Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Stella's room is very small, about 80 sq ft, so we knew we wanted the room to feel as large and open as possible. We also wanted to adhere to Montessori principles in setting up her space. Fortunately, this fits in with our own aesthetic of having modern, clean lines, and not a lot of clutter. It needed to be a space that would grow well with her, so keeping it simple at the start was important. As she grows up we can add more furniture, etc. based on her needs.
The room is set up to be her space, completely child friendly, so she can explore and move around freely. The most obvious Montessori element is the floor bed, which has made nighttime feeding so easy! No transferring her back to a crib when she's done eating. I think it also helps the space to feel open and airy. We added a low shelf with toys and a mirror so she could see herself as she began to move around. At nine months, she's pulling herself up using the shelf and radiator cover (which admittedly we hadn't thought about!) and cruising around the room playing with her toys and books.
The closet was too narrow for standard hangers so we decided to add shelves and bins for her clothes and extra toys. The room is also filled with art work from myself, my husband, and our friends. One of my favorite pieces is the Jimmy Mirikitani drawing that my husband and I bought in New York when we first started dating. It is such wonderful, happy drawing!
My husband made the radiator cover based on a design we saw on Pinterest. We painted the ceiling a pale blue, Wythe Blue, Benjamin Moore. The rug is an 8' x 8' Alyson Fox wool rug that we found at West Elm on sale. It fit the space so perfectly and was the jumping off point for other colors we added to the room.
The space feels calm, bright, and happy, just what we wanted for out little girl!
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(Image credits: Eileen Fell)