Jack & Finn's Colorful Cupboard

Jack & Finn's Colorful Cupboard

Carrie McBride
May 18, 2011

Names: Jack & Finn (13 months)
Location: Point Roberts, WA
Division: Shared Room
Room Size: 33 square feet

Tip for Living Small with Kids: Our home is tiny (just under 600 sq ft), so staying sane requires lots of organization. We've drawn our inspiration from the compact minimalism of Scandinavian homes and the thoughtful organization of Montessori spaces. Everything has its place and anything that doesn't get used – chuck it out! We regularly donate or store any clothes, books, and toys that the boys have grown out of. Throughout the rest of our home we have hidden storage for the things they use on a daily basis. We avoid being overrun by playthings by keeping them to a minimum, investing in good quality heirloom toys, and using the outdoors as our play area. Living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, the beach is our backyard and we explore outside every day.

Biggest Design Challenge in this Room: We had trouble finding a bed big enough for twins but small enough for our space. When the boys were very young, they alternated sleeping together in an Ikea Gulliver crib and bed-sharing with us. Once they outgrew our room, we had no idea where they could sleep! But if Harry Potter could have a bedroom in a cupboard, it was worth experimenting with our front closet. We purchased a second crib mattress and created a floor bed. The boys absolutely love it! During the day it's a wrestling mat or reading nook, and for naps and nighttime they curl up together like sleeping puppies under great-grandma's patchwork quilt.

Favorite Thing About This Room: I love the artwork. I searched for months before finding the Blik wall decal ("Branches"). It helped transform this little closet into a warm and whimsical space. I love how the boys "talk" to the birds that are perched at their eye level. I also strung up a set of quirky Julie Morstad alphabet cards ("R is for red coat"; "Z is for zephyr") that were gifted to us by a mom whose birth I attended as a doula. The paper bunting is from their 1st birthday and the print of a bear on a bike is from Etsy.

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