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As Peep gets older, her toys and their parts just seem to get smaller but the boxes they come in just seem to get bigger and more annoying. Small puzzle pieces come in odd shaped boxes. Reading games come with wooden alphabet parts in odd shaped boxes. Board games have dice and come in all different shaped, odd shaped boxes. Legos (enough said). There’s a theme here. The toy companies are trying their best to make our lives miserable by having all different shaped containers – big and round, big and square, small and square but a different size square from the … Continue reading
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
Umbrella strollers are fabulous, except for their sometimes lack of storage. We chose the Bugaboo stroller for Peep and will continue to use it for Teapot since we loved it. But it’s not always the most convenient to travel with (especially via plane), so we also have a Chicco Umbrella Stroller which came in handy quite often. The thing I found most frustrating about the umbrella stroller, was there was no place to put stuff. The storage below could really only fit a few things, and if you hung too much on the sides, it became very tippy. There are lots … 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
Since I’ve now announced that I’m pregnant, I can be more obvious about my Pinterest pins. Peep and the new baby will be sharing a room, so I’ve started a new board called Shared Girls Room. Here are five pins that have got my mind beginning to put design/function/organization together. Source: urbanoutfitters.com via Emily on Pinterest Source: 3.bp.blogspot.com via Emily on Pinterest Source: Uploaded by user via Emily on Pinterest Source: melissaesplin.com via Emily on Pinterest Source: ohdeedoh.com via Emily on Pinterest Does anyone have any great Pinterest boards I should be following to help … Continue reading
I announced earlier this week that we’re expecting another child, a girl, in early December. Since we already have Peep, we have more than enough of the stuff any little girl will need. But the one thing she will need is a room to live in! The new baby and Peep will be sharing a room that we currently use as a guest room or really just a place for furniture & stuff to live in when we don’t know what to do with it. I used Floorplanner (a great online tool) to help get me started because this is one difficult room … 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
The key to good nursery organization, especially in a small nursery is to have specific places for things, and to keep a system going. Diapers are no exception. We used these Ikea SKUBB boxes in the top drawer of the dresser where we changed Peep. That way, I could keep a hand on her, dig into the drawer and get the diapers, wipes, creme, etc I needed with the other hand. They’re collapsible and at $7.99, you can’t go wrong. If you have room next to your changing area, I suggest getting a storage system/diaper caddy that can keep a … Continue reading