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Spaces: Child’s Play

A Brookline carriage house gets a splash of color in the form of a kid-friendly art studio.

Photograph by Michael J. Lee, Design by Elms Interior Design

The Problem

A couple needed a place where their two creative kiddos could let their imaginations run wild—without ruining the rest of the home’s canvas.

The Solution

Dee Elms, of Elms Interior Design, carved a dedicated art room out of the upper level of her clients’ carriage house. The vibrant space’s kid-proofing measures include easy-to-clean Marmoleum floors, a chalkboard wall, and a sofa clad in bright orange indoor-outdoor fabric. Anchoring the room is a commercial craft table on wheels that can be pulled up vertically and pushed against the wall when inspiration strikes. “It’s all about flexibility and letting kids be kids,” Elms says.

Madeline Bilis Associate Editor at Boston Magazine @madelinebilis