A Super Stylish, Family Friendly Space
HGTV Magazine takes you on a tour of a Texas home that can do both.
Nikki and Matt Stinson knew it was time to move out of their Dallas, TX, house when the only spot they could find for their fourth kid’s crib was the walk-in closet in their master bedroom.
“Packing sure isn’t fun, but we clearly needed more space,” says Nikki. They lucked out and found a lot eight blocks away, then enlisted builder Robert Elliott to construct their dream home: a mid-century-style one that would fit their family, with room to spare. Nikki chose an eclectic mix of furniture and fixtures—mid-century (a favorite of hers and Matt’s), vintage, modern—with an eye toward glam-ness and childproof-ness.
Porcelain tile in the foyer from Rex, cut in irregular shapes, looks striking—and it stands up to kids and dogs (Rebel and Baxter, the family’s English cocker spaniels). The gold-tinged cork wall covering from CB2 gives a warm welcome. The light is from The Urban Electric Co.
“I have a background in graphic design, and I love great style,” says Nikki. “There was no reason to lose out on that just because we have four kids.” One glance at their house and it’s clear they didn’t: The place is fab yet friendly, full of color and cozy spots for watching TV, doing homework, reading, and everything in between.
“Our home definitely has a fancy look,” says Nikki. “Friends who come over with kids are like, ‘Don’t touch that!’ and I say, ‘It’s fine!’ Every square inch of this house was put together with kids in mind—and adults, too.”
“A lot of houses have super-formal rooms in front that nobody uses,” says homeowner Nikki Stinson. “But we wanted our kids to go everywhere.” Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves offer plenty of book and toy storage. Womb chairs in chartreuse, arranged around a Saarinen coffee table (both from Knoll), are a great setup for board games or hanging out. “Sometimes when the house feels too quiet, I’ll peek in there and see someone curled up with Charlotte’s Web,” says Nikki. The sputnik light is from Design Within Reach.
One of the sleekest sectionals you ever did see (it’s from Design Within Reach) gives everyone a spot to sit, while the nearly 5-foot-square Ligne Roset coffee table has plenty of room for drinks and snacks. The plaid nylon rug from CW Custom Flooring does more than just add to the cozy feel: “It’s camouflage—it hides a lot of ‘Oh, my gosh, what just happened?!’ ” says Nikki. The giant slatted wood panel slides open to reveal a mini office (Nikki’s a stationery designer), so she can keep an eye on kids at play as she works. The wood credenza behind the sofa is also from Ligne Roset; the funky blue-and-green lamps on top are 1940s vintage finds.
A bright white kitchen might scare some parents, but not Nikki and Matt. Their not-so-dirty secret: finishes that are really durable, such as easy-to-clean melamine on the cabinets by Downsview Kitchens and scratch-resistant white quartz countertops by Caesarstone. At mealtimes the kids hang at the built-in table (also Caesarstone) that’s 10 1/2 feet long—and sit on molded rosewood Eames chairs from Design Within Reach—while Nikki and Matt do food prep. The kids especially appreciate the drawers at arm’s reach: “They keep important stuff in there, like stickers and homemade slime,” says Nikki. The faucets are by Kohler, and the equally cool light above the island is from Roll & Hill.
It’s the place for everything from study sessions to playdates. The centerpiece: a round bamboo coffee table from cantoni.com that’s large and tempting. “The kids love to climb on it and slide off, and that’s fine with me—the pattern doesn’t show scuffs,” says Nikki. A wall of bright art boosts the room’s happy-go-lucky vibe. The green chair is from Ligne Roset.
The couple’s oldest daughter wanted an explosion of color. Yet psychedelic curtains (made with fabric by Kristi Kohut), a turquoise couch from Room & Board, and a rainbow-color rug from Lulu & Georgia were still not enough: “She wanted turquoise walls, too!” says Nikki. But Mom guided her to light blue (Lullaby by Sherwin-Williams), promising it would make the rest of the colors pop. You’d never guess what Stella’s favorite thing turned out to be: the clear acrylic toy chest from wisteria.com, which holds her collection of stuffed animals.
Nikki chose the muted color scheme—cream drapes and walls, and a cream suede bed (by Ligne Roset)—because, she says, “I wanted this to be a peaceful place. Of course, it’s turned into Grand Central station!” The kids have a habit of crashing in the cushy bed and watching TV seated on the woven Risom stools from Design Within Reach. Still, the painting above the bed (bought during a rare parents-only vacation in Hawaii) brings serenity-now vibes: “In the sea of craziness of our lives, I look at that and go, ‘Aah,’ ” Nikki says. The dark gray bedspread is from Target.
The 7-year-old’s main request: purple on purple, please. Wish granted! For the walls, Nikki chose a lavender paint with gray undertones, chic enough to carry Opal into tweenhood. The walnut bed and matching nightstands—hand-me-downs from Mom and Dad—got grade-school-cool with a mix of bedding, including a multicolor blanket from the MoMA Design Store. The cheerful curtains are made with Kristi Kohut fabric, and the groovy rug is from Crate & Barrel. Behind the shelves on the wall, Nikki put up cat, dog, and bird decals for her animal-obsessed daughter (“If she had her way, we’d have 50 pets by now”). Some wear glasses…just like Opal.