9 Tips for Smart Kid-Friendly Design

By: Alicia Jul 01, 2014

Creating a home that's both stylish and family-friendly can be a hard balance to strike. But, with some creativity and clever space planning, making your home a place that can be safely enjoyed by the entire family is achievable. We've rounded up a list of nine tips that blend style and function. 

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Planning a DIY Princess Party (Not in a Package)

By: Alicia Jan 15, 2013

A DIY Rapunzel Birthday Party
Our little girl is turning four next week, and we're in full party planning mode. This year's planning is especially interesting since we're living in a house with no kitchen, and in various but consistent states of complete chaos. Nevertheless, it's our four-year-old's birthday, and there will be a rockin' little kids' birthday... in, um, an octogenarian par-tay room.Continue Reading

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Cleaning with Kids: Tips for Cleaning by Age

By: Craftmel Mar 28, 2012

created at: 03/27/2012

I have three little girls, two of which are very good at distributing toys, clothes, and books all over the house.  After too many days of me chasing after them and cleaning up their messes, it was time to put them in charge of pulling some of the weight around the house.  My sanity depended on it. 

So, how do we distribute chores among children at different developmental stages?  Here are a few tips, and printable helps, to encourage you in the process.   Continue Reading

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Furniture Designer Legally Employs Young Sons to Add Imperfect Finishing Touches

By: Chrisjob Jan 10, 2012

created at: 01/10/2012

Dutch industrial designer Lucas Maassen painstakingly creates smooth, straight-lined designs, flawless and contemporary in their construction, then pays his kids to mess it up.

"Thijme (9 years old), Julian and Maris (both 7 years old) work in compliance with Dutch child labor laws. This means, they’re limited to working only three hours per week. The three sons work every Tuesday 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. with a 15-minute break in between. They receive €1 per furniture piece completed and have employee benefits such as 12 vacation days per year and receive a 5% salary vacation allowance per annum."

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Closet Turned Playhouse

By: Diy maven Dec 29, 2010

created at: 12/29/2010

Sandra had a bit of wasted space under a staircase. She framed it in to make a closet and then constructed a 'whimsical' facade, which transformed it into the playhouseContinue Reading

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Rethinking Children's Rooms

By: Diy maven Aug 06, 2010

kids bold room e1280112891699 Simple Decor Ideas for Children’s Rooms

If a child's room re-do is in your future, you are soooo lucky. Just think, as you plan your new decor (with munchkin's help, of course; we want to indoctrinate them early) you have permission to embrace your inner kid! Follow these tips, Continue Reading

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Design with Kids in Mind

By: Diy maven Jan 19, 2010

Is kid stuff taking over your place? Do you feel as if you're living in the middle of a Toys R' Us? Does it look as if your decorator is a seven foot tall yellow bird? If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, you might want to check out these very inspiring interiors from Design is Mine. They're proof that you CAN keep your stylish sensibilities while living the kid-centric life.Continue Reading

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DIYable Santa-Clues

By: Diy maven Nov 11, 2009

<i>Santa</i>-Clues – For proof of Santa’s visit

Do you have an offspring in the house that is having doubts about some tubby guy dressed in a red suit shimmying down fireplaces all over the world and leaving presents under Christmas trees for good boys and girls everywhere? Perhaps the little skeptic needs some clues to help extend the magic of the season.Continue Reading

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Mid-Century Modern Classics...For Tots.

By: Chrisjob Jul 03, 2009

Knoll Furnishings, the manufacturers of classic pieces by Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Alexander Girard, Maya Lin, and  Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (nearly all the MCM heavyweights besides the Eameses and George Nelson), is getting smaller.


"Created for the ones we love, knoll kids™ is a collection of spirited, modern furniture scaled for a younger generation. Each piece reflects our belief in the utility of modern design and commitment toContinue Reading

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How To: Dye Pasta For Crafting.

By: Chrisjob Aug 13, 2008

First, there was just plain old semolina yellow. Then, they got fancy (tacky?) and developed the tri-color by using spinach and tomato products to tint you rotini. Now, embrace the rainbow by coloring your pasta ANY shade you may choose with vibrant, punchy results. This is a great medium for kids, or for some tongue-in-cheek nostalgia...perhaps some macaroni macrame?


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Pimp My (Toddler's) Ride.

By: Chrisjob May 15, 2008

Hemi Housewife wasn't quite satisfied with the baby blue and orange of her son's Little Tykes cruiser, so she spiced it up. Twice.

Then, check out the other models, particularly this Hawaiian coupe.

Via Crafty Crafty.


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Curbly Video Podcast: Give Old, Shabby Furniture a Fresh, Modern Facelift.

By: Chrisjob Mar 24, 2008

My three-year-old niece just moved from the nursery to her first “big girl room,” and the only thing holding back her new space’s style is this worn dresser from the 1960’s. It’s in good shape, but the finish is tired, and there are several broken pieces that are simply unacceptable for a toddler’s room. So, as a birthday gift, I wanted to turn this tattered piece into a sparkling pop bureau that suits her personality perfectly.

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New from Blik Wee Re-Stik

By: Diy maven Feb 11, 2008

Blik, those purveyors of wall decals, have some new Re-Stik’s for the Wee crowd. Removable and repositionable, like all their Re-Stik’s, these high-contrast geometric shapes and friendly, hand-drawn animals are said to be fascinating to new-borns, older kids and their parents. The $38 packages include 31 decals for the Dino collection, 47 decals for the Garden collection, and 78 decals for the Jungle collection. Visit Blik for additional WeeContinue Reading

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The Most Adorable Baby Hat Ever!

By: Chrisjob Nov 26, 2007

I don't imagine a cuter hat could exist. The Coverall Hat by Oeuf is designed to solve the eternal problem of keeping the hat on the youngster's noggin, where it belongs. The effect, however, is ultimate adorableness.

DIYable? For sure. Can the design translate into an adult model? Absolutely, but we should probably keep our shirts on.

Made from 100% baby alpaca wool, which is non-allergenic. 

Via Babygadget. 

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DIY Tree Swing.

By: Chrisjob Oct 30, 2007

Can't beat a classic.

John Vivian offers a basic how-to using a single plank and a bit of rope. 




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Pumpkin Carving Safety.

By: Chrisjob Oct 23, 2007

"Pumpkin carving, that beloved family ritual, can turn as nasty as the goblins lurking outside if you're not carefuI, particularly if you let children carve or use the wrong tools. [Consumer Report] informally tested several pumpkin-carving kits and found that they can reduce the risk of getting cut."


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Modern Classics Alphabet.

By: Chrisjob Oct 22, 2007

It's never too soon to educate on the brilliance of modern design...

Here's Blue Ant Studio's Modern Classics Alphabet, milestones in modern architecture and furniture from Aalto to Zeisel.


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