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Little Sleep Nook

Twins came as a surprise for this California mother — a pleasant one, but she wasn’t prepared to fit two newborn infants into a two-bedroom home with her 4-year-old son. This 12-by-4 nook was the only available bedroom area left for her earliest, and it was hardly large enough to squeeze a twin bed into.

Designer Jessica McClendon worked with the household to turn the nook into a exceptional new area that would make it easy for this toddler to leave his previous nursery behind. Classic and comfy furniture in boyish colors makes the space feel like a key fort that this toddler now loves to spend time in.

Bedroom in a Glance
Location: Los Angeles
Size: 48 square feet
Budget: $2,800, including design fees, furniture and materials

Glamour Nest

The space is 48 square feet, but a walk-in closet and the entrance door meant that McClendon could use only 32 square feet. “But for kids, little is not necessarily a terrible thing,” she says.

The bed becomes the immediate celebrity of the narrow area, so they wanted it to be “fine and striking,” says McClendon. “It was crucial that you have a gentle, comfortable bed and linens, because that’s all he’d actually have in the area” Bedding, custom made linen headboards and the brand new bed cost about $1,500.

Gingham comforter: Restoration Hardware Baby & Child; red checked blanket: classic, proprietor

Before Photo

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BEFORE: A whole blank slate, the area held nothing but a daybed that the household used on event.

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Some problems were presented by the bed’s shape. McClendon and her client worried about the kid’s possibly slipping into the gap between the bed and the window. In addition they wished to get storage underneath the bed easily.

The custom L-shaped headboard solved the two problems. The brief headboard against the window attaches to the bed but the longer headboard attaches to the bed with Velcro straps and to the wall with bolts. Mom can unhook the Velcro and pull out the bed on its wheels to get the storage underneath.

Sheepskin: Ikea; wall paint: Paradise View, Benjamin Moore; wall decal: Etsy

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The mother plans to move to a larger space therefore she splurged on a quality campaign-style nightstand that will fit into another home.

Campaign dresser: Serena & Lily

Glamour Nest

The son has a downstairs playroom, therefore they didn’t need much storage for his toys in the bedroom. McClendon put his favorite things in a cabinet next to the walk-in clothes closet.

Glamour Nest

A sketch of mother and son that was once in the older nursery today hangs over the nightstand. A few other things from his space and this bit give his new space a comfortable feel.

Glamour Nest

Little touches make the space feel like a secret fort. The switch to the lamp was closely measured and placed right over the headboard for access when it’s time to sleep or read.

Union Jack pillow: Cody and Foster; black Lab pillow: Restoration Gear Baby & Child; deug pillow: Areaware

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Readers' Choice: The 10 Most Popular Kids' Rooms of 2012

ers’ treasured children’s spaces in 2012 leaned toward classic rooms that offered a little something special: a dab of fun color on the ceiling, a comfy lofted playspace or a brightly coloured rug. From a superorganized Texas crafts area to a dream Tennessee tree home, each of these terrific kids’ spaces has something amazing to offer.

Here are the most popular kids’ room photographs added to in 2012, based on how many times they were added to users’ ideabooks:

Resort Custom Homes

1. Basic built-in bunk bed. readers loved the custom, grown-up color of the built-in bunk bed. Several even wanted this space-saving alternative for their guest rooms.

LLC & Sons, Ellen Grasso

2. Texas tweens’ crafts space and crafts. An upgrade from the typical play place, this room works as a combined homework and crafts area for tweens and teenagers. Lots of custom storage — observable and hidden — keeps things clean and neat.

Driggs Designs

3. Cozy kids’ window seat in North Carolina. In lieu of a playroom, a comfy corner with area for games and books like this one may be the ideal place for the little one.

Bjon Pankratz

4. Dream Nashville tree home. Nearly every child wants a tree home, and it is difficult to dream up one better than that. The mix of contemporary design and pristine playfulness (such as the bucket for raising and lowering temples) makes for a dream two-story getaway.

Rinfret, Ltd..

5. Pink and purple completed right in Connecticut. Purple and pink do not need to follow an outrageous layout. ers saved this photo for its timeless spin on two female colors.

McCroskey Interiors

6. Easy, elegant Kansas nursery. Though this beautiful nursery was intended for a boy, readers enjoyed its unisex side. Soothing colors and simple routines unite in a traditional space that could quickly transform into a toddler’s room later on.

CHIC Redesign

7. Lofted playspace in Massachusetts. Children love secret hideaways, like this loft built for a girl. A homework channel below and also a playspace above help split work time and playtime.

Highline Partners, Ltd

8. Colorado cabin kids’ room. This dim sleepover area has just enough of a dungeon vibe to feel enjoyable but not spooky. Stone walls, weathered wood and iron railings stream with the rest of the cabin’s style.


9. Sophisticated San Francisco nursery. ers could not get enough of these graphic patterns and vibrant colours in this nursery for a baby girl. While the majority of the furnishings can function in a master bedroom, both the pom-poms along with other interesting touches keep the space youthful.

Benedict August

10. Modern and colorful California nursery. A few clever swipes of paint may be all you need to update your kid’s room. A striped ceiling bright yellowish bookshelves and bold fabrics unite beautifully in this contemporary nursery.

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