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Balancing Act: A Simple & Fun Game Even DIY Rookies Can Make — Apartment Therapy Tutorials

One of the greatest intersections of design happens when function and taste meet. Even more so is finding the sweet spot between functional kid-friendly toys and tasteful decor. In an age full of plastic, heavily-branded games, and now fidget spinners and glitter slime, it’s hard to imagine a world where toys and games can double as home decor. Unless, that is, you purchase an expensive artisanal alternative, or make your own. So in an effort to balance function and taste, as well as artisanal and affordable, I give you this DIY balancing block game.

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Posted on Sep 16, 2017

A Teacher-Turned-Designer Furnishes a Playroom for Her Kids — Professional Project

Project by: Alana Chernecki of Brillante
Location: East St. Paul, Manitoba, Canada

Alana, a school teacher turned interior designer, blended both of her realms of knowledge in creating a playroom for her daughters. A mix of style and pedagogy, the space is designed to foster creativity and imaginative play, while still looking sleek and age-appropriate.

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Posted on Sep 14, 2017

Here’s How We’d Decorate Serena Williams’ Nursery

Earlier today, tennis champ Serena Williams and her fiancé, Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian, announced their baby girl, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. on Instagram with a sweet video . In it, there are moments from Williams’ pregnancy, along with photos and clips of the couple with the newborn. We also get a sneak peek of the making of the nursery, and while not much is actually in the room at the time, we believe we’ve identified the crib the new parents have chosen. So, we decided to decorate a nursery around it, fit for the tiny Grand Slam champion.

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Posted on Sep 13, 2017

6 Creative Ways to Use the Space in Kids’ Closets

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You know what’s so great about kids’ clothes? Aside from the fact they are so darn cute you kind of wish they came in your size too, they don’t take up a lot of room. If your kid’s room has at least one large-ish dresser, you’ve pretty much got storage for their clothing covered.

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Posted on Sep 4, 2017

Out to Lunch: 12 Top-Rated Lunch Boxes & Bags for Kids of All Ages

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Ahh, back to school. The heady smells of crisp notebook paper and waxy crayons are in the air, which means it’s time to figure out where your kiddos’ lunch will be served out of when it’s time to put those pencils down and beeline toward the cafeteria. Here, we rounded up 12 top-rated picks for kids of all ages, from of-the-moment-but-really-useful bento boxes to easy-to-carry top-handle bags.

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Posted on Sep 1, 2017

Before & After: Building a Baby-Friendly Space, Basically From Scratch

Life comes at you fast. Lisa had been considering this room for a makeover when she found out she was pregnant and suddenly on a whole new unexpected timeline. After gutting the room they got to work adding classic elements to the structure of the room so it was more in line with the rest of the house as well as, you know, getting it ready for a baby.

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Posted on Aug 18, 2017

Before & After: Setting Up a Nursery is a Family Affair

Allison stepped in to help her sister-in-law set up her baby nursery after the passing of her mother. Her act of love and kindness led to one adorable space for the new baby, with a beautifully bittersweet story.

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Posted on Jul 28, 2017

Before & After: A Kids Room Goes from DIY Mess to DIY Success

Meera knew she was going to have to get extremely crafty with her son’s new room. The previous owners had made some questionable (and potentially dangerous) choices that needed to be fixed immediately, and Meera was able to do so with some very cool DIYs and brilliant money-saving fixes.

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Posted on Jul 27, 2017

Before & After: Carving Out a Playroom in a Corner of a Living Room — Professional Project

Project by: Louise Bradberry of Cait’s Room Interiors
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

Transformations aren’t always about knocking down walls or elaborate IKEA hacks. Sometimes they’re about looking at your space with new eyes and giving it a new purpose. Louise did just that for her clients. Wanting to supplement limited outdoor play space for their child, they tasked Louise with creating a play nook for their daughter in a corner of their living room. The results are whimsical, colorful and largely temporary.

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Posted on Jul 23, 2017

Tiny Person, Tiny Room: Homes With Clever Solutions to Fitting in a Nursery

If only the universe were a little more accommodating, and every time you added a new person to your family, a new room would magically be added to your abode. Alas, it is not so. But the good news is that, for a while at least, little people do not take up very much space. (Their stuff can take up a ton of space, but that’s a completely different story.) If you’re racking your brains about where to fit your new addition in your current home, check out the ingenious ways these real-life small space dwellers fit a nursery into hardly any space at all.

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Posted on Jul 7, 2017

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