Name: Miles (3 months)
Location: Los Angeles
Division: Single Room
Room Size: 72 square feet
Tip for Living Small with Kids: Organize in advance: Sort things by age and use. Clothes for different months go on different colored hangers. Toys are grouped by age and type (soft, hard, books, etc) in black stacking boxes. When something is outgrown or unused I have a donations box and I pass it to other moms in my circle of friends...monthly. I merchandise like items and keep many colorful burpies and soft blankies in buckets within reach. I re-purposed a store fixture to hold a "My Breast Friend Pillow" so that it's up off the floor and not taking up valuable space. Also velcro all your art to the walls as well as use earthquake hooks with heavy duty velcro and only use lightweight plexi in the frames.
Biggest Design Challenge in this Room: The small space. I wanted a comfy upholstered rocking chair but because of the small room could not find anything that did not swallow up the floor space. Instead I found this modern hard shell rocker that's small, lightweight, actually comfy and wipes clean with a handy wipe. (I didn't think about the spit up factor before...) Best $100 bucks!
Favorite Thing About This Room: I love the color scheme. It was inspired by a vintage scarf from my mother. Each wall in the room is a different color and is pulled from that scarf, which I had mounted and framed, above the baby's crib. I love the cowboy silhouette and actually planned to use it for the baby's room, months before, even before I found out it would be a boy...I re-purposed vintage items from my old apartment and only the crib and rocker were new. I love that these are all pieces he can use later and that its not "too kiddie" in here, its kinda "Mad Men" meets safari.
Thanks for your entry Nadia and good luck!