Small in Space, Big in Style
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If you’re faced with a tiny or small nursery space, organization is going to be key. One of the most important design decisions is to make sure every item has more then one purpose, or will be able to grow with your child. Some of these are so basic that I think we forget them when looking to put together a room. Six Double Duty Basics: 1. The crib. I’m a true believer in purchasing a small crib that will grow with your child. I do not believe that you need to buy one that will grow with them all the way to college (the crib … Continue reading
With Peep now in kindergarten, I’m realizing that we need some updated organization. One thing I’ve been looking at are coat racks for kids to help get things off the floor (which is where the backpack/jacket/lunch box seems to be dropped everyday). Kids coat racks are a great thing for entryway items, but once I started to look at them, I realized they would be great in multiple places. A corner in their room would work for those sweatshirts that never find their way back into the drawer. Or, what about a dress-up coat rack? Bag storage? (am I the … Continue reading
DIY Display for Your Child’s Art Peep makes a lot of artwork both at home and at school. And she’s very proud of it and wants it to be displayed. So our refrigerator is covered (which drives me crazy, but I know it’s part of the kid-gig) and she’s now claimed a corner in our dining room. It’s a small corner that’s always been a bit “dead space” decorating-wise, so adding her artwork there seemed like a good idea. However, she’s been taping her art up, which is not the best look. And then I remembered a Pinterest Pin from … Continue reading
The Svan Signet high chair is a beautifully designed wooden high chair designed by two fathers in Sweden. The company’s mission is create functional baby/children products that parents won’t mind keeping out when company comes over. They didn’t even need to tell me more. As with all products I like to write about, the Svan high chair has a small footprint – 34.5 X 20 X 22.25″ (H xWxL) and is designed to be the size of a typical kitchen chair that (without its tray) can be pulled up to a table. Similarly to the Stokke Tripp Trapp (our high chair) the Svan … Continue reading
The Kalon Caravan Crib has been showing up all over the Internet lately, and with good reason. On their site, Kalon says that it meets parent’s needs because it’s safe, green, practical and has great design. I agree with all of this although I suspect that the great design is the reason they’re winning so many accolades (like Babble’s Best Crib 2011 – Reader’s Choice). The Caravan Crib is a rather small crib 54.5 ” x 30 ” x 34″ (WxDxH) while fitting a standard size crib mattress. One of the things I like best about it is that it turns into … Continue reading
Small nursery design can be daunting. You want it to look and feel bigger, and often the thought is to go with subtle, calm colors to make it feel airy and bright. This is one way to go…but you can also do the opposite. Bright, bold wallpaper can make a small nursery feel larger. It creates focus and dimension. Here are a couple of great examples from Pinterest. Source: houzz.com via Emily on Pinterest Source: lillemaison.blogspot.com via Emily on Pinterest Source: thebooandtheboy.com via Emily on Pinterest Source: blogs.babble.com via Emily on Pinterest Source: stilinspiration.blogspot.com via Emily … Continue reading
Have you taken a gander at Land of Nod and in particular their storage solutions lately? They have always been a bit “ho-hum” in my mind – perfectly nice, but usually a bit on the boring side. Great for staples, but not that stylish. Well, I’m loving their new storage – in particular their great shelf & wall storage and organization. There are great colors, great shapes, shelves, hooks and more. When organizing a small room, getting things up off the floor is a great way to make use of all the space. Here are some of my favorites. Source: Land of Nod … Continue reading
We have great friends who have 2 young boys in a small 2 bedroom. Prior to having the boys, they had plenty of space for their home office – afterwards, not so much. Luckily, they did have a pantry…and vision. The built in’s along the wall include a file cabinet and supplies on the left, and additional pantry space on the right. CityBaby Living at it’s best. Recommend on Facebook Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post Bookmark in Browser Tell a friend
I haven’t written about some of my own choices in products in awhile, so I thought I’d share one of my favorites – the phil & teds traveller. My mom & I saw this at our local, upscale kid’s store when I was pregnant and she insisted that she purchase it for us. (Aren’t mom’s the best! Full disclosure, I know she had an ulterior motive – we’d need something to bring to her house for visits.) What we like about it was that it had the convenience of a pack n’ play, but was smaller, lighter and frankly, more stylish. … Continue reading
I don’t have a lot of spare, free space in my house. Nor do I have a lot of free walls. But I do have a lot of family pictures that I’d love to display – my family, my husband’s family, Peep, Peep, and oh, more pictures of Peep. What I do have is a refrigerator. So, why not turn some of those pictures into magnets? Enter StickyGram. This online company will turn your photos from Instagram into magnets for $14.99 and free shipping. You get a sheet of 9 – each are 50mm x 50mm which is approximately the … Continue reading