Here's Why You Don't Ask Children What They Want in a HomeS

Adults are the ones who are supposed to make the decisions about home design. Adults. Understand?

When she was designing her family's Ormond Beach, Fla., home, Melissa Kearney says she and her husband asked the kids what they wanted. As a result, their 3,600-square-foot Cape Cod includes a couple of secret passageways, an idea inspired by the "Harry Potter" series. A planned guest bedroom was scuttled to make room for two larger bedroom suites for the kids. The closet in 12-year-old Tia's bedroom is fronted by a vintage armoire door, inspired by the one in the book "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"; 10-year-old son Ethan's "futuristic"-style bedroom has a closet with a secret passageway to a different room in the house.

Secret passageways are not futuristic. Make up your fucking mind.

[WSJ. Photo: AP]