Use a Ledge as a Mini Mantel
Up top: There’s room for more than frames if you use bulldog clips to add cards and kids’ art. Switch up the display seasonally, hanging a festive garland in winter.
Maximize a Kitchen Corner
An awkward nook can be a blessing in disguise. Adding slim Ekby Jarpen shelves ($17 each, ikea.com) to this one turned it into Aaron’s sacred space. “Baking is his digital detox. He uses this spot as a hideaway for his supplies,” says Anne. On the other wall, an Ikea combo—Ekby Osten shelves, plus Sektion kitchen cabinets and Ringhult doors—acts as a mealtime station, with dishes up top and bottle parts and other baby gear below.
Max Out a Laundry Closet
Wall-to-wall cabinetry helps the family utilize every inch of space. What looks like a graphic grid—set off by cheeky Sissy + Marley wallpaper—is actually a modular system of four Sektion cabinet frames, each with shelving inside and multiple Veddinge doors, all from Ikea. “We needed cabinets, not open shelves, because this is where we hide the stuff we don’t want people to see: extra diapers, shampoo, toolboxes,” says Anne. “It’s the equivalent of a suburban garage.”