There's no need to compromise design just because a room is meant for kids. "We wanted a study that would look good but would wear well too," says interior designer Brooke Giannetti, who put this multipurpose space together at her own house. Since it serves, in part, as the homework area, she turned to flea markets and salvage shops to find no-nonsense yet stylish furniture, lighting, and accessories. The result is a space both handsome and hardworking that mixes zinc finishes and steely iron with warm wood and woven textures. Gray-painted walls, trim, and built-ins give it a tranquil air.
For ideas on assembling a similar space at your place, read on. And go here for step-by-step instructions on how to build a zinc tabletop