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Age: 21 months
Location: Highland Park, IL
We moved when Sam was nine months old and set out to create an uncontrived environment that was equally restful and fun, kid-friendly but not too twee or babyish, practical and whimsical. Although we have play space in our family room, we spend loads of time in Sam's room, playing, snuggling, reading, singing and dancing, doing whatever the little man wants.
Throwing a giant map on the only wall unpunctuated by windows or doors might not have been the most sensible decision, but we fell for the idea after seeing it on Ohdeedoh. We put an IKEA Expedit shelf below the map.
Sam was a late walker, so we followed a PT friend's recommendation, placing the best toys at standing level on the Expedit to motivate him. Worked like a charm. Because we are expecting twins this summer we moved our glider into their nursery and replaced it with the Dwell Fatboy that we scored at a crazy discount. Between that and the giant Jellycat sheep we have abundant soft seating for Sam, mommy, daddy and doggy. We hope that the books, toys and decor spark Sam's imagination and sense of adventure.