Stella and Olivia's Cottage in the Woods

Smaller Cooler 2011 Entry #12

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Name(s): Stella and Olivia (5 months)
Location: Clovis, CA
Division: Shared Room
Room Size: 90 square feet

Tip for Living Small with Kids: My biggest tip for living small with kids would be to try and think outside the box and to purchase things with dual purposes. The steamer trunk isn't just visually appealing, it also stores baby items. We added a second wardrobe bar to the closet to fit more hanging clothes. We also store items under their cribs that are hidden away by their pleated bedskirts! It's not the easiest to have two little ones in a little space, you just need to get creative!

Biggest Design Challenge in this Room: Our biggest challenge was trying to fit a lot in a small space. Two cribs take up a lot of space! I knew that I wanted both cribs on one wall side by side so my girls can safely climb from crib to crib. I was a gymnast and springboard diver, so I know they are going to be climbing all over the place!

I wanted to make the cribs and wall behind it the room's focal point, so i hand painted Aspen trees like the ones on my parents out of state property. I needed to keep the walls neutral and soothing so the small room didn't feel smaller and boxed in with loads of color.

Favorite Thing About This Room: Besides finally having babies to fill the room {we struggled with infertility for 5 years}, I think my favorite is their custom bedding that my mother and I made....or their silk name banners I made for them...or their mobiles I made....do I have to pick just one? :) I love it all!

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.

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