Designer Gillian Lazanik of Affecting Spaces shares her own home makeover that’s not only functional for her family of four, but reflects their personality. See how she created a bright and open space with Scandinavian design influences, playful touches of color and a clean and minimal aesthetic.

To create a child-proof space that’s safe for her growing kids, Gillian opted for round tables to avoid sharp edges, durable plastic dining chairs and laminate floors so they wouldn’t get scratched by her dog’s nails. Inspired by Scandinavian design, she kept the palette neutral with pops of black, but brought in color with accessories and art. The family shares one bathroom, so functionality was key. A double sink, sliding doors and a cedar wall keep things spacious and serene.