Kai's Closet-Challenged Charmer

My Room

Name: Kai
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

We live in a Victorian row house in the city. A 110 square feet rectangular space is our 14-month-old son Kai's room. It gets beautiful southern light during the day which we love. As with most old homes, the room lacks a closet so the first challenge was to figure out storage for clothes, linens and toys.

Our second challenge was to squeeze in a small daybed. The daybed was our 'must-have' piece in the nursery. It allowed one of us to sleep right next to Kai when he was younger and now serves as a cozy spot for nursing and reading. The space under the daybed has proved useful for storing seasonal clothes and linens. Finally, we wanted to have enough empty space in the centre of the room, so that Kai could play and wander about.

We started by painting the peachy walls and ceiling (remnants of the previous owner) with a very light grey (Snowfield by CIL). Our next step was to find some hits of colour along with a touchy of vintage whimsy. The transportation themed prints fit the bill perfectly. I also fell in love with the Japanese Echino helicopter fabric designed by Etsuko Furuya and got pillows made by a talented artist on Etsy. While scouring Etsy, I came across the scrabble pillow and the vintage rug. The teak dresser was brought in from our guest room and then recently we added the Ikea Stuva cabinet. Not sure how we feel about the Stuva - it looks a bit like a refrigerator in the middle of the bedroom - but it is very functional!

Source List:
Daybed and mattress: Urban Outfitters
Echino Pillows: Makura on Etsy
Scrabble Pillow: Shopdirtsa on Etsy
Vintage rug: Muchachabonita on Etsy
Bookshelves, white cupboard: Ikea
Transportation prints: Stacaro, Toronto
Bedspread: FabIndia in Bangalore, India
Crib and mattress: Walmart

Thanks Shruti!

(Images: reader Shruti)

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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.