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Let Them Be Little

Make your kid's dream playroom a reality

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  • BUBBLE CHAIR
    Put this baby front and center for a little space-age daydreaming or reading. Chair ($6,125), from ID-Inside Design, 212 3rd Ave. N., Mpls., 612-317-0045, id-insidedesign.com
  • SOUND OF MUSIC
    Turn things up with dance party hits or calming play music. Geneva sound system small ($299.95), from Design Within Reach, 2939 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls., 612-827-0990, dwr.com
  • ROCK ON
    The Eames Molded Rocker is a designer staple as it’s both adorable and a good investment for decades after the nursery stage. Rocker ($549), by Herman Miller, from Room & Board, 7010 France Ave. S., Edina, 952-927-8835, roomandboard.com
  • INTERACTIVE WALLPAPER
    Local design hounds have long been a fan of this classic paper, which looks even better with a little crayon or paint action, family photos, and artwork tacked on. Graham & Brown Frames wallpaper ($45/roll), from grahambrown.com
  • NIGHT LIGHT
    This pendant projects a dreamy starburst pattern all over the walls. PS Maskros lamp ($89.99), from IKEA, 952-858-8088, ikea-usa.com
  • COLORING CORNER
    Carve out a stylish art space with this mini modern chrome and plywood table. Jill table ($99), also from Room & Board
  • COLORING CORNER
    Pair that stylish art table with sleek, cheery chairs. Little Jake chair ($49), also from Room & Board
  • COMFY POUFS
    Happy seats or impromptu tables, they’re all about fun and flexibility. Knitted pouf ($89), from cb2, 3045 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls., 612-821-9303, cb2.com
  • LITTLE SLIDERS
    Petite and not plastic! Little tots will go crazy having a year-round slide at home. Virre slide ($149), also from IKEA
  • GAME NIGHT
    Go old school with classic, simple games that don’t look junky when you leave ’em out. Tic tac toe ($39.95), also from cb2

Transforming a basement or flex room into a playroom is every kid’s dream. If you can add a little construction—think swings, slides, hanging chairs, secret doors—you get extra credit, but even a few design upgrades work wonders. “The home is every child’s first universe. As creators of that place, we get really excited about bringing as much whimsy, mystery, and adventure to the project as possible,” says Steve Kuhl, owner of Kuhl Design & Build. Here are a few ingredients to help infuse some magic into your kid’s home.

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