Smaller Cooler 2009: Isobel's Carved Out Nursery

Smaller Cooler 2009: Isobel's Carved Out Nursery

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Janel Laban
May 19, 2009

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Name/Age: Isobel
Location: Jackson Heights, New York
Family: Isobel, Mom Cara, Dad and Eco the dog
Room Size: 72 square feet
Division: Baby

Tip for Living Small with Kids: I keep reminding myself that babies are born all over the world with much less. So we keep our things basic yet aesthetically pleasing, and mentally prepare ourselves to accept whatever may happen to our lovely walnut plywood lounge chair that sits on our pretty white shag rug. Because it's not the end of the world if something should happen.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in putting together this room? The biggest challenge was carving a nursery out of our bedroom by installing Ikea closets as a partition and turning the linen closet door into the nursery entry. The backside of the closets are covered in wool felt insulation panels for noise reduction which we made ourselves as well. We covered the wood floors with Flor tiles to muffle the sounds of late night footsteps to appease our sensitive downstairs neighbor. Accents were limited to green and blue and we chose white for anything that may require repeated laundering for easy spit-up detection. We chose Ikea for basics like the storage & crib, found great colorful fabric bins at Target, decorated with additional online sales finds and spent a little more for the rocker because not only did it fit through the narrow door of the small space, but we appreciate the design. The artwork is a copy of Mom's childhood drawings and sand dollars are hung with ribbon that we collected during Isobel's babymoon.

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