is accessible from each bedroom. Soft colors and a playful tile pattern
keep the bath from feeling overly juvenile. And since the daughter is still
at a napping age, Sharff added a door from the kitchen to the boys’ room
so that they can access their toys and the bath without disrupting her.
Rosemary Porto of Poggenpohl in Boston updated the kitchen with
a mix of off-white lacquer and elm-veneer cabinetry, a
glass tile backsplash, and gray-blue Caeserstone countertops. With little chefs in mind, Porto added a 30-inch-high
mini-counter that is inset into a larger 36-inch-high cabinet. Here, the children can prepare their own snacks.
“We put a little footstool in the toe-kick that snaps right
open and pulls out so they can help themselves to what’s on the shelves
above,” says Porto.
A KIDS’ ZONE
4 dining area
6 boys’ room
7 girl’s room
8 kids’ storage
9 living room
In the large window-filled living room, cabinets conceal toys and
games. When the white modular sofas are pushed against the walls, the
room doubles as a game zone. Says the children’s nanny, “They have two
playgrounds: Boston Common when it’s sunny, the apartment when it’s
rainy.” Indeed, on a recent afternoon, there was a volleyball net strung
from wall to wall.
“It’s a unique living space,” says Sharff. “Relaxing and cheery —
NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2009 • DESIGN NEW ENGLAND