White living room furniture in a house with kids? It's smart when fabrics (a leather couch) and surfaces (the plastic rocker, the lacquer table) are durable and easy to wipe clean. A fiddleleaf fig tree is a natural air freshener.
Rug, $503, . Floor lamp, $299, .
Showcase paper and fabric — like these bright wallpaper samples — in matching frames (the thrifty white ones here are from IKEA) arranged in a unifying grid.
Frames, $7, .
Use open-storage cabinets (it's a cinch to remove doors). Pick colors that complement the rest of the kitchen — the pale teals and yellows here echo the backsplash and Josef Frank wallpaper on the stairwell wall. Cookbooks are close at hand in the island thanks to clever shelving.
This kitchen-based art-and-play station keeps little hands occupied during meal prep. Essential for supplies (as well as bills and letters): an ultra-organized wall unit.
Wall storage unit, $443, . Marble server, $30, .
Make a varied (anything goes!) collection accessible for adults and kids alike. Group multiple sizes of portraits and landscapes in eclectic frames above and below eye level.
Cozy gingham bedspreads (for dollies, too) are fun with sophisticated Marimekko curtains. Just keep the colors in the same hues, like the happy, kid-friendly reds in this girl's bedroom.
Floor lamp, $149,
Curtain fabric, $53 per yard, .
Store toys, collectibles and crafts on open display shelving like this unit. Your child will have easy access to favorites, and it doubles as wall art.
Sweet vintage dresses line the bottom of Maja's closet, making it easy for her to pick out her own outfits. Bright red bins on the top shelf store out-of-season clothes and keep clutter out of sight.
Kids need nightstands, too! Choose one with a drawer for stashing small items as well as storage for favorite reads.
Neutral walls, carpeting, and bedding are the perfect backdrop for the main bedroom's pièce de résistance: a big, bold seascape.
Striped pillows, $68, .
Installing lights on a reflective surface (like a big bathroom mirror) bounces light all over, making the room seem bigger and you seem brighter.
Chemistry vases, $5 to $6 each, .