My Room: Calvin

Chicago, IL

Calvin's charming room may be small, but he has everything he needs. Karen shares: Calvin's room is TINY. It's about 8'x9' (on a good day), but I'm very thankful that we're working with tall ceilings - I'm always looking for ways to play the height and trick the eye into thinking the walls are long.

His room is on its third paint color combo (and Calvin is 2 1/2), but I think this one will stick for awhile. We are constantly adding new things and taking away the old as he grows up and his interests change. His current obsession is reading, so I've been concentrating on creating the reading area.

I'm admittedly pretty cheap, and because we're changing up his room I refuse to spend a lot on anything! We recently added the vinyl wall decals (from Etsy, $24), and the small book racks under the window are the Ikea spice racks ($3.99 each). I love using books as decor, and to help encourage his imagination, I handmade a costume for Calvin from one of my favorite children's books: Max from Where the Wild Things Are.

The crib is about to be converted into a daybed, so the next project will involve some bedding updates. Looking forward to it!

Thanks Karen!

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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.