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A Family Home Designed for Happy Childhood Memories

by Sofia Tuovinen

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For seven years, Lindsey Daigle (@wanderingdarlings), a flight attendant and owner of Linden Bee and Kindred & Kin, and her husband Sam, an aircraft mechanic, have rented a 100-year-old house, conveniently located near the Boston, MA airport where they both work. Since first moving in, their family has grown and now includes the couple’s four children, Liam, Jude, Delphine, and Clementine, as well as Knightley the Pomeranian and Casper the cat. In their home the kids have always come first but in terms of decorating, it took a while for Lindsey to fully embrace that. “I think I wanted to start out with a home that had a small designated area for the children, maybe just their rooms or a playroom,” she recalls. “It took quite a few years before I realized that [the kids] are the life and breath in this family,” she explains. “Cultivating an environment filled with toys and color for inspiration is important to me to help nourish our children’s imagination. We hope inside these walls the kids feel inspired to dream big and are raised confidently enough to grow into adults who dream just as brave as when they were children.”

Over the years, Lindsey has learned to love each and every toy, game and puzzle, as they represent happiness, joy, and memorable experiences not only for her children but for her and Sam as well. “We couldn’t be happier with having their things included amongst ours,” she shares. Decorating her family’s three-bedroom house has taught Lindsey a thing or two about her own style and personality. Most significantly, she has learned that if given a choice she will always choose color and max out each space with wallpaper wherever possible. Last but not least, it has taught Lindsey to see the beauty in her children’s possessions. “Styling them out on shelves has become a hobby and certainly something that I will miss when they’re not in these spaces any longer,” she adds. “Every little space in my home has something that makes me truly love it, it’s hard to pick my favorite wall in the house, and so no matter where I sit, I’m happy to be there.” —Sofia

Photography by Lindsey Daigle@wanderingdarlings

*Note: After months of working on this feature, this same home appeared on Apartment Therapy before our own publishing date. These things happen in the interior blogging world, but we still wanted to bring you our own unique take on this home and honor our time spent crafting its story.

Image above: The blossoming dining room is the setting of many a family memory and a space where Lindsey has fully embraced her love for wallpaper. “This wallpaper is probably my favorite […] in our house. I love that our memories of eating together have this vibrant floral pattern to accompany them,” she says. 

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I’ve come to love the inside of our home so much, the colors and patterns really brighten up our often grey city as Boston has really long winters and the sun hides for most of the season,” Lindsey says. 

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Lindsey used wallpaper to make her family’s rental home look and feel like them. “I can’t get enough and wish I could figure out a way to wallpaper more!” she cheerfully exclaims. 

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There are some spaces that Lindsey would love to update, but as they rent these are things that can’t be easily altered. “I’d love to remodel the positioning of our kitchen as there isn’t a window and it is so dark in there all day,” she explains. 

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Lindsey chose a warm navy hue for the family room and hung a gallery of family memories on the back wall. “I really wish we didn’t have a ginormous television in the family room, but cuddling during movies makes it worth it,” she notes.

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The large playroom is ideal for the the family, as the children are homeschooled. Keeping everything that is essential for learning in this space allows for a good balance. “We can school at home and still have it removed from the areas in our home where we ‘live,’ Lindsey explains.

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Children’s books and toys are displayed on the open shelves in the playroom. Over the years, Lindsey has learned to embrace her children’s dear possessions. “Though, we do shop for aesthetically pleasing toys […]!” she adds. 

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“One thing I’ve learned from renting and disliking the tone of the wood floor is [that] a rug can help you out a lot!” Lindsey says. The fireplace adds warmth and ambiance to dark winter afternoons. 

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Lindsey, Sam and their children Liam, Clementine, Jude and Delphine. Lindsey and Sam love to travel frequently with their children, and dream of one day becoming a full-time traveling family. “But, I still want the kids to have a home to crave for when they’re older,” Lindsey says. “And though we hope it’s not this exact house that we live in now, we hope that somehow the rhythms of our days together and the styling of our home will become things they desire to return back to and […] incorporate into their own lives.”

