Small Space Solutions: Gia's Nursery Nook in the Dining Room

Small Space Solutions: Gia's Nursery Nook in the Dining Room

Carrie McBride
Apr 21, 2014

Name: Gia
Location: Chicago, Illinois

After finding out we were expecting, we had to convert our dining area to a baby "nook". We successfully divided the living room from the baby's nook with IKEA's Expedit shelf.

We kept the color scheme similar to the living room but lightened them up a bit. We kept teal and gray as the main colors and added in pops of pink.

We wanted to keep baby stuff in her space and keep the living room looking like a living room, so I covered foam core board with cute paper to block off the open shelves. The dividers have a different paper on both sides so that they match each room. The bottom of the shelf is filled with cubbies to house baby's clothes and toys. Since there are so many cubbies, I painted wood labels for each cubbie to keep us organized.

With the help of a diaper changing cushion we converted our unused kitchen island to a diaper changing station. All of the drawers and shelves gives us additional storage for all of baby's needs.

We added a light over the changing station and I cut out a few princess silhouettes and framed them to give the space some girlie artwork.

I created another piece of art over the crib to give the main wall some visual interest. The branch over the crib ended up giving us the pop of color on this wall without having to repaint. It is held by curtain tie backs. I know that once she starts grabbing we will need a different solution for this space, but until then she is fascinated by watching them blow around.

We couldn't let the space under the crib go unused so we added a bedskirt and voila-more storage!

We are thrilled with the outcome and hope our baby girl loves it too!


  • Shelf: Ikea Expedit
  • Diaper Changing Cover: Land of Nod
  • Crib Sheets: Pottery Barn
  • Crib bed skirt:
  • Rug:
  • Hanging Light:

Thanks, Jessica!


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