Name: Rosie (18 months)
Location: Lafayette, CA
Division: Single Room
Room Size: 18 square feet
Tip for Living Small with Kids: Be realistic about what items are necessities and what are luxuries and to each family it may be different! We have found from small living, less is always more. And really, what's always more important for a child than space is a loving, encouraging, supportive family!
Biggest Design Challenge in this Room: The biggest challenge in this room was fitting the crib. Rosie's Papa had to rip open the back wall and pancake the studs so we could get the extra 1 1/2" so the doors could close! Adding a window was also a challenge but important so Mama could feel good about closing the doors on such a small space! A lot of work up front, but so worth it for Rosie to have her own space for naps and night time sleep! We also had to be creative in transforming every little inch into usable space. Papa built a custom shelving unit next to the crib, a rope suspended shelving unit by the changing table and new paint job for an old cabinet and armoire helped up the baby stuff 'hiding spots'!
Favorite Thing About This Room: Our favorite thing about this room is 'we did it' and are 'doing it'! Successfully, and happily, living in a 380 sq ft. studio with a baby when everyone thought we were nuts! Rosie's comfy cranny has been an incredible addition to our apartment. A heavy curtain, closing doors and a ocean sound machine make it possible for Mama and Papa to continue living just 2 inches away! ....thru every nap and night time snoozy...
Thanks for your entry Shannon and good luck!