I see this in so many cafes and restaurants. Hanging wall baskets for non-fridge foods (veggies, fruits, bread). Save a lot of countertop space and a good visible reminder what fresh foods needs to be eaten before going bad!
It is possible to have a chic living room, and still keep your children's toys close at hand. Stash toys in storage bins and baskets that compliment your décor, and add pattern and texture. It'll making cleaning up, well, child's play.