Maren's Place, ala Popsicle Palette

Smaller Cooler 2011 Entry #15

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Name: Maren (1) and guests and sometimes mom
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Division: Shared Room
Room Size: 84 square feet

Tip for Living Small with Kids: Don't try to keep things pristine. It will drive you crazy. It is much more challenging to keep small spaces looking 'put away', so learn to love the look of blocks scattered about the room. I know I cleaned up nice for taking photos of our space, but the reality of a lived in little home with kiddos is pretty nice - no need to fight it all the time.

Biggest Design Challenge in this Room: The space is long and narrow and had a door at one end into the common stair. We are not quite sure why it is there, we don't use it to get in and out of the apartment - a mystery. One long wall we lined with 15 wall-mount storage bins, so it was challenging to fit the 3 major items (changing table, crib and twin bed) along the available long wall. I finally decided to put Maren's crib at the end of the space and hang a fabric panel over the door. I had decided not to make any crib bedding, so the fabric found a new purpose.

Favorite Thing About This Room: The floor. I have always had a thing for white painted floors, probably from my Swedish roots. Maren's room is the only bedroom in our place, so we thought why not go for it, just in there? Maren's dad sanded and sanded and painted and I think it really set up the light and airy character I love about this room.

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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.