could be inspired, so there are plenty of books, colors and spaces to learn and grow.

Open plan style home in Spanish city of Madrid, features a complex library |

The shared areas have cozy spots for conversation, places to do homework, and chairs to read in. Upstairs in the bedroom, the children’s room encourages play, adventure and plenty of climbing fun.

Fun bunk bed frame in children's bedroom Wood materials meet microcement for dark bathroom |
Bright and airy bungalow of this incision house |

The children who live in Incision House are growing up. They outgrew their last place, which is why this family-of-four decided to move out and find the right home. They snapped up this bungalow and built an extension on top to give the boys enough room to roam.

Rear angle of the bright and airy bungalow|
Minimal bungalow with features neat open planned kitchen |
Single beds in Surrey Hills Country Mansion |

At this large country home in Surrey, there is inspiration from Americana style.

Casual living room with cowhide and deep colors |
Geometric wallpaper in the children's bedroom |

Keeping the room playful and fresh, this home in Paris creates a warm and welcoming environment with its geometric wall mural.

Kitchen organisation with a plant in the corner |
Octopus print on navy blue with yellow carpet | Talbot Road Home Tour |

Umming and ahhing about whether to go for traditional pink or blue for the baby’s room? This family home in London opted for a bit of blue and some sunny yellow, kept in check with some simple white walls and finishes for their baby boy’s room.

Cupboard in the children's bedroom with wardrobe | Talbot Road Home Tour |
Living room is low slung with space for the children to play | Talbot Road Home Tour |

The rest of the home is kitted out for playtime, with lots of space between the living and kitchen for family time, right through to the garden. The open spread between the two areas allows for adults to keep a watchful eye!

Kitchen island in sea of herringbone parquet | Talbot Road Home Tour |
Kids playroom |

A young Connecticut family have renovated with the future in mind. For now this is the playroom, and media room. It has gray muted tones accessorized by bright pops of color in the form of kids’ furniture. But as the children mature so too can the room, quite easily becoming a space for other activities and growing with the family.

Blue walls in children's bedroom and Miffy style art |
Children's bedroom with cute Scadinavian styling |

The mother of this home enjoyed the renovation process so much that she moved forward with plans to pursue a career in interior design. This nursery room is built to grow, with space for a crib and nursing. There is plenty of light, a muted color palette and a medley of cute accessories that make this room a lovely and stylish place to spend time.

Children's bedroom with modern styling |
Children's bedroom with light teal and white wallpaper |
Exterior of rooftop terrace in Vietnam |

Inner city apartments in Vietnam don’t always have the space for an apartment or a courtyard. But this terraced house has been designed with different platforms above to make great use of natural light, space to sit outside, and areas to grow plants. Not only that but downstairs behind the shutters there is even more space for running around in the safety of home.

Family courtyard |
Courtyard for Vietnamese home |
Indoor foyer area in Vietnamese home |
Family space with pull out table under storage steps | | Photographer Matt Clayton for Scenario Architects

Tables and chairs that you can tuck away; the ultimate in space saving. This table and bench area is a great space for the family to play together, do homework and have a good time. It was designed by a young couple Maya and Ran, who brainstormed with their children for what they should do with the house.

Storage under the stairs with a family room | | Photographer Matt Clayton for Scenario Architects

One of the most fun bedrooms featured on this year has got to be this one with the climbing frame!

Children's climbing wall in the bedroom | | Photographer Matt Clayton for Scenario Architects

There have been plenty of fun home tours this year featuring stylish inner city apartments or tiny homes out in the countryside, but it’s great to see that there are so many family homes that look great and make space for different generations.


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