January 29, 2012

on our cozy, little bedroom...

our (and Eisley's!) room.

If you had told me a few years ago that we'd be living in our one-bedroom duplex with a baby, I wouldn't have believed you. Well, maybe the baby part (mostly because I had "the fever" throughout most of our marriage), but not the still-in-the-duplex part. After we found out we had a wee one on the way, our first inclination was to scramble to find a larger place. Initially, the thought of the baby not having their own room seemed ridiculous. A baby needs their own nursery, right? We figured there was just no way to fit all the baby stuff into our already-full place.

However, after a certain point, we kind of looked at each other and were like, "Why don't we just...stay?" After we started talking about it, it began to make more sense. We didn't really want to pay more than we were already paying in rent (and if you know anything about Southern California, renting a two-bedroom place somewhere you won't be chopped to bits in your sleep is ridiculously expensive). Also, the more I talked with other parents about it, the more I realized that many babies don't even sleep in their own rooms for quite some time after they're born.

So, it was decided. We'd stay.

We began moving things around…transferring some of our less-used belongings to the garage. I downsized my clothes so that they fit into my side of the closet and just two drawers, and Jay even parted ways with a few bags of items from his gargantuan wardrobe (no, really—the man literally has four times the amount of clothes I do).

Slowly, but surely, our one-bedroom duplex started to feel a bit more baby-ready. Our bedroom—which had previously also held our large computer desk—was now filled mainly with our bed, a changing table, a nightstand, and a crib. And it didn't even seem claustrophobic. It seemed like a miracle, and I was thrilled.

I'm constantly seeing these stunning nurseries online that give me heart palpitations due to their gorgeousness—and, to be honest, up until now I have been too intimidated to share Eisley's "nursery" space with the online world. There was so much more I wanted to do with it! Photo collages! A mobile! Handmade things! Stuff to impress everyone!

But then I took a step back and realized that I was being ridiculous. It is what it is, and every time I walk into our bedroom it makes me happy. It's our room. It's where we enjoyed our first days with Eisley. It's where I've spent sleepless nights and cheerful mornings. It's not fancy or perfectly coordinated, and doesn't fit in a magazine, but it is exactly what we need right now. It took me a while, but I realized that I'm quite proud of the space we've created for our little peanut. So, I thought it was time to buck up and share it with you. I also hope to show that it is, indeed, possible to have a baby in a one-bedroom place!

Here is a little tour:

Eisley's space.

When you walk in the door to our bedroom, this is what you see! I love that the sunlight fills the room during the afternoon. So warm and cozy. I also like that our above-the-nightstand collage is reflected in the mirror above the changing table.

Note the baby trying to attack the bookcase.

If you're standing in the corner of the room, this is the view. I zoomed out a bit with my camera lens, but this sort of gives you an idea of the size of the space we had to work with—and we're lucky, really, to have a good-sized bedroom! We're able to fit quite a bit into it. (Also, can you see the wee one, trying to take a book off the shelf? Sneaky little nugget.) Here are a few notes on her side of the room:
  • Eisley's crib and changing table are a hand-me-down from Jay's Aunt and Uncle. They're in perfect condition and I adore them so!
  • I use a couple of the drawers in the changing table for my clothes, and we are able to store diapers, blankets and other items in bins (from Ikea) under the crib.
  • The metal "e" above the crib was purchased from a thrift sale, and the frame around it is actually an old frame I took apart and was going to throw away (until I realized how perfect it was to reuse!).
  • The framed "La Vie en Rose" print is from Sycamore Street Press.
  • Her adorable tulip bedding was purchased on super-clearance from Target!
  • A white-noise machine is resting on top of the heating unit. It's a must-have for where we live (since there is constant traffic noise) and it also helps her nap without hearing what is going on in the rest of our tiny duplex.
A corner.

In the corner, we have room to store a laundry basket, a Diaper Genie (which is a must-have for the small space!), and a few other items (like extra wipes and some nursing necessities).

An inspiration board.

