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Evolving Style: A Family’s Split-Level Home Grows Alongside Them

by Garrett Fleming

Evolving Style: A Family's Split-Level Home Grows Alongside Them, Design*Sponge

When we met Kait and Avery in the summer of 2016, we learned all about how they’d decorated their home outside Minneapolis, MN with a singular purpose: to help their family of five beat the winter blues. They had dressed its walls in colorful accessories to keep them smiling through dreary days and dedicated much of the home’s square footage to arts and crafts time, one of the ways they kept their kids occupied when it was too snowy to go outside.

Since then, the goal for the space hasn’t changed. The 1950s split-level home is still full of cheer, but the family says they’ve grown a bit and their style has, too. Kait and Avery’s room, for example, now fits nicely into the home’s overall color palette and is filled with even more personal accessories than before. And just as Avery and Kait’s tastes have changed, so have the interests of their three daughters. In 2016 the trio shared a simple, white room with shelves of toys and a tyke-sized mirror that hung just a couple feet above the floor. Nowadays, however, that white bedroom has been transformed into a pink stable for their giant pet unicorn, and you’ll find yourself gazing upon more self portraits than toys.

Overall, the changes made to the home’s interior are easy to spot, but beneath the surface not much has changed. This split-level is clearly still an ode to fun and the creative spirit. Scroll down to see how this family’s house has ebbed and flowed alongside its owners in our latest edition of Evolving Style. Enjoy! Garrett

Photography by Beth Cath

Image above: When we first met Kait and Avery in 2016, their three girls had never spent a night apart. Nowadays, conversations about getting their own rooms are happening more and more. 

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Kait, Avery and their children live outside Minneapolis, MN and have to withstand some of the country’s coldest winters. While some areas of their home have changed since we last connected with them, overall the vibe is still bright and cheery. This design formula helps keep the family smiling during the dreary, snowy months.

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Last year, Kait and Avery started moving their girls into their own rooms and let their youngest daughter paint this room pink. “They never ended up splitting up, and the walls were already painted,” Kait begins, “so it has stuck [for] now, and they all like the pink.”

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When we first peeked inside this home, the girls’ room featured a mirror hung at eye level with the trio.

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Decorations celebrating sisterhood are now displayed in the girls’ room.

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Kait and Avery encourage the girls to use their own artwork as decoration.

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Kait isn’t a huge fan of the girls’ pink walls, but the girls love the color, and that’s enough for her.

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A framed set of self portraits in the girls’ room.

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The rustic dining table that Avery made was a looker, but as the girls grew older it became less and less functional. They now have hours of homework, so Kait and Avery have swapped the table for an option with a smoother top.

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Kait revamps her dining room walls every six months (to a year) in order to keep the family home interesting.

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When it came to redesigning their bedroom, Kait and Avery aimed to make it more cohesive within the home’s overall color scheme and vibe.

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Kait chose a new streamlined bed frame so it can easily be restyled as her tastes change.

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Bare walls have been transformed by an ever-growing collection of artwork made by the couple’s daughters.

SOURCE LIST

Dining Room
Table, plant stand – IKEA
Chairs – Blu Dot
Art – Ashley Mary
Basket – Olli Ella
Pendant light – Modernica
Bench – handmade

Kait & Avery’s Room
Bed frame – Room & Board
Duvet – DIY
Dresser, rug, bedside light – IKEA
Art – Golden Rule Gallery, 1130 Forever, Pink Charcoal, Pink Linen Designs, Janelle Grayling
Rocking chair – Modernica

Girls’ Room
Beds, dresser – IKEA
Rug – Crate & Kids
Art – Pink Linen Designs, Target, Pink Charcoal
Rainbow light, unicorn head – Target
Chair – thrift store

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Comments

  • we have that amazing convertible ikea kids bed also and are beginning to think about converting to a bunk. love it seeing it used like that! where is the fun canopy thingy from?

  • Charming family, charming home. I am wondering about the sofa in the first shot of all of you. Where is that from?

    • Thank you! The sofa we got many years ago at the Room and Board outlet. I believe it is the ‘hutton’. Not sure if they have that color anymore.

  • The sister room is so sweet!!!!! What is the brand and paint colour of Kait and Avery’s room (of the pink accent wall)? Thanks for sharing!