There's a Home & Garden piece in the Times titled "An East Village Apartment, Sleek and Childproof."
The piece begins...
AFTER hiring and firing two architects in three years, David and Blanche Uyttendaele had a home with a split personality.
The back of their 1,800-square foot co-op in the East Village was traditional — like a prewar apartment on the Upper West Side — with a long, narrow hallway that led to the three bedrooms and master bathroom. The front felt more like a loft, with one open living and dining space.
They needed to unify the space somehow, but that wasn’t their only challenge.
The Uyttendaeles (pronounced YOU-ten-dales), both 40, have two rambunctious boys ... who treat the apartment like a playground, racing around barefoot after school and leapfrogging from the coffee table to the sofa like small superheroes. So the space needed to be childproof as well.
Actually, I stopped reading at this point. Let me know how it ends.
[Photo: Elizabeth Felicella for The New York Times]