No extra space? No problem. Karen Alpert, blogger at Baby Sideburns, has teamed up with us to show you how to design a multi-purpose living room that’s both functional and stylish. If a children’s playroom integrated with your main living space sounds like a recipe for chaos, you’ll be happily surprised by Karen’s tips and results.


Colorful and chic, Karen has integrated vibrant hues that totally match her family’s bold, free-spirited personality. The sofa offers spacious comfort with cozy chenille texture (perfect for all-night movie marathons with the fam), and the neutral hue is so on-trend. Think light colored furniture and children don’t mix? Thankfully, the Enola Sectionalis easy to clean, and by following a few simple cushion care tips, you can expect the color to stay just as bright and fresh years down the road. A life with kids can still always be a stylish one.


Speaking of spacious comfort and family movie-nights, this lift-top coffee table makes gathering around with snacks easier than ever. Popcorn and lemonade, anyone?


Even more clever is how Karen set up the space to work for practical, everyday living. With this layout, she can sit right on the sofa and get work done on the convenient lift-top table, all with a clear view of the kids. Mama’s gotta keep an eagle eye on those rambunctious ones.


To keep a natural flow, she continues the theme of bright, colorful hues that any kid is sure to love. Mature pieces like the teal Linon Trellis Chair and the Starmore bookcaseprovide balance for the fun, younger pieces like the bold poufs (can you ever really have enough?) and the sunflower yellow accent table. Just make sure to properly mount large furniture in areas children have access to. Accidents can easily be prevented by following our quick tips, or by requesting a FREE furniture restraint through our online portal.


And of course, more often times than not, there will be toys scattered everywhere and things might get a little unruly. So how do you keep it looking as put-together as day one? Thanks to all of the super cute storage bins and baskets, you won’t have any trouble tidying up on that last-minute scramble before guests come over. We have many more kids storage and furniture ideas for boys and girls on our curated kids store.

And there you have it! A space perfect for family game-night, weekend cuddles, play dates and lots of laughs. If you want to learn more about how Karen designed this family-friendly multi-purpose space, head over to her blog at Baby Sideburns. And for more inspirational design collaborations and the inside behind-the-scene takes, make sure to follow us on Instagram—we can’t wait to share what we have next in store. Check out Karen’s favorites on the Ashley HomeStore site.