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Delphine and Clementine’s room is filled with treasures and keepsakes that spark the imagination. “I think somehow it’s also the room to the little girl that is still alive in me,” Lindsey admits. “I love how whimsical it feels in their room, it’s like coming home.”

I hope they can say they grew up in a home where there was so much love it overflowed onto the walls.

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Lindsey shares, “These walls are the palette of [the children], truly. Though they were styled by me, I know that my eye for design has been heavily affected by my love for them.”

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“I think [when] you bring all of the things you love into your home, it’s an opportunity to get your personality out into the little kingdom you’re making for the people you live with. I don’t think I could live anywhere without wallpaper, lots of color and shelves filled with books and truly feel like myself,” Lindsey says.

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There is no shortage of picture books for the children. “I think it’s important for them to have easy access to escape to other worlds,” Lindsey explains.

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Jude and Liam recently transitioned from two twin beds to a bunk bed. “They’re both adamant that they share the bottom together, limb over limb all night long. I think it’s sweet that they want to be together,” Lindsey says.

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Lindsey’s favorite shelves in the house can be found in the boys’ room, and are filled with bright globes and all the magic of kids’ books and toys. 

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Fjällräven Kånken backpacks hang under a shelf decorated with wooden birds and vintage botanical postcards.

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Delphine in the upstairs landing, in front of orangerie wallpaper by Lulu and Georgia.

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Lindsey created a cozy sleeping spot for Clementine, complete with a tassel canopy, floral sheets and bunny wallpaper.

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Lindsey and Sam’s bedroom features silhouettes of each of the children by A Family Print Shop.

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Whimsical floral patterns continue into the main bedroom. The headboard was a Craigslist find from when Lindsey and Sam first moved in.

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Floor plan of the family’s 1,700-square-foot home.

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The family’s home was built in the early 20th century. “Over the years it’s become part of our story as our children are young and have filled these spaces with their little souls.”

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SOURCE LIST

Living Room
Rug – Rugs USA
Sofa – One Kings Lane

Kitchen and Dining Room
Plates – Anthropologie
Rug – Rugs USA
Wallpaper – Anthropologie
Curtains – Urban Outfitters
Table – One Kings Lane

Main Bedroom
Quilt – Anthropologie
Mini crib – Bloom

Girls’ Room
Wallpaper – Anthropologie
Toddler bed – Crate and Kids

Wallpaper in upstairs landing – Lulu and Georgia

Boys’ Room
Bunks – RH Baby and Child

Playroom
Red bureau – Home Goods
Wooden shelving unit – RH Baby and Child
Children’s table: RH Baby and Child

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Comments

  • hah – i started reading this and thought, “i feel like i know this family.” thanks for sharing – such a different take from AT! both great, different features on a wonderful, warm home. who makes the garlands in the kids rooms?

    • so funny! i had the same thought, and realized it was from a living with kids tour on design mom–i had no idea this was on AT, too. i remembered mostly because of all the fantastic wallpaper, such great patterns and colors!

  • I love all the colors! Such a beautiful and functional home. Also, Lindsey homeschools four kids AND is a flight attendant AND runs a business?! Wow!

    • Hi Emily,

      The Navy Blue is Sherwin Williams – Salty Dog.
      The teal in our bedroom is Glidden. The can does not have the name on it.

      i’m sorry!

  • beautiful home and feels lived in and lovely :) where did you find the globes?

  • Thanks for the awesome post
    Really loved the way you have described everything
    I really miss my childhood memories and through this blog my memories are really refreshed.

  • I have a family of four and think that four bedrooms are ideal rather than five. One for the parents, one for each kid, and a guest room/office. More than likely the guest room/office will be free most of the time to accommodate either parent if they need the sleep. It is one of the best ideas to create a happy childhood memory.

  • What a beautiful and love-filled home! Can you tell me the source of the shelves on the wall in your living room? Thank you.