Kelly Flamos and Colin McEwen were ready to buy a giant, raw loft in a up-and-coming (read: gritty) neighborhood in Cleveland when they found out she was pregnant. So they did what any nervously expecting couple would do: They opted for a fantastic bungalow on a super family-friendly street in Lakewood–just a few blocks from Lake Erie. Two years later, their daughter Ruby is coming into her toddler years and every square inch of their home reflects their playful family life (mini Panton in the living room; toys as decor).There’s a lot of dark wood, which Kelly brightens up with vibrant colors and mix-and-match patterns and textiles (her mom’s an impeccable seamstress and hand-makes everything from their dining room drapes to the nursery’s adorable bedding). Kelly, who’s an editor at designtripper.com and founder of the nonprofit The Poultry Project, stays home with Ruby during the day, while Colin (also an online editor) works from home. “Since we’re both home during the day, but Colin has a full-time job and I’m doing the SAH-mom thing and work at night, it’s important that we have distinct spaces. We can co-exist there separately, and then we all come together at the end of the day in the living room,” says Kelly. “And our bedroom is almost like the loft we originally wanted. It’s 800 square feet. We have our bedroom up there, Colin’s office, his music nook, a second living room. It’s like an apartment upstairs.”
They’re expecting a second baby in November. Eventually, they’ll move both kids into the same bedroom, even though they have the space for separate rooms. “I shared a room with my sister. Colin shared a room with his brother. It’s good for the imagination. Like the opposite of a kid being alone in a room watching TV–they can be entertainment for each other.”
The nursery (below) is so sweet. Kelly picked light turquoise because “it was a good neutral and contrasted well with my favorite colors, red and orange.” Her mom made all the bedding and Kelly hung meaningful prints and photographs, including an image she took in Uganda of a mother and baby goat.
Below is their living room: “I’ve been collecting things from antique stores and thrift stores since I was eight years old,” says Kelly. Her collection of art, photography, design and vintage fiction has been growing steadily since she her first big score–a collection of Maya Angelou poetry books with rainbow covers from the ’70s.
The family room (below) is where bright colors, toddler toys and flea market finds converge. Above the super comfy sofa (that turns into a guest bed) hangs a collection of Kelly’s own photography. The butterfly tray was a thrift store score from Paris. “It came together before she was born without much effort, and it’s always changing. Some days, there’s an art project in-the-making that we just leave up and it ends up looking kind of like a messy, fun installation, and toys are always working their way into the decor. Ruby’s the decorator of this room.”
Meghan McEwan is the founder of the necessary-to-bookmark travel site, designtripper.