My Room: Mabel

San Francisco, CA

A common problem with a solution! Check out the cute and functional space Bridget & Bill created for their daughter Mabel: When we first learned we were having a baby, everyone asked when we were going to move from our 1-bedroom downtown San Francisco apartment. But we love our apartment and were looking forward to sharing the space with our new baby girl. So we decided to stay and carve out a tiny baby nursery from our (relatively) large living room.

We love bright colors and patterns and wanted to create a space that would feel light and playful—and not too girly—yet also quiet and calm for bedtime.

We hired a contractor to build the free-standing loft-like wooden frame (only 4½ x 5 feet, and 7 feet tall). Greg Stukuls, formally of the beloved SF shop Stumasa, built the custom bookshelves which form the outer wall. Inside, it’s very cozy. The wall curtains are Freespirit Fabric's Nicey Jane in Green Pocketbook, and the ceiling panels are Alexander Henry's Good Earth in Brite wrapped around panels of foam-core for a bit of soundproofing. The rug and lamp are from Ikea; the crib is the Emily mini-crib by DaVinci (the smallest crib we could find); the dresser is a vintage highboy from Room 4 in the Mission; awesome friend Patti made the poodle quilt; and the print is from Creative Thursday’s Etsy shop.

Credit for the grey felt/yellow oilcloth door panels goes to Bridget’s father who dedicated many hours to sewing them. The storage boxes up top, from the Container Store, hold extra baby clothes, diapers, and baby bedding.

Mabel loves her cozy nest.

Thanks Bridget & Bill! Readers, catch up with Bridget on her blog, Pippa's Cabinet.

(Images: Benjamin Watson)

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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.