A Designer’s Combination Living Room/Playroom

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

Who doesn’t love a beautifully-styled magazine shot with everything just so? But when kids are part of the household, the only shelter porn that does it for us is the kind that reflects how we live. That is what we find so appealing in this shot of design firm Lotus Bleu’s living room found on Design Sponge.

The room is beautiful – deep red on the walls, windows and sofa, graphic floral patterns on the cushions, lots of natural light. But there is also a large screen TV penned in with a safety gate. There is a kid’s table and chairs set and toys organized, but out and on the floor. The low bookshelf holds more toys and the kids’ library. All of this yet it still looks great.

Don’t get us wrong – we’d love a “bonus room” as a dedicated playroom; however, we think there is something to be said for a shared living space. Parents can chat, read a magazine or watch TV while children are playing in the same room. It provides more opportunity for parent/child interaction. And as shown in this photo of the Lotus Bleu home, it can be pulled off brilliantly. Does your living room also serve as the main play area for your children? Do you like it that way?

(pic via Design Sponge)