Coralie's Cozy DIY'd Nook

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Name: Coralie June
Location: Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Finding the perfect yet affordable apartment on our little island in the Caribbean sea can be a never ending task. So when a close friend of mine in real estate showed us a beautiful, spacious one bedroom, that was under budget, I knew we could somehow figure out how to make it work for our soon to be family of three.

With an oversized laundry room I was able to create a nursery annex for a changing table and clothing storage. We then converted what used to be a hallway connecting to the next apartment into a little child-friendly nook, that has continually grown along with our daughter Coralie June.

I'm a primary Montessori trained guide, so from her birth I respected the Montessori principles of keeping her environment simple and accessible. Along with her floor-bed, the room originally had a rotation of mobiles, a mirror, and a couple of baskets of books and small toys. I was overwhelmed with the notion of painting, since her ceiling is at least fifteen feet high. I'm now very pleased to have kept the walls white, which seems to work best for such a small space.

For the last year I have added items here and there, never really going with a theme or color plan, which explains the multicolored result. Since Coralie was born a year and a half ago, we have traveled both back to her birth home Portland, OR, and father's family home in Northern France. Many souvenirs have now been incorporated into her room such as her 'Paris' figurines and the colorful lanterns that hang above her bed.

I am also very proud of the many DIYed items now that have kept me busy on this fairly quiet island. I sewed the pillows, the bunting, the large curtain above the door, and the measuring chart on the door (some Ikea fabric, as well as other bits from my stash). The lamp beside her bed was mod-podged using fabric scraps from my ever growing pile. The shelf unit was embellished using wrapping paper. My favorite little project is the tiny framed prints by Japanese artist Junzo Terada that I cut from the cover of a book of sticky notes.

We're thinking we still have some time left in this apartment, and I am hoping to build a loft bed for more space and storage. But for now, I am very please with Coralie's cozy room.

Thanks Julie! Readers, say hi to Julie on her blog Rice Papaya.

(Images: Rice Papaya)

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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.