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Gabrielle Stanley Blair, the founder of one of our favorite sites that combines a chic and approachable aesthetic with motherhood, Design Mom, has a new book "Design Mom: How to Live With Kids: A Room-By-Room Guide." Here she dishes on how to keep the hallways looking it's best all while being friendly to the little ones.

As William Morris wisely advised, "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." Ideally, items in your home are both useful and beautiful. They can serve a utilitarian purpose and can also be displayed.

Your fabulous new trench coat definitely qualifies! Simply hang your favorite togs à la Macy's holiday window display for a functional, beautiful storage solution. In rainy Normandy, our row of wellies—in heights and colors that reflected all eight family members—was one of the most charming parts of our decor.

Excerpted from Design Mom: How to Live with Kids: A Room-by-Room Guide by Gabrielle Stanley Blair (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2015. Photographs by Peggy Saas, Kristen Loken, Carpenter Photo – Stylist Sara Davis.

Available at Amazon.

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