When you live in a small, cool place you suddenly develop this superhero power-like ability to see the potential of every possible space. Whether it be under the stairs, in an awkward corner nook -- even a closet becomes more than a closet -- you spy a potential play area, a bedroom or toy storage. These posts from our archives show that while necessity may indeed be the mother of invention, it's also the producer of some very fun results. Nursery Tour: Max's Magical Room featured a small closet, which was turned into a charming reading room. Cozy and inviting, who wouldn't want to spend time curled up with a good book?Adam and Alison's London Terrace Masterpiece showed us a closet that was built into a bedroom, with ingenious storage touches such as an over-the-door shoe rack used as Barbie repository. From our Smallest Coolest Nursery contest of 2007, Avery's Lofty Playroom used child-sized furniture and colorful toys to create a lively play space in a corner in the living room of her parents' 850 square foot condo, "...Once the crawling began, we wanted to create a safe and fun area for her in the family living space. A place that she could call hers. " An under utilized corner in a room was transformed into an art nook, which is perfectly child-sized and ready to inspire creativity at a moment's notice. Owen's 36 square foot nursery, which was also an entry for our 2007 Smallest Coolest Nursery contest, was once a walk-in closet, but who could begrudge closet-as-room when it's as warm and Owen's? Christian and Nell, his parents, told us, "We converted a 6 ' x 6' walk-in closet into Owen's nursery, so our inspiration was the size limitation. It was actually liberating, only considering pieces that would work in such a small space since there were fewer viable choices. "
And finally, the New York Times article Move Up? Move Out? Families Squeeze In also showed us that we're not alone. Making the most out of what you have is paramount in these times.