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Sophisticated and Smart Living... With Kids

For Amy Carnahan, interior designer and mother to three children under 8, the idea that family-friendly spaces can peacefully coexist with sophisticated design is nowhere more evident than in her own light-infused Portland ranch.

Carnahan's home is not only functional – a key element in a family-friendly space – it’s infused with a sense of playfulness and personality, surfaces that stand up to daily life and loads of light. “I have to have a lot of light,” says Carnahan. “In Oregon there are a lot of dark spots. White walls make everything brighter. It really can transform your house.”

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Designer Spotlight: Amy Carnahan

Portland native and self-described "multi-tasking wizard" with a borderline unhealthy obsession with wallpaper, interior designer Amy Carnahan is a stellar companion to have in your style corner. Influenced by the mod side of Pacific Northwest living with a healthy dose of Arizona-inspired desert chic, Carnahan creates sophisticated spaces for busy lives. A fan of finding calm amongst the chaos, she often turns to Schoolhouse Electric for statement heirloom-quality furniture and minimalist home accessories. See her top Schoolhouse picks below along with tips for creating unexpected pops of cool throughout a home and easy design tricks of the trade.

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