Here's a close-up of a little inspiration board I put together for Eisley! It includes the following items:
  • A flower (this was actually taken off a gift bag and was also used on a makeshift headband from this photo!).
  • A sweet mini-print from Persimmon and Pink.
  • A print that was given to me from a friend.
  • One of Eisley's ultrasound photos.
  • A vintage-style calendar page from the month she was born, and a cute list sheet that I had every intention of writing something witty on (we'll see if that ever happens).
  • A few magnets, Eisley's ankle "bracelet" from the hospital, and a porcelain bird.
The changing station.

The changing station features her fluffy changing pad, a few diapers, an Ikea lamp, and some hand-sanitizer (I refill the cute dispenser with stuff I buy at the dollar store!). I made the paper banner from the pages of a paper catalog (I loved the bright pattern) and a couple pieces of ephemera. The hanging cloth bag was an adorable (handmade!) baby shower gift from a sweet friend.

Potato baby.

NUGGET BABY! Sorry, I got distracted for a second. When you turn left from the changing table, you'll see all this goodness. Literally everything (except a few knick knacks on the shelf) is from Ikea. Ikea, Ikea, Ikea, amen.

Our corner!

I've come to really love "our" side of the room. I love the collage above the nightstand. I love the "breathe" wall adornment (purchased from Oh Dier). I love our mustard-colored curtains. I love the fact that I can charge my iPod on our nightstand for those late-night nursing sessions (during which I must check twitter and get all riled up by the shenanigans on the BabyCenter message boards).

So, there you have it! We managed to cram everything we really need into this room (as well as the closet and drawers just outside our bedroom). Contrary to popular belief, a family of three can actually fit into a one-bedroom duplex without going absolutely crazy.

That's not to say I don't dream of having a nursery to decorate someday. But I kind of love the cozy situation we have going on right now. And for that I am thankful.

[Image frame via irocksowhat.com!]

47 comments:

  1. I love it :) It's adorable, loved, practical and well used without all the extra stuff one probably doesn't even need! I too think the nurseries I've seen all over the internet are gorgeous, but honestly, I will never ever spend that kind of money. You guys are super smart to stay put for now and do with what you have in space and it looks like it works like a gem.

    Now, question, what do you do about the alarm in the morning for Jay to go to work? Does that wake the cutie patootie up?

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    1. Thank you so much for the sweet compliments! :) As far as the alarm, Jay uses his cellphone alarm and keeps his phone on the side of the bed, so it keeps the noise down a bit. It doesn't wake up Eisley (thankfully!) and she has learned to sleep through him rummaging around while getting ready for work in the morning.

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  2. I'm a complete blog stalker, and have been following your blog forever but never comment...but for some reason had no idea that you lived in SoCal! I definitely know what you mean about the whole two bedroom thing. We are looking to move from our two bedroom in a not-so-nice apartment into a two bedroom in a nicer apartment. We have no kids, but I have a business and an office is a necessity.

    That being said, I really like that you put Eisley in the same room with you. I see nothing wrong with sharing a room with your baby for the first year or so, and you've decorated the room so beautifully! I know what you mean about feeling inadequate about all the pretty spaces you see online {I feel that way all the time}, but it's nice to see a real space for once. So thanks for sharing :)

    And I don't know when you changed your design {I usually read your posts in Google Reader}, but I love it! Very clean and classy. Good job :)

    xoxo,
    Joelle

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    1. Aw, thanks for the sweet comment, Joelle! :) I'll have to stop by your blog, as well. Love meeting other SoCal ladies!

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  3. LOVE IT! We felt the same way. We live in a teeny tiny one bedroom in Hawaii. Our little one JUST moved into his crib two nights ago from a bassinet - I was convinced the crib wasn't going to fit, but it's perfect. Absolutely perfect. I can even hold his hand from my bed, which I have totally done. And I'm glad that I'm not the only one that gets riled up over the ridiculousness on the BabyCenter boards.

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  4. It's perfect. And you will look back on these days with such fondness.

