5 Organized Family Homes That Make Tidying Up Look Effortless
With piles of toys, stacks of homework and a seemingly endless collection of shoes at the front door, it can feel as if keeping an organized home is the ultimate feat. But if we’ve learned anything from Marie Kondo, everything has its place. These organized family homes have mastered the art of smart storage, while still keeping a relaxed, lived-in vibe. Get inspired to tackle your tidying head on!
Homeowners Arounna Khounnoraj and John Booth, along with their children Lliam and Piper, have mastered the art of work-life balance. As founders of Toronto boutique Bookhou, their serene living space is located right above the eclectic shop, so they never have to stray too far from home.
The couple completely overhauled the 1,337-square-foot apartment, adding in large windows and folding doors to this spare dining room. “Natural light is everything — visually, it makes you feel like you’re in a bigger space and mentally, it just makes you feel good,” says Arounna.
The industrial kitchen exudes warmth with blonde wood cabinetry made from locally sourced maple. The combination of open and closed shelving offers ample storage, which lets you decide which ceramics get their moment in the spotlight.
The outdoor eating area just off the kitchen is a quiet escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. A collection of overflowing greenery gives the patio a lush vibe.
Decorator and homeowner Brittaney Elgner’s sprawling space — which she shares with her husband, Neil, and their children, Olive and Emmett — finds the perfect balance between refined and kid-friendly. “Our main focus was to make the house fun for the kids and for them to use every inch of it — and they do,” she says.
To keep the all-white kitchen from fading into the background, Brittaney mixed gold, polished nickel and black materials. “I took more risks and really spent time layering each room,” she says.
You can’t help but smile when you look at this cheerful and whimsical playroom. Rainbow hot air balloons seem to be floating mid-air, while sunny yellow chairs ground the space.
This grand principal bathroom has style in spades thanks to the buttery brass light fixture, warm white marble floors and intricate mosaic tile.
Vintage animal-themed wallpaper, antique brass fixtures and recessed shelving give Emmett’s nursery an inviting feel, while still offering ample storage.
Designer and homeowner Judith Gougeon lives with her partner Michael and two children, Victor and Rachel (not shown). Their 1,850-square-foot home in Montreal is filled with tons of Judith’s treasures, yet somehow the space still feels organized and clutter-free. “It took time, but I’ve collected my personal universe,” she says. “The house is luminous and joyful — it represents me.”
Judith’s two-year-old daughter, Rachel, plays with her toys on a black and white windowpane-patterned rug. Black interior doors add to the graphic look.
From the wicker light fixture to the butcher-block countertops and tasseled rug, bohemian vibes abound in Judith’s compact kitchen. A bold subway-tile backsplash with dark grout adds even more interest.
In Victor’s bedroom, an array of colorful woven rugs injects personality into the otherwise simple and serene space. A single shelf above the bed eliminates the need for night tables and keeps surface clutter to a minimum.
Repurposed and upcycled pieces are a creative way to keep the cost down, while still giving your space plenty of character. “I’ve had the mirror for two decades and the table was a family heirloom that I’d been eyeing for years,” Judith says of the bathroom’s vanity. A vintage basket underneath conveniently holds towels.
Homeowner Haley Atkins hangs out with her two-year-old son, Jax, in his treehouse-like nursery. The breezy vibe is carried throughout the California-cool home, where she lives with her husband, Lucas, and their two other children, Chase and Harper.
Hardware-free cabinet fronts keep the kitchen looking sleek and streamlined. Plus, the matte black herringbone backsplash wows. “It keeps the look clean but adds texture,” says designer Montana Burnett.
A pair of wood-framed Arata chairs by Vito Selma, a textured sisal rug and an all-white sofa in the living room create a peaceful and pared-back space.
“I’m just a beach kind of girl,” says Hailey. “Nature, warmth, ocean, sunshine — I love all that. Very relaxed, chill, healthy vibes.” This coastal feel is reflected in son Chase’s bedroom with a surfboard triptych that hangs above the bed.
The principal bathroom transports you to a seaside retreat with the lightly worn wood cabinets and woven pendants made out of sustainable maple wood. A large vanity with nine drawers ensures plenty of room for storage.
For designer Colette Soros (pictured with daughter Willow), it’s all about the outdoors. “We love our home — we have a view of downtown Vancouver and the North Shore mountains,” she says. The newly renovated space masters the minimalist aesthetic with all-white cabinetry and countertops in the kitchen.
Sprawling views of Vancouver can be found in this serene sanctuary outfitted with a gas fireplace. “The living room is our cozy space,” says Colette.
The inviting family room is the perfect gathering place for movie marathons thanks to the L-shaped sofa, rich copper-colored pillows and walnut art frames hanging on the wall. Even Colette’s son Jasper approves!
Collette made the most of Willow’s small bedroom space with an accent wall painted in Benjamin Moore’s Cinder (AF-705) to compliment the eclectic gallery wall.
The white, caramel and grey patterned tile was the starting point for this bathroom transformation. The floating vanity — stained a rich, warm tone — compliments it perfectly, while the glass shower keeps sight lines clear.