Smaller Cooler 2009: Amber's Room for Elliot

Smaller Cooler 2009: Amber's Room for Elliot

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Janel Laban
May 20, 2009

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Name/Age: Amber's son Elliot, due in June
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Family: Amber, her husband and their soon-to-arrive son
Room Size: 100 square feet
Division: Baby

Tip for Living Small with Kids: We don't have any advice yet as our little one has not yet arrived. Our philosophy however, is that children do not need tons of "things." Throughout our pregnancy we have chosen to purchase our choice of quality items that can do double duty or be used for a long period of time. We prefer to not fall victim to the mentality that we need multitudes of products.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in putting together this room? Our biggest challenge was finding items that were designed well, not overly baby themed, and were in budget. Until finding this crib set on sale my mother and I were planning on making the bedding. My mother did make the curtains (per my design) so that we could see the Atlanta skyline above them. My Mom also made the hamper liner, pillows, teddy bear and blanket. I made the name art and mobile.

The second challenge was that both my husband and I are in design fields. We often have very different design ideas when it comes to home decor and furnishings. The original vision for the room was mine and my husband soon saw the vision too.

The third major challenge was re-organizing our two bedroom condo. Prior to becoming a nursery this room was 1/2 guestroom and 1/2 my husband's home office. He also used the closet as our entire condo possesses only two closets and let me tell you they are small! The ottoman in the nursery as well as the futon have extra storage within. Adding the futon to the nursery was a must to make our condo more grandparent/guest friendly.

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