So last week I showed you the functional half of our 47-SF converted-from-a-hallway nursery. Here’s the rest of it (sans the rest of the artwork, which RocketMan has neglected to make a priority.).
As you can see, it gets a remarkable amount of sunlight when the curtains are open; we keep them open all day to keep the air flowing, because it’s actually the warmest room in the apartment—the only one that does not share a wall with the great outdoors. With the curtains drawn, it’s nearly as dark as a closet, which comes in handy for naps. And oh, how we love our white noise machine.
Just to put things in perspective, here’s the map of our apartment again.
These views are from the entry hallway, right after entering the apartment. The mobile is the Twitterling by Haba; the crib is the DaVinci Emily Mini Crib in walnut. Mini, indeed—she already is longer than it is wide—but it fits so nicely in the space. It converts to a toddler bed, eventually. The doormat, from Pier One, hides a seam from the carpet remnants. We tried rugs and the foam floor tiles ($10 at a Goodwill!), but nothing’s better than wall-to-wall when it comes to sound dampening, so that was our ultimate choice. $30 for the whole floor.
Here’s the view from the living room. (Blackout curtains from Bed, Bath and Beyond. “Blackout” is used loosely here; in the living room, we’ve been hanging a comforter to increase the sound and light barrier.
The guy you see peeking from the behind the corner is none other than Huckleberry Hound, in the form of a game called a HuckleChuck. His neck bobs back and forth, and I assume at one point, the goal was to chuck ping pong balls into his bobbing head. Alas, his neck’s been broken for some time and there’s no sign of a ping pong ball, so we’re glad he’s finally found a home.
You might be asking: with that big ol’ sunroom, why put the baby in the hallway? Excellent question! The truth is, we like having the extra space for us. The sunroom houses our office, RocketMan’s workspace, all of our books, and closing off the room would cut off the airflow and light in the apartment by half. So we opted to keep it open and use the cozy space for the cozy baby.
At the moment, of course, she doesn’t hang out in her room; she plays in the living room or sunroom, which is tiled with the aforementioned foam letters. Her nursery serves two purposes: sleeping and storing her stuff. So take heart, apartment dwellers:If you have a space that fits a crib and a few shelves, you have enough room for a baby. Don’t let anyone tell you differently.