Our 500 Sq Ft Apartment: The Kids Room
The Master Bedroom is the biggest room in the whole house but we decided to give it to the kids. One of the problems we had to resolve with this apartment was the living room was really small. In past apartments that was the biggest room and the space we spent most of our time in. But in the new living room there was no place for a desk or toys. When we realized that we usually only spent time in our bedroom at night it made sense to give the bigger room to the kids so that they could also use it as a playroom. The only tricky part is the closet is off the master bedroom so we have to go to their room to change clothes. Luckily the apartment is so small, we don’t have to go far. We finished setting up the apartment so it was functional and had gotten most of the main pieces into place but I didn’t feel like it was finished. So I asked my friend Jaimie from Furbish (and the great blog i suwanee) to help me finish it. It was so nice to have someone with a fresh set of eyes and armed with pillows to come in to tell me to move art around and have opinions. She is lovely and so is her store. A special thanks to Heather Zweig who took the photos and is always so great to work with.
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Most people skip toddler beds and go right to twin beds. We realized in our tiny space two twin beds take up a lot more room so we stuck with toddler beds. The vintage Persian rug we bought off Craigslist a few years ago. I originally intended to sell it but it fit perfectly in the space it made sense to keep it. The magnet wall (see DIY here) is one of my favorite little corners of the room. The kids play with it all the time and it uses the tricky space behind the door that would have just been a boring blank wall otherwise. I got the little wall lamps for $30 in France (we changed the electric) I’m a big believer in wall lamps next to beds. It may have something to do with the two lamps I have knocked over in a sleepy haze but I just like having something sturdy next to the bed.
Sources: Toddler Beds – Jenny Lind from Craigslist, Vintage Persian Rug – from Craigslist, Accordion Wall Lamps – BHV in Paris, MidCentury Modern Sidetable – Alameda Flea Market, Lemon Pillow – Jonathan Adler, Navy Greek Key Pillows – Furbish, Ball Lights -bought in Paris, Striped Duvet -Ikea (I modified it to fit a toddler bed) Polka Dot Duvet – Made from this Heather Ross fabric, Dragonfly and Seahorse – From Petit Pan, Andiamo the Dog – Blabla, Crocheted Airplane – Anne Claire Petit, Stuffed Pretzel – Kiosk
We bought the Orbit light fixture from The Curiosity Shop when it closed down recently (sniff, sniff). I really love it and think it makes such a big difference in the room. The closet is pretty big and deep but it had one rod going across the closet and a few shelves up tall. There was a lot of space not being utilized. One thing we’ve learned after living in city apartments is to get an organizational unit for the closets. We used the Elfa system from the Container Store and tripled our closet space. Since that is our only closet it makes a big difference. We keep the boys’ clothes in the grey dresser with drawers down low so they can get dressed themselves. We also found a small yellow loveseat off Craigslist that fits in the corner.
There are so many good ways to store toys but we’ve always stuck to the “low open shelf” system. I like that the kids can see the toys and that everything has a place. (We keep the not-as-cute Angry Bird toys under the sofa.) I love the big print with children playing, one of my good friends Aubrey gave it to me.
I’m obsessed with these bookshelves from Book/Shop. They are so beautifully made and are low to the ground, perfect for little hands.
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