A traditional look, this sideboard from Ballard Design would be perfect.
Now that the furniture is picked, next comes the accessories that make it your “family center”.
Binders: By having a binder for each person in the family, you can store all the necessary and important papers for each person separately.
Shoe boxes: These can easily slide into one of the sides of the sideboard, and can be hidden when the door is shut. You can have one for each person. Also, for maybe library books that need to be returned or school/work papers they need to take.
Framed and covered bulletin board: To make a drab bulletin board not such an eye sore, you can cover it in pretty fabric, frame and hang it above the sideboard. You can place a calendar and schedules, or you can even grid the whole board and make each section for each person in the family.
These bulletins boards are pretty by themselves, but adding a fun fabric brings more life.
Hanging Organizers: These are great to hang inside the door of the sideboard or on the side. They have a million and one purposes. Pens, mail, keys, stamps, odds and ends, and so on.
This is just a jumping off point of some pretty things that will work in your “family center”. Here is an idea board below of how to execute it.