Color ideas from a playful house

Great decorating ideas: See how a bungalow full of boys manages to be a sanctuary for grown-ups, too

Play house kitchen
John Granen

Designated clutter zone

Pegs, buckets, and colored bins (from $11; www.tubtrugs.us) keep the family sane; the shelves are salvaged bleachers. Having this space just off the kitchen helps prevent stuff from piling up on the dining table.

“Every three weeks, it looks like a bomb went off in here, but once everybody’s on board with the bin and tray system, it works great,” Schneider says.

Kid storage tip: In the battle between closet and floor, floor usually wins. Go for hooks―they’re just too easy not to use.


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