Name: Milo (1)
Location: Cambridge, MA
Division: Single Room
Room Size: 45 square feet
Tip for Living Small with Kids: Make it fun for everyone. Choose fun colors and toys that are fun to look at, pick up and play with. But also be practical so the space works. We love the over the crib changing table. Not only is it a space saver, but it creates a little alcove for our baby to hang out in with his stuffed friends. The hanging dragon, donkey and knight keep him entertained while the castle keeps the diapers in reach. Most of all, we've found that a small room makes for a cozy space. We've spent many hours playing blocks on the floor. Since there's nothing around to knock over, it's even more fun just to play in. Smaller is sometimes simpler that way. Not to mention, easier to keep clean. A bonus for everyone.
Biggest Design Challenge in this Room: We still needed the room to double as our pantry, so we used a Japanese door covering to hid our canned goods on top and storage bins and matching monkey buckets on the bottom for all the baby stuff. Works great. Milo loves investigating what's behind the Japanese curtain (a little mystery in his own room) and we have a place to keep our food. Only trick is remember to grab the chips *before* he goes to bed....
Favorite Thing About This Room: It's a happy place! The combination of the light from the window, the colors around the room, and the wide pine floors makes for a room that's bright and fun to be in. At 45 sq feet, it's on the small side, but everything is an arms-reach away, including our groceries!
Thanks for your entry Jennifer and good luck!