Kaleidoscope Dream
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Carrie McBride
May 17, 2011

Names: Maggie & Ruby (2)
Location: Bronxville, NY
Division: Shared Room
Room Size: 50 square feet

Tip for Living Small with Kids: Our twin girls were a surprise for my husband and I and for our 800 square foot apartment! So the plan was to sell our place in a year, once the girls were too big to sleep in our bedroom. But then I lost my job and the housing market tanked. We had rethink everything and in the process, we lived the value lesson of "work with what you have". We decided to convert our tiny walk-thru dining room into their new room.

Biggest Design Challenge in this Room: Our biggest challenge was making the space do all we needed it too, with just 50 square feet and no budget. After walling up the kitchen door on one side, the ex-dining room made a cute, petite bedroom with one window and french doors into the living room. Our two Oeuf sparrow cribs and one Ikea dresser miraculously fit along one wall with not an inch to spare on either side. The changing table slides under the crib when its bedtime. And the former china cabinet built-ins now hold all of their clothes, one side for each girl. I love how it came out.

Favorite Thing About This Room: I think the "less is more" feeling is relaxing for our girls and keeps the small space from feeling claustrophobic. The room is decorated with just a few items that were meaningful. The blue robin's egg nightlight was a pregnancy gift from my husband. The railroad crossing statues stand tall on the shelf in remembrance of their grandfather they never got a chance to meet. And my favorite thing is their eccentric great-grandma's "larger than life" painting which absolutely brings the room to life. I feel like we could spend several more years here now and have a happy home for our girls.

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