Adelaide Bee's Patchwork Nursery

Smaller Cooler 2011 Entry #35

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Name: Adelaide Bee (9 months)
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Division: Single Room
Room Size: 65 square feet

Tip for Living Small with Kids: Buy less. Purge often. Embrace the chaos. We created small play areas in several rooms of the apartment, and after Adelaide's put to bed, we wander around, cleaning up the mess! I can only imagine how much worse it will be once walking and crawling start! In the meantime, we are constantly working on eliminating anything that we no longer need, in an effort to keep the clean up to a minimum.

Biggest Design Challenge in this Room: Designing on a budget. We hardly purchased anything new for Adelaide's room, but moved items in from other spaces to create a nursery that felt fresh and new. We received the crib as a gift, and the rocker and 'changing table' are hand-me-downs from friends. This room used to be our studio/office, and I think our biggest challenge has been giving that up that space and making room for work in the rest of the apartment.

Favorite Thing About This Room: I love the colors... We wanted a girls room, without being "girly". We chose a blue-green wall color, and accented with bright yellows and pinks. I also really love the retro pieces, and the fact that so many of the items in her room are handmade. Several blankets were made by great-grandmothers, my husband and I made the mobile (based on a pattern from Spool Sewing), and I made the bunting, the quilt on the rocking chair, the curtains and trim on the shade, and the fabric covered Lack shelves from Ikea. As a textile designer, and avid sewer, knitter and maker, the style of her room came together easily, using fabric and yarn that I had on hand.

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.