In our two-bedroom apartment, Lane (age 3) and Tom (5 months) share a bedroom. We call it the nursery.
If it looks big in the photos, it’s because we kept the furniture to a small scale to save space. (For example, Lane has a toddler bed instead of a twin.) We wanted to maximize the open floor space so there could be plenty of room to play.
Our home is grounded in shades of brown — wood, leather, baskets, and linen — and the nursery has its share of brown too. We balanced it with white curtains and bedding to emphasize the light that pours in the southern window. The kids’ toys and accessories provide the bright colors without being too much.
Colorful outfits on wooden hangers announce who lives in this room.
In the center is an iron mantle I found at an antique junk shop. It had an amazing patina, but rusty bare iron isn’t well-suited for a nursery, so we had to paint it. I’m still not sure how I feel about that.
In one corner is the play kitchen, and it’s set apart from the rest of the room by a heavy brown sewing cabinet I bought at a flea market 10 years ago.
Over the years the sewing cabinet has been storage, a diaper changing table, and most recently, a hiding place. A couple of years ago we put a light, a bench, and a secret shelf inside.
We turned vinyl rain gutters into book shelves. They can be cut to any length, and these are mounted on the wall behind the door. It’s an efficient way to use space that would otherwise be empty.
We made the bed canopy by hanging a pair of sheer curtains from IKEA on an embroidery hoop with a 15-inch diameter. I wasn’t sure if it would last, but we hung it up about a year ago and it still looks nice. Total cost: $8.
There’s no fancy toy storage here. The shelves are just two boards and a couple of brackets. The baskets are from IKEA.
Lane uses the top shelves and Tom gets the bottom shelf.
We keep only half of the toys available at a time, and the rest of the toys go in a storage box in the back room. It would be better if this box wasn’t see-through.
The dollhouse is the first thing kids are drawn to when they come over to play. Doug built it for Lane from a kit. The furniture is from my vintage Little People dollhouse.
The magnetic boards are great for a child’s room or a homeschool classroom. They are found at IKEA also.
Under the crib makes a nice reading spot. We pile a bunch of pillows and blankets under there to make a nest.
The much-loved cardboard robot was shared here.
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