LDV Exclusive: A Stylish, Family-Friendly Home

Most of my design clients have young children and pets, so one of my missions is to create beautiful environments that are also easy to live with and enjoy. I think a lot of people are often surprised to see that homes with a certain amount of style can also be child-friendly, but it really is possible. This is precisely why I was so thrilled when New York-based designers and sisters, Anna and Caroline Burke shared this exclusive home tour with me. This stunning home, with its moss green, velvet upholstered walls, chic lighting, and beautiful furnishings was designed with a very specific in mind– it had to be functional and family friendly for their clients who have three young children. 

While the apartment has it share of luxurious details– the sumptuous wall coverings immediately come to mind as do the Christopher Spitzmiller lamps and Julie Neill plaster chandeliers– the mix in this home truly works for all of the members of the family. Anna and Caroline used a ton of virtually indestructible Perennials fabrics (we swear by them in our office, too!) and had the Quadrille fabric on the banquette in the breakfast room laminated in vinyl– genius! What could be easier to live with than something you literally just wipe down?

Since fewer and fewer people use formal dining rooms anymore, these particular clients asked Anna and Caroline to convert their formal dining room into a more functional play room. They also wanted their children to have an area on the first floor, so they decided to have an open, combined family room/dining room rather than the more traditional, separate spaces. The mirror image banquettes are not only chic, but they accommodate more people than a regular table might and add an unexpected touch to the space. This home is a testament to the fact that in the end, your home should not only reflect your style, but be conducive to the way you like to live. Beautiful interiors can and should also be highly functional and comfortable!

{The Lovely Burke Sisters}

{Dual Banquettes in the Dining Area}

{This cerused oak room was originally the dining room, but now functions as a playroom.}

{The Breakfast Room with Vinyl-Coated Quadrille Fabric on the Custom Banquette}

{A Beautiful, Hand-Painted Scenic Wallpaper}

{Grasscloth Wallpaper with Rivet Trim Creates a Graphic Moment}

{Chic Details}

{The Stunning Library Lacquered in a Custom Berry Color based on Anna’s Favorite Robert Time Fabric}

{A Sweet Little Girl’s Room}

{Pretty and Tailored}

{How fabulous is this little alcove bed?]

{A Beautiful Dressing Room with Chinoiserie Wallpaper}

{Pretty Blue Cabinets in a Secondary Bathroom}

{Photography by Lesley Unruh}

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  1. Greetings! I follow you on instagram, which I enjoy immensely! I love this blue cabinetry in this bathroom you are featuring. Is there any way to find out the color of the blue?
    Thank you!
    Kelley Harrington

  2. What a fantastic post! We also have the privilege of working with clients who may not always start off with kiddos and pets, but certainly end up with a houseful. These talented designers, like yourself, show that it is not only possible, but probable to raise children in homes with good design. Plan the work and work the plan. I also applaud these parents who are teaching their children that our homes are so very important to us and how much they offer everyday. A happy home makes a difference to everyone. Bravo to everyone in this post!-Laurel

  3. So beautiful. I am not such a classic style person, but this house is truely georgeus.Congrats to the sisters and to you for sharing other peoples work. Thants why I admire you so much as a designer and the person that i read every day.