A Home the Whole Family Can Agree On


Decorating a functional and beautiful room for your child can be quite a challenge. But, imagine creating a bedroom that has to work for a 2 year old girl and her 6 year old brother. Or a kitchen that must also function as a playroom. Or a nursery that’s also a guest room. Or, even a master bedroom that’s now home to a newborn, as well. These are all real challenges that parents face on a regular basis.

Kids don’t just live in their rooms, they live in the whole house. And creating a home with harmony of function and design can be extremely challenging. So, throughout the course of the next several weeks, I’ll be blogging about some shared space solutions.

And, if you have a challenge that we’re not addressing, I’d love to hear about it. And, I’d be happy to offer some suggestions to help.

By Danielle Kurtz

Danielle is the Creative Director at Nod and an over-protective mother of two. She’s also completely obsessed with Pinterest, Twitter and her Kindle, but not necessarily in that order. Danielle loves to craft, sew and crochet, but all her supplies have a layer of dust on them about 5-years-thick, wonder if it's just a coincidence that her oldest kiddo is 5 years old?


  • http://www.joyfullyhand-picked.blogspot.com Rebecca

    This couldn’t come at a better time. We are in process of starting a move and are uncertain where we will be living. Could be in a family members basement or apartment for awhile. We have a 4yr old boy and a 19mo little girl. Excited to see what you post!

  • http://craftingplay.blogspot.com Crafting Play

    This is a great topic. We’ve finally moved into a larger space, but you’re right…kids live in the whole house. Can’t wait to hear your ideas.

  • http://www.pagingsupermom.com bettijo @ PagingSupermom.com

    What a cute photo, and I’m really looking forward to this series!

  • Robin

    Can’t wait! We have a 7 yr old and a 2 yr old sharing a room and I don’t think we can hold off much longer before we have to give up our office . . . or do we???

  • http://babybarsness.blogspot.com/ Cam

    This couldn’t be more on topic. Our “guest bedroom/playroom/office” is right off the dining room and making it functional for all people and not just an eye sore is very hard. I would love to hear your thoughts on this. I want to make sure my 3 1/2 daughter has a special place for all her dress-up items and kitchenette, while my 1 year little boy has space for his trucks, cars and balls. Of course the guestbed needs room as well…

  • Danielle Kurtz

    Hi everyone! Thanks so much for your feedback on this post. With two small children of my own and a tiny (TINY!) house, I hear you. I’d be happy to help you with your specific decorating issues. Feel free to send me an email to discuss. danielle.kurtz@landofnod.com
    -Danielle, Creative Director @ Nod

  • http://del4yo.squarespace.com Delphine

    Hi Danielle! I love, love the idea of these post and will be following closely. I have myself a small studio which is my workspace , and is also a play room for my boy. He is now in kindergarten and I need to make the space evolve to something more like a play room/workspace for two and it’s hard to make it work between my two tables , bookshelves, his table and toys…and of course we both like it stylish!