Location: Yonkers, NY
We're rounding out our small spaces theme this month and about to jump into the Smaller Cooler Contest, so it seems a perfect time to highlight Ian's nursery- originally an open dining area enclosed to create this 7' x 12' whimsical room with plenty of multi-tasking furniture for maximum storage.
With inspiration from her sister-in-law's home layout and her father-in-law's help, Celina and her husband transformed this open dining layout into a cozy room for Ian.
We asked mom Celina about some of the challenges of making this space work. Not surprisingly, it was storage.
"Our main challenge has definitely been storage. We've tackled the issue by planning ahead and adapting as new needs come up.
We quickly realized we couldn't fit a dresser, changer, wardrobe, and toy storage in the room. So we started trying to plan creative ways to hold everything Ian needed. We picked furniture that could do double duty (ex. the dresser was also a changing table) and focused on adding storage anywhere we could."
We couldn't help noticing this bookcase holding clothes, books, toys, and more, so we asked Celina about it:
"The bookcase wasn't part of the original furniture set, we actually got it afterwords to increase storage and it's probably one of my favorite things in the room because it can change with our needs. When we realized we needed to hang up some of Ian's clothes we turned the top shelf into a closet and as he got older another shelf started to hold shoes. One of its sides is also painted in chalkboard paint so he can draw on it.
My other favorite storage item is the Ikea shoe rack under his window. We painted it the same color as the wall to make it fit in better. It was inexpensive and can stores toys at his height so Ian can easily take them out and put them away without help."
A few more wise storage tips from Celina:
"Storage boxes under the bed & dresser hold clothes he'll grow into & off season items, and the small shelves above the dresser hold diapers, pajamas, & hygiene / care items we use regularly.
The space also forces us to keep an eye on how much we buy and on what clothes and toys we have on hand for him. Before I buy something I always ask is he really going to play with this or is it going to be a 5-minute toy? It's cut down on a lot of impulse purchases. We also sort through his toys/ clothes every few months to see what he's using and what he's outgrown."