My Room: Bowie

San Francisco, CA

Bowie's room may be small, but that almost adds to the charm of this playful underseas space. Hope shares: We always thought we would move out of our condo before having kids, but getting pregnant soon after returning from a 13-month around-the-world trip in the midst of the housing crisis meant we had to make our space work. Though our home has 2 bedrooms, the rooms are on different floors and I didn't want to be running down the stairs if our little man needed me. The solution: convert our 4.5' x 7.5' walk-in closet into his nursery. Nobody puts baby in the closet! Except us.

Our biggest challenge (besides the size constraints) was the lack of natural light and ventilation in the closet. We solved this by having our contractor friend install a manually venting skylight with remote control blackout curtain. We considered a Solatube but balked at the $900 price tag when the ventilation kit was included.

I grew up as a swimmer and my husband is into surfing (kite, wind, and good old regular board surfing) so we thought it appropriate to go with an underwater theme for Bowie's room. I wanted the nursery to be a calm, serene (but fun) space for him. We ended up with a relaxing space that our little guy loves! And just in time—we put the finishing touches on the nursery the day before I went into labor!

Resources:
Paint color: Kelly Moore Ashbury
Wall Decal: Pirate Infested Waters by Blik (gift)
Mobile: "Shoal of Fish" Mobile by Flensted (gift)
Crib: Stokke Sleepi in Natural ($350 used)
Dresser/Changing Table: Ikea Mandal 4-drawer dresser ($179)
Shelves: Ikea Lack ($50)
Boxes: Ikea Prant ($7)
Changing pad and crib sheet: Dwell Studio for Target, Hippo (I altered the crib sheet to fit the Stokke's oval mattress)

Art:
All frames Ikea Ribba in white
Right wall: ABSea poster
Left wall: (clockwise from top left): Deep Sea Cupcake , Alfred Finds His Soul Mate, Sea Otter, Jellybot, Baconfish

Thanks Hope!

(Images: Hope Meng, graphic designer and Felix Chu, photographer)

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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.