Kid-size tunnel

Edmund Barr

The 1910 farmhouse in the coastal town of Moss Beach, California, has neat white trim and early 20th-century gingerbread details. It's filled with cherished old furniture downstairs, kid-focused decor upstairs, and generous amounts of vivid color. Although the master bedroom is also upstairs, it’s clear that most of the space is devoted to play.

A brightly colored playroom can be reached through tunnels leading from each child’s bedroom. Graffiti is encouraged: All wall surfaces above the bright green and purple wainscoting are covered in blackboard paint.

Design: Ellis A. Schoichet, EASA Architecture, San Mateo, CA ( or 650/343-3452); Bess Wiersema and Megan Matthews, Studio 3 Design, San Jose, CA ( or 408/292-3252)

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