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  5. I think you have a beautiful home, Kerri. You always talk about how little space you have, but it always seems like you use it wisely and you figure out just how to make the best of it.

    I was wondering one thing though... all those sleepless nights when you're nursing, does Jay sleep on the couch? It must be nearly impossible to sleep in the same room without being interrupted in your sleep?! ;)

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    1. Thank you so much, San! :) And, thankfully, Jay is a very hard sleeper. Sometimes he doesn't even wake up when Eisley is hollering in the night before I can settle her down enough to feed her. He'll be like, "Wow, she didn't wake up last night?" And I'm like, "WHAT THE HECK, SHE WOKE UP FOR TIMES LKFJLSDKJFSDL!"

      ;)

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  6. I love this tour. I have been wondering how it all turned out. YOU DID AMAZING. I LOVE IT. ADORE ADORE ADORE.

    Oh, and, our nearest Ikea is FOUR HOURS away. FOUR HOURS. Sad.

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  7. I love it! The colors are wonderful and the layout is perfect.

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  8. your room is so sweet and cozy! there's just enough space - congrats on making it your own!

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  9. I love this Kerri! We also live in a one-bedroom (and have since we got married four and a half years ago), and while I'm not pregnant I would love to be and I love seeing people who make their space work. I think Eisley's nursery is lovely!

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  10. This is so cute and you will always look back fondly at this time of your family growing and your cozy space! Looks very relaxing and tranquil!

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  11. it is perfect! We have more space, and yet, the four of us are all in one bedroom :P Although, our bedroom is sort of a misleading statement as it's an entire loft.

    Still, I love what you have done with your little nook - I want to see more of your home!

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  12. oh i love the room and loved how you used the space so well! everything looks so lovely :)

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  13. Wow! This is fantastic :) I love it.. very cozy, homey and efficient. My husband and I live in a 1 bedroom apartment now and are in no place to buy a home or upgrade our rental situation anytime soon. We aren't planning on having little ones yet.. but I've always wondered if we did.. could it work in our 1 bedroom? Apparently so! :) Thanks for sharing.

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  14. How much to get you to organize and decorate my home?

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  15. I think it all looks so pretty. I love the little banner above the changing table!

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  16. THIS is my favorite part of the internet! Real people sharing their real lives. You have done an amazing job, and you have an amazing positive attitude. I, too, love making the most out of my comparatively small spaces. Living a little bit more simply is a wonderful, refreshing feeling. Thank you so much for sharing these glimpses!

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  17. i think it's perfect :) and i love when you show glimpses inside your duplex. i LOVE your style. and here i am freaking out about having 2 kids in a 2 bedroom duplex. btw, i don't even have the 2nd kid, it's just on my mind ;)

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  18. I just love your room....looks a lot like ours, but not as cute-ified. :) Our baby's crib in in our room too. I actually love having our baby close. I cant imagine having him (eek!) down the hall....no no no no. I never thought I would be like that! Hey, I was curious where did you get your green comforter?? Ikea too? I love it!
    I just love all of your thoughtful pieces. So sweet, so simple, so pretty. Each thing seems to tell a small story and I just adore that! "Kerri" on!

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    1. Yay for co-rooming with the baby! ;) And, yes, the duvet cover is from Ikea. I love that their covers are so ridiculously cheap. I've had a few throughout the years, and it makes changing it up do-able when you're only spending about $20 each time.

      And thanks for the sweet compliments! You made my day. :)

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  19. It's perfect I love your blog because it's so honest and real. With the economy the way it is more people are finding it harder to purchase houses so it's nice to see ways to make apartments and smaller spaces feel like little homes.

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  20. I totally prefer this to a polished separate baby room.

    Simple and small feels more cozy to me. And less baby-centric. It's FAMILY centric, you know? I love it, Kerri.

    And, dude, you are SO lucky to not have to leave your room in the middle of the night. It's the worst!

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  21. SUCH a lovely space! And you know what? It's a special accomplishment to make small spaces into big ones. You've done such a beautiful job. Thanks for sharing! It's an inspiration to all of us who are also in apartments and condos instead of McMansions.

