Name: Miguel (8 months) and parents
Location: Washington D.C.
Division: Shared Room
Room Size: 90 square feet
Tip for Living Small with Kids: Figure out what matters to you and what works for you and go with it. We wanted Miguel to have a lot of room to play, but still a little privacy for ourselves, so we canopied our bed and left the rest of the bedroom for him! We also know that we don't work well with lots of little boxes, baskets and drawers, so we chose furniture with large drawers and a large catch-all bin to store toys, clothing, and linen.
Biggest Design Challenge in this Room: The strange corners made furniture placement really challenging. We spent a lot of time with the measurements researching our options online. Keeping the environment in mind, we wanted a crib that would convert into a toddler bed so we would get more use out of it and we hoped for used pieces in other areas of the room. The dresser was a real find (in the alley!) that just took some cleaning and paint. The small dresser/changing table was a real test in patience...finally something that fit and was multi-purpose :)
Favorite Thing About This Room: I really loved running with trends that made the room affordable, but making them personal to our family. If you look closely, you will see that the "leaves" on the tree mural are family photos [a family tree!], keeping distant relatives close at heart. Favorite quotes, art, drawings and our own baby photos are an important part of the room. When we started getting lots of owl items during pregnancy (get one and they seem to multiply...), we started calling Miguel "MigOWLy". The nickname has stuck and now he has his own nest to share with his family.
Thanks for your entry Natasha and good luck!