Photo Gallery: Organized Family Homes
How to create chic, clutter-free spaces for the whole clan.
“A mudroom should be a pretty space,” says designer Brian Gluckstein. “If it’s designed well, it shouldn’t look messy.” This mudroom is accessed from the side of the house, and a glass door lets in plenty of natural light. The floors are hardy limestone. Gluckstein incorporated a bench within a wall of built-in storage that includes two closets for kids’ coats and sports equipment.
“Small investments can yield a lot,” says blogger Kim Vallée. “This family invested $85 in supplies and 10 hours of work to transform their builder-basic entrance. Now they have a beautiful, neat entryway that meets the needs of a family with young children. Hooks at a kid-friendly height and benches to keep boots and sneakers out of the way make the space livable and practical.”
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In this mudroom, a kelly green painted bench stores shoes and outerwear. Wire baskets, wall hooks and a dry erase board kicks organization up a notch.
Drawers below hold office supplies, while overhead storage conceals a printer and serving pieces. The ottoman tucks out of the way when not in use.
“Young children love to hang out in the kitchen,” says blogger Kim Vallée. Here a Copenhagen designer couple have hung a chalkboard above a small play area where important family schedules and notes can be written in a central location. Its low wall placement allows everyone to contribute!
Chef Trish Magwood’s children, Olivia and Findlay, spend hours at the antique drafting table that acts as the family’s dining table. The long banquette features spacious storage drawers below for table linens and art supplies. “We can really pack kids in here,” says Trish with a laugh, as her home is often the gathering place for her own extended family, a well as husband Bryce’s.
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In this contemporary home by architect David Zacharko, the open shelving behind the living room’s big sectional was designed with beauty and brains: it houses loads of books, puzzles and games, plus cubbies to show off select vases. Lightweight bamboo shelves add a natural touch and keep the white from looking sterile, while bright pillows add colour.
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If you don’t have an entire room to devote to playtime, designate a small area of your living room as a play corner with fun mismatched containers to sort books, toys and stuffed animals. Stroll flea markets or garage sales for vintage pails and buckets that will add character to a kid’s play room.
The two architects behind Toronto firm Studio Junction designed their home with functionality and the environment in mind. This modern bedroom and playroom for their two preschool-aged children keeps stowed items behind seamless Douglas fir panels. Shelves above the bed display storybooks, and high-up storage cupboards offer a perfect spot for out-of-season clothing. A bold rug adds a fun pop of colour to the sleek space.
Consider a timeless palette and custom storage in a child’s or teen’s bedroom so that the room can grow with them. Toy storage can become textbook storage. Include space for stationery, books and a large desktop surface, plus areas for displaying framed photos and tacking up drawings and schedules.
When renovating their Burnaby, B.C. home, these homeowners didn’t want the ironing board cluttering one of the busiest rooms in the house. Instead, they hid a compact fold-away ironing board in a custom drawer for a more streamlined look.
Designer Kelly Deck transformed a spare bedroom into a sunny craft room for this VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation lottery house. Work surfaces are kept free of clutter with a generous bank of stylish storage bins and a practical rod-and-cup system on the wall keeps art supplies out of the way but within easy reach.
Pin reminders, schedules or inspirational words onto a corkboard that can serve as a family information hub. An alternative to digital reminders, a corkboard is a tactile approach that adds visual appeal.
This bright office chair is actually part of a dining set of four, so the homeowners can snatch it back when entertaining. The desk was constructed out of two Pottery Barn filing cabinets and an inexpensive Ikea counter. Open shelving above keeps books and magazine accessible, and simple white boxes conceal clutter.
In this home, every spare nook is used for extra storage. With children running around, baskets are ideal for hiding toys and knickknacks. In a small corner, a stack of books and magazines doubles as a side table to a painted chair.
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