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  22. Thank you so much for sharing this. You have no idea how much I needed to see this! My husband and I have been stressing out about our small space and wondering if we could ever fit a baby in it but I absolutely LOVE what you did. Now I am so inspired to work with what we have. Thank you! :)

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  23. So sweet! I love the memory board you've set up. We used the same bedding for our little Charlotte's room http://timnerin.blogspot.com/2011/01/charlottes-room.html, although the sheets have been switched with less pretty flannel ones for the winter. I'll be happy when spring comes to Washington :)

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    1. Ahhhh! Charlotte's nursery is the cutest! I adore the wall decal—it works perfectly with the bedding. And I love that you chose that color for the walls, too. I totally get not wanting the room to be totally pink-ified. ;)

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  24. I think you did a great job of showing that a baby can fit in a one bedroom home! Eisley's bedding is just precious.

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  25. I love your bedroom. It looks so darn cute!

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  26. seriously your place is adorable. i love the little touches you've added, it really is perfect for you three.

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  27. I've been secretly dying to see your nursery nook, and it's just as perfect as I imagined!

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  28. I LOVE that y'all did this! It's so cute and shows a great use of space! I love the pillow on your bed. I wish we had an Ikea here! Just looking at the photos makes me feel cozy!

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  29. Your bedroom is lovely, and you baby is CLEARLY thrilled with life in it. I don't think you have too much to worry about :)

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  30. I don't follow your blog because your material things are impressive. I follow your blog because you seem like a sweet, down to earth girl who loves her husband and baby. And who also happens to have excellent taste in adorable things! :)

    Your bedroom is sweet and cozy, which is exactly how I think a room should be!

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  31. It looks absolutely lovely!

    And on sharing a bedroom, I think children feel safer with their parents nearby. :)

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  32. I knew that if anyone could do this and make it work and make it extra lovely, it would be you. Also, I love that you wanted to add more to "impress people" and then realized how silly that is. I am the same way! That's the reason I haven't posted any house tours in the past three years that I've lived in my place! I should get over myself.

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  33. her (and your!) room is SO lovely! we keep moving so i haven't really made any of the rooms we sleep in 'ours', but hoping to at the next house (almost 8 years of marriage and about to be on our 9th place). thanks for the inspiration!!

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  34. I LOVE your bedroom, and Eisley's nursery!! It is so great. And I really love how you worked her crib into your room. It looks really great in there, and it doesn't feel crowed or anything. Plus, if she needs you in the night, you're only a few feet away! Love all the decorations in there, and the color choices.
    Love, love, love it.

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  35. Thanks for letting me think it is possible to have a baby in a one room place :)

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  36. This is amazing! I think baby rooms are the best to decorate. You did such an amazing job of blending it into your room. Super awesome!

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    :) Hope I have some good things for you to read.

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  37. Oh, can I add you to my blogroll?

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  38. your room is adorable! love it!

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  39. We actually have a very similar setup to yours -except now we have TWO babies in one room!!! Eeeeek!! If you'd told me i would years ago i wouldn't have believed it either. Our daughter is 4 and our baby now 6 months old. We have their cots at right angles and it creates a cute "child corner" -but does hamper night action, if you know what I mean. We often wish we lived in a mansion (esp at sleep times when i crave more places to put my 4yr old in -she wakes the baby aaaaaaalll the tiiiiiiiime....) but in Sydney it's VERY expensive unless you go live in the sticks, which then means you have no friends near you. :/

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  40. This is really lovely, and the inspiration board for E is just darling! What did you use for the back of it? The actual board part, I mean?

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  41. What a lucky little girlie(nugget) to have parents know that it's not what is around her but who. Long, Long time ago people raise large families in small houses and they were always close. It's obvious to see she's the apple of you eye xo

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  42. Thanks for sharing. We're trying to figure out how to fit our baby into our bedroom when she arrives in January, and I found this really encouraging. We've had to go through the same process of reducing all our stuff, simplifying wardrobes, etc. Thanks for sharing.

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