Making a One Bedroom Work for a Small Family

Making a One Bedroom Work for a Small Family

Carrie McBride
Dec 24, 2009

Q: My husband, 10 month-old son, Alexander, and I live in a good-sized condo, but it is a one-bedroom. The living area is very large, but it is long and narrow with all of the windows on the short side. We've converted a rear corner (with two of the three windows) into a little room for Alex. The problem is that with very little wall space, I'm running out of ideas for how to add more design and detail to his space. (See and read more below.)

Down the road I might put up some walls, but for the near future the partition will probably have to remain fabric. I have very little money to spend, so a new rug is probably out of the question (although, unfortunately you can't see it in the picture, but I have three lime green circle rugs from Ikea on top of the larger carpet. They're great, but they move around like crazy). I'd love to get a great crib sheet, but Alex prefers (or at least I think he does!) chamois sheets, and I haven't seen any patterned ones that aren't plain cotton. And finally, if I put anything on top of his dressers, I can't close the curtains behind! I love to do design projects, and am open to making things myself.

I'm attaching some other photos to show how the nursery connects to the rest of the space, and to give an idea of my general design aesthetic. I'm open to being much more playful in Alex's space than I am in the rest of the home, but it has to be balanced by the fact that it is open to the living room. Any thoughts? I'd really appreciate some advice!

Sent by Jessica

Editor: Pretend you live at Jessica's - what would you do with this space, especially to make Alex's space more his own? Add your ideas in the comments below.

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