My Room: Colin

Boston, MA

We might have to start a new feature on Ohdeedoh called My Closet as we're seeing more and more parents transform a small, utilitarian space into warm nooks for their babies. A reader tells us about her son's comfy closet: Nobody puts baby in the corner, but we sure did put him in the closet! Yes, its true. My name is Kate and my child sleeps in a closet.Let me explain a bit here. We moved from our 2 bedroom condo to a smaller apartment in Boston. We didn’t realize we were losing essential space- our sunroom played an intergral part in our old home as a home office. So we had two bedrooms (one of which belonged to Colin) and a home office. We still need a room to function as an office. But we have a baby. What to do?

In our new home, we have two large closets. The closet in the second bedroom, or Nurfice (nursery/office), as we call it, has much needed storage space, which left us to decide if the master bedroom closet was worth a shot. With a little creative thinking and a quick call to our management office, we took down the shelving and removed the door of the master bedroom closet and created a nice cozy nook for Colin.

Everything he knows and loves is still intact (save for his giraffe which is in the Nurfice). His Sharon Montrose animal portraits still hang above him while he sleeps. His way too expensive mobile still amuses him when he wakes. We can feed and sit with him in his chair. And you know the best part? It’s about three steps over from where I sleep when he requires his middle of the night pacifier fix (especially now since he is teething!), rather than the little trek I used to take nightly at our old place.

We played around with the idea of painting it or using decorative wall decals but in the end, I like the simplicity of it- I think it keeps the space light and open. Keeping with the light and neutral decor also means that we can easily convert this back into the closet it was intended to be when we move out.

Thanks Kate! Readers, you can find Kate at Didn't I Tell You That.

(Images: Kate/Didn't I Tell You That)

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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.

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